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Any member who requires a partner  can contact Paul Merrick who is the clubs Pairing Co-Ordinator.

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Welcome to Aylesbury Aces BC
Championship Pairs and Sims

Well done to the A Championship Pair, Eric and Martin and the B Championship Pair Dawn and Carol.  The hands were challenging, I'll say no more.

You can find the Sim pairs results here,

Eric and Martin are 11th and Paul and Dawn 21st nationally at the moment.


Last updated : 14th Mar 2018 10:15 GMT
This weeks Monday group lesson

This week we looked at 'Danger Hand' and 'Safe Hand'.
Next to lacrosse, hockey, and football, bridge is perhaps the most dangerous contact sport. Besides the physical aspects of the game, there are other hazards for the unsuspecting, naive player. There are times when you are in a position where one of the defenders can do harm if he gets the lead, while the other defender cannot.

West leads the  4 to the ten and queen.  You are one trick short.  Plan the play.



There are eight top tricks - three spades, one heart, two diamonds and two clubs. The extra trick comes from diamonds. You can finesse either way holding AJ in one hand and K10 in the other but which way to do it?

East is the danger hand  because he can lead a heart through your king. West is the safe hand  because he cannot lead a heart without giving you another trick. So you take the finesse through the  A J into the safe West hand. Even if it loses you now have three diamond tricks and West may well cash his  A to give you an extra trick.

If you take the finesse through the K10 into the East hand he will return the  10 through the king to the ace and West will be able to cash the hearts putting the contract one down.

Try to identify which is the safe hand and which is the danger hand and then plan the play accordingly.

Last updated : 6th Mar 2018 12:40 GMT
Children in Need 2017


November last now seems a distant memory; but good news  has just been received from Anna and Mark Gudge who are responsible for organising the annual Sim Pairs competition in aid of Children in Need.

The event last year raised a superb total of £74, 173.35. The total to date is now £956,122.84. They are very hopeful that the £1 million mark will be reached with the proceeds from the next competition later this year.

They ask that thanks be extended to everyone at Aylesbury Aces who supported the event. A splendid effort for a very good cause!

Last updated : 25th Feb 2018 19:33 GMT


Since our club was set up in 2009, Aylesbury Aces has been committed to raising money for charity through our annual Charity Bridge teas and Chldren in Need Sim Pairs.

At our last AGM a member asked how much had been raised over the years, After much 'digging' through the records it was a pleasant surprise to learn that we have in fact donated around £6,500; including the generous fund match from Lloyds bank, to various local charities including Age Concern, British heart Foundation, Alzheimer's Society and the Florence Nightingale Hospice as well as nearly £1,000 to Children in Need.

It's nice to know that we are helping good causes whilst enjoying playing bridge with our friends.

Last updated : 14th Jan 2018 18:21 GMT
Dates for your diary

NB: The Diary dates for the forthcoming year 2017/18 may be viewed by selecting the 'Calendar' tab in the main menu

Wessex League Dates are:-

                                  A WALLINGFORD C - October 24th

                                  A BLEWBURY - Nov 1st

                                  H OXFORD D - December 4th

                                  A UNIVERSITY - January 24th

                                  H WITNEY - March 12th

                                  H ABINGDON C - April 18th

Last updated : 11th Mar 2018 10:00 GMT
Charity Tea.

Charity tea.

This event proved as popular as ever.We were pleased to welcome a number of visitors from the weekly classes held at The Oaks Community cafe who joined with club members to give an almost maximum capacity of 12.5 tables. Thank you to everyone who contributed a luscious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits, these together with a selection of sandwiches and hot sausage rolls provided a great afternoon tea. Thanks to John and Gill Pain for organising the boards and other TD duties and to the committee members who worked hard to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly.

The final amount raised for the Florence Nightingale Hospice charity has yet to be announced, however the interim report of £700.00 suggests that we will exceed the target of previous years.

Last updated : 10th Oct 2017 09:04 BST
What should I do after my partner opens a WJO?

There are not any ‘set responses’ to WJO as you need to bid according to what the opposition do, the vulnerability, who the opposition are and how good your partner (who will be playing the hand) is. It would be nice to promise two out of the top three honours aspartner will be leading the suit if on lead.  But life and bridge hands are not perfect!  So a lot of variables.  You need a clear agreement with your partner about methods.

A WJO has a 6-7 card suit and 6-11 HCP depending on the vulnerability.  Vulnerable against not would obviously be a poor time to bid with a very weak hand.  Etc.

The main value in the bid is not really a serious attempt to play the hand.  The book says ‘telling the whole story about a hand in one bid while throwing up a blockade against the oppositions bidding’.  The opening bidders partner often faces a bidding problem after a WJO.  If he makes his normal bid, but one level higher, he may easily be giving the wrong impression of the strength of his hand.  If he passes this could mean that the overcaller has achieved his object – to buy the contract cheaply.  Many players play ‘negative doubles’ against WJO.  The usual agreement is that the negative double shows a hand that would have responded with a natural bid at a lower level, but is not strong enough to make the bid at this higher level.  We sometimes call these doubles ‘Take out Doubles’.

The partner of a WJOer may have sufficient values to be interested in game.  A good agreement is to respond as to a weak-2 opening bid.   We can play OGUST (the same as after weak2 openers), 2NT asks partner how good the hand is by bidding 2NT. 

The replies are:- 3♣  – weak hand and weak suit
                             3  – weak hand and strong suit
                             3  – strong hand and weak suit
                             3♠   – strong hand and strong suit

Those of you who know the alphabet will be able to remember that hand comes before suit alphabetically!
Alternately you can use 2NT to ask the pre-emptor to indicate a singleton.  You cannot play both systems at the same time and must decide which you prefer and stick to it. Do not use a WJO in the pass-out position as there is no value.  You can use a jump overcall in this position to show a stronger hand, usually 6-cards, inviting partner to think about game.

Last updated : 8th Sep 2017 22:40 BST
New Bridge Laws


To keep-up with the evolution of the game, the WBF undertakes a review of the Laws every ten years or so.  The previous 2007 release encompassed many changes, and whilst the latest edition – the 2017 Laws – has fewer changes, it is probably the most comprehensive yet, and the trend towards giving the Director more discretion has continued. The basic purpose of the Laws is still in defining correct procedure when things go wrong, and in general not to punish offenders, but to provide an equitable result acceptable to all competitors. These latest Laws give more emphasis on clarifying the interpretation in certain areas. 

It is expected that the WBF will start to use the Laws in the late summer. The EBU intend to introduce the new Laws alongside the new Blue Book and White Book at the start of the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.  The Aces BC will start to use the new law book from September 1st.

The following links may be helpful:
laws-2017 summary of changes.pdf(from WBU website, written by Tony Howarth)
WBF Website for lots of detailed information, including the text of the new Laws (The EBU will be printing a copy for sale as usual)
Lots of information will appear on the EBU website in due course (Law & Ethics section)

Last updated : 23rd Jun 2017 13:08 BST
Thursday - Board 21

I'm not proud of the auction on this board.  We are playing 5-card majors and a strong NT.  I'm not sure why Paul did not open 1  rather than 1♣  which is an emergency bid when nothing else is available.  His rebid of 1NT just showed a general weakfish hand, 12-14 points.  And 6♣  is a pure punt, I just don't know what else to bid, 5♣  is for wimps!

However the play is the key.  The ♣ 10 was lead, dummy goes down and Paul politely thanks me!  Hmm!

The secret here is to count your tricks before playing to trick one (you should always do this of course).  The BIG question is "should you finesse the queen of clubs?".  The answer is on a good day, with an odd number of cards in the suit, 9 or 11, you play for the drop, with an even number, 8 or 10, you should finesse.
You will notice that after cashing the ♠ A K you have two probable losers in the suit which need to be ruffed by East.  This means you can only afford to cash one round of trumps which must be the ace.  Once you have established this in your mind the play is trivial.  Win the first trick, whatever the lead is, play the ♣ A. Hooray the king drops.  Cash the ♠ A, return to dummy by ruffing a diamond and cash the ♠ K, ruff a spade, play the  A, ruff a heart, ruff a spade and dummy is good.  You will have spotted that had the outstanding clubs both been in the same hand, you would only lose one trick by playing the ace first.

Last updated : 23rd Jun 2017 20:27 BST
If you are looking for a bridge club

We meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Community Centre, Prince Rupert Drive, Buckingham Park, Aylesbury.

Sessions start at 7.25 (for 7.30) and finish around 10.30.

Our aim is to provide Duplicate bridge with an emphasis on enjoyment in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

We are affiliated to the EBU and use pre-dealt boards and BridgeMate scoring which means hand records and results are usually available on the night before players leave.
In addition to the normal club sessions we run quarterly social events (often on a Sunday afternoon) where, in addition to the bridge, a sumptuous tea provided.
Visitors are welcome to come and play at normal club sessions and the social events, although there are some restrictions on Simultaneous Pairs evenings.
We are delighted to welcome new players and do our very best to provide a host to partner visiting individuals - SEE LEFT HAND SIDE BOX.

Last updated : 22nd Jan 2017 17:11 GMT
Charity Tea 2017
Charity Tea 2017

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity was recognised as a worthy recipient of the funds raised at our recent annual Charity tea. Last week we were pleased to welcome Emma Carroll, the community fundraiser for Florence Nightingale, and to present a cheque to the charity for £1,000. Emma outlined the many aspects of their work which involves supporting the families, children  and adults with life limiting illnesses. Currently the charity has to raise over £500,000 per annum in order to sustain its work so clearly all donations are gratefully received. 

Last updated : 25th Jan 2017 12:22 GMT
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