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Improve Your Bridge Workshops

Bridge workshops are held most Wednesdays at my house in Broughton will take place between 6.30 and 8.30pm throughout the summer.  Some of the topics we will be covering this summer are cue bidding and fourth suit forcing.  Charge is £5 per session.

Further details from Fred Hotchen, tel 01794 301 185, mobile 07771 854 347 or email fred.hotchen@btinternet.com.

Bridge Practice Sessions for Novice players

I am currently running weekly Bridge play practice sessions at my house in Broughton.  These will be held between 6 and 8pm on Mondays throughout the summer.  For further details please ring Fred Hotchen on 01794 301 185, mobile 07771 854 347 or email fred.hotchen@btinternet.com.

 
Badger Farm Bridge Club, Winchester
Badger Farm Bridge Club, Winchester

Badger Farm Bridge Club has been providing friendly Duplicate Bridge in Winchester since April 1984.

We meet every Tuesday for a prompt 7.15 start, finishing at approximately 10.15.  Visitors are always very welcome.

We play at the Community Centre which is at the far end of the Sainsburys car park, Badger Farm Road, Winchester.

For further details contact Fred Hotchen on 01794 301 185 or 07771 854 347 or email fred.hotchen@btinternet.com 

Badger Farm Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU.

Tuesday 23 May Duplicate

This week's hands generally seemed quite difficult or maybe they just felt a bit awkward.  A good example was board 14 which is featured below.

Welcome to first time visitors Paul Compton and Peter Howlett.

Fred and John were first with 61.7%.

Hand of the Week - Tuesday 23 May 2017

Board 14 was an interesting yet awkward hand.

East opens the bidding with 1 and some Souths would make a 2♣ overcall as did Nadia at our table.  Sitting West I contemplated 3 but decided on 2 and when John rebid his hearts I cue bid 3♣, fishing for 3NT.  Not surprisingly John bid hearts for the third time and at this stage I could have bid four but decided I should rebid my very good diamonds again just in case diamonds was the best option.  By the way a bid of 4 in this sequence should be forcing.  With a diamond void John had no hesitation in going back to hearts and 4 became the final contract.

4 is technically the right contract but quickly goes off via Ace King of clubs, a ruff and the Ace of spades.  If South bids clubs, 3NT is hard to find.  It also goes off but the defence to beat it is not as straightforward.  It has to involve a spade lead or switch before Declarer gets in so that the defence can gather Ace King of clubs and three spade tricks.  If this doesn't happen, Declarer is home and dry.  In fact if South kicks off with a fourth highest club, Declarer takes all 13 tricks!

The bidding is likely to have varied considerably, hence the variety of contracts.  Three Easts played in 4, two went one off and one went two off.  One East was in 5 going two off, one East played in 3 just making and finally one East was in 3NT making all 13 tricks.  Must have got a small club lead!

Results
23rd May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen
16th May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen
9th May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen
Results
23rd May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen
16th May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen
9th May 2017
Scorer: Fred Hotchen