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Soberton Shield - Round 2

After the second round on February 3rd, The Overcallers have extended their lead over the other teams. Can anyone catch them over the next rounds? The full table can be seen here.

Next round will be played at Soberton on Friday, 3rd March, commencing promptly at 7.00pm.
 

Best behaviour at Bridge

Players are reminded that games should always be played in a courteous manner, showing respect and good manners to opponents and partners alike.

The EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge is very helpful.

 
MEON BRIDGE CLUB
MEON BRIDGE CLUB

We extend a warm welcome to members and visitors on Mondays (13.45 start) and Wednesday (14.00 start) at Soberton Village Hall. Play usually finishes by 17.15 on both days.

If you would like to play on any day, please contact Carole O'Neill (email caroleoneill012@aol.com or telephone 01962 777352). For directions and other information, please see our Information page

Tim Howard Tankard
Tim Howard Tankard

As you will have heard, the Tim Howard Tankard will now be awarded to the member who makes the greatest improvement over the calendar year. Improvement will be measured by the change in a member’s NGS grade between 1st January and 31st December.

It is, therefore, worth noting that Margaret Major and Simon Broadley featured as 5th and 6th in the Hampshire county improvers ranking for the month of January. Well done to both of you!

Interesting hands

Looking back at the hands we played recently, we often find one that is worth thinking about a bit more.

Here is one from Monday 13th February, in which slam was makeable in any of three denominations - yet no-one bid it!

How should it have been done?

 

 

This is a good illustration of a situation which frustrates anyone who analyses the hands and the results.  On this board slams can be made by N/S in any of Clubs, Hearts or No Trumps. Nobody bid a slam and nearly everybody made 12 tricks in something! An unusual feature of this hand is that there are 12 tricks off the top with the only luck being a 3:3 break in hearts. Are we all making bidding errors?

Take a few minutes to have a look. Assuming a weak no trump is being played, the opening bid is likely to be 1C from S. N has 9 HCPs and 6 card support. He has 7 losers with a singleton diamond. Of his 7 losers 3 are in the likely trump suit. In normal circumstances this suggests a bid at the 4 level on the Losing Trick Count but there is and should be a reluctance in the minors to go beyond 3NT on the first round. Some will play conventions which may help (Inverted minors and/or splinters, the latter being unusual after a minor is bid) but for an average club player one would expect to bid 3 clubs remembering that this undervalues our hand. 

With 5 losers against an assumed 8 and a singleton diamond ace South is likely to stick with Clubs. A bid of 5 clubs will almost certainly close the auction whereas a bid of 4 clubs looks better in practice but is unattractive. Bidding hearts is poor as the raise by N denies a 4 card major. How about 4 diamonds showing Ace or void in the suit and still leaving 5Cs as fall back? I quite like this bid as it is constructive. Now 4S from N will show AS and S could now bid 6C in the knowledge that all 4 aces are held. Chancy perhaps but reasonable.

The more observant will be wondering what the opponents were doing! With 11 diamonds between them interference is quite possible. When opponents do get involved you should think positively as they give you another suit to bid with no risk of your partner thinking you actually have the suit! Think how good it is safely to splinter or cue bid on this hand and you also do not have to worry about a pass from partner. In addition, interference to a high level (5Ds, say) may well push you into the makeable slam! 

To illustrate what might happen after interference, the auction might progress:  Pass, 1C,1D, 3D (splinter showing a singleton or void), 5D, x, Pass, 6C....job done!

The lesson here is to give full value to the N hand. Only 9 HCPs but strong playing values. Once S goes on after 3Cs, N should start to think that a slam is possible. You may not reach it but the art of slam bidding is to recognise when a slam is possible and then to exercise some ingenuity to keep the bidding going as long as you are able to stop in game if you get "wrong" answers.

All of this begs a question - " Should I be playing in a slam depending on a 3:3 break?". In life as in bridge the correctness of the decision depends on the outcome!

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Dates for your diary - NEW!!

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Club Stratified Sims - 13th March
British Spring Pairs - 5th April
EBED Spring Pairs - 8th May

Next Committee - 11th May

Summer Party - 14th July

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Topical Tips - NEW!!
Topical Tips - NEW!!

Using your opponent's bidding 2

Are 5 card majors better than 4 card majors? How long is a piece of string! We all want to find an 8 card fit in a major and, in the Standard English bidding system, it can take longer to find out whether a bid suit has 4 cards or more than 4. Sometimes an opponent's bid may help us to find out more quickly!

Partner opens 1D which is overcalled by RHO with 1H. You hold a hand with values to reply and your suit is spades. You can tell your partner immediately whether you have 4 spades or more than 4. How? Well with only 4 spades you double your opponent's 1H. With 5 or more spades you bid 1S. Now your partner will know immediately whether you have an 8 card spade fit.

Easy? Yes...as long as you remember!

 

Previous Topical Tips can be found via the menu on the left.

Calendar
22nd February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jenny Ashby
Scorer: Jenny Ashby
  (Bookings)
27th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Joanna Carter
Scorer: Gus Cunningham
  (Bookings)
1st March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard
  (Bookings)
6th March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sue Carpenter
Scorer: Sue Carpenter
  (Bookings)
Results
20th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard
15th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Neil Goulding
Scorer: Barry Tobutt
13th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sue Carpenter
Scorer: Sue Carpenter
8th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Kim Wilson
Scorer: Barry Tobutt
Click for the latest results
Dates for your diary - NEW!!

♠   ♣ ♠   ♣ ♠   ♣ 

Club Stratified Sims - 13th March
British Spring Pairs - 5th April
EBED Spring Pairs - 8th May

Next Committee - 11th May

Summer Party - 14th July

♠   ♣ ♠   ♣ ♠   ♣ 

Topical Tips - NEW!!
Topical Tips - NEW!!

Using your opponent's bidding 2

Are 5 card majors better than 4 card majors? How long is a piece of string! We all want to find an 8 card fit in a major and, in the Standard English bidding system, it can take longer to find out whether a bid suit has 4 cards or more than 4. Sometimes an opponent's bid may help us to find out more quickly!

Partner opens 1D which is overcalled by RHO with 1H. You hold a hand with values to reply and your suit is spades. You can tell your partner immediately whether you have 4 spades or more than 4. How? Well with only 4 spades you double your opponent's 1H. With 5 or more spades you bid 1S. Now your partner will know immediately whether you have an 8 card spade fit.

Easy? Yes...as long as you remember!

 

Previous Topical Tips can be found via the menu on the left.

Calendar
22nd February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jenny Ashby
Scorer: Jenny Ashby
  (Bookings)
27th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Joanna Carter
Scorer: Gus Cunningham
  (Bookings)
1st March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard
  (Bookings)
6th March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sue Carpenter
Scorer: Sue Carpenter
  (Bookings)
Results
20th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard
15th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Neil Goulding
Scorer: Barry Tobutt
13th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sue Carpenter
Scorer: Sue Carpenter
8th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Kim Wilson
Scorer: Barry Tobutt