MountainView Bridge Club

He’s debating which direction to sit in before the game begins.

Ann Kuperberg

August monsoons didn’t stop our duplicate bridge players from showing up at MountainView’s Catalina Room on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. Some SaddleBrooke players came in first place twice, including Sharon Wyles with Trudie Weber-Penta and Bob Brussel with Peter Godfrey. Frank Murphy and Ann Kuperberg were in second place in one session.

If you need a partner or further information, contact the club president, JoAnn Aiken, at 520-256-2702 or [email protected], or visit our website at

The July issue of Bridge Bulletin featured a few experts who said the same thing: you can preempt in a minor even if you have a 4-card major.

Marty Bergen wrote, “You’re in first seat with a weak, shapely hand, and are short in spades.” Check vulnerability, he advised. “White vs. red isn’t bridge—it’s a license to steal.”

Paul Ross advised how to improve your defense. If partner leads the Ace of hearts, play low as a negative response. If he continues with hearts, Ross says show suit preference; a high heart equals higher suit, low heart equals lower suit.

Now you just have to remember and make sure your partner understands your carding.

We’re always learning something when we play duplicate bridge.

In the August edition of the magazine, someone wrote a letter to the editor worth repeating. “I don’t know the exact reason why face-to-face bridge is not more popular. It could be that people prefer to play online. However, for the good of the game, the physical clubs are necessary in order to attract new members, to allow members in a given area to socialize … and to prevent collusive cheating.” He also added that playing in person helps keep clubs alive.