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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Bargain Reminders

Several times lately I’ve overheard discussions on how and when to use our bargain Michael’s and 2NT overcall bids. The Unusual 2NT overcall can be used with any number of points and it is as follows: RHO bids a major suit and you have 2 five card minor suits bid 2NT. RHO bids 1 Club or 1 Diamond and you have 5 of the other 2 lowest unbid suits bid 2NT. The unusual 2NT bid never shows a 5 card Spade suit.

The Michaels convention on the other hand is usually used with less than 11 points and is as follows: RHO bids a major suit and you raise that suit 1 level you are saying you have 5 cards in the other major and an unknown minor. If RHO bids 1 of a minor suit and you raise that suit 1 level you are saying you have 5 cards in both major suits. Think things through and pick wisely. Your proper bid may be neither bargain bid.

Our Friday October 9th Evergreen game winners were: 1st Carol and Harold Winecoff, 2nd Georgia Sorensen and Wade Lowder, 3rd Maureen Busse and Loyd Hill, 4th Ron and Shirley Jeffers, 5th Nancy Brandt and Tom Johnson.

Featured is board #3 from the October 9th game         E/W vulnerable  South Dealer



S  A J 7 6

H  8 6

D  T 7

C  K 9 7 5 4

WEST:                            EAST:

S  Q                                    S  T 8 5 3

H  T 7 5 4                          H  A K Q 2

D  K 9 8 4 3                       D  Q J 6

C  T 6 2                               C  J 3


S  K 9 4 2

H  J 9 3

D  A 5 2

C  A Q 8

Best N/S score went to Ruth Bowles and Marie Pugh bidding 2SN making 5, while best E/W score was made by Ron and Shirley Jeffers bidding and making 3DW.

Tuesday October 13th Women’s Club game winners: tied for1st/2nd ron Jeffers and Fern Albracht with Wayne Pegram and Maggie Canup, 3rd Wade Lowder and Georgia Sorensen.

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