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Hands galore!
Many previous hands of the week can be found on the Improvers' pages.

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Your teacher is Chris Jones, who came back to bridge in 2003 after a lengthy absence, and hasn't looked back since. Click for more ...
 
  The next Play & Learn session is on Wednesday 22 February, 9.20 for a 9.30 start.
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Play & Learn Wed 15 February 2017
An extraordinary (and entirely randomly generated) number of very long suits in this week's collection, ensuring lots of preempting. Kate and Phyllis coped best with the ensuing chaos and came top with 62% - congratulations to them.
 
If you'd like to see how the Bath players coped with this week's hands, click here and then on 'Travellers'.
 
This week's featured hand is Board 9.

Kingswood Charity Duplicate Bridge Day 2017

Saturday 13th May 10am–4pm @ Kingswood School, Bath


Enjoy a great day's bridge with coffee, lunch + a glass of wine and afternoon tea, all for £25, while supporting a really worthwhile charity. 

As last year, all proceeds will go to the Open Arms Infant Home in Malawi.


Contact Jenny Opie: jro@kingswood.bath.sch.uk or 01225 734200.

Hand of the week 15 February 2017

Pre-empter's partner

The beauty of making an opening preemptive bid is that your job is now done. You've described your hand, and the rest is up to your partner ...

... who is you on this hand. Your partner opened 3 and East (after a bit of humming and hawing) has finally bid 3♠. What's the first thing you do? And the next thing you do? And finally, what do you bid?

The first thing you do is check the vulnerability, which tells you that a sacrifice will be CHEAP (because you're not vulnerable) and letting them make game will be EXPENSIVE (because they are vulnerable). 

Next, you decide whether they're likely to make game in spades. If partner's a weak hand, then surely they are. Easy, then. Your partner got in East's way, and from all the hesitating going on, it almost worked. Now you have to do the same. West is surely going to bid 4♠ anyway, so give her something to think about: raise your partner to 5. (You're going to make 7 diamond tricks and with luck partner can provide one more, for 8 tricks. Doubled, that'll cost you 500, which is at least 120 cheaper than them making game in spades. Cheap at the price!)

If West doubles you for penalties, you're home and dry: if you can go just 3 off, you're showing a profit. But one more question for you:

Supposing West instead raises her partner to 5♠. North and East will pass and it's your bid: do you now go on to 6?

Don't even think about it. For one thing, that's going to cost you 800, which is MORE than they can make for game in spades. But there's another, much stronger reason. We just agreed, didn't we, that your partner might have just one trick outside diamonds. OK, that's one trick. The only possibility for a second is your A and you already know that you can't make a trick with that. Don't you? If partner has 7 diamonds for her opening preempt and you have 5, the opposition only have one diamond between them. So they're going to ruff diamonds from trick one. In other words, EW have probably got a small slam in spades. And the only way they're going to bid it is if you force them up by bidding 6. So 6 is a disaster, whether NS bid on or not.

What happens?

Have a look at the whole deal and you'll see that EW do indeed have a small slam in spades. Thank goodness, then, that you left them to make their 5♠. But why, you may ask, did we bother with all that preempting? Didn't help in the end, did it? Well, it might have, for three reasons:

1 There will be Easts who, with just 8 points and missing the ♠AKQ, will be put off bidding at all, in which case your 5 will certainly silence West.

2 And if East does bid 3♠, there will certainly be Wests who will prefer to double 5 for a sure penalty than raise partner to what may well be a dodgy 5♠. 

3 And even if they bid and make 5♠, you might well have put them off looking for what turns out to be a stone cold slam in spades OR clubs.

In Box & Bath

In Bath, 4 pairs reached 5♠ and 4 pairs played in 5♦X. Fine. The other three results were substandard: one EW was allowed to play in 4♠ (S didn't raise to 5), one NS played in 5 UNdoubled (see below) and one NS went the extra step too far into 6♦X, which duly cost 800.

In Box, we had one pair in 5♠ and three in 5. So far, so good. But NONE of the 5 contracts was doubled. You got the preempting right, but when you know an opponent is making a sacrifice you HAVE TO DOUBLE IT. Otherwise, they're laughing all the way to the bank.

   The previous featured hand – No justice – is now on the Defence Improvers' Page.   
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Results
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 17th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Ray
Scorer: Ray
Wed 15th Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 10th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 8th Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 3rd Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Desley
Scorer: Tim
Wed 1st Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
Fri 24th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Open/Close: Jacky & Linda
Wed 1st Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Gwyn
Scorer: Tim
Open/Close: Tim & Julie
Wed 8th Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 10th Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Desley
Scorer: Keith
Open/Close: Helen & Ainslie
Wed 15th Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 17th Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Gwyn
Scorer: Chris
Open/Close: Ralph & Val
Click for the latest results
Need a Friday partner?

Contact Jacky Ceeney
tel 07976 546369
email jackyc1@tiscali.co.uk

Results
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 17th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Ray
Scorer: Ray
Wed 15th Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 10th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 8th Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 3rd Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Desley
Scorer: Tim
Wed 1st Feb 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
Fri 24th Feb 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Open/Close: Jacky & Linda
Wed 1st Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Gwyn
Scorer: Tim
Open/Close: Tim & Julie
Wed 8th Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 10th Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Desley
Scorer: Keith
Open/Close: Helen & Ainslie
Wed 15th Mar 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 17th Mar 2017
Friendly Duplicate
Director: Gwyn
Scorer: Chris
Open/Close: Ralph & Val