By Valerie Rhead
THE PREFERENCE BID
As I recall the bidding from a game last year in Texas, I opened a spade. Partner bid one no-trump. I rebid two diamonds showing an unbalanced medium hand of 15-17 points with three to five diamonds. It was definitely not a No‑Trump hand.
Surprisingly, partner chastised me. “I hate it when you do that, because now I can’t bid again.” Such unauthorized table talk! Partner passed. The lead was made and dummy came down with two little diamonds. Her two puny spades were not impressive, but they were a better choice than the two puny diamonds. My first-bid spade suit showed five cards in length. My second bid, two diamonds, had only four cards but could have been three cards for my bid of a minor suit. The contract went down with the six‑card fit!
“Why didn’t you make a preference bid and bid two spades?” I asked. “It’s not showing any extra values and you’re still at the two-level. It just says that you prefer spades to diamonds. Spades would have played better for us when you know I have five”. “Oh,” her eyes lit up, “I didn’t know about that. I’ll show a preference next time!”
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CFUW BRIDGE FOR MUSKOKA BURSARIES FUNDRAISER
MID-WINTER LUNCH AND BRIDGE PARTY, ALL WELCOME
12 NOON FOR LUNCH Friday, Feb 5, 2016 $20 per person
Gravenhurst Senior’s Centre 480 First Street North
Please arrange your foursome and bring cards for your table.
To Reserve Tickets Call Nancy Barber 375-3620 email@example.com or Cathy Genereux 687-2157 firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Huntsville Club are now Tuesday afternoon 1PM for the winter Jan‑Feb‑Mar, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Call Betty 705-789-2560 email@example.com or Susan at 705-789-7156 firstname.lastname@example.org for information and partnerships. For the winter, the game now is held downstairs in the warm basement. To avoid the long stairs, enter from the door on Main Street.
The following results are for Tuesday, Jan 26 with 5 tables playing a Howell movement. 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Chris Karn and Vern Foell; 3/4. Liz Barnes and Rod Dixon; 3/4. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell; 5. Bev Parlett and Barb Forth
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games at the Bracebridge Club are at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road 7pm Monday evenings. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before game time.
The following results are for Monday, Jan 25 with 7 tables playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 3. Val Rhead and Peter Rhead; 4. Bev Parlett and Vern Foel; East-West 1. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 2. Betty Rintoul and Hazel Bowes; 3. Yvonne Cox and Helen Pearson; 4. Joanne Garvey and Kelly Andresen
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