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Minutes for AGM 2018 which took place Tuesday 6 November can be viewed by clicking on;  2018 AGM minutes.pdf  
Duplicate Bridge session every Tuesday evening at 6.30.   Learners/Beginners Gentle Duplicate sessinon every Thursday afternoon.

Details can be found under information on the menu tab.

 

 

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 on Tuesday evenings for Duplicate Bridge and Thursday afternoons for Beginners.  

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.  

 

Never deny a four card major

With distributional hands like these and the points fairly evenly divided, it is often better to be defending than declaring. With West as dealer I think the bidding should go:

W:   1  (on a losing trick count this hand should definitely open though with two-suited hands and fewer than opening points, it can be better to pass and see how the bidding goes before making any positive bid). 

N:  Pass. 

E:  1  (never deny a four-card major - you can always introduce your minor suit later). 

S:  Pass (that 5 card spade suit is so broken it really is not worth bidding). 

W:  1♠  (South is now glad not to have bid 1S as West would have passed it hoping partner might double it leaving South very much in the mire). 

N:  Pass. 

E:  1NT (having good cover in the unbid suit and a reasonable number of points and knowing they do not have a fit in any suit). 

S:  Pass. 

W:  2  (having a good 6 card suit and not liking no trumps). 

Pass. Pass. Pass.

North will lead the singleton Spade. South wins and returns the suit for a ruff. North should then lead a heart. At some point South gets in again with the Ace of diamonds to lead another spade for a second ruff.  So with two ruffs plus the two top trumps plus the two outside Aces the contract should be off by 1 trick. 

If East bids 2C over West's opening 1D then the only rebid now open to West is just 2D and East would have to pass it. Suppose West had 4 hearts and 2 spades rather than their actual hand then with East bidding clubs and not hearts, the heart fit would never have been found.
Mick

 

 

Médecins Sans Frontières

The total proceeds raised from clothes and book sales since 2007 amounts to over 40 000 all of which has been donated to MSF.
This year's book sale & clothes sales were a resounding success.  
Events for 2019 to be advised
Thank you all for contributing.  

     
For information about MSF please visit their website; msf.org.uk or msf.fr

 

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".

Mantra "Never deny a four card major"
When responding to an opening bid of 1 club or 1 diamond, if you bid 2 clubs over 1 club or  diamonds over 1 diamond or 2 clubs  over 1 diamond then you are denying that you hold a four card major.  Even if the four card major has no high card points you should bid it.

If opener bids 1 Diamond

Responder, holding either 4 of a major & 5 clubs plus, or 4 of a major & 4 diamonds plus, should bid the major at the one level.

If opener bids 1 Club.

Responder, holding 4 of a major & 4 diamonds plus, should bid the Diamonds at the 1 level. If opener holds a 4 card major it can then be shown at the 1 level.

Opener, after responder's bid, must bid again as there has been a change of suit.
Before making their second bid opener needs to keep in mind that if responder has bid a major at the one level they may hold;
a minor suit longer than their major.
could be weak or strong, ie. between 6 and 18 points.

Link to all Past tips …....

 

Gentle Duplicate for Beginners & Learners
Thursday afternoons we hope to establish a Learners Gentle Duplicate session .
Each Thursday we will play GD, where hands are played at a gentle pace and discussed and replayed if necessary.  From time to time we may revise some aspect of Bidding or Play and play some relevant pre set hands.  
To make this workable we hope to have 2 tables which will be mostly learners or beginners with some more experienced players to help out.


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.
Results
Duplicate Bridge
La Salle d'Améida 6.30
Gentle Duplicate
La Salle d'Améida 6.30
Duplicate Bridge
La Salle d'Améida 6.30
Duplicate Bridge
La Salle d'Améida 6.30
Calendar
Thu 14th February 2019
Learners & Improvers
La Salle d'Alméida 3.00 pm
Tue 19th February 2019
Duplicate Bridge
La Salle d'Améida 6.30
Thu 21st February 2019
Learners & Improvers
La Salle d'Alméida 3.00 pm
Tue 26th February 2019
Duplicate Bridge
La Salle d'Améida 6.30