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Bridge Club - October 12, 2005

A Vulnerable Grand Slam

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We just returned from a week of bridge in Saskatoon and a long series of mainly forgettable hands. This is one of the exceptions and illustrates a few bidding points. I opened the north hand one club and jumped to 4 hearts when Charlene showed a heart suit. The way we play, the bid of another suit would have indicated shortness, but I didn't want to muddy the waters with a high-level spade bid and settled for the call that showed close to 20 points. Charlene now cue-bid her ace of spades to tell me she had more than a minimum and was interested in slam. She jumped to slam when I showed the ace of clubs so I was sure she was showing second round control of diamonds and thought the grand slam had a good chance of making.

The play was short and sweet, with 13 tricks there and no finesses to take. The other team also took 13 tricks but bid only 6 hearts, and we won the match with that hand.

We will start playing in the Caldwell tournament on Friday. There is still time to let us know if you want to participate. Call the club at 327-0166, and we will see that you play. There will be events for all levels of experience, and you will have a chance to meet other bridge players.

The other event that local players anticipate is a national competition that starts at the grassroots level and culminates at the spring North American Bridge Championships, next year to be held in Dallas, Texas. It is called the Grand National Teams, and local qualification events start soon.

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