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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: The Dealing Machine

Dealer:

West

Vul:

N/S

: A8643

: T5

: KJ3

: A75

: void

: K972

: K987643

: J2

: 85

: Q9762

: KQ42

: 83

: QJT5

: AQ

: AT4

: JT96

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

1H

1S

P

2H

4H

P

P

4S

5H

P

P

5S

P

P

D

5NT

P

P

P

Opening Lead: King of clubs.

Unit 442 clubs have a dealing machine that deals out the hands and supplies hand records. The players say that the hands dealt by the computer are strange. We know otherwise that the computer hands are random and the people dealt hands are flawed. Today’s deal is from a Thursday night duplicate, totally computer dealt.

The Bidding: West looked at the vulnerability and decided to open the bidding with his eight points. When the bidding got to the five level, East decided he had enough to double since his partner had opening the bidding. Perhaps he should not have doubled because South decided that the hand was wrong sided and converted to 5NT.

The Play: South was right! West got off to a good club lead, but declarer ducked and made his contract by finessing clubs and finding the queen of diamonds. He lost a club and a spade.

What Happened? Five hearts doubled could have netted 1100 points, but making 5NT was worth all the matchpoints.

Bridge Futures: There are many bridge games in the Tri-Cities and I am sure there is one for you. Contact the Richland Community Center (RCC) to find a match for your abilities or your preference. The Richland Duplicate Bridge Club has a game every Monday night at the RCC starting at 5:30. Call Tom Edwards at 946-1824 for more information.

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