Goldsboro ended up with a good showing at the Cape Fear Regional a few weeks ago. Linda Greenwood and Linda Meyer had some success with several teammates; the Haverkamps won a knockout with their teammates; Joe Exum and his team won a knockout; Krishnaprasad and Gyl Olaffason won six gold points. And Jeannie Exum, Cathy Howell and teammates won another knockout.
Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett got several red points. Word on the street is that Paul Johnson from Four Oaks ended up with 60 gold points. That’s quite a haul. Congratulations to all.
Liza Worthington from Morehead earned her life master status in Wilmington. That is the most exciting moment of all. Liza has come to the game fairly recently, and she got addicted immediately. We are proud of her success. Once that life master monkey is off your back, you can relax and enjoy the game.
Midgeon Knowles from my beginner class is playing some bridge at the Parks and Recreation Center, and twice she has come to observe our game. There is no better way to learn. Some of the conventions she has not heard of yet, but she can watch the bidding and the play of the hand and learn much.
The beginner class is growing. Almost every week a new person joins the class. Last week we had to take a break because the senior center was using the space we normally meet in.
We have completed Bridge Basics I by Audrey Grant and are moving on to Bridge Basics II. We have covered no-trump openings and responses, major suit openings and responses and minor suit openings and responses.
Last week we introduced the overcall and the double. The overcall is a little tricky because the bidder does not have to have quite as many points to overcall as he does to open, especially if the overcall is on the one level. For example, if dealer opens one heart, left hand opponent can overcall one spade with less than opening count.
The double is even trickier because there are two kinds of doubles: the takeout double and the business double. The takeout double is a handy bid to know if your opponent has opened and you have stoppers in the other three suits, but none of them is a long suit. Then you would double, meaning, “Partner, take me out of this double.”
If the opponent to the left of the one who doubled does not bid, then partner MUST bid to take the one who doubled out of his double. If opponent bids, then partner is off the hook.
Then there is the business double, which means you think you can set opponent’s contract and get twice the score.
Confused? I am just saying all this to show how far the beginners have come in a few short months.
We started the class by singing a little ditty to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Bid, bid, bid your hand/ But alas, alas,/ If you don’t have 13 points/ I guess you’ll have to pass.
Come join us.
While the rest of us were playing bridge Monday, Sterling and Tommy Jarrett were boating on and wading in the Sea of Galilee.
Thursday’s scores: N/S first, Sterling Jarrett and Barbara Ann Vinson; second, Anne Michaux and Lew Rose; third, Sue Wilson and Billy Bizzell. B — third, Joyce and Troy Pate.
E/W first, Shelby Bizzell and Sherry Owens; second, Bill Warren and Al Takemoto; third, Peggy Seegars and Carole Ray.
Monday’s results: N/S first, Cathy Howell and Doris Baddour; second, Bill Allgaier and Ed Wilson; third, Al Takemoto and Bill Warren.
E/W first, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell; second, Billy Bizzell and Sue Wilson; third, Lew Rose and Anne Michaux. C — first, Carole Ray and Peggy Womble.