When I spent a lot of time in the Mater Hospital there was no Bridge to be played there. Now there is.
This is all thanks to the indefatigable Sister Moira Lynam - who, as a result of her sterling efforts in promoting the game, has become the latest recipient of the CBAI President's Award.
Formed in 1994, the Hospital Bridge club had fallen on lean times - until Sister Moira got to work and now the club is thriving thanks to her great work. The club now has 12 or more tables on most evenings.
Next item on the agenda is the AGM of the CBAI which will be held in Westmanstown on July 6.
Let's say you hold 12HCP and your left-hand opponent bids 7NT. Would you be tempted to double? Here is a hand from Bray which proved very expensive for West.
Bidding (NS vul)
NES W 1SP2D P 3CP3S P 4CP4D P 5CP4H P 4SP4NT P 5HP7NT X
Stone cold of course. Not sure where W thought he would get a trick on this bidding aggressive though it was.
S was showing all the necessary controls and W should have been aware of that especially as he knew E had not a point in his hand.
S was able to show all the necessary controls. Once again, I point to the distribution rather than the actual HCP holding.
♠ J52♠ 97
♥ KQJ♥ 108742
♦ KQ92♦ 8753
♣ 875♣ 32