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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Insufficient

Insufficient bids are one of the most common infractions to occur at the bridge table. Because of this we all think we know how to correctly handle the problem, but we don’t. The procedure is this: Anyone can call attention to the irregularity by announcing, ”insufficient” or by making a director call. No other utterances are acceptable. Once the problem is noted it is up to and only up to the next bidder to decide what is to happen with that insufficient bid. He may choose to accept the bid or to have it made sufficient.

But if no one notices the problem and the next bidder passes before the infraction is noted, the bid is said to then be accepted and no rectification can be made. You may want to accept an insufficient bid if it helps you keep your bidding low. Insisting on a sufficient bid by opponents may force them to an unwanted higher level. It’s always OK to accept an insufficient bid. Before taking action, think about what will benefit your side and act accordingly.

The Friday June 22 Evergreen game was run by Ron Jeffers in my absence. Thanks Ron. Winning this game were: 1st Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles, 2nd Pat Featherston and Dick Brisbin, 3rd Judy Hurder and Pat Macon, 4th Marvin Jones and Mack Brown.

Winners at the Thursday June 21 One More Game were: tied for 1st /2nd Judy Hurder and Ron Caudle with Jayne Shive and Sonjia McHone.

Winning the June 27 Women’s Club Game were: N/S 1st Judy Hurder and Pat Macon, 2nd Fern Albracht and Nancy Stanback; E/W 1st Toni Iossi and Beth Shafer, 2nd Wade Lowder and Fred Bachl

Game schedules: Tuesday at 1 p.m. Salisbury Women’s Club; for info call 704-636-9781.
Thursday at 12:30 p.m. First Methodist Church; for info call 704-857-2325.
Friday at 1 p.m. at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center; for info call 704-6369781.

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