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Congrats Janet and Rosemary!

In the recent Australia-wide Bridge for Brains competition, Janet Willis and Rosemary Halford came 2nd out of over 2,200 pairs and 1st for NS! Well done ladies! 

 
What's coming up ...
Fri 26th May Red MPs
Mon 5th Jun John Fry Individual
Tues 6th Jun Swiss Pairs - Red MPs
Mon 19th Jun Winter Pairs
Mon 26th Jun Winter Pairs
 
Welcome to NBC ...

Nowra Bridge Club is situated behind the North Nowra Shopping Centre.  Three duplicate sessions are held weekly, beginner lessons are held periodically, as well as supervised classes for new players. 

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Learn to play Bridge!

Beginners' lessons will be starting on Tuesday 12th July from 7pm-9pm, and held at the Nowra Bridge Club in Hood St, North Nowra.  They will be held every Tuesday.  For more information, please contact the teacher, Kath Kean, tel. 4421-4752, or email k_kean@bigpond.com.

New Hand of the Week - Responding to 2C openers

Here Dave discusses responding to 2C opening bids - based on board 18 played on Tuesday 16th May. To view the discussion click on Hands of the Week - latest.

Kath answers ... bidding a strong minor

Q. From an intermediate player:
Sitting West, partner opener 1H and as East I held the following hand –
♠ AK76
7
AKQ10875
♣ 8
Over partner’s 1H bid I bid 1S. We play supporting with 3, and partner bid 2S. I then bid 3D, showing diamonds and a 4 card spade suit and partner bid 3NT. I could see the possibility of a diamond slam and bid 6D. With partner’s holding it makes a slam in diamonds and a grand slam in no trumps. How should I have bid the hand from the word go?

A.
Some players respond up the line when partner opens, ie 1C: 1D, however, most show a 4 card major in response (1C: 1H/S). For example if you hold a weakish 6 card diamond suit and a 4 card major, then bid the major first. However, the above hand is one of those exceptions to the rule. You must bid the diamonds first then bid the spades after partner’s response, eg: 1H: 2D: 2NT: 3S. This is called a reverse bid which shows 16+ HCPs and a 4 card spade suit. Therefore, by bidding a major at the 2 or 3 level, your first bid suit (diamonds) must be longer and stronger than the second bid suit (spades). With a normal opening hand, partner will either support diamonds or spades (if they have 4), otherwise they will bid 3NT and leave it up to you to go on, considering you are the captain of this contract. With such a powerful hand think about a slam in diamonds or no trumps and ask for aces and kings.
Partner held:
♠ Q52
AKJ96
42
♣ A109
Cautious players will land in 6NT making 13 tricks. Gamblers will bid 7NT trusting that the 7 card diamond suit will run and in this case it does. (South held 6 spades and north, none. On a spade lead it makes only 6D).

Results
26th May 2017
23rd May 2017
22nd May 2017
Monday Pairs
John Fry Individual - 5th June

Please enter now on the list provided in the club house for this fun event. Numbers are needed well in advance to organise it.

Looking for a partner?

Call Dorothy Fry on 4446-0906

Chris Diment Congress - Illawarra Bridge Club 2nd - 4th June

This popular event is being held at IBA in Figtree.  Friday is Welcome Pairs starting at 1pm, Saturday is Pairs ($35 per player entry), and Sunday is teams ($40 per player entry).  Lunch is included both days on the weekend and good prizes are being offered. 

For more details, to view the brochure, and to enter, click on the heading of this article. or here.

Mollymook Congress September 2017

Mollymook's annual congress will be held on 23/24 September this year.  Saturday 23rd is Swiss Pairs and Sunday 24th is Swiss Teams.  There are only 24 tables per day - entries are now open so enter quickly before you miss out. The cost is $40 per player per day and includes lunch.  Full details, the brochure, and how to enter can be found at this link: http://www.nswba.com.au/tourn/eventDetails.asp?tid=2681&T=X

Results
26th May 2017
23rd May 2017
22nd May 2017
Monday Pairs
John Fry Individual - 5th June

Please enter now on the list provided in the club house for this fun event. Numbers are needed well in advance to organise it.

Looking for a partner?

Call Dorothy Fry on 4446-0906

Chris Diment Congress - Illawarra Bridge Club 2nd - 4th June

This popular event is being held at IBA in Figtree.  Friday is Welcome Pairs starting at 1pm, Saturday is Pairs ($35 per player entry), and Sunday is teams ($40 per player entry).  Lunch is included both days on the weekend and good prizes are being offered. 

For more details, to view the brochure, and to enter, click on the heading of this article. or here.

Mollymook Congress September 2017

Mollymook's annual congress will be held on 23/24 September this year.  Saturday 23rd is Swiss Pairs and Sunday 24th is Swiss Teams.  There are only 24 tables per day - entries are now open so enter quickly before you miss out. The cost is $40 per player per day and includes lunch.  Full details, the brochure, and how to enter can be found at this link: http://www.nswba.com.au/tourn/eventDetails.asp?tid=2681&T=X