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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Hand Evaluation

The traditional way of counting points in your hand may not be the best way to evaluate imbalanced hands. In evaluating the rank of importance of your cards. As are first as they represent strength, power and tempo, singletons and voids second, and Ks third as they can stop an opponent’s runaway in that suit.

If you are holding As, singletons/voids, and Ks you should be thinking about playing in a suit. If the bidding indicates that a suit contract is in store, add half a point to As and beware of making Ks 3 points. If a K is unsupported it may not be worth anything. Singletons/voids are valuable in a suit and can be upgraded. Here it is important to use the splinter bid to fully inform partner of the worth of your hand. If it appears you will be playing in a NT contract, add a full point to As and full value to other cards.

Winners at our Friday, Oct. 21 Evergreen game were: 1st Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin, 2nd John and Myrnie McLaughlin, 3rd Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles, 4th Pat Macon and Judy Gealy, and 5th Andra Cozart and Jan Glover.

Featured is board # 23 from that game    All vulnerable   South dealer


S  A J T 8

H  A 6 5 4

D  9 4 2

C   K J

WEST:              EAST:

S  Q 3 2              S  7 4

H  9                     H  K Q J 2

D  K T 8              D  A Q J 5

C  Q T 9 8 5 2     C  A 7 3


S  K 9 6 5

H  T 8 7 3

D  7 6 3

C  6 4

Rosemary Sokolowski and BettyBonner Steele defeated opponent’s 3NE 1 trick for the best N/S score while the best E/W score was 3CE+2 made by Pat Macon and Judy Gealy.

We had a very small game at the Women’s Club October 25. Winning 1st Fern Albracht and Christy Cline and tied for 2nd /3rd Pat Macon and Judy Hurder with Chuck and Margaret Rimer.

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