Local bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin
Double Double Toil and Trouble
When I was playing with friends, very good bridge players, a convention came up that was new to me.
Unlike many conventions, this is one that often comes up and is useful. The Responsive Double is a take-out double and therefore indicates 2 suits. This is how it works.
Your LHO bids a minor suit. You bid your suit or you double. RHO raises partner’s minor suit. Your partner holds the 2 major suits or the 2 unbid suits, has 6-7 points so she can make the Responsive Double.
This tells you the 2 suits partner holds and how many points to count on from her. Now you can more reliably make a choice for your bid at a relatively low level with the hope to reach the right contract. Remember, pass is always an option.
Since the Charlotte Regional was in session, we had a small but lively group at Evergreen on Friday, Oct. 30. Winning: First, Ruth Bowles and Becky Creekmore; second, John and Myrnie McLaughlin; third, Joe O’Brien and Genny Mozolak.
Featured is Board # 6 E/W vulnerable East dealer.
S A T 8 5 4 3
H A 3 2
C J T 5
S J 7 6 2 S K
H Q 9 6 H J T 5 4
D A 8 3 D 7 6 4 2
C A K 2 C 8 6 4 3
S Q 9
H K 8 7
D K Q T 9 5
C Q 9 7
Wayne Pegram and Anita Graham had the best N/S score bidding 3SN+1, while the best E/W score was made by Joe O’Brien and Genny Mozolak who defeated 4SN 2 tricks.
Our Tuesday, Nov. 3rd Women’s Club game winners were: First, Tom Johnson and Nancy Brandt; second, Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin; third, Shirley Jeffers and Wade Lowder; tied for dourth/fifth, Wayne Pegram and Everett Halsall with Fern Albracht and John McLaughlin.