Six tables showed up Monday for the Sectional Tournament at Club game, only ½ table short of a Mitchell movement. Sherry Owens directed and worked the computer and played with Billy Bizzell. She is beginning to qualify for sainthood.

Charlotte Maxwell brought beautiful chocolates for members to enjoy, and Sterling Jarrett and Peggy Womble brought a relish tray and dip. Tommy Franklin contributed peanut brittle, and the senior center was serving coffee, so everyone chowed down on both healthy and unhealthy snacks.

The Pates were back again, and Gary Partin was yammering about how he kept coming back to the game for more punishment because he just couldn’t get enough of it. It was a regular game at the tables. Terry Pipkin showed up for an hour or so to kibitz. One of my bridge students, she came to see the game in action. When she left she said, “I don’t think we have gotten to some of this stuff yet.” There’s a lot of stuff none of us have gotten to yet.

Bridge lessons for beginners resume Jan. 9 after everyone has had a long winter’s nap.

One of the worst things a bridge player can do is gloat. That is just not done in polite bridge circles.

So you will have to forgive me. Monday, Tommy Franklin and I had a 72-percent game. Yep, you heard me right, 72-percent. When Sherry announced the scores at the end of the game, I shrieked. Tommy was trying to play it cool.

I said, “Did everyone hear that? Do we need to repeat it?”

I don’t know what we did that was so right, but that kind of game is rare. I wanted to jump up and click my heels, but I thought better of that. We were disgustingly giddy. I am sure we will be on the bottom again next week. That is the nature of the game, but “for one brief, shining moment, it was heaven.

When a pair does well enough in a STaC game, it is eligible for extra points. Stay tuned to see if that happened to us.

There were some crazy hands Monday, but this one took the cake. I was East holding five diamonds to the ace, king, 10; three hearts: ace, queen jack; two clubs, the king and a small one; and three spades, the king, jack, small, 22 points.

North, in third position, opened one diamond with only eight points. So now what? The only thing I could do was to double, forcing my partner to bid. Then South redoubled, showing 10 points.

If North could open, even lightly, and I had 22 points and South was showing 10 points with his redouble, my partner could not have anything. There are only 40 points in the deck. But he had to bid to take me out of a one diamond doubled and redoubled contract. So he bid one spade.

North bid two clubs, and again, I was stymied. I had only three spades, and there was a big possibility that my partner had only four, but my only choice was to bid two spades. So I did. Everyone passed. My partner, with one point (the jack of clubs) made the bid and was a hero.

Thursday’s scores: N/S first, Linda Meyer and Sherry Owens; second, Charlotte Maxwell and Debbie Gray; third, Linda Greenwood and Pat Keim.

E/W first, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett; second, Al Takemoto and Sue Wilson; third, Linda Watson and Lib Braswell. B — second, Joyce and Troy Pate.

Monday’s results: first, Tommy Franklin and Barbara Ann Vinson; second, Selby Corbett and Krishnaprasad; third, Doris Baddour and Sterling Jarrett; fourth, Sherry Owens and Billy Bizzell; fifth, Linda Greenwood and Pat Keim. B — fourth, Charlotte Maxwell and Kaye Langston. C — second, Joyce and Troy Pate.