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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Ron Jeffers newest Life Master

Congratulations to Ron for this achievement.  He also became a Bronze Life Master at the same time because he had greater than 500 master points.  He is a very good player and a big help to all of us. Thanks and congratulations.

This week we address bidding over a RHO preempt bid. If you’re holding 13-15 points and your RHO pre-empts, what do you do? Billy Miller gives this guideline:

Defenders holding many cards in the pre-empted suit try hard NOT to bid, while defenders with few to none in the pre-empted suit strains to bid. Therefore, if you hold few cards in the pre-empted suit, a 5 card major and 14 points you can choose to double or bid your suit.

It is usually correct to make the least restrictive bid, therefore doubling is the better choice. This allows a possible contract in one of the other 3 suits or for partner to pass your double if he holds length in the pre-empted suit allowing you to reap a penalty score.

We had a smaller than usual Friday, Aug. 11 game since many of our players were attending the Hendersonville Sectional.

Winning our game: A strat 1st Becky Creekmore and Dick Brisbin, 2nd Fern Albracht and Shirley Jeffers, 3rd Myrnie and John McLaughlin, 4th Ruth Bowles and Marie Pugh;

B strat 1st Pat Macon and Carol Bachl, 2nd Genny Mozolak and Joe O’Brien.

Featured is board  25 from Friday’s game.

E/W dealer

North vulnerable

NORTH:

S  K

H  J T 8

D  T 9

C  A Q 9 8 7 5 3

WEST:

S  A 9 5 4 3

H  K 4

D  A 8 5 3

C  6 4

EAST:

S Q J 6

H  A 7 3 2

D  K 7 6

C  K J T

SOUTH:

S  T 8 7 2

H  Q 9 6 5

D  Q J 4 2

C  2

Genny Mozolak and Joe O’Brien were best N/S defeating 3NE 1 trick while Mack Brown and Fred Krusemark  bid 3NTE making 4 for the best E/W score.

The Tuesday, Aug. 15 Women’s Club game winners were:

A strat 1st Carol Winecoff and Myrnie McLaughlin, 2nd Becky Creekmore and Pat Macon, 3rd Lawana Ford and Betty Bills, 4th Dick Brisbin and Marie Pugh;

B  Strat 1st Lawana Ford and Betty Bills, 2nd Georgia Sorensen and Ron Caudle.

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