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Members who play regularly are very important to the Club.  

You will get better if you increase the number of times you play! 

Come along on another night, you will be most welcome.

'Seven days without Bridge makes one weak!'

The real test of a bridge player isn't in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once in.

One advantage with bad bidding is that you get practice at playing bad contracts.

It is not the handling of difficult hands that makes the winning player.  There aren't enough of them.  It is the ability to avoid messing up the easy ones.

Windermere Winners!!!
Windermere Winners!!!

Stella and Mike N/S,  Ina and Pat E/W well done.

Windermere Individual Champion 2018
Windermere Individual Champion 2018

Well done Hilary!  Nine table Individual competition 'smoothly run' (eventually).


Charity Event Sat 20th October Directed by John E
Charity Event Sat 20th October Directed by John E

Winners of the 2018 Charity Event   

N/S Kathie and Jeremy  E/W Marion and Dick  

Total collected for the Kinamba School  £500

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.