Let’s hear it for the M&M girls, Maureen Prys and Mona McConnoughey from Michigan, who finished first with a 60%-game last Thursday. These two ladies have taken lessons and honed their skills for the past few years, and Monday their efforts paid off.

Nothing is better than a first-place win when everything clicks and you feel like you are doing the right things. Congratulations to Mona and Maureen for hanging in there.

Not only do these two play bridge, but they are also avid golfers. Mona is into music, and Maureen is the tap dancing queen. Renaissance women, indeed.

A week earlier, Pat Keim and Linda Greenwood won the honors, finishing first. Kudos to them, also.

I looked around the room the other day and noticed that the men outnumbered the women.

Seven men were playing in one room. They included Gyl Olafsson, Tommy Franklin, Thurston Greenwood, Bob Harding, Bob Meyer, Joe Hatch and Al Takemoto.

Years ago the women outnumbered the men by at least four to one. So it’s good to see the tide has turned a bit. Men tend to be a little more aggressive and more intuitive at the table than women.

It’s always fun to be the only woman at a table with three men just to watch the testosterone at work.

The other day, South opened one heart, and partner answered two spades. When it was her turn to bid, East asked how South took the jump bid by her partner.

South said she thought her partner had a big hand. And indeed she did, 19 points. The pair did not get to game because they did not understand each other, but game was there to bid, possibly even slam.

Bidding is the hardest part of the game, but no matter how well you play a hand, if you don’t end up in the right contract, you don’t have much chance of winning.

Bidding is all about giving your partner as much information about your hand as you can every time you open your mouth. If your partner opens the bidding, and you have opening count, you know immediately that you should bid game. You just have to figure out what suit to be in.

There are two ways to play the jump shift bid, either as a very strong hand or as a weak hand with a long suit. You and your partner must reach an agreement about which way to play it. Such an understanding is called a partnership agreement. Trust your partner is the most important is the most important mantra in the game.

But you must give your partner reason to trust you. Be consistent. Don’t hedge. Make sure that you are telling her/him the truth with every bid. Easy to say, hard to do.

The officers and directors are meeting next week to discuss several issues: the price of the game, whether to continue with birthday Monday, the Christmas party, etc. Attendance is down, and our funds are not going as far as they used to. Many thanks to all who keep the game going.

Lessons will resume in late September on Wednesday at 2. The topic may be defense. But we will start with a review. Let me know if you are interested.

Monday’s game: first, Pat Keim and Linda Greenwood; second, Tommy Franklin and Barbara Ann Vinson; third, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell; fourth, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett. B — second, Bill Warren and Sterling Jarrett; third, Lib Braswell and Linda Watson. C — second, Joan Hackmann and Kathy Jones.

Thursday’s results: first, Maureen Prys and Mona McConnaughey; second, Gyl Olafsson and Inga Einisdottir; third, Joe Hatch and Al Takemoto; fourth, Tommy Franklin and Barbara Ann Vinson. C — second, Mary Jo Parker and Lib Braswell.

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