Pairs competition at Bridge Club

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The play at Stornoway Bridge Club this week saw 3 ½ tables with a 28 board movement allowing for a Pairs Competition.

The hands didn’t appear to be quite as devious as the previous week, but there were still plenty of hands with singletons and the occasional void.

Rita MacDonald joined forces with Stewart MacDonald and Jean MacLeod was reunited with Derek MacKenzie, with the remaining pairs teamed up with their regular partners.

Murdo Kennedy and Norah MacDonald bid and made the only slam of the evening on board 27, but apart from that brief moment of glory couldn’t replicate their success of last week.

It was a close call for first place this week and the final four boards maybe tipped the balance for the eventual winners.

Congratulations to Rita and Stewart who came in first with a score of 64%. They were particularly impressive against Liz Carmichael and Jimmy Ogilvie and Jenny Morrison and Gerda Graauwmans!

In second place with 63% were Derek and Jean. They had four great hands against Bryan Harris and Colin Scott but didn’t fare quite so well against Liz and Jimmy.

In third place were Jenny and Gerda with 55%. Gerda played a magnificent 4SX on board 20 and guess who doubled? Yes, Murdo Kennedy, back to his old tricks already!

Next week we welcome back Mike Kisil to the Club to play with his former partner Dave Gormley. Unfortunately, Mike and Dave won’t be able to defend their SBU Autumn Pairs place but they can compete for the Golf Club Trophy instead!

Competition Bridge is held on Tuesday night at the Golf Club at 7pm and anyone interested in playing should contact any member of the Club or the Secretary Jenny Morrison on 01851860333 for further information.

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Improvers Bridge is played on Thursday (as above). This is a gentle session of about 15 boards where players can practice and try out new conventions without the pressure of the clock.

We also welcome anyone who wishes to learn how to play this magnificent game. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner as we have players available to make up the numbers.

Pictured are 1st place winners Rita MacDonald and Stewart MacDonald.