Local Bridge: Apologies

  • Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Please note: there will be no game next Tuesday, April 16 at the Women’s Club. Too many people will not be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you the next Tuesday.

Last week I really made big mistakes in copying the following hand: No one vulnerable S dealer



H A Q 6 2

D Q 9 8 7

C A K 6 5

West East

S K J T 9 8 2 S A 7 6

H T H J 9 7 5 3

D T 6 4 3 2 D A

C T C 9 8 3 2


S 5 4 3

H K 8 4

D K J 5

C Q J 7 4

This hand was of particular interest because it shows high card points (HCP) don’t always matter.

The N/S pair holds 27 HCP while E/W has only 13 HCP. But look at the shape of the hands. N/S was bidding hearts and clubs.

East knew his partner had 6 spades, as he opened a weak 2S bid.

Since East held 5 hearts and 4 clubs, opponents’ suits, he figured his partner was short in these.

His diamond singleton ace became a great card. He also had 3 of his partner’s spades giving the partnership 9 trump.

He now figures he can bid 4 spades safely especially since no one was vulnerable. N/S of course doubled E/W’s “silly” bid.

In play, declarer never drew trump and was able to cross rough to his heart’s content.

The results: E/W made 4SW doubled for the best score. N/S’s best effort was 4CN making 4.

Evergreen’s April 5th winners were: First, Harold and Carol Winecoff; second, Gloria Bryant /Betsy Bare; third, Marie Pugh/Ruth Bowles; fourth, Pat Featherston/Dick Brisbin.

On Tuesday at the Women’s Club, Pat Macon/Myrnie McLaughlin took first with Marie Pugh/Loyd Hill finishing in second place.

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