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Minutes for AGM 2016 which took place Tuesday 25 Oct can be viewed by clicking on; 
2016 AGM Bridge Minutes.pdf

Thursday's Fun Bridge, takes place at Michelettes at 2.30pm.  All level of players welcome, with or without partner.  Please contact the club to confirm it's happening.  

Gentle Duplicate takes place the 1st Tuesday of the month.
Where more experienced players help less experienced players with bidding, play and bridge etiquette. 

 

 
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Welcome to Bridge d'Albret
Play Bridge in SW France
Play Bridge in SW France

Bridge d'Albret is a small friendly Anglo French bridge club located in Mézin, Lot-et-Garonne, (Department 47) bordering on the Gers within easy reach of the historic towns of Nérac and Condom in rural south west France.

 

We meet once a week on a Tuesday evening for duplicate bridge, the majority of our members play Acol bridge but as we have a mix of nationalities all partnerships are welcome whatever school of bridge they prefer to play.

 

As we are a small club it's helpful if we know in advance if you wish to play, we do our best to arrange partners if needed.

You can email us via; Contact Us. 

 

An optimist would go for the slam, a pessimist wouldn't! Click on Show Answer below.

 

Looking at the four hands the spade slam is a touch fortunate to make though all it really needs is the hearts to break 3-3 of the 10 of hearts to fall doubleton.

An optimist would go for the slam, a pessimist wouldn't.

South will open their strongest bid. 2C in Acol or reverse Benji, 2D playing normal Benji.  West should bid 2D over 2C or double if the opening bid was 2D as they desperately want a diamond lead. This enables North to Pass as South now has another bid. If West was silent then North must bid their negative 2D over 2C, 2H over 2D. South bids 2 Spades. West can now bid 3C showing their partner a willingness to compete in either of the minors though East is never going to do anything on their poor cards. Whether West bids or passes North can now bid 3H which is a positive bid (a negative bid for North would be just raising Souths suit or bidding No Trumps to keep the bidding alive and does not imply stops in the other suits) and South bids 3S as there is no need to rush the bidding as the initial bid was game forcing and North must not pass until a game is reached. North will raise to 4 Spades. With first round controls in 3 suits and a second round control in the fourth it is now dependent upon South's thoughts about partners bid in hearts. Treating it as a positive bid you'd just bid the slam without asking for Aces or Kings and hope for the best though the majority of players would pass the game contract and be delighted to win 12 tricks in the play.
Assuming Ace Diamonds led and then the King, South ruffs the second diamond , plays 3 rounds of trumps, Ace Hearts then the Jack overtaking with the King in dummy. The Queen of hearts draws the 10 and the two remaining hearts provide winners on which to dispose of the two losing clubs in the South hand.
Slightly fortunate but that positive heart bid by North must imply some values there and possibly elsewhere so if you are an optimist then bid the slam.
Mick


 

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Encouraging Quote!

Not sure who made it but the following quote is encouraging!
"One of the reasons bridge continues to fascinate players all over the world is that, in order to become even sort of good at it, you have to be willing to be bad at it for a long time".

Tip of the ……...

Best not to pre-empt when you have a four card Major.
We suggest that you don't open the bidding with a pre-empt if your hand contains a four card major as well as the pre-empt suit.
As pre-empting tends to shut partner up you could miss out on a major suit fit and possibly miss game. Partner, who may have an opening hand in a major suit, would probably pass your pre-emptive opening bid.
Link to helpful web site for beginners and improvers here 

Beginners, Improvers & Practise Bridge
Courses for complete beginners and improvers are run on a regular basis.
Practise fun bridge, for beginner & improvers, also takes place some Thursday afternoons.
Being an informal bridge club we also run social events during the course of the year just for fun!  Please browse the menu on the left of the screen for further information.  (Location map is under information)  Contact: Sue Russell via; Contact Us for further information.
Calendar
Tue 30th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Results
Tue 23rd May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 16th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 9th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 2nd May 2017
Gentle Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Encouraging Quote!

Not sure who made it but the following quote is encouraging!
"One of the reasons bridge continues to fascinate players all over the world is that, in order to become even sort of good at it, you have to be willing to be bad at it for a long time".

Tip of the ……...

Best not to pre-empt when you have a four card Major.
We suggest that you don't open the bidding with a pre-empt if your hand contains a four card major as well as the pre-empt suit.
As pre-empting tends to shut partner up you could miss out on a major suit fit and possibly miss game. Partner, who may have an opening hand in a major suit, would probably pass your pre-emptive opening bid.
Link to helpful web site for beginners and improvers here 

Beginners, Improvers & Practise Bridge
Courses for complete beginners and improvers are run on a regular basis.
Practise fun bridge, for beginner & improvers, also takes place some Thursday afternoons.
Being an informal bridge club we also run social events during the course of the year just for fun!  Please browse the menu on the left of the screen for further information.  (Location map is under information)  Contact: Sue Russell via; Contact Us for further information.
Calendar
Tue 30th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Results
Tue 23rd May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 16th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 9th May 2017
Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00
Tue 2nd May 2017
Gentle Duplicate
Michelettes 7.00