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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: The Bus Lot Bid

Dealer:

West

Vul:

None

: A9

: 2

: J642

: AQT954

: QJT42

: K8763

: KT986

: QJ4

: void

: K97

: KJ2

: 63

: 5

: A753

: AQT853

: 87

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

1S

2C

4S

5D

5S

7D

D

P

P

P

Opening Lead: Queen of spades

Back in 1968, and working at Hanford, it was fun to play bridge on the bus back and forth from the site.

Everyone knew who at least one of the losers was because he had to carry the game table home and return it the next day. To try to prevent this, the trailing pair would bid whatever they needed when the bus lot was in view and the last hand was dealt. This time they were behind by a little over 1,000 points.

The Bidding: On the positive side, West has touching honors, a void, and two tens to go with his ten points. On the negative side, he had no aces, but it qualified as a “Rule of Twenty” opener. North had a good overcall in clubs and when his partner bid diamonds, he looked up and saw the bus lot down the road. “Seven Diamonds” was his call! Never mind that he and his partner had only 21 of the 40 points in the deck!.

The Play: There are 14 tricks available (two aces, six clubs and six diamonds). All it takes is for the finesses to work in both minor suits.

The Lesson: The extreme humiliation of carrying the game table went to East/West on this day. May all your bus lot bids come in.

The Richland Duplicate Bridge Club has a game at the Richland Community Center at 5:30 p.m. each Monday. The public is invited. We generally finish before 9:30 p.m. We also have a game on the first and third Fridays at noon at the Old Country Buffet, just south of the mall on Columbia Center Boulevard. Call Tom Edwards at 946-1824 for details.

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