Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club results


A first-time team took first place at the Thursday (January 10) Island Bridge Club (IBC) game. Barbara Besse and Barbara Silk, with a 66.67 percent average game, apparently easily formed a new partnership.

In second place Rich Colter and David Donald scored a 62.50 percent average game. Bea Phear and Cecily Greenaway came in third with a 58.33 percent average. There were seven tables in play.

On Tuesday (January 8) at the Martha’s Vineyard Bridge Club (MVBC), Barbara Besse and Gail Farrish took first place with a 64.35 percent average game. In second place was the Fokos team (Ency and Robert) with a 62.50 percent average game. And the team of Gerry Averill and Carol Whitmarsh took third place with a 52.60 percent average. Twenty-two bridge players were on hand.

The results of the Monday (January 14) game at the Edgartown Bridge Club (EBC) gathering were not posted on the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) website at press time. However, during the Monday (January 7) game, Bob Franklin and Art Spielvogel placed first with a 65.06 game. Carol Whitmarsh and Barbara Silk took second place with a 57.42 percent game and Diana (Dinny) Dozier and Joan Perrine took third with a 52.53 percent average game. Five tables were in play.

Tips for Better Play

From his warm winter spot in Florida, Life Master and IBC director Ed Russell shares this tip for better play: “In order to be truly successful at bridge, you must understand that it is a partnership game. It is a game. If you watch any game, you will see that there are brilliant plays; a fabulous catch, a ball, the double-fault serve, the strike-out. These are all part of the game and bridge has them as well.

“If you understand your partner, the more enjoyable the event. Make sure you are both playing the same conventions, your point ranges are the same, you both understand what certain bids mean, or how you would lead.

“You may find it helpful to practice beforehand with your partner. Deal our 13 cards and discuss what you would bid with the hand. What would you open, what would you bid if your partner opened one of a minor, what would you bid if your partner opened one no trump, how would you lead from that hand?

“Like the great golfer said, ‘The more I practice, the luckier I get.'”

The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) sanctions all three of the island duplicate bridge clubs although it is not necessary to belong to the ACBL in order to join these duplicate competitions.

The MVBC game is held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. Admission is $4. Contact Sue at 508-693-9396 or for assistance in finding an available partner.

The IBC game is held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at Howes House in West Tisbury. Players needing a partner are urged to contact Gerry at 508-693-2889 or by noon on Wednesday for assistance. Admission is $5.

The Edgartown Bridge Club (EBC) meets on Monday afternoons at 12:30 pm at the Edgartown Yacht Club. Questions? Contact Ms. Farrish at 508-627-5476. Come with a partner. Admission is $6.