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Deal us in

Dealer: East Vulnerable: None

No point bids How often I have heard bridge players say, “I couldn’t bid; I didn’t have enough points.” This was the answer given by the North player on this week’s hand. Needless to say that the result was a zero for the North-South players. A contributor writes, “You are South and make a normal take-out double, and West redoubles. (A redouble by the partner of the opening bid says I have 10 or more points and may or many not have a fit for the opening bid suit.) Both North and East pass, so what should South do? As you might guess, North defended his bid by saying that he had just three high-card points.” Leaving a doubled and redoubled contract of one spade cannot be easy for the South player. Could North possibly think he can set this contract? South must make a bid, either one notrump, thinking his partner may have spade stoppers, or bid one of his four-card suits. If he chooses to bid notrump, West will surely double and hopefully North may wake up and bid his diamond suit. A take-out double is normally just what it says and is meant to be taken out. The bidder is saying either he has an opening without a five-card suit or perhaps he is saying that he can support any bid that his partner might make. Granted, it is difficult for North to find a bid, but a bid of two diamonds after the redouble by West may keep East-West from finding their game contract.

West ♠K943 ♥AJ53 ♦Q52 ♣K2


South ♠2 ♥KQ73 ♦J873 ♣ A Q 10 7


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East ♠ A J 10 6 5 ♥ 10 8 ♦AK ♣9853

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South Double

West Redouble

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Opening lead: K ♥ East-West 1. Mel Weisel and Tim Lesnik 2. Jo and Herb Bruch 3. Ida Rosenblum and Polly Kaatz Section B, North-South 1. Barbara and Ken Hayes 2. Lilo and Harry Hutzler 3. Ina Becker and Jackie Tucker East-West 1. Joan Sinder and Lorraine Ageloff 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Ian Sharpe 3. Natalie Kaufman and Bob Weiss


ppen I M a d e it H ay s ! in 1 1 D a

MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church — Thursday, Jan. 16 Section A, North-South 1. Barbara Thoman and Susan Goodman 2. Doris Konecke and Cotton Stephenson 3. Gene Michaels and Fred Riedinger East-West 1. Ruth Colner and Cele Schwartz 2. Hazel and Barry Capal 3. Renee Pekeles and Joan Sinder ❑

Direct Bayfront Location. Magnificent, G w/granite & 5BR/4.5BA retreat. E N D INkitchen PGourmet wood. Deep water dock avail. Current dock in place. $2,699,000


LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Tuesday, Jan. 14 Section A, North-South 1. Jill Green and Marge Sagman 2. Gene Michaels and Bill Zack 3. Renee Pekeles and Hope Zawatsky

North ♠Q87 ♥942 ♦ 10 9 6 4 ♣J64

The Bidding:

by Donna SWAN

Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.”


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