Opening Lead: Nine of diamonds.
Winners of the November Unit Game were Molly Ferguson and Leanne Zaring. This deal helped them!
The Bidding: After three passes, North opened the bidding with 1D. South bid 1H and North rebid her diamonds. South invited with 2NT and North, looking at seven tricks, decided to go for game in NT.
The Play: The west defender was afraid that leading a spade would give up a vital trick and elected to lead a diamond instead. Declarer took the first eleven tricks and gave up the last two, making 5NT.
What Happened? A spade lead would have set the contract one trick. Molly and Leanne were the only pair in a 3NT contract. The pair that was second place was on defense and if they would have found a spade lead, they would have been the winners.
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.