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Local Bridge with Myrnie McLaughlin

Leads
Once again my information for this article comes from S.J. Simon’s, “Why You Lose at Bridge.” This piece deals with opening leads of trump. In these three situations it is possible that declarer is low on trump count and leading trump can cripple declarer’s plans to use their trump against you.
1. If opponents have bid 3 suits and end up in the 4th a trump lead may work;
2. If declarer was supported in his suit but then bid NT, a trump lead may be in order;
Or 3. Whenever you haven’t the foggiest notion what to lead, lead trump.
If none of these situations occur, always lead partner’s suit if he has made a bid thus avoiding any recriminations from partner. If you have one, lead your suit if you wish to establish it possibly using it to defeat their contract. Don’t forget the other possibilities as well, especially leading from top of a sequence.
Winning the Thursday, Oct. 4 One More Game: Tied for 1st/2nd Fern Albracht and Judy Weber with Mack Brown and Patsy Reynolds.
Our Friday, Oct. 5 Evergreen special game: N/S 1st Marie Pugh and Ruth Bowles, 2nd Becky Creekmore and Pat Macon, 3rd Mack Brown and Marvin Jones; E/W 1st Bick Brisbin and Wade Lowder, 2nd John and Myrnie McLaughlin, 3rd Margaret and Chuck Rimer.
The Bridge at Rufty game on Wednesday, Oct. 10 winners were: N/S 1st Craig Poplin and Everett Halsall, 2nd Fern Albracht and Ron Jeffers, 3rd Pat Macon and John McLaughlin; E/W 1st Judy Gealy and Carol Bachl, 2nd Judy Hurder and Myrnie McLaughlin, 3rd Toni Iossi and Dick Brisbin.
At our game on Friday, Oct. 12 we said goodbye to Marie Pugh, an excellent player, who has been a staple in our Salisbury games for 40 years or more. She is going to Charlotte to live near her grand daughter. We will miss you and God’s speed.

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