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Bridge Corner: March 9, 2017

Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU).

The Tidewater Bridge Unit would like to thank the MEMBERS, FRIENDS and SUPPORTERS for their participation in the March 1st  Nationwide Bridge Game sponsored by the American Bridge Association (ABA).  This game allowed all participating clubs and players across the nation to play the same bridge hands, and essentially, play against similarly ranked players around the country. If you like the thrill of competition and the excitement of winning, a Nationwide Game is the game for you!  Join us June 2, 2017 for our next Nationwide Game.

North (N) and South (S) are in a 4 Heart Contract.  South is Declarer, North is Dummy, and West has the opening lead.  Can you make the contract?


(S) 764

(H) 3

(D)  A1054

(C)  A9862

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West               East

(S) QJ92           (S) K53

(H) —–            (H) 108765

(D) J8732        (D) KQ

(C)  K753         (C) Q104


(S)  A108

(H) AKQJ942

(D)  96

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(C)  J

1. How many points in each hand?

2. How many tricks have you contracted to take?

3. What should West lead?

4. After South wins the (H) A, what is the next move?

5. When South begins to draw trumps (hearts), what is the surprise?

6. If South continues to play hearts, will South make the contract?

7. How should South proceed?


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1. N=8 points; S=15 points; E=10 points; W=7 points

2. 10 tricks

3.(S) Q

4. Pull trumps – lead the A (H)

5. A bad trump fit – West has NO hearts and East has FIVE hearts

6. No

7. Play two more rounds of hearts – K & Q, next lead the (C) J to the (C) A, then lead a club from Dummy and ruff/trump it in South’s hand.  A Diamond lead to the Ace in Dummy allows South to play another club from Dummy for a second club ruff in South’s hand.  At this point, South can play either his losing Diamond trick or the two losing Spade tricks – now South is “sitting pretty” with his (H) J9 over East’s      (H) 108.  Making four Hearts

Winning Pairs

February 28, 2017

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Section A Game

Delores Burney – Harriet F. Goodrich

Betty L .Warren – Olethia Everett

Oneida Lacey – Gloria Maddux

Shirley Nottingham – Elva N. Taylor

Lawrence Owes – Barbara Whitfield

Helen Lake – Cindy Burrell-Jones

Winning Pairs

March 1, 2017

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Nationwide Game

Harriet F. Goodrich – Rosemarie

Delores Burney – Gloria Maddux

Gillis Watson – Alex Lambert

Lawrence Owes – Barbara Whitfield

Leon C. Ragland – Oneida Lacey

Harold M. Kiefer – Cindy B. Jones

Wilma Horne – Olethia Everett

Betty L . Warren – Grace W. Setzer

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Shirley Nottingham – Elva Taylor

Happy Birthday To Our March Babies:

Harold Keifer – 9th        

Gillis Watson – 12th     

Delores Brown – 20th 

Geraldine Andrews – 21st   

Wilma Horne – 23rd   

Alex Lampert – 23rd  

Winnifred Washington – 24th    

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Dorothy Lorenz – 30th 




Tuesday, Mar. 14
Cooke-Suburban Bridge game
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

Wednesday, Mar. 15
Bon-Ton bridge game                           
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

All activities are located at the Berkley Senior Center, 925 S. Main Street, Norfolk, Va.

For additional information on classes, games, or tournaments, please call Delores Burney at (757) 321-0825 or Lawrence Owes at (757) 553-2601.

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