Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 18, 2016


Every sanctioned bridge game has a director who is there to adjudicate disputes among players. Many of us know the rules of play, but it is still recommended that you call the director especially if one person at the table is uncomfortable.

There are two examples that have recurred at our games. One is play of the cards: when is a card played and when is it not? There are two standards. If declarer starts to play a card that is visible to the opponents, but has not been played, he may put it back in his hand and play a different card. Opponents, however, must play a card if others and especially his partner has seen it.

The second problem comes when declarer claims prematurely and either defender wants declarer to play the hand out. Declarer must comply with that request, without argument, even if he is sure he’s right. Take the time to complete play of the hand. The best way to avoid a problem is to wait until there are less than 5 cards left in hand.

The Friday, Sept. 9 Evergreen game winners were: N/S 1st Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles, 2nd Harold and Carol Winecoff, 3rd Nancy Brandt and Tom Johnson; E/W 1st Christy Cline and Fern Albracht, 2nd Pat Macon and Judy Gealy, 3rd Becky Creekmore and Dick Brisbin.

Featured is board # 21 from the Friday game  N/S vulnerable  North dealer


S J 6 4 3

H  A K 6 5 3

D  6

C  9 6 3

WEST:                 EAST:

S  2                        S A K Q T 8 5

H 7 4                     H  Q 2

D  K 8 7 3             D  A J T 9 4

C  A K Q 8 5 2      C ­


S  9 7

H  J T 9 8

D  Q 5 2

J T 7 4

Nancy Brandt and Tom Johnson had the best N/S score defeating 6NE 3 tricks, while best E/W score was made by Pat Macon and Judy Gealy making their 4SE+1 contract. Opening lead is crucial in setting the 6NE contract. A club lead will allow contract to make.

The Sept. 13 Women’s Club winners were: 1st Dave Goff and Dick Brisbin, 2nd Jayne Shive and Sonjia McHone, 3rd Anita Graham and Jean Hill.

Congratulations all!

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