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Off to a good start

The year 2014 has begun well. We have had great attendance at our Evergreen game and the Women’s Club game had a great week.
This past week we welcomed Dr. Randy McClary and Rick Sorensen to our midst. Judy Goodman was a welcome addition to Tuesday’s game. We hope they enjoyed their time with us.
With a few exceptions our players are playing on a similar level. Often it is difficult to pick a board to highlight since the scores are in the same direction.
An obvious best N/S or E/W is not available. This week’s hand is an example.
Four out of six pairs N/S bid 4 or 5 hearts making their bid with even results.
The lowest N/S scores were a result of two E/W pairs insisting on bidding 4 or 5 spades by East and going down 1 trick.
This is an example of bidding according to distribution, opponent’s bidding and awareness of vulnerability.
No one had enough points to bid and make game score yet 4 N/S pairs did just that.
Two pairs E/W were willing to go down 1 or 2 tricks to hand N/S a low score. Going down is not always bad.
At Evergreen, winners N/S were: First, Ruth Bowles and Marie Pugh; second, Dick Brisbin and Pat Featherston; third, Randy McClary and Ron Jeffers. E/W first, Chuck and Margaret Rimer; second, John and Myrnie McLaughlin; third/fourth tied, Harold and Carol Winecoff with Judy Gealy and Pat Macon.
This is board No. 18 from January 17. N/S vulnerable East dealer
NORTH:
S 5
H 7 6 5 4 3
D A Q T 9 8
c A 2
WEST: EAST:
S J 4 3 S A K Q T 8 6 2
H T 9 8 H
D K J 7 3 D 5 2
D J T 9 D Q 8 6 4
SOUTH:
S 9 7
H A K Q J 2
D 6 4
D K 7 5 3
The Women’s Club winners were: First, Betty Bills and Toni Iossi; second/third, Harold and Carol Winecoff and Marie Pugh and Dick Brisbin; fourth, Becky Creekmore and Loyd Hill.

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