Any member who requires a partner can use 'Whats app'. There is an help sheet in the left hand side menu to read first. For more helpcontact paul Merrick - 07979 862896 or email email@example.com
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.
With five spades and four hearts in response to 2NT it is best to use Stayman to ask if partner has four cards in either suit and if partner bids a negative 3♦, neither, you can still bid 3♠ to show a 5-card suit. Partner will work out that you must be 5-4 in spades and hearts as you would not have used Stayman without four hearts but just transfered to spades. This is generally forcing to game and South has the choice of 3NT or 4♥ or 4♠.
If you transfer to spades, the auction goes 2NT - 3♥, 3♠ - ? If you bid 3NT you may be missing a heart fit. If you bid 4♥ you are showing a more shapely hand, at least 5-5 and insisting on a major suit. Now you may have missed 3NT.
There is a third option, over 2NT, 3♠ is a redundant bid so it can be employed to show four hearts and five spades precisely. As before South has the choice of 3NT or 4♥ or 4♠ depending on his hand pattern. As this is not universally played you must agree with partner that you would like to play this. (As you should for any conventional gadgets you want to use).
Once North knows the denomination of the contract, he is in charge of the level. 2NT was a limit bid. If you have a very weak hand and only a 5-card suit it is usually better to just pass and let partner make as many tricks as possible, after all you only need eight. With a very weak hand and a 6-card suit, transfer and pass so partner is playing at the 3-level, Even with a very weak hand and a 7/8-card major suit try game, directly bidding 4♥ or 4♠ to show weak and shape.
A note for the diary. Following the success of our recent Fish and Chip supper, the committee has decided to organise a second one in the Autumn on Saturday 24th November 2018. Further details will be available nearer the time.
Events being offered by the Oxfordshire Bridge Association which may be of interest.
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.