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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: The November Runner-Ups

Dealer:

North

Vul:

None

: 9875

: void

: AKT7652

: A6

: KT2

: 643

: QJ43

: T9872

: 8

: Q9

: KT542

: 973

: AQJ

: AK65

: J43

: QJ8

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

-

1D

P

1H

P

1S

P

2C

P

2D

P

2NT

P

3D

P

4NT

P

5D

P

5NT

P

6C

P

6NT

P

P

P

Opening Lead: Queen of hearts.

Runner-ups for the November Unit Game were Marilyn Hesser and Joe Diven. They like to bid slams and hardly ever miss one.

The Bidding: North opened the bidding with 1D. South bid 1H and North bid her 4-card spade suit. South’s 2C was the fourth suit which by agreement is a game force. North rebid the diamonds twice more and South found out using Keycard Blackwood that the partnership was missing the king of clubs and the king of spades. South decided that a grand slam was not probable, but that a small slam was.

The Play: The west defender led the queen of hearts and Joe look the club hook knowing that 12 tricks were there even if the finesse looses. It helped that the diamonds provided seven tricks, but that was nearly a sure thing. The only problem would have been if East had the three outstanding cards.

What Happened? The hand was played seven times. NT contracts produced only 11 tricks on four other attempts. 6D was bid and made twice.

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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