Make sure you have an up to date list of member telephone numbers (ask Gill if you need one)
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Use the members only section of website to request a partner (ask Gill if you need help)
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Put your name on the list on the club notice board
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Ring Gill at home on
0151 924 0868
or send her a text to
0798 117 0515
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Ask the TD to announce at start of a session
There are four players who play as two partnerships with the partners sitting facing each other. Partnerships may be prearranged or chosen by the chance cutting of cards.
The game is played in a clockwise direction with a standard pack of 52 cards (i.e. the jokers are not used). The thirteen cards in each suit rank in ascending numerical order from the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King to Ace.
make a bid, which must be higher than the previous bid if any;
pass, by saying "no bid" or "pass". This indicates that the player does not wish to bid, double or redouble at that turn, but a player who has passed is still allowed to bid, double or redouble at a later turn. (Either "no bid" or "pass" is permissible, but you should stick to one term or the other.)
say "double", if the previous bid was by an opponent, and has not already been doubled;
say "redouble", if the previous bid was by one's own side and has been doubled by an opponent, but not yet redoubled;
If trumps are Clubs or Diamonds, 20 per trick
If trumps are Hearts or Spades, 30 per trick
If there are No Trumps, 40 for the first trick, and 30 for each subsequent trick. If the contract was doubled the above scores are doubled. If it was doubled and redoubled, they are multiplied by 4.
Overtrick points, assigned for each trick taken over the contracted number of odd tricks. These are at exactly the same rate as the points for the tricks bid and made but do not count towards achieving a game (i.e. they are above the line)
Slam bonuses for small slams or grand slams bid and made. A small slam is 12 tricks bid and made (i.e. a bid of 6) and a grand slam is all of the tricks bid and made (i.e. a bid of 7). The bonus for a small slam is 500/750* and for a grand slam it is 1000/1500*
Bonuses for any doubled or redoubled contract made, colloquially known as 'for the insult'. 50 points for making a doubled contract and 100 points for making a redoubled contract.
A rubber bonus is received at the end of a completed rubber by the side that is first to win two games. 700 points if the rubber is won in two games without the opponents making a game, otherwise 500 points. A bonus is also awarded for some game and part-game scores at the end of an unfinished rubber (300 points and 100 points respectively)
An honour bonus is received by any player at the end of any deal in which he held particular honour cards.
If the contract is defeated, the defenders receive penalty points, assigned for every undertrick.