September 2013 Newsletter


FROM THE BRIDGE DECK AT BOCA WEST
SEPTEMBER 2013

 

COME JOIN US!


BOCA WEST - Thursday night duplicate Bridge will be held in the Main Clubhouse at 7 p.m. starting September 12.

THE POLO CLUB invites Boca West members to play Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Friday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. through October 31.

SPECIAL GAMES


BOCA WEST
Thursday, September 12 - Game resumes in Main Clubhouse
Thursday, September 26 - Summer Awards Game

POLO CLUB
Tuesday, September 10 - International Fund Game - $1 extra
Friday, September 13 -12:30 p.m. (Game will conclude at 3:30 in time for Yom Kippur)
Tuesday, September 17 - Bridge at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 20 - Bridge at 12.30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 24 - Bridge at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 27 - Bridge at 12:30 p.m.

MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS


CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BRONZE LIFE MASTER GLORIA PILCH. TO JOANNE LEVINE and GLORIA FRIEDMAN who won the Boca West August 8th ACBL Charity Game, and to EVELYN and JACK ALBERT who topped the field in the August 22 Silver Point game with a 65.61% game.... and to BEBE BERKOWITZ who made the Unit 128 72% Club with a 72.85% game at the Boca Raton DBC.

BRIDGE TIP OF THE MONTH
By Mark Haberman


The squeeze play: This is one of the most sophisticated plays in the game of bridge.
Squeeze the opponents and make them squirm! This play creates a position which makes the opponents uncomfortable with their discards. One cannot hold on to winners and protect honor cards as well. If you run a long suit you may have an opportunity to gain an extra trick. The opponents may discard incorrectly or a squeeze may evolve. Here is an example: There are four cards left in each hand. See what happens when you play the 4 of spades, the last of your long suit.

This is the squeeze card.
  S H D C  
S H D C J Q Ax S H D C
Q K Jx   5 Qxx
  S H D C  
  4 K 10 X  


When you lead your 4 of spades your left hand opponent is squeezed. West must pitch a club or your heart or diamond becomes high. You now pitch a heart or diamond, then lead a club to the ace and finesse East for the queen taking all four tricks.

MISS BRIDGE MANNERS
By Joanne Weingold


Director, Please!
One of my biggest peeves is when experienced players make their own rulings against inexperienced players, conveniently leaving out some of the options. "You can't bid after partner hesitates!" I've overheard. That's not true. You can bid whatever you want, but the director may adjust the score if the bid was influenced by the hesitation . The same goes for insufficient bids . There are other options other than being forced to make your bid sufficient. Always call the director to hear all of your options.

ABOUT OUR GAME


  • Modern bidding - If you want to bid naturally and still "sound modern", it's easy. Just say your bid shows the suit below the suit above the one you bid. !!!
  • We are planning our schedule for the coming bridge season. We want to please you and would appreciate if you have any ideas for special games or events or if you have any suggestions, please let us know. We have arranged for several special evenings and do hope you will participate in the fun.
  • And remember: Always CALL THE DIRECTOR if any irregularity occurs at the table. Always lead face down - the best rule the ACBL ever made .... and please "No Post Mortems" until after you have played all the boards in the round.
  • Need a partner? Call PATTI GREIFF at 488-2887


EDITOR - Joan Schepps