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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Sitting around the kitchen table this question arose: “What is a redouble, and how is it used?”

At home I consulted Alan Truscott’s book, Basic Bridge in Three Weeks and found this explanation. A redouble is appropriate with almost all good 10 point hands if partner has opened and RHO has doubled. You know that with only 40 high card points in the deck, your partnership has at least 23 points and opponents only 17 at the most. The hand should be yours. If LHO goes on, then you may be able to double their bid for penalty thus getting a good result. If opponents pass, then your partner has a chance to place the contract where he wishes. If after a double by RHO you do not have 10 points, then support partners bid, name your suit, or pass. In summary, a redouble just declares you have 10 points with the contract to be decided by further bidding. Again discuss this with partner and practice this together as well.

We had a challenging Evergreen game on Friday, July 31. Winners N/S were: First, Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin; second, Pat Macon and Judy Gealy; third, Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles. Winning E/W: First, Chuck and Margaret Rimer; second, Joe O’Brien and Genny Mozolak; third, visitors Peter Boyd-Bowman and MaryAnn Young.

Since we were to be away Aug. 1-5, I submitted the above article to appear Sunday Aug. 9. The article was not picked up due to computer issues and didn’t run. We therefore have three more games to report and no hand will be picked due to space issues.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Women’s Club winners were: First, Jayne Shive and Sonjiia McHone; second, Dick Brisbin and Pat Featherston; third, Jan Metz and Craig Poplin. Many thanks go to Dick Brisbin for running this Women’s Club game while we were away.

Friday. Aug. 7 at the Evergreen game, winning were: First, Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin, tying for second/third, Fern Albracht and Maureen Busse with Chuck and Margaret Rimer; and fourth, Ron Jeffers and Anita Graham.

Winning the Tuesday. Aug. 11 Women’s Club game: First, Fern Albracht and Carol Bachl; second, Judy Hurder and Myrnie McLaughlin; third, Georgia Sorensen and Wade Lowder, tied for fourth /fifth, Judy Gealy and Pat Macon with Marie Pugh and Loyd Hill.

Thanks for all your support for me while I’ve been struggling with the Bridgemate System. One day it will be great!

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