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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: Husband and Wife

Dealer:

West

Vul:

Both

: 87

: Q87

: AK98

: AJT3

: J96

: KQT43

: J9

: AK64

: Q75

: T62

: 98542

: K

: A52

: T532

: J43

: Q76

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

P

1D

1S

P

P

D

P

1NT

P

P

P

Opening Lead: Jack of spades.

One of the most successful partnerships in the Tri-Cities is the husband and wife team of Dan and Sandra Hendry. They were second overall at the Richland Duplicate Bridge Club (RDBC) Christmas party. They had the only plus score for North/South on today’s deal.

The RDBC Christmas Party: On the first Saturday of December, RDBC takes over the back section of the Old Country Buffet on Canal Drive in Kennewick. Members are treated to dinner and a championship session of duplicate bridge with hand records. Awards are presented for the past year and this year was as follows:

Iron Lady: Audrey Pfluger

Player of the Year: Andy Hesser

Master Player of the Year: Andy Hesser

Rookie of the Year: Bruce Dudzik.

The Bidding: North (hand rotated) opened the bidding with 1D and East overcalled 1S. North’s double in the pass out seat is reopening, but South can convert to penalty. South has to bid something and chooses 1NT..

The Play: After discovering that West has the queen of diamonds, Dan places the king of clubs with East and drops it singleton. Declarer wins a spade, two diamonds, and four clubs. 1NT bid and made.

The Result: It was a N/S hand, but all the other scores were E/W. Diamonds and clubs were going down by N/S and 3S was made twice by E/W.

Finally: The Hendrys did fine to make 1NT, but N/S can actually make 2NT on any lead. I am too lazy to figure it out, so I leave it up to you puzzle solvers.

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