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Upcoming Events:

  Month of October ACBL’s Club Appreciation Pair & Team Games held awarding 81.8% sectional-rated black points (fractional gold points awarded in team games)


  Oct 20-22, 2017

   Fall COBA Sectional Tournament @ the Haimerl Center.


  Nov. 4 - 5, 2017        District 11 North American Pairs Final, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm @ the Cincinnati Sectional Tournamnt


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Complimentary  Class

   Recently, Paulo Brum offered to teach a class at the Bridge Center. He is a champion bridge player, from Brazil and is planning to move to Columbus next year.


   Having played bridge since he was 15, Paulo won his first junior South American championship in 1996.  Playing as an adult, he has competed in the Bermuda Bowl since 2007. His last World Championship appearance was in Poland (2016) in the World Championships. His best known partners include Marcelo Branco and Gabriel Chagas.


   He will conduct a class on Saturday, September 16, from 10:00 am to Noon demonstrating some of the hands. They are from a previous tournament and you will play ten hands. Building partnership strength is very important and Paulo requests that you arrive with a partner, so that you can practice together. We will compare results with what happened at a World Tournament. Afterwards, there will be a detailed discussion of each hand and participants will receive a printed analysis of each hand.


    Paulo is Nalita Hall’s son and offers this class for your enjoyment -

no charge!  Please ask a partner and signup at the club ASAP. 


July, 2017    HIGHEST POINT         WINNERS!

Non-Life Master Players

 1. Phil Gath

 2. Bob Davis

 3. Joe Wernet

 4. Ron Rybak

 5. Bob Furlong

 6. Karen Clemency

 7. Anita Bolz

 8. Dennis Fisher

 9. John Heft

10. Patricia Liddle


All Players

1.  Jim Bachelder

2.  Gary Shade

3.  Judy Zimmerman

4.  Sam Hinkle

5.  Geprge St Pierre

6.  Dean Ishida

7.  Mary K Fletcher

8.  Cheryl Schneider

9.  Dick Angelou

10.  Tim  Kohl



Facts About 4th Suit Forcing to Game

§  4th suit forcing is not used after a 2/1 response. It is used when one player has bid one of a sit and his partner responds a the one level.

§  4th suit forcing is not used when your opponents intervene in the bidding. Instead, use a cuebid as a forcing bid.

§  4th suit forcing is not used after a reverse or after a 2§ opener, because you are in a forcing auction already.

Responses to 4th Suit Forcing

   In order of importance:

§  Bid partner’s major suit if you hold three of them.

§  Bid Notrump at the lowest level if you do not have three of the major, but you do have a stopper in the 4th suit, and otherwise

§  Bid naturally – that is, if you hold four cards in the 4th suit, with a stopper, raise the suit.

§  Occasionally, you won’t have any of the above. Make a descriptive bid, often a return to your original suit.


The Logic of 4th Suit Forcing to Game….an alertable bid!

By  Jim Bachelder


     Recently, I have encountered players, playing 2/1 Game Force, who have not alerted the bid of the 4th suit. When I inquired as to why no alert was proffered, the reasons were that they were ALREADY in a forcing auction and frequently state the following:

(A) “Wouldn't that be redundant? (we’re in a game force),” or

(B) “It’s most likely natural.”


Your hand:     S   K9                                    Partner           You

                         H   432                                       1S                2C

                         D   J65                                        2D                  ?

                         Cl   AKQ76


Your possible rebids:          1.  2S =  3 spades

                                                2.  2NT= guarantees a heart stopper

                                                3.  3C = 6+ clubs

                                                4.  3D  = 4 or more diamonds


The correct bid:  2H, 4th suit forcing to game. Clearly, it has nothing to do with hearts.


Your hand:    S   432                                   Partner           You

                         H   K9                                         1H                2C

                         D   KJ6                                       2D                  ?

                         Cl   AQJ76


Your possible rebids:          1.  2NT= guarantees a spade stopper

                                                     (if your KJ6 of diamonds had been spades,

                                                      you would rebid 2NT with alacrity)

                                                2.  3C = 6+ clubs

                                                3.  3D  = 4 or more diamonds

                                                4.  2S  =  4th suit forcing, artificial, forcing, and alertable


Reasons for initiating the 4th suit response:

            1.  You may not know which game to bid

            2.  You have a notrump oriented hand but NO stopper in the unbid suit (or in opponent’s suit). Don’t make the mistake of bidding notrump with no stopper or you may regret it

            3.  You wish to keep the bidding low because you have potential slam interest


Slow Losers vs Fast Losers

 By Joyce Penn

   How many tricks do you expect to win if one suit that you hold is AKx, opposite three small cards in the dummy?  How many tricks to you expect to win if a suit that you hold is KQJ, opposite three small cards in the dummy (xxx)?

   In both cases, declarer can expect to win two tricks and lose one. This is where the similarity ends. In the first holding, declarer has a third round loser (slow) which gives declarer time to use another suit to discard that one loser.

   In the second holding, declarer has a first round (fast) loser. Declarer would need three discards from another suit to avoid that loser. Declarer cannot afford to lose any tricks in the process, since the loser in the second holding can immediately be grabbed by the defense. It is useful, when declaring, to notice if your losers are fast or slow. When planning the play of a hand, slow losers can be used to your advantage: search other side suits for ways to discard those losers.

   A “mirror” distribution refers to the holding where both declarer and dummy have the same length in all four suits. No matter how many high card points are held, declarer may have limited trick taking ability since no suit can provide discards for slow losers.


A Guide to The Limited Games at the Bridge Center


   Each Monday and Friday morning, we hold a limited pairs section beside our Open Pairs section, at 11:30 am. Masterpoints awarded are 80% of those in the open game and allow you to compete against other limited pairs. The maximum award is 1.20 masterpoints for a limited game. On Monday, you, or your partner, may not have more than 750 MPs and on Friday, players with up to 1,000 MPs may play in this section.

   Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, we hold a handicap open pairs game, in which players with limited masterpoints are given a board handicap, based on their existing masterpoints. Handicap categories begin with the 0-5 masterpoint players, progressing through 5-20 MPs, 20-50 MPs and all the way to 2,000 MPs, at which point, no handicap is given. Masterpoint awards are “split” for these games. There are two categories of winners, raw and handicap. First place in the handicap field is 50 percent of what it would normally be, but players who place in both fields, receive a combination of scores. No negative handicaps are permitted.

    Circle your difficult hands each Tuesday and join Joyce, at 3:15 pm, for a discussion of the bidding, play and/or defense, of those tough boards. If a convention is involved, in the bidding, Joyce will review it and consider alternative treatments. She discusses leads and declarer play, to help you improve, from week to week. Each Thursday morning, at 10:15, join Cheryl for regular instruction and hand analysis. Bring your problem hands to discuss and learn Cheryl’s solutions as she discusses each hand, and topic. There is no charge for these sessions.



Passive Defense = “safe.” Leading from three low cards or the top of a sequence. This type of defense is usually indicated unless you see a runnable side-suit in dummy and suspect declarer can throw his losers away.

Aggressive Defense = “attacking.” It is designed to capture tricks quickly, such as leading away from a king or laying down an unsupported ace. Suppose you decide to attack a suit holding K J 2. Which card should you lead? Lead the 2, hoping your partner has the Ace and can come back through declarer, trapping his Q with your K and J. Try to be passive, unless the evidence indicates that declarer can dispose of losers, unless you do become active.


1. The common phrase, “Eight Ever-Nine Never,” refers only to the missing Queen of trump. Therefore, if you are declaring a hand with 8 trumps between you and the dummy, it is probably correct to finesse for the Queen (“ever”). If you are declaring a hand with 9 trumps between you and the dummy, it is probably correct to NOT finesse for the Queen (“never”). That is, with no extraneous information from the bidding, play the Ace of trump, followed by the King of trump, hoping that the Queen falls. 2. An opening lead of a singleton is seldom correct – especially if your partner has never bid. Why? He’s not getting in to give you the ruff you want so badly!