Windermere Duplicate Bridge Club
Windermere Duplicate Bridge Club
Individual Competition 2017

Members recently competed for the Individual Cup.  A close fought competition won by David Harris with Jackie Truelove second.                             Ray (Chair) hands the cup over.







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Kendal take the 'Pillar'!
Kendal take the 'Pillar'!

Windermere are beaten by Kendal in the annual match for the Pillar Trophy.  A brilliant second half was just not enough to make up for the poor start Windermere got off to.  Result aside, a very enjoyable afternoon.

Seminar 4 ........ Carding strategies

The fourth in this season's series of seminars will be on "Carding Stategies". Date to be arranged early in the new year. £5/person including tea/coffee.
Westmorland CBA is sponsoring this series of seminars.

Interested?  Watch this space. Book a place by contacting Chris Wilkinson 015395 36477  or

Westmorland Seminar 3

Westmorland's Third Bridge Seminar was another success with good support.  Many thanks to John, who took us into the world of 'Finessing'.  

All profits from the session (£100) have been given to John's chosen charity, 'Daimond Blackfan Anaemia' (DBA).

Fifth Friday events
Individual system sheet

In an individual competition everybody plays the same system all the time (even if you happen to play with your regular partner(s)).Therefore no announcing or alerting is necessary.

Opening 1NT = 12 to 14 points

In response to 1NT

No transfers 

2§response to 1NT is Stayman

2¨/©/ª = weak take out, ordering partner to pass          3©/ª = 5-card suit and points for game

2NT = 11 or 12 HCP, balanced

3§/¨ = strong and unbalanced with long suit.

Defence to 1NT.  Natural. Double is for penalties.

If the opposition double our 1NT, 2§ is not Stayman but is natural.

1NT overcall = 16-18 points with stopper(s) in opponent’s suit.

Responses as if partner had opened 1NT with points adjusted

Opening 2 bids.

2§ = strongest bid - game forcing (except 2§ - 2¨ - 2NT).  2¨ response = negative, <8 points.

2¨/©/ª = strong (8 playing tricks), forcing for one round. 2NT response = negative, <8 pts.

2NT = 20-22 HCP, balanced.  Responses. 3§ = Stayman. 3¨/©/ª = natural and forcing.

Defenceto pre-empts.  Double = take-out.

Doubles of suit bids by the opposition up to 4¨are for take-out except after a  penalty double by partner or if we have agreed a suit.

Jump overcalls are intermediate (6+ card suit, about 11 to 15 points)

Slam Conventions.   

Blackwood- 4NT asking for aces, then 5NT for kings

Gerber (4§for aces, 5§for kings) only immediately after an opening 1NT or 2NT

Cue bids, showing a control after suit is agreed,are permitted.


4th suit forcing: If we have bid three suits naturally, a bid of the fourth suit is artificial and shows a good hand in the context of the bidding so far and orders partner to bid again. A NT bid then shows stopper(s) in the 4th suit.



Standard leads:

Top of honour sequence, 4th highest from long broken suit headed by an honour(s), second highest from a poor suit.

Signals and Discards. 

On partner's lead: high to encourage, low to discourage.

When discarding: high to encourage, low to discourage (only 1st discard is significant).

On declarer's lead: low followed by high = odd number of cards in suit, high followed by low = even number of cards in the suit.