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Traralgon Bridge Club
 
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Play commences at the following times. Monday - 7:30, Tuesday - 10:30 and Saturday 1:00. Please be at the clubrooms 15 minutes before these times. You may phone the clubroom on 0422 938449 if you will be delayed for some reason.

Please turn ALL Mobile phones off during the few hours of play. If you are expecting an URGENT call then let the Director know before play commences.

 
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Bridge Sayings
Bridge Sayings

Good Bridge etiquette means you greet opponents, praise both partner and opponents (well played), do not criticize (good try), do not make gratuitis comments (if you had bid this or led that), not gloat (we got 100%) and finally speak politely to your partner, opponents and especially the Director.

Contact Details

E-mail - bridgeintraralgon@gmail.com will be checked on Bridge days.

Web site - www.bridgewebs.com/traralgon

Our phone number (during playing times) is 0422 938449.

Supporters
Supporters

Latrobe City Council

Our council has helped us to locate and update our premesis. They have done some of the larger works on it and are most helpful when we need assistance. They can be contacted on www.latrobe.vic.gov.au

 

 
Alerting Regs
Anouncing 1C & 1NT openings
As of August 1st 2013 there will be a significant change to the current alerting procedures which will have an impact on all players.
When you open 1 club or a natural 1NT, there will be no need to alert the bid. Instead opener’s partner must automatically “announce”, without waiting to be asked, the essential meaning of the bid.
For a natural 1NT opening, this announcement is the strength range. So partner says: “15 to 17” or “12 to 14” or whatever the range is.
For a 1 club opening, it depends on the system. For natural systems, partner announces the minimum club length guaranteed, saying “4 plus clubs” or “3 plus clubs”, etc.
For strong club systems, you announce the point range. For Precision you would say “strong, at least 16 points”.
For other systems, for example Polish Club, which has multiple means for the 1 club opening, partner simply announces “unusual”.
After any announcement, the opponents will still be able to ask supplementary questions, however the basic information already conveyed will avoid much of that need. A side benefit of this new approach is that many of the problems currently created due to inopportune (and sometimes pointed) enquiries will now disappear. And opponents will no longer be at risk of confusion caused by variable 1NT ranges and the like.
It will take some time for players to adjust to such a significant change in alert procedure. Directors are encouraged to exercise suitable tolerance in respect to inadvertent non-compliance until players become familiar with the new procedure.
Announcements have been successfully used in both England and the United States for a number of years and it is felt that the above application of the same approach will also be beneficial in Australia.
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The following are some (but not all) bids that must be alerted -

Weak jump responses
Inverted minors
Jacoby style 2NT over a major
Bergen raises
Fourth suit forcing
Splinter bids (below 4 clubs)
Transfer bids (below 4 clubs)
Forced bids in a "pass or correct" sequence
Conventional responses after a multi-two opening
Trial bids
A 2 club or 2 diamond opening that is strong
A 2NT opening or overcall showing 2 suits e.g. both minors
Conventional opening bid higher than 3NT
An opening bid of 1 club or 1 diamond with less than 3 cards in the suit
Responses to Stayman

You do not alert -   
Doubles or redoubles
Cue bids of opponents suit
Stayman 2 club response to partner's 1 NT
Most calls at the 4th level or higher

You should PRE-ALERT any unusual agreements which could surprise your opponents.
e.g. 2 club opening which is weak
An unusual 1NT opening