Another very sad week. The passing of Paul O'Reilly leaves a void that will be impossible to fill. He chaired the governing council of the CBAI and was one of the most active promoters of the game for a great many years.
Highly popular with everybody, he was also a top-class player and only three weeks ago played in the highly testing Kelburne Cup, in which he finished in a very high position despite being obviously very ill. Indeed, he attended the AGM just eight days before his passing. My own sincere sympathy to his wife, LizAnn, herself a very fine player and former international.
First congress of the new season opens at Hotel Ballina this coming Friday. Usual programme starting with mixed pairs. We have congress pairs for all grades on Saturday and two-session teams on Sunday. Entries to Vincent McMahon at (096) 72290.
Contact Vanessa O'Keeffe at (087) 286-6579 if you are interested in taking in a Bridge week in Andalucia from Sept 8.
You often see weird results open the scoresheet.
Bidding (NS vul)
S W N E 1NT P 2C P 2D X XX P P P How in Heaven's name can you get into this farcical contract and give away 1,000? Very easy if you play two different systems.
N thought 2D by S showed the minors. S thought he was showing something else such as a minimum 1NT. And to see that 4H makes. Ouch!