Monday 26 September 2016

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Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

Duais an Uachtarain is one of those championship events in which all grades can pit their wits against each other with a reasonable chance of collecting a prize of some sort, since there are many on offer. The venue is the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, and that should be ideally situated for anyone. Entries to Headquarters. Last we­ekend of the month.

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And that leads to the very popular Drogheda Congress at the Westcourt Hotel from 2 October to 5. There is over €8,000 in prize money. It's the usual programme with mixed on Friday, pairs on Saturday and teams at 12.0 on the final day. There will be a separate confined pairs event if there are sufficient entries. Entries to Peter Byrne, 086-8049531.

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of one of the real characters of Bridge. Robert Plunkett was a top-class player and you took him on at the table at your peril. He was a really tough opponent and played at the highest level including the Camrose Trophy. How often do you see a contract of 1D on this type of hand. "But I have only four hcp", wails S. A fair point and then we come to W. Don't even think of bidding over 1D with that singleton Spade. Bidding (all not vul) N E S W 1D P 1S P 3NT P 4S P P P I think S should bid 1S. Anything has to be better than 1D and you do have that four-card H suit as well. Just about a bid I would say.

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