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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Leslie Shafer, a writer in the ACBL Bulletin, writes that it is poor form to use jump bids off hand and too early in a bidding sequence. If partner opens the bidding and you have a good hand, don’t use a jump bid as your first response. Partner owes you a bid since you changed suits. It is important to leave your partner some bidding room for a second bid further defining his hand. You also have a better chance to describe yours as well. When you don’t know where you’re going, take your time. Many slams can be missed if you, as responder, “hog” all the room by bidding at a high level too quickly. Jumps are left for weaker and imbalanced hands.

Our Friday, Feb. 17 Evergreen game was a Club Championship game with higher points awarded. Winners were: 1st Pat Macon and Judy Gealy, 2nd BettyBonner Steele and Rosemary Sokolowski, 3rd Sonjia McHone and Pat Featherston, 4th Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles, and 5th Patty King and Becky Creekmore.

Featured is board # 14 from that game. No one vulnerable East dealer

NORTH:

S  Q J 3

H  A K 7 6 2

D  A K 2

C  6 5

WEST:           EAST:

S  9 6 4          S  T 8 7 5

H  J T 3          H  Q 9 5 4

D  T 9 8 3      D  7 4

C  K Q 3         C  T 9 4

SOUTH:

S  A K 2

H  8

D Q J 6 5

C  A J 8 7 2

Rosemary Sokolowski and BettyBonner Steele had the best N/S score bidding 3NS making 6 while Joe O’Brien and Genny Mozolak scored best E/W defeating opponent’s 6NS 2 tricks.

We will have our Club Championship game at the Women’s Club Feb. 28. Come join us.

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