Wednesday, May 4, 2011
They recently held a sectional at Triangle Bridge Club and had 63 tables at one session. How many bridge clubs can hold 63 tables? Jay and Darleen Bates own the club and direct games. Jay is a part-time TD with the ACBL. Everyone brought food and they had 17 tables. Sigrid Olin, Unit 191 President, spoke glowingly about the unit and the activities. The Unit has been growing, and no wonder with the programs available for teaching new players and games (0-20 0-100 0-199 and 0-500 are offered once a week at Triangle).
I played with Jay Bates and we agreed to play 2/1, Bergen, support doubles and standard carding. The first hand of the night I pick up ♠-KQx ♥-x ♦-AQxx ♣-AKxxx. I opened 1♣ planning to get into a reverse bidding auction and see how we handle that. After a pass Jay bids 1♠ and in comes 2♥ by my RHO, so I tried a support double and now for the complete auction:
1♣ P 1♠ 2♥
X* P 3♣ P *support
3♦ P 3♥ P
4♥ P 5♣ P Now what? Partner had the perfect 8 count ♣-A10xx ♥-xx ♦-Kx ♣-Jxxxx
Pretty complex auction for two who have never played before. How would have you bid it?