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Schedule changes for bridge for the fall

August 31, 2018

There will be no duplicate game at the YWCA this Monday, Labor Day. The YW will resume its regular weekly duplicate on Monday, Sept. 10. Players are reminded that the starting time for the game will revert to 12:15 p.m. instead of the summer starting time of 1:15.

Also resuming at the YW this Friday, Sept. 7, will be its Supervised Play class with blackboard discussion. The class, which is limited to 12 preregistered tables of four, begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends about noon. A signup sheet for the first class has been posted just inside the back doors at the YW.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on basic bridge probabilities. In the following problem, you are given your own and the dummy’s holding in two different suits, and are to determine the best percentage play under the specified circumstances.

YOU: S K54, C 8654; DUMMY: S 632, C 9732.

Percentage-wise, which of these two suits has the greater chance of yielding a trick?

Answer: In actual practice, it is quite possible that you would make a trick with the king of spades more often than making one in clubs, since on many deals you would not have the time to set up and cash a club trick (unless the opponents help you by taking their top clubs, which is not that unlikely). But that was not the question. Percentage-wise, you have only a 50 percent chance of making a trick with the spade king on your own, while the club suit will furnish a trick whenever the opposing clubs are divided 3-2, a 68 percent possibility.

The week’s results:

Greenwich YWCA open duplicate: North-South, 1. Renate Fremuth-Mary Oztemel, 2. Carol Cram-Bev Hartley, 3. Ann and Fred Jones, 4. Ruth Newberg-Jean Raben; East-West, 1. Doris Greenwald-Terry Lubman, 2. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 3. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 4. Susanne Redmond-Barbara Sexton.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club weekly duplicate: North-South, 1. Audrey Dornier-Marilyn Gordon, 2. Barbie Jackson-Pat Riggs, 3. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore; East-West, 1. Barbara Bellafiore-Holly Pastula, 2. Sandy and Kurt Schaffir, 3. Doris Erdman-Ginny Wolff.

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