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Join us On Mondays at the CRC Bridge Club
Join us On Mondays at the CRC Bridge Club

Located in Clontarf, the CRC Bridge Club is one of the largest bridge clubs in the North Dublin Region. Catering for all levels and grades of bridge player, every Monday evening, we have separate games for Novices, Intermediate and Senior players. With approximately 25 tables, we always have room for guests and visitors, and all will be made welcome at the club. While a number of our competitions are restricted to members only, we always have alternative open games to provide something for everyone. 

As well as enjoying the bridge, you will also be supporting the charitible work of the Clinic, with all of our excess funds being ringfenced for the provision of equipment and services for those children, whose lives are changed by the remarkable work undertaken by the staff of the CRC. 

Come along, enjoy the game, support the work of the clinic and of course make new friends.  So drop down any Monday evening at 7:15pm to the CRC Bridge Club, (except on bank holidays) and join us for an evening of enjoyment.  See you soon, see you often !

TIPS TO ENJOY YOUR BRIDGE GAME

At the Start of a Round

  1. Greet your opponents in a warm and friendly manner. Check that you have the correct boards. Announce the basics of your system – e.g. “forcing club, strength of No Trump opening card, 4 or 5 card majors”
  2. Check that you have 13 cards then look at your hand and sort it into suits. Don’t shift your cards from one hand to the other or shift suits around after sorting. Keep it fanned and don’t shut it up or put it down on the table.

During the Auction

  1. Pause a moment before making any call (which includes a Pass). If the opponent on your right has opened with more than one of any denomination or has made a jump bid, do not make any call until 10 seconds have elapsed.
  2. Remember if you pause for an unduly long time in normal circumstances, you may silence your partner if you then pass.
  3. Don’t bid after partner has made a pause before passing which was of significant length, unless the bid you make is clearly permissible on your own hand without anything but the minimum your opponents’ bidding would suggest may be in your partner’s hand. The onus will be on you to show that partner’s pause did not influence your bid.
  4. Bid and play without emphasis. Don’t vary the tone of your bidding – it should always be flat and unemphatic.
  5. Transfer bids over an opening 1NT are made by announcing “transfer” after your partner makes the bid
  6. Remember to alert your opponents to any call which is conventional below the level of 3NT. You only need to alert conventional calls above the level of 3NT on the first round of bidding e.g. 1♠ : P : 4♣ (needs to be alerted)

IF USING BIDDING BOXES

Do not allow your hand to hover over or fidget with the bidding cards in the bidding box while you are considering the bid you will make. Perceived uncertainty can convey unauthorised information. 

Whenever an alert is required to draw attention to a conventional call made by partner, the ALERT card should be taken from the box and shown to both opponents (making sure it is seen by both), before being replaced in the box. The next opponent to bid has the option to ask for the meaning of the bid.

If making a jump bid, before you take out the bid you intend to make, place the “Stop” card on the table to alert your next opponent that a jump bid is about to be made e.g a pre-emptive 3 ♥ bid. Once you place your jump bid on the table, wait 10 seconds before returning the “Stop” card to the bidding box. This allows your opponent to bid “in tempo”, without undue hesitation that could convey information unfairly. When your right hand opponent employs a stop card, wait for it to be removed before you make your next bid.

At the end of the auction, make sure the bidding is completed by having 3 passes on the table. Leave the bidding cards on the table until the opening lead is made. This allows declarer and both defenders to review and analyse the bidding. The opponent on lead has the opportunity to ask for clarification of the bidding e.g. the meaning of a bid etc.  It also may help to prevent a lead out of turn.

Opening Lead

  1. Place the opening lead face down on the table. This prevents you leading out of turn. Your partner now has the opportunity to ask questions about the bidding. If they have none, they should say “Thank you” or “No questions” and you can turn your lead face up. Dummy can then be placed on the table. Keep the board on the table, with North pointed in the correct direction, to ensure there will be no misboarding.

As Dummy

  1. When placing Dummy’s hand on the table and a suit contract is being played, the trump suit should be placed on Dummy’s right, Declarer’s left. When Dummy, don’t play any card, however obvious, until asked by partner. When Dummy, don’t look at opponent’s or partner’s hands or shift around on your seat. As Dummy, you may alert Declarer if it appears that he/she may be about to play from the wrong hand BUT if you are not quick enough to prevent Declarer from playing from the wrong hand, you cannot intervene at all (Rule 42. b).

At the End of play

  1. Agree the result before entering the score and lifting the cards that have been played from the table – this allows you to check the cards in the correct order, if there should be a problem. During play, it is common practice to place the card vertically if your side has won the trick and horizontally if won by your opponents. Don’t take the cards from the board after they have been returned to it after play. Penalties will be incurred if cards are misboarded. Only move to the next table when the TD has moved the boards and asked you to move.

Calling the Director

  1. If anything should go wrong at the table, agree with your opponents to call the Tournament Director. Let one player explain the facts to the TD and avoid raised voices that may distract other players at nearby tables. Make the Tournament Director your friend – he/she is there to ensure everyone has a fair and enjoyable game. More details are available in the annual CBAI Diary or from the rule Book – “The Laws of Duplicate Bridge”

Body Language

  1. Be aware of your own mannerisms and try to remain impassive so that you do not convey any unauthorised information about your hand.
  2. Be courteous to opponents and to your partner.

ENJOY YOUR GAME

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Dates For Your Diary

MAY 2017

29th AGM 6.30pm  

      - BRIDGE 7.30pm

 

JUNE 2017

5th BANK HOLIDAY - CLOSED

12th Open Game

19th Open Game

26th Open Game

 

JULY AND AUGUST

Open Game 

 

BRIDGE BEGINS AT 7.30pm SHARP

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 7.20pm

COMPETITIONS BEGIN AT 7.15pm

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 7PM

 

HUGHES CUP TEAM COMPETITION

 

1st Kay McDonald, Colm McDonald, Philip Dowling , Frank McGarry

2nd Patricia Quigley, Anne Duffy, John Carey, Rita Fitzgerald, Grainne Courtney

3rd Louise Byrne, Sheila Boylan, Betty White, Mary Courtney

INTERMEDIATE B AND NOVICE COMPETITION

 

1st  Caitriona Butler and Liz Maguire

2nd Harriet Barlow and Raymond Hearty

Best Novice pair

Marie Harte and Frances Ryan

 

 

JOHN O'FLYNN TROPHY

 

1st Declan Keane and Anna O'Donnell

2nd Maureen Keane and Joanne Lyons

3rd Philip Dowling and Frank McGarry

4th Anne Duffy and Mairead NiOistin

 

 

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

1st John Carey.

2nd Philip Dowling

3rd Frances Gill

4th Gus Hannon.

1st Session Rose Collins

2nd Session May Grills

Best Intermediate B Brid Carter

LAMBERT AND COOPER CUPS

The National Confined Pairs Championships - The Lambert Cup took  place in Ennis on Saturday. There were 95 pairs taking part. CRC was represented by six players. Well done to Grainne Courtney who finished 9th overall.

 

The National Confined Teams Championships- The Cooper Cup took place in Ennis on Sunday. There were 36 teams taking part. CRC had five participants. Congratulations to Mairead NiOistin who was on the winning team along with three players from the bankers bridge club. The team of Patricia Quigley, Anne Duffy, Frances Gill and Denis Gill finished 2nd.

PRESIDENT'S PRIZE

1ST MARIE KEOGH  & BERNICE O'HALLORAN

2ND JOYCE ORMSBY & MARTIN WALSH

3RD NOELEEN MCEVOY & DAN O'MAHONY

4TH SHARON RYAN & PHILIP DOWLING

Full results available under results tab.

Results
22nd May 2017
SECTION 2
Director: Deirdre NiGhriofa
Scorer: Patricia Quigley
22nd May 2017
SECTION 1
Director: Rose Collins
Scorer: Rose Collins
15th May 2017
Section 2
Director: Marian Carroll
Scorer: Catherine Murphy
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Dates For Your Diary

MAY 2017

29th AGM 6.30pm  

      - BRIDGE 7.30pm

 

JUNE 2017

5th BANK HOLIDAY - CLOSED

12th Open Game

19th Open Game

26th Open Game

 

JULY AND AUGUST

Open Game 

 

BRIDGE BEGINS AT 7.30pm SHARP

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 7.20pm

COMPETITIONS BEGIN AT 7.15pm

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 7PM

 

HUGHES CUP TEAM COMPETITION

 

1st Kay McDonald, Colm McDonald, Philip Dowling , Frank McGarry

2nd Patricia Quigley, Anne Duffy, John Carey, Rita Fitzgerald, Grainne Courtney

3rd Louise Byrne, Sheila Boylan, Betty White, Mary Courtney

INTERMEDIATE B AND NOVICE COMPETITION

 

1st  Caitriona Butler and Liz Maguire

2nd Harriet Barlow and Raymond Hearty

Best Novice pair

Marie Harte and Frances Ryan

 

 

JOHN O'FLYNN TROPHY

 

1st Declan Keane and Anna O'Donnell

2nd Maureen Keane and Joanne Lyons

3rd Philip Dowling and Frank McGarry

4th Anne Duffy and Mairead NiOistin

 

 

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

1st John Carey.

2nd Philip Dowling

3rd Frances Gill

4th Gus Hannon.

1st Session Rose Collins

2nd Session May Grills

Best Intermediate B Brid Carter

LAMBERT AND COOPER CUPS

The National Confined Pairs Championships - The Lambert Cup took  place in Ennis on Saturday. There were 95 pairs taking part. CRC was represented by six players. Well done to Grainne Courtney who finished 9th overall.

 

The National Confined Teams Championships- The Cooper Cup took place in Ennis on Sunday. There were 36 teams taking part. CRC had five participants. Congratulations to Mairead NiOistin who was on the winning team along with three players from the bankers bridge club. The team of Patricia Quigley, Anne Duffy, Frances Gill and Denis Gill finished 2nd.

PRESIDENT'S PRIZE

1ST MARIE KEOGH  & BERNICE O'HALLORAN

2ND JOYCE ORMSBY & MARTIN WALSH

3RD NOELEEN MCEVOY & DAN O'MAHONY

4TH SHARON RYAN & PHILIP DOWLING

Full results available under results tab.

Results
22nd May 2017
SECTION 2
Director: Deirdre NiGhriofa
Scorer: Patricia Quigley
22nd May 2017
SECTION 1
Director: Rose Collins
Scorer: Rose Collins
15th May 2017
Section 2
Director: Marian Carroll
Scorer: Catherine Murphy