A couple of months ago I started a casual bridge course in Games of Berkeley. Now there are nine enthusiastic students left. Every week they struggle with the problems I serve them. After we’re done, at 9.30 pm or so, we often go out to cool down with a beer. Those are the very good nights.
This weekend I was contacted about a (not so casual) bridge course at Cal, or to be precise: University of California, Berkeley. Starting Monday, February 9, starring me as teacher. Yikes! Twenty-two students showed up, I took a hard swallow and fainted. No, I’m just kidding, a couple of them were just interested in their iPhones and the credit my course is worth, but I had the vast attention of the majority. I think I was able to tell a pretty coherent story, but next week we’ll see how many students have dropped.
Maybe in a couple of weeks they can help me with this deal.
Over 3 I could have bid a forcing 3, but I thought double was a tad more flexible. Partner surprised me with an undiscussed 4 bid, and after a while I just bid a "pick-a-slam" 6. Not enough, for this was the complete deal:
Even if I start with 3 instead of double I don’t see a sensible road to the grand in .