Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2016

Once again

How many times have we done Negative Doubles? Before your eyes glass over, this is the second part of the convention that is not as well known.

This is the scenario: Your partner opens, RHO bids a suit, you hold the suit named and another suit and have 8-16 points. If playing Negative Doubles you have lost the direct penalty double so you must pass. It is then necessary for partner to “protect your pass.” If opener (your partner) then bids a suit or NT he shows a strong hand or a very distributional hand. If he passes he shows a minimum opening hand with wasted values in the overcalled suit. With other hands opener will “double” allowing you to pass if you wanted to make a penalty double and couldn’t because you are playing “negative doubles.” Rarely when opener doubles, will you have a very bad hand; you must find a bid even if you must pick a 3 card suit.

At Evergreen on Aug. 26 we welcomed visitors from Winston-Salem and after long absences Georgia Sorensen, Fern Albracht and Simon Brigman.

Winners were: N/S 1st Beth Shafer and Toni Iossi, 2nd Ruth Bowles and Marie Pugh, 3rd Nancy Brandt and Tom Johnson.

E/W 1st Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin, 2nd BettyBonner Steele and Betty Bills, 3rd Fern Albracht and Judy Hurder.

Featured is board #19 E/W vulnerable South dealer



H A 9 6 3


C A K J 8 6

WEST:               EAST:

S Q 9                   S A J 8 5 4 3 2

H K Q 5              H 7 2

D 9 7 6 2             D K 8

C T 9 7 4              C 5 3


S 7 6

H J T 8 4

D J T 5 4 3

C Q 2

Best N/S Joe O’Brien and Genny Mozolak 3SE*-1 while best E/W 5CN-3 made by BettyBonnerSteele and Betty Bills.

Our Aug. 30 Club Championship Women’s Club winners: 1st Jayne Shive and Sonjia McHone, 2nd John and Myrnie McLaughlin, tied for 3rd /4th Georgia Sorensen and Wade Lowder with Lawana Ford and Betty Bills.