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Would you like to improve your Bridge?
The Wiltshire Bridge School is an established Bridge School set up and run by English Bridge Union teachers
Classes are available for all levels of Bridge players in Chippenham for Beginners and Trowbridge for Improvers and Advanced
The Chippenham Bridge Club play on Fridays at St Peter's Church, Lords Mead, Frogwell, Chippenham. Early arrival before 6.40pm is necessary for a prompt start at 6.50pm
We also play on Mondays at Chippenham Sports Club, Bristol Rd Chippenham. Early arrival before 1.15pm is necessary for a prompt start at 1.30pm
Both venues are affiliated to The English Bridge Union and have a mid-session break for tea, coffee and biscuits
We play Acol duplicate bridge using tablets for scoring and duplimated boards.
Please come along and meet a group of friendly people, keen to enjoy their bridge in a relaxed atmosphere. If you don't have a partner please contact Irene Button on 01249 653429 who will try to find you a partner.
We would like to invite any people interested in playing Duplicate Bridge to come along on either a Monday afternoon or Friday evening. We are a friendly club, pleased to welcome new members. Please ring 01249 653429.
The hand of the week will be active for a week and then archived into the Hand of the Week Archive page under the Information for Club Members Menu Item.
The one that got away was hand 13 this week. Every E/W played in a spade contract but only one pair got to a small slam and three pairs did not bid game. I suspect the reason for this was that North's disruptive weak 2♥ opening made it difficult for East. For those who do not play weak 2s this hand shows how disruptive weak 2s can be. Maybe one should look to add them into one's system. Of course there is the flip side and E/W should also add defence to a weak 2. So how should East bid to force partner to bid and get to at least a game contract with the combined 29 point count?
My advice would be to introduce the following system to the defence of weak 2♥ / 2♠ opening.
Thus, for hand 13 the best bid by East would be Double. If partner bids a negative 2NT, a suit re-bid by doubler would show 19+. Any other response to a double would show values up to 8 points and a jump response would show 9+.
Thus my bidding sequence would be:
East's double has made partner bid. West's bid of 4♣ shows at least 9 points and 5 or more clubs. East now sees a slam with 6 spades, 5 clubs and A♥ so asks for key cards. West shows 2 key cards (for those that play Roman Keycard Blackwood West can bid 5♠ to show 2 keycards plus the Q♣ ). East can now comfortably bid 6♠ on my bidding sequence and possibly 7♠ if playing Roman Keycard Blackwood.