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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin


This week we had a discussion about the use of the STOP card.  As per the July Bridge Bulletin the ACBL is still debating whether or not to ban the use of the card. Too many pairs in our game as well as overall use it as a “hammer” to silently yell at your partner, ”wake up and recognize my cue bid to you.”  This is not what the STOP card is designed to do. It is to give LHO 5-7 seconds to revise his bid after a jump bid is made by RHO. But if he takes a lot longer than those 5-7 seconds and then passes he can possibly be thought to be giving Unauthorized Information to his partner.  In this circumstance, his partner is obliged to always honestly bid his own hand, ignoring partner’s possible cue.  Ethics is important at the bridge table.  Unethical behavior may be punished here even if it’s not in the “outside world.”

Summer vacations hit our Friday, July 7 Evergreen game with a smaller group in attendance.  Good fun and fellowship anyway.  Winning the stratified game were: 1st in A Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin, 2nd in A Becky Creekmore and Pat Macon, 3rd in A and 1st in B Judy Gealy and Carol Bachl, tied for 4th /5th in A Jean and Loyd Hill with Wade Lowder and Fred Bachl who were also 2nd in B and 1st in C, and 2nd in C Nancy Brandt and Fern Albracht.

Featured is board #11 from this game. No one vulnerable South dealing


S  T

H  J T 8

D  J 9 8 2

C  A Q T 9 7

WEST:              EAST:

S  8 7 4 3            S  Q J 9 5

H  K Q 6             H  A 7 5 4 3

D  A T 3              D  K 7

C  K 6 4              C  J 3


S  A K 6 2

H  9 2

D  Q 6 5 4

C  8 5 2


Mack Brown and Fred Krusemark had the best N/S score defeating opponents 4H 2 tricks while Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin and the best E/W score bidding and making 3NT.

The Tuesday, July 11 Women’s Club game had 5 tables.  Winning: Strat A 1st Georgia Sorensen and John McLaughlin, 2nd Nancy Brandt and Tom Johnson (also 1st in B), 3rd Betsy Bare and Jayne Shive, 4th Judy Gealy and Shirley Jeffers, 2nd Strat B Fern Albracht and Jean Hill.  We welcome all new duplicate players.  Get a partner and come on.  Tuesday Women’s Club at 1 p.m. and Friday Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 1 p.m.

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