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18th December - Club Christmas Party

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 07931702776, text or email.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and at the end of sessions (loading the dishwasher, checking the windows are closed and the room is tidy) don't leave the director to do everything!

If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.

Tuesday Standbys

A host system runs on Tuesday evenings whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you. 


2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

Three Star Premier Master (20,000 MPs incl 10GP)

  • N Cheadle

One Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • M Seavers

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Tallon

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • I Andrew
  • E Clarke
  • P Martin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Holden
  • G Sproston
  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • J Ball
  • J Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • G Skene
  • H Thompson
  • P Thompson

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • N Grainger

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Kane
  • F Townsend
  • S Townsend
  • A Wilson

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • S Hardwick

For 2017 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.

Polite Notice.

A number of members sadly have health issues effecting  their immune systems.  Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.

Rules 20 and 26
Rules 20 and 26

Rule of 20

Add the number of cards in the two longest suits to the number of points held.

If the result is 20 or greater the hand is worth an opening bid.


The Rule of Twenty six  (Courtesy of Harold Schogger)

If your partner makes a splinter bid and you add up all your points outside the splinter suit and if it comes to 26 or more you should consider bidding a slam.


For example:

                                  WEST             EAST


SPADES                    AK873             QJ65

HEARTS                    43                   AK652

DIAMONDS               AQ65               K83

CLUBS                      62                    9        


BID                             1 SPADE       4 CLUBS


Then West should immediately add his points outside the splinter suit to a known guarantee of 13-15 points. Since his points total 14 and his partner is promising 13-15, then he knows the total is 26 and he should immediately be interested in a slam as 6 Spades is an easy make. West should therefore make suitable overtures either by cue bidding or Ace asking.


But if the hands are as follows:


                                  WEST             EAST


SPADES                    AK873             QJ65

HEARTS                    43                    AK652

DIAMONDS               Q2                    K83

CLUBS                      KQ62                9  


BID                           1 SPADE          4 CLUBS


The points you have outside the splinter suit are now 9 and added to the guaranteed 13, totals only 22.    So although you have 27 points between the two hands, a slam is impossible and game only is the contract.