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Many thanks to Sol Hartman for hanging several of his paintings at the club!

For information, please see Sol’s web site.

The photo above shows Richard Burns sitting next to Sol’s “Richard.”

Bridge Tales
 
 
  “But I Had My Bid!”

Stewart Rubenstein reports this competitive part-score deal from Monday afternoon, 2018 February 26.

West
Stewart Rubenstein
North
 
East
Pete Matthews, Jr.
South
 
  1 2 2
Double (responsive) Pass 2♠ Double
?      

Everybody pretty much has their bids, right?

Stewart asked himself “WWZD (What Would Zach Do)?”

Redouble! +1270. 1551 out of 1551 matchpoints in The Common Game.

Last updated : Feb 28, 2018 13:20 EST
  Bridge Tale: Science and a Ten-card Suit

About one hand in 60,000 contains a ten-card suit. If you play 24 hands a day, five days a week, 50 weeks a year, expect to pick up a ten-card suit about once a decade.

On Friday 163 Norths playing in the morning Common Game picked up ten solid diamonds and three singletons. In Westwood, 11 of 12 Norths declared 5, 5X, 6, or 6X. Ten of them took 12 tricks. With the North hand hidden, only one East found the spade shift to hold North to 11 tricks (but they were in 5X).

I was the final North to pick up those ten diamonds. Lefty opened 1♣, partner bid 2♣ (majors), and righty bid 2♠ (apparently natural). All I wanted to know was how many aces partner held, so I leapt to 4NT (plain old Blackwood?!—what else could it be?). Partner bid 5 (one ace). Imagine his shock and dismay when I passed!

With my hand exposed as dummy, East won her partner’s club lead and shifted to a spade. I was briefly pleased that I’d stopped in just the right contract, until I saw that it was a cold bottom!  —Tim Hill

Last updated : Sep 17, 2017 20:36 EDT