McAlester team wins in OKC sectional

The team of Judy Stallings, Lou Stouse, Betty Elrod and Barbara Sallee were first overall in Flight D (second overall in B & C)  in the Swiss teams at the Oklahoma City Sectional on January 27.

Way to go, team!!! 

Bidding Rule of the Week #3

3.     Try to think at least one bid ahead, i.e. know what your next bid will be. In a normal, uncontested auction, your second bid should be pretty automatic. If not, perhaps you made the wrong bid at your first turn.

Hand from 1/16/08 and 1/18/06

The following hand was played on both days last week – Jan 16&18 (‘cause it didn’t get shuffled on Friday – oops). It’s an interesting hand in that 7 of either minor is easy to make, but apparently not easy to bid. In fact, it seems that only one pair managed to bid a small slam in a minor. In a tournament, bidding 6♣ or 6 would probably only be worth an average score, because some pairs would bid 7, and others would end up in 6NT (which has 12 top tricks).

Although splinter bids would make it fairly easy to get to 7, you should be able to get to 7 even playing standard methods. Here are the hands with West the opening bidder:

               West                                                   East

♠ A102                                                 ♠ 6    

A                                                      984

KQJ4                                                A8765

♣ AJ864                                              ♣ KQ75

With your favorite partner, try to figure out a bidding sequence to bid this virtually iron clad grand slam. (hint – I think the auction should start 1♣ – P – 1 – P – 2♠).

Bidding Rule of the Week #2

2.     Be consistent. A bid can’t mean one thing on this hand, and something else later – for example a 2 over 1 bid can’t show 10+ points one time and 6 points plus a long suit the next time. You’re trying to communicate with your partner, not confuse him.

Bidding Rule of the week #1

Each week, I’m going to give you one of  MED’s bidding rules with the caveat that some of them might differ from what you may read elsewhere. Also, these are not meant to be specific to a particular bidding system but, instead, are meant to be general guidelines. I encourage comments/questions/discussion in the comments section. This should be an open forum!

So here we go with the first of (approximately) 20 suggestions for improving your bidding. Enjoy!

1.     Make sure you and your partner are playing the same things. Sounds pretty obvious, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard things like: “I thought we were playing transfers” (…or substitute any other convention here…). Of course the clever response of “not this time, partner” will probably not be well received!

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