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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: Duane Neitzel

Dealer:

North

Vul:

N/S

: Q92

: 62

: KQT7

: AT82

: KT64

: 83

: 4

: AKT9

: AJ654

: 9832

: K54

: Q97

: AJ75

: QJ8753

: void

: J63

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

P

P

P

1D

P

1H

P

1S

P

2D

P

P

D

P

2H

P

P

P

Opening Lead: Ace of diamonds.

The world lost a true gentleman and a fine bridge player when Duane Neitzel passed away on November 23rd while playing duplicate bridge at the Richland Community Center.

His quality of life was poor, but he still managed to play duplicate bridge. He called for cards by pointing at the card he wanted. All of his scores were entered electronically and his bids were made with a mechanical box. He did not have to talk. In the past, Duane always left a bridge game by thanking his partner and the Director. The Richland Duplicate Bridge Club honored him a few years ago with the “Sportsman of the Year” award. The hand you see here was his last hand played.

The Bidding: The bidding gets real interesting when each side is dealt exactly half of the points. Duane got to make his first bid on the fourth round. He bid 2H and his partner was savvy enough to let him play there.

The Play: Leading the ace of partner’s suit is often a good strategy. This time it was not so good! Duane ruffed the ace in his hand and led a low spade playing the nine. He then played his top two diamonds and tossed two clubs. Next he played a trump, winning the queen in his hand. Then he led a club and played the ace. Another trump was played and the defense could not be kept from winning three hearts and the king of spades. Making three hearts was a top board. Nice going old friend!

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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