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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Your partner just opened with a 3 or 4 weak bid. Now what do you do? You know several things. Your partner, if he said 3 has 7 in the suit and 10 points, and if he said 4 of a suit he is also weak but has 8 cards in that suit. More than likely there is no game this round.
The next move is yours. Your choices are 1. You have a good hand but no fit, Pass is your best bet. 2. 3NT, but you must have almost 9 tricks in your hand as transportation might be tricky so you must make the contract on your own. 3. Bid game in partner’s suit. To do this you must have As and Ks in the outside suits or clear good support in partner’s bid suit and an unusual distribution yourself. Weak openers are often used to keep opponents from communicating at lower levels. They must make a higher than wanted bid to compete. 2 spades or hearts are wonderful if they are your long suits.
Winning our Friday, Aug. 21st Evergreen game were: N/S 1st Judy Gealy and Fern Albracht, 2nd Mack Brown and Marvin Jones, 3rd Genny Mozolak and Toni Iossi; E/W 1st Margaret and Chuck Rimer, 2nd Marnie and Charles Buchta, 3rd Loyd and Jean Hill.
Featured is board # 9 from this game. E/W vulnerable North dealer

NORTH:
S A 6
H K J 9 3 2
D Q 7 4 3
C T 4

WEST:            EAST:
S J 3 2             S K 9 8 5
H A Q 6           H T 8 7 4
D K J T 8 2     D 9 6 5
C 8 7                C 6 3

SOUTH:
S Q T 7 4
H 5
D A
C A K Q J 9 5 2

Winning best N/S score were Marvin Jones and Mack Brown bidding 3NS +2 while best E/W was 5CS-1 by Ann Hamm and Mary Hennie.
Our Tuesday, Aug. 21 Women’s Club special STaC game winners were: N/S 1st Dick Brisbin and Marie Pugh, 2nd Carol Bachl and Judy Gealy, 3rd Beth Shafer and Toni Iossi ; E/W 1st Margaret and Chuck Rimer, 2nd Patty and Robbo Williams, 3rd John and Myrnie McLaughlin.

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