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Here is a summary of the new 2017 Bridge Rules, kindly provided by Fearghal O'Boyle.
The club plays in the Dunshaughlin Pastoral Center every Monday morning at 10:30a.m. sharp. There is ample free parking. The playing fee is five Euro and the club is open from September to April. New players welcome. Membership is €25.
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This information covers the way we use Alerts and Announcements.
Each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents.
At the start of every round each pair must inform the opponents of their basic system (e.g.) forcing club, strength of No Trump opening, 4 or 5-card majors) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.
More detailed description follows below:
You should announce your partner’s bid in the following three specific cases:
If partner opens a non-forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards in the suit, you say ‘could be 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards' as appropriate.
If partner opens 1NT - you state the range e.g. ‘15-17’ or whatever the range is.
If you open 1NT and the next player passes and your partner makes a transfer response of 2D or 2H - you say ‘Transfer to Hearts’ or ‘Transfer to Spades’ as appropriate.
The announcement is solely for the benefit of the opponents and partner is not permitted to use any unauthorised information gained from hearing the announcement.
A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.
No Alert or Announcement is required for a 5-card Major suit opening bid.
No Alert or Announcement is required for a Strong Acol 2 Club opening bid.
No Alert or Announcement is required for a Stayman 2 Club response to a 1NT opening bid.
You should not Alert any call above the level of 3NT that occurs on or after the opener’s rebid. Instead the declaring side alert such calls after the final pass but before the opening lead has been selected while the defending side alert such calls after the opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.
For the purposes of determining whether a double should be alerted or not, any double on the first or second round of bidding of a one or two level natural suit bid is deemed to be a TAKE OUT DOUBLE. All other doubles are deemed to bePENALTY DOUBLES. Any VARIATIONS must be ALERTED.
(b) When Dummy, don’t look at opponent’s or partner’s hands.
Failure to comply with the proprieties is evidence of having taken an unfair advantage.
You are bound to show positively that no improper action of yours, however inadvertent, has operated to your opponents’ disadvantage.
Directors are entitled to inflict discretionary penalties whether by fines or otherwise where an unfair advantage has been obtained.
(b) When Dummy, donâ€™t look at opponentâ€™s or partnerâ€™s hands.
You are bound to show positively that no improper action of yours, however inadvertent, has operated to your opponentsâ€™ disadvantage.
Captain - Susan Rutherford
Secretary - Jimmy Lennox
Treasurer - Ann Lanigan
Asst. Treasurer - Kathleen Copeland
Tournement Director- Luke Colleran
Match Maker - June Murphy
Scorer - Debbie Leahy
Committee Member - Pearce Boyce
Committee Member - Eileen Pennell
Committee Member - Marie Drake
Lord, grant me a partner who won't trump my Aces.
Deliver me from short suits and cards without faces.
Grant me finesses that work as I've planned,
And just once today, please, a nice Grand Slam hand.
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