Friday 21 October 2016


Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

The busiest few weeks of the year is upon us with a host of championship events and a bundle of congress weekends.

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We begin with the inter provincial championships this coming weekend in Athlone and follow with Donegal Congress. Entries to Ana Carr at 087-2541504. On then to the East of Ireland congress in Dundalk. The venue is the Crown Plaza Hotel and there is a full programme starting on November 13 with mixed pairs (early starts for the main events). Entries to Eileen McEntegert at (042) 9321643 or email

Kilkenny has long been one of the most popular week-ends of the season and has moved to an excellent home in the Ormonde Hotel, right in the middle of town. More details nearer the date. I won't go into the reasons for the date confusion over the Lady Milne trials dates. Suffice to say year-old notices should never be left on a website.

Me mother used say: "Never send a child on a man's errand". Hand from a recent club competition.

Bidding (NS vul)

W N E S 3S X 4S 5C P 6C All pass

Believe it or not, one NS pair were allowed to play in 4H. My view of this hand is simple. E should go straight to 6S, going 3 down against a stone cold vul Club slam. I also saw 6H bid and made when CA and a ruff beats it. And even if S is allowed to bid 6C then EW should sacrifice not vul.












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