October is upon us, and two sets of bridge lessons have begun Wednesdays at the senior center.
I am offering a course to beginners at 12:30 p.m., and Sue Wilson is offering an intermediate course at 2:30 p.m. If you have always wanted to play bridge, now’s your chance. Whatever your level, there is a class for you.
The courses are free; the only cost is the textbook. If you are not already a member of the senior center, we ask that you join, so that you can be counted in its numbers and its activities.
Just show up at the main desk at 3 p.m. any day Monday through Thursday and fill out the form.
There is no charge to become a member. It takes only a few minutes to join, and you’ll be a card-carrying member of the finest senior center in the state.
You also have lots of other activities to choose from. For example, Maureen Prys is offering a tap dance course Friday.
One of the many cancellations caused by Hurricane Florence is the Crystal Coast Sectional Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 19-21. This is always a wonderful tournament filled with familiar faces, homemade food, great door prizes and gorgeous weather.
Carteret County was hit hard by the hurricane, and it will take the residents months to recover.
The ever-popular Seafood Festival has also been cancelled.
The calendar for October shows several charity games and two Jane Johnson Appreciation games. No one knows exactly who Jane Johnson was, but we appreciate her every year with two special games.
The bridge-wide International Fund game, scheduled for Sept. 13. was another casualty of the hurricane. Several people had spent long hours making these boards according to specifications. Every duplicate player all over the country on that day would have been playing the same boards.
Although we had no game Sept. 13, we decided not to let the boards go to waste, since we had elaborate printouts analyzing each hand and explaining how to bid and made each contract.
So last week, we pulled out the boards and played them. Big mistake. The hands were all mine fields, just waiting to ensnare players. Everyone was complaining about the weird distribution and the impossibility of making anything.
Krishnaprasad wanted his money back; of course, Krishna always wants his money back.
Anyway, at the end of the game, I didn’t see anybody pick up a printout of the hands. Nobody wanted to see them again.
It takes 6 ½ tables to have a Mitchell movement, and that’s what we had Monday. Everyone had cabin fever and was anxious to get out.
On Board 2, West was holding a very unusual hand: Five diamonds, six clubs and a singleton in the other two suits. South opened one diamond, a convenient minor, and West passed to see how the auction would proceed, since diamonds was one of his suits.
North bid one heart, East passed, and South bid two hearts. Now West jumped in.
He bid three clubs, and North bid three hearts. East and South passed and West bid five (not four but five) clubs. North doubled and East thought her partner had lost it.
East put her hand down: Three clubs to the king, four small spades, five hearts to the ace/jack and a singleton diamond.
By cross trumping, West made the contract and a score of 650, an absolute top. That’s the kind of board you remember.
Congratulations to Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett who had a 71-percent game Monday.
Thursday’s winners: first, Sue Wilson and Cathy Howell; second, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett; third, Doris Baddour and Mickie Braswell; fourth, Ginny Herlihy and Madelyn Percise; fifth, Bob and Linda Meyer.B — third, Lew Rose and Anne Michaux; fourth, Lib Braswell and Linda Watson.