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Breakdown by Grade

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Christmas Social Dec 17th

Holiday Greetings to all Bridge Players

The President & Committee

Wish all Members a

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Happy New Year

No Bridge Dec 24th

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Clarification to CBAI Regulations

CBAI Regulations Sept 1st 2018

 Doubles:   All Doubles on the 1st or 2nd round of bidding of a 1 or 2 level suit bid are

deemed to be TAKE OUT DOUBLE.   All other bids are deemed to be

PENALTY DOUBLES. Any variations must be ALERTED.

Announcements:   You should announce your partners bid in 3 specific cases

    1.If partner opens a non forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0,1,2, or 3 cards 

      in the suit, you say “could be 0,1,2, or 3” as appropriate.

   2.  If Partner opens 1NT – you state the range eg – 12-14 or 15-17 as appropriate

   3.  If  you open 1NT and partner makes a transfer bid,  you announce “Transfer to Hearts”  etc


A forcing 1C opening bid must be alerted.

No alert or announcement is required for  (1) a 5 card Major suit opening,  

(2) a strong  Acol 2C opening,   (3) Stayman 2C response to 1NT opening.

You should not alert any call above 3NT that occurs on or after the openers rebid.  

Instead the declaring side alerts such calls after the final pass but before the

opening lead has been selected while the defending side alerts such calls after the

opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.    

1NT - 4C ( alert gerber);   1NT-4D ( alert Texas)   

but 1C-1D-1NT (by opener) - 4C (Gerber but not alertable)

Local Playing Rules and Bridge Etiquette

Westmanstown is a dynamic club with over 140 members many of whom

joined the club in recent years and many have never read "The Laws of

Duplicate Bridge"  and don't particularly want to. The  most important law

to remember is that Bridge is a game and players are reminded that they

should treat all players including their partners in a civilised

and friendly manner. 

Players are also reminded that your club is run by a committee of volunteers

who are not paid for their services. In the website's  main menu there

is a page "Bridge Etiquette"  outlining many of the rules of bridge in

everyday language  and it is worthwhile to have a browse when you have

a few minutes to spare.   There is also  a page called "Local Playing Rules"

detailing our operational arrangements on the night.

Presidents Prize 2018

25th Presidents Prize 2018

Top Ten

Pos No Player Score
1 67 Barbara Burke 61.97
2 25 Geraldine Keane 61.56
3 32 Kevin O'Dea 61.38
4 72 Tomas Roche 60.97
5 64 Joseph Coyne 60.29
6 35 Patrick Connolly 59.84
7 68 Donek Szenejko 59.16
8 28 Margaret Keane 59.14
9 47 Maureen Reddy 58.28
10 63 Brendan O'Driscoll 58.23

Full Final Results

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Presidents Prize 2018

Presidents Prize Winner

2018 25th Edition


Barbara Burke

Presidents Prize 2018
Presidents Prize Presentation

                         2018 - Club Championship Pairs

                        Top Four



1 Joseph Coyne & Tony Smyth 66.66
2 Donek Szenejko & Mary Timoney 61.63
3 Mary & Tomas Roche 60.05
4 Ann Clerkin & Evelyn Ward 58.45
Laws of Bridge

CBAI Laws of Bridge

Any infractions that occur at your table

call the Tournament Director


If you Have any Questions or comments   

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The meaning of Double – as the name suggest –

is to raise the stakes. If you Double an opposing

contract, you win more Points if they fail, but

you concede more points if they succeed.

When Bridge began over a 100 years ago,

double was limited to those occasions where

you expected the opponents to fail in their bid.

However, it was realised that you would be

most unlikely to be confident enough to double

a low-level suit bid, when partner had not yet spoken.

And that if the opponents happened to have bid,

a suit in which you were very strong, it was far

better not to tip them off: rather to keep quiet and

wait for them to get into deeper trouble.

In 1912 New Yorker Major Charles Patten and

Bryant McCambell independently invented an

alternative meaning for the “Double” –

the “take-out double”. It is believed that this

was the first convention in the game (although it is

now so universal that it is rarely thought of as such).

The take-out double – “partner, please take out my

double into another suit” shows an opening hand or

better with no other convenient bid: 

no suit to overcall, and an inability to bid notrumps.

To learn more on doubling  contact your local Bridge Teacher

or Coach, or get a copy of

Bridge Lessons (Double) by ANDREW ROBSON,

( The above extract is from this book.

BridgeMate  Operaters 
Dec 10th Sean McNamee
Dec 17th Sean McNamee

Any members who would like to assist the

Bridgemate Operator to gain experences or practice

just talk to us before BridgeMate set-up

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Autumn Pairs Session 2
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Autumn Pairs Session 1
Mon 10th Dec 2018
Turkey Competition
1-: Jim Egan
2-: Maura Colgan
Mon 17th Dec 2018
Christmas Social
1-: Kevin O'Dea
2-: Mary Purcell
Mon 24th Dec 2018
Christmas Holiday
Mon 31st Dec 2018
Christmas Holiday
Mon 7th Jan 2019
Week 19
1-: Blanaid Morris
2-: Frances Boyle
Mon 14th Jan 2019
Week 20
1-: Una Gilespie
2-: Theresa Kilcline
Mon 21st Jan 2019
Club Championships Wk 1
1-: Bernard Higgins
Mon 28th Jan 2019
Club Championships Wk 2
1-: Bernard Higgins
Mon 4th Feb 2019
CBAI Sims Prs
1-: Neil Burke
2-: Teresa Muldoon
Mon 11th Feb 2019
Week 24
1-: Tony Smyth
2-: Carmel Grimes
Mon 18th Feb 2019
Week 25
1-: Sean McNamee
2-: Geraldine Keane
Mon 25th Feb 2019
Presidents Prize Wk 1
1-: Jim Mullally
Mon 4th Mar 2019
Presidents Prize Wk 2
1-: Jim Mullally
Mon 11th Mar 2019
Presidents Social Night
1-: John Macnamara
2-: Neil Burke
Mon 18th Mar 2019
Week 29
1-: Pat Connolly
2-: Irene Carr
Mon 25th Mar 2019
Week 30
1-: Ian Baker
2-: Sally Burke
Mon 1st Apr 2019
Week 31
1-: Anne Butler
2-: Noreen Smyth
Mon 8th Apr 2019
Team of Four Draw
1-: Jim Mullally
Mon 15th Apr 2019
Easter Competition
1-: Tomas Roche
2-: Margaret Keane
Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Public Holiday