If your first experiences of the new year foretell the days and weeks and months to come, then my first duplicate bridge game of 2012 on Tuesday is a good omen. First partner of the new year in this 9½ table game at Bridge Club Meridian was Ruth Wurster. We’ve had our ups and downs in the past and the first hand didn’t bode well. Ruth opened 2 No Trump, which was passed all around (I had only one and a fraction high card point – the J-10 in a four-card Diamond suit), and she went down two after she failed to establish the Diamonds (she had three of them, headed by the K-Q, and she let my Jack win the first round). Fortunately, our opponents – Ginny Panaro and my Wednesday pal, Celine Murray – gave us one back on the next hand when they stopped at 3 Spades on a hand that made 6 Spades. And Ruth scored a coup in the next round, against Ken Meier and Gene Finton, when she brought home a 4 Diamond contract – doubled.
Those were our best two scores of the day, although we managed a few more positive results, especially defensively. When director Dian Petrov announced the winners, we were there, toward the end of the list – fourth North-South, second in B, with a 52.61% game, good for .39 of a master point. But wait – there’s an error. Someone put the wrong board number on top of one of the traveling score sheets. When the scores were tallied up again, Ruth and I were second overall, second in B, with a 54.95% game, just a fraction of a percentage point behind winners Barbara Sadkin and June Feuerstein. New point award -- .70 – the first, I hope, of many happy returns.