Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Wash Your Hands.

Memphis MOJO  http://pokerandbridge.blogspot.com/search/label/bridge reported that Curtis Cheek was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus-Swine flu while playing the Transnational Teams, in Sao Paulo. It is very scary personally, because I was standing next to Joe and Curtis after the matches. I am glad to hear Curtis is on his way to recovery.

Tournament after tournament I see that many bridge players don’t wash their hands after using the washrooms! Germs get passed around and often healthy people get sick by the end of the tournament. Washing hands with soap and water is the best defense against spreading germs.

Just an idea-Now that ACBL uses cameras to record play, I suggest, it is time they use cameras in washrooms to record the guilty parties. Call them up for sanitation hearings. If found guilty, make them take a shower.

Back in Sao Paulo, we were talking about this hand, while Curtis was healthy.

Match 14. Board 20. Dealer West. All Vulnerable.

As East You hold,

A6 AQJ105 Void K109864

Your partner-West bid 1 North jumped to 5  What is your bid?

At Joe Grue (North) and Curtis Cheek’s (South) table-Open room, their opponents holding the East hand doubled, all passed. Defeated five diamonds doubled, one trick for plus 100.

In the close room, their partners got to six spades, down one to lose 200. Curtis’s team lost a total of 7 imps on this board.

These were the hands.


Dealer: West

Vul: All

West Maurice East Michael
QJ9872 A6
K8 AQJ105
AQJ K109864



West North East South
1 5 6 Pass
6 Pass Pass Pass



In our match, the auction was the same in both rooms. I had the East hand. I bid six diamond over five diamond. Maurice bid six spade. Both tables went down one for a push.  

In six spade, the best shot for declarer is ruff the first diamond. Heart to the eight for another diamond ruff with the spade ace. Now heart to the king, draw trump with the spade queen. However South can win this and give North, either a club ruff or a heart ruff-a trump promotion with the spade ten! 

Afterwards I thought five no trump was the right bid with my hand. Even though we had no partnership agreement as to what 5NT means. After the opponents preempted, It should be two places to play or pick a slam, rather then Grand Slam Force. That would workout well for this hand, as you can see, both 6  and 6 are cold, if declared by West.


angela fentonSeptember 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

not to worry people born before 1957 are not supposed to be susceptible to the H1N1 virus because of the Asian flu of that time.However nothing beats good handwashing to prevent the spread of germs .

Dave (Memphis MOJO)October 1st, 2009 at 3:23 am

I’m glad that nobody else got sick that we know of.

HanniOctober 1st, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I believe that in the US, it’s illegal to install cameras in public bathrooms, thankfully. Signs will have to do, like”BRIDGE PLAYERS, WASH YOUR HANDS.” Can be taken down and put up easily at tourneys, I guess they think it is insulting, but I have also seen players not wash hands.

MichaelOctober 2nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I hope you realized my suggestion of installing cameras in washrooms was said with tongue-in-cheek as in Curtis Cheek.

In ball games when a player is sent to take a shower, he is out of action for the rest of the game.

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