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Local Playing Rules and Bridge Etiquette

Westmanstown is a dynamic club with over 150 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.

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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

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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.

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