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Bridgemates

Bridgemates will be introduced to Club sessions on Wednesday 24th May and to Monday sessions on 5th June.

Prior to play starting, a short demonstration of the use of the table-top devices will be given. It would be helpful if players arrived ready for the introduction about 10 minutes earlier than normal.

During these first sessions and on Monday 12th June, Nigel Tay will not be playing but will be in the hall throughout play and available to answer questions, give help and guidance where necessary and alleviate any concerns you may have. For the first few sessions, paper travellers will also be completed to be used as back up should there be any problems. It is not anticipated that these will be needed for scoring, and the parallel running will cease as soon as scorers are confident with the system.

 
 
 
Announcing and alerting

It is never easy to remember when a bid made by partner should be alerted or announced. Here is the link to the EBU guidance which members should follow to avoid potential problems and penalties.

Dates for your diary

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Margaret Major Trophy - 31st May

Summer Party - 14th July

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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.

 
Welcome to Meon Bridge Club
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 any visitors 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

Interesting hand - No 10

Strange distribution? This hand is from 10th May.

How should it have been done?

Previous interesting hands can be found through the menu on the left

 

 

Sometimes we encounter strange distributions and this hand is an extreme example!

N has a choice of bids right from the outset. He has 18HCPs and a lovely heart suit. Some will judge the hand as having 8 playing tricks in which case it will be opened with 2Cs (Benji) or 2H (strong 2). As we will see the opening bid and first response will dictate the bidding on both sides.

I will concentrate first on those who do not play strong twos or who decide that the hand is a little short of requirements (a justifiable view). Now N will open 1H passed by E.

S should pay careful attention to the value of his hand notwithstanding a paltry 7 HCPs. The hand has 6.5 losers with hearts agreed as trumps. There is also a void. With a queen heading 4 in the trump suit creating the half loser, S may well regard the hand as 6 loser only. Easily enough for game.

Once this analysis is made a Splinter of 4D is an obvious first response. You should note in passing that the same bid would be made over a strong 2H opening by N. Assuming this bid is made, you have to feel for W! There is one thing in his favour and this is vulnerability.

What should E do? A bid of 5Ds with his 6 loser hand in the knowledge that S has a singleton diamond at most. But where are the remaining diamonds? it is also clear on the bidding that E has little high card strength. With 4 obvious losers, a penalty of 500 or more is highly likely. Too much….at least against a game and a slam looks remote as he holds 3 top tricks. The better option is to double 4Ds for a lead.

From the perspective of N, the Splinter removes at least one loser leaving him now with 5 opposite an assumed 7 in the S hand. With 4 card support for hearts also there, the heart loser almost certainly goes too. He would love to know more of S’s hand. In particular, he needs to know whether the diamond splinter is a singleton or a void. He should now bid 4S to show AS. 5Hs looks safe if the news is poor.

S will now bid 5Ds to show first round control but missing AC. N will now bid 6Hs knowing his partner must have points somewhere and on the reasonable prospect of eliminating his spade losers. 6Hs is lay down.

Now let us go back to an opening Benji 2Cs. The world changes! S will now “relay” with 2Ds allowing W into the auction at a much lower level. 3Ds looks right followed by 3Hs from N to show the heart suit. Notwithstanding his absence of any HCPs, E is pretty certain to support diamonds. There must be 11 of them so suggesting 5Ds in an attempt to interfere and a reasonable chance of a good result (3 off as it happens).

S should be undaunted. He makes the same analysis of his hand as set out above, adds extra value to his void, and bids 6Hs. W has now got to be tempted to double. His 3 top tricks look good. 7Ds is very expensive! Either decision works out badly with the pass the correct option.

Topical Tips - Alerts
Topical Tips - Alerts

Alerts

There are many conventions in common use at our Club and sometimes they can scare us! There is no cause for concern. All conventional bids have to be alerted (or in certain specific cases announced) by the partner of the bidder. No additional explanation can be given unless asked for. You can ask when it is your turn to bid, but it is not a good idea to ask unless you intend to bid yourself. The explanation may help your opponents to overcome a misunderstanding. These are common!

You can and should ask when on lead. Your opponents are obliged to give a clear explanation and this may help you to choose the best lead

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

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Calendar
29th May 2017
No Play
Director: No Play
31st May 2017
Margaret Major Trophy
Director: Neil Goulding
Scorer: Barry Tobutt
  (Booking)
5th June 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Neil goulding
Scorer: Nigel Tay
  (Booking)
7th June 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jon Stredwick
Scorer: Jon Stredwick
  (Partner?)
Results
24th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Kim Wilson
Scorer: Kim Wilson
22nd May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Joanna Carter
Scorer: gus cunningham
17th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jim Wilson
Scorer: Tim Howard
15th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard
Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
Calendar
29th May 2017
No Play
Director: No Play
31st May 2017
Margaret Major Trophy
Director: Neil Goulding
Scorer: Barry Tobutt
  (Booking)
5th June 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Neil goulding
Scorer: Nigel Tay
  (Booking)
7th June 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jon Stredwick
Scorer: Jon Stredwick
  (Partner?)
Results
24th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Kim Wilson
Scorer: Kim Wilson
22nd May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Joanna Carter
Scorer: gus cunningham
17th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jim Wilson
Scorer: Tim Howard
15th May 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tim Howard
Scorer: Tim Howard