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Dublin North Region President
Dublin North Region President

At the Regional AGM, for Dublin North held on the 12th June in Malahide, a new president, Martin McMahon, was appointed to the position with the Dublin North Region. It is great for the CRC Bridge Club that one of our own members has been considered and appointed to this position.  


Martin succeeds Michael O'Keeffe of our neighbours in Foxhall Bridge Club, who did a wonderful job over the past year.  


Lesson: Never take a holiday when an election is happening !  


Photo: with apologies to outgoing CBAI President, Fearghal O'Boyle

Last updated : 24th Jun 2015 11:45 BST

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)


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.


Last updated : 12th Jun 2017 23:22 BST


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

Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:04 BST


1st  Caitriona Butler and Liz Maguire

2nd Harriet Barlow and Raymond Hearty

Best Novice pair

Marie Harte and Frances Ryan



Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:06 BST


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



Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:07 BST

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

Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:07 BST

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.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:07 BST





Full results available under results tab.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 08:08 BST

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Anna O'Dwyer on 27th June 2017. Anna was a longstanding and loyal supporter of the CRC bridge club and worked tirelessly on the committee for many years. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Last updated : 1st Aug 2017 11:18 BST