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The EBU Bridge Shop
The EBU Bridge Shop

The Bridge Warehouse offers low prices to everyone, all the time, and if a competitor is cheaper then they will do their best to match the price. As all profits are reinvested in the EBU why would you shop anywhere else?!

Want a Partner?

 

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

Call Paul on

07979 862896

or email p@merrick.name

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Christmas Bridge party 2017
Christmas Bridge party 2017

Christmas Bridge party 2017

Despite the snow the evening was well supported. Mulled wine and Christmas food bites were accompanied by a quiz during the interval.  A good time was had by all. Even the rain proved a welcome relief from snow, for the journey home. 

Last updated : 15th Dec 2017 16:06 GMT
Christmas party East West winners
Christmas party East West winners

Christmas party bridge winners.

Mel and Richard Czapski were East/West winners, whilst the pairing of Mary Baker and Kathy Gray took the North/South prize.

Last updated : 15th Dec 2017 16:23 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

19th December - The last bridge session before the Christmas break.

4th January - The first bridge session of 2018

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 - March 21st

Last updated : 15th Dec 2017 16:38 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

NEW LAWS OF DUPLICATE BRIDGE 2017

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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Results
14th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Gill
12th Dec 2017
Christmas Party
Director: Richard
7th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Paul
6th Dec 2017
Oak Cafe - Christmas Bridge
Director: Gill
5th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: John
Calendar
Tue 19th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
19.25
Director: Dawn
Thu 21st Dec 2017
No Bridge
Tue 26th Dec 2017
No Bridge
Thu 28th Dec 2017
No Bridge
Tue 2nd Jan 2018
No Bridge
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Results
14th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Gill
12th Dec 2017
Christmas Party
Director: Richard
7th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Paul
6th Dec 2017
Oak Cafe - Christmas Bridge
Director: Gill
5th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: John
Calendar
Tue 19th Dec 2017
Duplicate Pairs
19.25
Director: Dawn
Thu 21st Dec 2017
No Bridge
Tue 26th Dec 2017
No Bridge
Thu 28th Dec 2017
No Bridge
Tue 2nd Jan 2018
No Bridge