Spade Yateley & Hawley BC Club
Bridge Diary of an Addict
19th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Beryl Doughty

Tonight was also a Berks & Bucks Sim Pairs event, results on our calendar and HERE

Vee hosted the improvers, only 2 tables again and Simon offered to help too.  Hope we get more attending as Vee & Val have put so much into the group.

We had a nice pasta dish with garlic bread tonight followed by Apple Crumble & Custard, yummy!

Nice to play with Marion tonight, spirits were high after a solid performance this afternoon at Woking and we had a fun night.  Never any arguing and both just play and enjoy.  Marion even enjoys my sense of humour (or, puts up with it well!!!).

Great to see Margaret & Lesley top tonight though Barbara & John are our leading pair in the county - I partner or team up with them all so pleased for them all!

We made a few blunders each but nothing major, a solid performance.  Currently top in the Beryl Doughty but early days (the threat is still Sheila & Peter.....!).

A little late with my Diary tonight as stopped to get Petrol at Tesco on the way home and then adding the Sim Pairs notice to the home page and Calendar, scoring the Improvers session and dealing with emails.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Great defending here partner, found the best lead and we timed the s well too.
6   Not a good score but Ops were heading for the 6 slam - this was actually the best score we could at the table.
8   Ops had 1 chance to finesse my Q and didn't take it, unlucky Ops
13   Well bid Ops, we should have taken 1 more trick though
18   I thought I had played this well but hadn't realised I could only make 8 tricks - Ops never touched the s so they went on the long s


19th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Day off today as agreed to get a practice session before the Met Cup at the end of the month.

We did well today but some tricky hands and a few bad bidding sequences.  Generally good though.

Playing at YHBC after dinner in Round 6 of the Beryl Doughty

The Highs and Lows:

2    Unfortunate, partner opens the major from equal length suits and s would have been better here
3   My fault for opening 1 instead of 1, silly Ian - I did well to be one off with a 6-0 trump split though
4   We defended well to get a few ruffs early on to defeat the contract, useful for me to play a low card asking for a return to get another ruff too
5   We were in the right contract
6   I should settle for a part score here, sorry partner
7   Not many found the right game
8   Not many found game!
12   I should be 1 off here, sorry partner
14   We missed game but nobody found it and we were in the right suit at least
15   We didn't find our  tricks to defeat this
16   We defended well here
18   I should bid 3NT over the weak 2 (showing the minors), partner passed as she has the majors - I missed this
19   I opened 3s and Ops doubled forcing their partner to bid - partner then pounced on 4 and 4!
20   I did well to make this, Ops played the A freely so I didn't need to lose my K
25   Partner made an extra trick here, well played
26   A tricky contract but it is always there, others didn't bid game or went off.  Fortunately, 3NT doesn't score as well either


18th September 2018


Taking today and tomorrow off work.

Ordered glass for our fire in the front room (thanks to the recommendation of Judy).

Made progress with the new Bridge Tabs at CBC and the NICKO teams for CBC.

Helped out with the Subs and Accounts for YHBC and cleaned the house!

Toad in the Hole tonight, yummy!

Badminton was good tonight, the first match of the season for the Men's 4 team and I played well, won most of my games and good scores on the rest.  Unfortunately, we lost by 12 points (266 - 278) but we still pick up a point from it and was a good workout, suffering a little now!

Playing at Woking in the afternoon and at YHBC in round 6 of the Beryl Doughty tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

17th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

In the office today and a busy day, lots of staff on leave (cheaper now schools are back I guess!).

A nice meal of Mac 'n Cheese then I head to the club early to set-up.

I lay out all tables and most of the chairs and bring the set of boards David dealt along with instructions on which sets to use this week (and NOT to use the black set that has not been re-dealt yet!).

An average session tonight but quite a way below par to be honest - we didn't start too well and found it hard to recover.

Pleased Margaret did well tonight, she has had a few things go wrong recently so hopefully a good bridge session will help.

I stayed at the end to score and help pack up too.

Playing in a Men's 4 Badminton match tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Unlucky with the trump split, we need to be in 4 but not easy to find
2   Well bid Ops
3   I can make this by playing a low  to my J early on as there is a favourable split but I didn't see it.
6   Well bid Ops
8   Ops did as they should but others didn't
9   Ops were too ambitious here
11   We defended brilliantly getting the cross ruff going
17   Not an unreasonable contract but just not there, others were more cautious or allowed to make it
19   We defended well but Ops gave me a they could have ruffed
21   Ops gave me a ruff and discard to allow me to make 10 tricks, a bit lucky


16th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner and team in the Herts & Essex Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

Fellow YHBC members played in a Hants event too, middling but much better than us!!!!

I had breakfast and went to M&S to get supplied for the break then Alan C picked me up and we met up with Simon at David's (Simon drove us all).

A great run, just over an hour and then time to relax and chat before bridge.

We started well, winning the triple (just luck of the draw we started here) then won a match where team mates were convinced they had thrown it away.

However, no further wins and not much to report on after that I'm afraid!

David said he enjoyed the whole day, I was glad to hear that, to be honest, enjoying playing is really the main part of these events.

Vee had Margaret round for a chat and glass of wine and he got all the house chores done whilst I was out too, he's a good boy!

A light dinner when home and watched 2 episodes of Australian MasterChef then diary....

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

10    Team mates got carried away with the long s.....!
12   Partner made an impossible game by cross ruffing the whole hand, team mates defeated their Ops by playing a round of trumps
13   Partner made another impossible game!
19   Our system failed us, we didn't get to show our major and missed the correct game
20   Partner made 9 tricks in 1NT, team mates defeated 3NT by 2 (interestingly, 8 tricks are possible!)
22   We missed the slam and I played poorly to only make 11 tricks
28   Partner explained his holding, I explained mine and I had the strong hand and signed off in 3NT, partner then bid 4 to look for more and I didn't know why (still don't really) so we missed game (3NT is the contract)
29   Partner jumped to 3NT with a singleton S, 5s is the contract here (team mates defended well to hold their Ops to 10 tricks)
43   Team mates missed game
47   Team mates missed the slam
48   Partner bid 2NT to show the minors, with 2 poor suits and only 7HCPs, perhaps pass is a better bid?  End of a long and frustrating day though and I can understand the frustration


15th September 2018
15th September 2018


We tried to do too much this morning, thought there was time to watch This Is Us (which we did, one of the best episodes so far too!) but.....

We had to clean the house, re-organise furniture, clean cups and plates, wait for Iain to wake up to say goodbye to him and go and get a cake (pictured!!!).

The lady who purchased our old house makes cakes for a living from home and she did a really good job for us - we are friends now and helping each other when and where we can and I mentioned the meeting and she offered to make us a cake!  She didn't want paying for it but I still gave her something!

I got back just as people arrived, Vee was at the door in his dressing gown as Rosemary & John arrived though!!!!  Mildly embarrassing for him but no big deal!

The committee meeting went well though went on until gone 2pm but we covered everything and no major issues, not appropriate to discuss in length here but....

Vee & I both picked up more duties though but we can cope with it.

The Improvers was discussed at length and Vee has a plan and committee approval now too.

YHBC liked the idea we have implemented for tracking members and payments at CBC, I will get together with our Treasurer soon to enable the same process.

We watched more TV in the afternoon after putting the house back together and washing and drying up then dinner and relaxed.

I have been working on an excel file for Team cards for CBC and think I have finished that now (though not fully automated yet, it has the right detail and info).

My plan with the excel file is to enable a teams database to then be selected on the front page to then populate table cards for any movement - once done, I may even give it to the EBU (if they want it).

Playing in the Herts & Essex Green Pointed Swiss Teams tomorrow

14th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session that was also a qualifier for the  Surrey Club Pairs Championships

As I get home from taking Dorothy home from CBC, our friend from Scotland is here, Iain.

He has only been here 5-10 minutes but I arrive as Vee is concluding the house tour!

Great to see him and catch up on events.

We order Chinese and carry on talking then I drive us to YHBC (he is playing with Vee tonight as I had already arranged to play with Nick).

It was doubtful that Vee would make it home on time and Jill had very kindly agreed to be on stand-by if needed, really appreciate the gesture even if not needed in the end.

Vee and Iain enjoyed their night but some odd scores and bad luck where Ops did well against them but the rest of the room didn't bid game or a slam - they were not far of 3rd despite the score below 50%.

We had another roller-coaster but more were good than bad again and had a much bigger score than we deserved!

Great to see Margaret do better tonight too and earn points so she has qualified for the Surrey final with Simon if they are free and interested.   Unfortunately, it is my birthday weekend and I doubt I can make it (I qualified Monday too!).

YHBC Committee meeting tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    We were in a better contract than most, partner actually could and should have made 12 tricks but only 1 pair did and it is risky to try for it
4   Ops never touched s so I mad 12 tricks, we should have been in 6s though but nobody was
6   Partner didn't take the finesse, unlucky
7   I think N could be NTs here, tough as it denies 4s though, only 2 pairs found 1NT
13   A good contract but partner needs to play Q trick 1, then A and a low and 9 tricks made
14   I bid weakly and partner still raised me to game - I made it some how too!  I lost a early when I still had space and so got my losers away in time
18   Ops kept competing with each other, in the end we decided to double every bid they made and then defended perfectly
20   I was in the right contract here making what I should
21   I was too ambitious here and I should have asked partner to bid too, better in s (and a part score!), I was too wild here
22   Not easy to find game, I don't have any Aces but do have a nice hand, I open 1, partner bids 1, I raise to 3 and he decided to go for it - good decision partner!
23   Ops got their system wrong, it happens and we happened to gain from it, unlucky Ops


14th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A busy day with work today and just finished in time to get to Bridge, heavy traffic too.

Not a good day today, partner went wrong on the first board and she often fails to recover from that, unfortunately, today was one of those days.

Playing again after dinner (as is Vee)

The Highs and Lows:

4    The last hand of the session and I risked it all here for a good sacrifice, this did not work out well though!
5   Partner told me she had a 4 card major, very confused trying to find it.....
7   Partner forgot we bid 2NT after a weak 2 to find out more so we missed the 3NT contract
8   I downgraded my hand here, it stopped us overbidding and partner played well too
9   Partner played well to make an extra trick
10   We were in the right contract making 11 as we should
11   Partner opened weak (limit bid) then bid again, afraid we got we deserved here
14   Ops ruffed a winner by mistake giving us an extra trick in defence
15   Partner bid 4 (past 3NT), we had no choice but to be in the wrong contract
16   Ops made a good sacrifice here, unfortunately, no NS found (or made) the  slam
17   We were in a nice 5 (not doubled), partner bid again to 5 which Ops then doubled, we would have had a great sacrifice here
19   I doubled this and partner had bid s, so I know to lead a through and we must not lead a , I signalled for s and nothing came - turned a top into a bottom
23   I didn't take my Ace
24   Ops were in the right contract


13th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 9 of the Thursday Championships

Worked at home as had smart meters installed, 8am and took him until 10:30am but didn't interrupt me too much.

I was asked to help with a website too, built a new one in Bridgewebs (as that is what I know) even though it is not Bridge related, hope it looks ok.

We had our handyman over tonight to quote for more work so decided to cook Tesco Finest meals, unfortunately, I didn't think much of mine so didn't eat much of it, Vee's mac n cheese looked much nicer!

At the club early and discussed the new Bridge Tabs, welcomed Val back from her holiday and sorted out a few bits of admin.

We didn't start off too well tonight, partner could have played better but we made up for it on the second board.  A night of ups and downs and not great, amazed to see the score was ok!

We are not going to catch Marie & Robin who have the title already but 2nd place is very close!

We are playing again at YHBC tomorrow so will try and get it right then!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops missed game (and a slam), they played it well though
4   A terrible bidding sequence (by both of us) but I punted the slam in the end and it paid off
7   I need to overtake partner's K to hold this to 10, sorry partner
9   Not an easy lead for partner here, unfortunate
14   Ops missed game, we defended well too
15   Partner should open 1, not 1NT - as it happens, the play would have got us a good score if my 10 had been thrown away to unblock the suit!
16   Ops were too ambitious here, a  lead gains another trick too I think
19   Ops missed 3NT, we defended well to defeat 2 too though
20   Ops allowed partner to ruff a , then played the wrong to promote my J
22   A good sacrifice though we nearly pushed Ops into the slam, phew!
23   Well bid Ops
24   Not a good sacrifice, I should be a bit stronger for my jump overcall, sorry partner


12th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 3 of the YHBC Teams Series

Vee hosted the Improvers, 2 tables again (just enough), huge score for Sue & Kevin, well done both!

I said goodbye to my neighbour at work who is moving to Head Office (cakes today though!)

Quiche for dinner with home made wedges, nice!

My team didn't need me tonight so I formed a scratch team of friends, we did quite well! Really appreciate them all coming out, they are good friends

Really pleased that my own team did well without me too, we are well placed in the teams series (only played 2 of the events but our average is 10% clear of the field so far).

The cards were NS tonight but I felt David & I got the defence spot on most hands.  I missed 3NT on the last round and let a game through early on.

Our team mates were amazing, they claimed to have missed a slam (they didn't bid it against either though so no damage) and bid game that wasn't there on a hand where I feel they should bid game.

Diary is late as I have loaded the Improvers results and submitted the P2P, re-loaded Teams with X-Imps, downloaded scores and calculated the Teams Series, updated my Teams scores online (HERE), updated my own diary and organising a badminton match plus other e-mails (and a ciggie and glass of wine!).

Playing at CBC tomorrow in round 9 of the CBC Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

6    We defended well to hold Ops to 10 tricks in 3NT (not material in teams though) but our team mates took 1 off doubled for 800!
8   Partner made this tricky game (played by West), Ops defeated theirs (played by East).  Interesting here, with 10HCP, I hate bidding 1NT (partner says it is right to do this with 8-10 over 1), I prefer the stronger hand to play and on this occasion, the lead is much better for us this way.  I bid a semi-natural 1 and then raised to 3NT
11   Not an easy game here but I made it (as most did) but our team mates defeated their Ops!
14   I opened 1NT here, I know, not many would but I valued it as such.  Partner transferred to s and Ops bid 2!!!  I then pass and partner doubles, Ops bid s, I double, Ops now rescue in South to 3s, partner doubles and North tries 3NT and I double - (all alerted until the final double as ALL were penalties).  Team mates also were doubled but in a more sensible contract
15   Team mates made a quiet 1NT+1, our Ops opened 1 and partner doubled, all pass - we defeat 1 for 800!
16   Ops missed the slam, our team mates bid the slam!
22   Partner made 3NT, team mates were defending a part score and held it to 8 tricks too
25   I should enquire about the stop here, sorry for being cowardly partner


11th September 2018


A good day today with more deliveries for home (new cigarette bin for the garden and new TV remotes) and had Stilton & Celery Soup again with 3 cheese bread, yummy!

Caught up with more TV with Vee then off to badminton.

I set-up the posts, nets and shuttles and put benches out then started playing - only lost 1 game which was a tight game, felt good!

I see Margaret has her Life Master credited as the monthly points went on today, it should show in the Rankings list tomorrow, well done again Margaret, official now!

Playing in a scratch team at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

10th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session (also a qualifier for the Surrey Club Pairs Challenge Final)

A quiet day at work and Vee had the day off so I cam home at 2pm and relaxed.

Home made soup for dinner (Stilton & Celery) and took a bowl for Margaret tonight too!

I arrived early and set-up the tables and chairs and settled down for bridge - a good night and enjoyable too with only 1 red score.

We are getting together tomorrow to discuss a few system ideas and how we both bid in certain situations.

We have qualified for the Final of the Club Pairs Challenge  but not sure if we will enter, it is our Birthday weekend and we have a meal with our neighbours on the Saturday (with a LOT of wine planned!!!) - will see a little nearer the time....

I have been asked to add grid lines to the summary below as it is not always clear which hand the description refers to (depending on what size screen you have), see if this is better.....

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I dislike the Ops being allowed to play in 2 of a major, partner had doubled so I put a cheeky bid in and it worked, 1 off
5   There is no game available but most made game - we defended well to take this 1 off
7   Partner played well for the extra trick, the  through twice from Ops helped
8   I did well to make this, I had set-up 7 tricks with the s but decided to try and make an over-trick, disaster!  Fortunately, only 1  was taken and I still got home
9   I made a penalty double of 3 but partner thought it was take-out, we need to firm up on these doubles - not an issue as we hadn't discussed it and just one of those things
10   Not all bid game and not all made it, I downgraded my hand in 3rd seat to 1NT then upgraded once I knew partner had 11 and 4s
11   Partner made her singleton K and a ruff, unlucky Ops
16   I was West on the last round, I played well here squeezing the Ops at the end to hope a was discarded, it was - 9 tricks
19   Ops were in the right contract but we defended well and took out their trumps
20   Ops need to jump, they missed game
22   We defended well holding this to 9 tricks, Ops had a choice on which way to take the finesse and guessed wrong, unlucky Ops


9th September 2018


Breakfast and TV as washing starts followed by Tesco (early) and home to finish the washing and dry outside.

Then a light lunch and off to Basingstoke to play Poker with friends (we both played well and I won a game, only played 2 today).

We played cards against humanity after (a very silly game, bit rude/crude too but all good fun!).

Home to finish chores and put bins out etc then starters from the Chinese as we finish catching up with TV.

A nice day!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

8th September 2018


A relaxing morning watching MasterChef then went to the Aviator to meet up with friends and had a lovely lunch for Jo's birthday.

They didn't charge for the second bottle of wine and a beer and gave Jo a Happy Birthday plaque and chocolate!

Nice to chat and laugh and food was good too.

More TV when home and didn't really do a lot, nice to relax with Vee though.

Playing Poker with friends tomorrow

7th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Or so I thought.................

Due to a major accident involving an air ambulance, Jill couldn't make it and called me to say she would keep trying.

At that moment, I asked my partner if he would play with Alan instead (Jill's partner) as he was directing and had come with Pamela.  It just didn't make sense for him to go home or wait around as a non-playing director.

I waited for Jill as we would be the half table so a 3 board sit-out but she couldn't get through so I came home.  I had already played today and so will spend the evening with my 4 best friends (Vee, Nemo, Pepper and Vino!!!)

Hope Nick and Alan do well in my absence as a last minute pairing (they play together anyway so should be fine)

Very tight at the top, first 6 all within 4% - pleased to see Jo & Jane do well tonight

Lunch with Bridge friends tomorrow

7th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A busy day at work and just got out on time for Bridge.

After last night, I had decided I have to keep up-beat and keep the mood light - I made jokes and funny comments all day and the session was much better!

Partner must pass my penalty doubles and I made 2 phantom sacrifices, other than that all was good.

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops missed a  trick
3   Ops refused to take their A
4   Better in s and probably a phantom sacrifice
5   We found game, not many did
9   Too ambitious Ops!  That said, I doubled 3 for penalties, lucky escape!
10   Ops need to win the first trick, then the Q is still a guard after losing the K
13   Ops should agree s rather than s as they didn't have 2 more s than s
15   We were in the right contract
16   A phantom sacrifice, sorry partner
20   I should double here but I wasn't confident, a good score though
23   Ops missed game
24   Too ambitious Ops


6th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 5 of the Chairman's Shield  (note, the schedule will be updated in a day or so)

A great day today, had my hair cut, went to Tesco to change a remote for our new lights (without the receipt) and they could not have been more helpful, so pleased at how good they were and now we have a working remote!!!

Had our windows cleaned inside and out too, they did a good job!

2 meetings for work, both went really well.

A nice fish pie for dinner too!

Bridge was not so good though, our team mates did quite well but we did not perform well.

Vee played tonight too, he enjoyed the session and did quite well as a pair too - not bad considering they had never played together before!

I have loaded the X-Imps and updated the Find-A-Partner and the Rota, now watching "This Is Us"

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    We were in game (as we should be), I made 12 tricks as Ops revoked but they were not happy about it and it is teams so I let it go.  Team mates were allowed to play in 2 - great score!
4   I played well to make this impossible game, Ops did well to make their 4 for a double plus
7   We were in the right contract (I made 2 extra tricks too), Ops were in a part score against our team mates
9   Our team mates missed game
16   Good defence, we should have been in 3NT (partner forgot 3NT showed AKQ) but 4 should make too, very good defence though
19   I had to go up with the K on trick 1, not easy
20   A phantom sacrifice, perhaps I should pass or double Ops in 4
21   I was too ambitious
28   We bid game, Ops were in a part score against Team mates and they held them to 9


5th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another busy day but sorted some house things as well as a full day at work.  Pasta for dinner then off to our old house to collect post (and have a nose at the changes!).

They have re-done the kitchen and floor and painted throughout, looks nice.  They want to have us over for a meal soon too!  They were not sure how the heating worked and Vee showed them.

On to YHBC after that where Vee hosted the Improvers (2 tables, enough for a session but we really do need more).

I played with Jill (first Wednesday of the month) and we had a good session tonight, only 2 bad boards and some were exceptional, I really enjoyed the defence of 1NT, we could not have been more in tune on that hand!

I had a ruling against me where Ops both hesitated and they were allowed to score for their contract - tonight, another pair both hesitated and they were not allowed to keep their score on hand 8!!!

As it happens, I agree that it should not be awarded but it seems really unfair to me that this is to stand and mine is not - a harsh game this!

Great to see Margaret & Simon at the top, well done both

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    Perfect defence here, delighted at how in tune we were, well done partner!
17   I played better than everyone here for a bottom as we were too high, I should pass 3 and see what happens, sorry partner
18   A great score for a pass out!  I think West should open 1 though
19   I played this well!  Partner played the next hand equally well too (though not quite a dark green for a mention)
22   Ops were too ambitious, I wanted to double but didn't think I could count all of my tricks in defence
23   Well played Ops, dropping the Q was the right play - I think a lead is better from me too though


4th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the EBED Sim Pairs

A good day today and Steak & chips for dinner (I cooked for me and our lodger).

I drove to Ascot and made good time, arrived early and set up the room.

We had a great start but a few errors crept in.  I missed the 9 on the very last hand too, I did the same last night - perhaps I could request this card be removed from the pack!

Not a huge score but against a strong field, not too bad.

The hands downloaded from the EBU didn't show the makable contracts grid, I downloaded them and re-processed with Dealmaster and sent to Chris P who kindly reloaded them.  I feel they are improved a lot with the grid of what can be made and find it useful.

Well done Margaret, good score at Woking tonight!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A helpful lead for the over trick, well played partner
2   I should pass or double 3, sorry partner
4   Partner can do better than this, strong defending though
6   I should pass 3, sorry partner
8   I needed partner to overtake my J to play the Q through dummy, still, the double was enough for a join top
9   I missed the 9, I hate that card!!!!!  Cost me 3 tricks at the end, sorry partner
11   We defended this as well as I have seen any contract defended all year, well done partner!  I did well to take out the trumps but a great lead and signal
12   Another helpful lead allowing the extra trick
16   Not a good sacrifice partner, Ops don't make their game, unfortunate
17   It looks like we need to push Ops up here
18   We talked the Ops out of game!
19   I think partner needs to bid his s here
22   Ops were too ambitious and we defended well
24   The only hand of the night we defended badly, though, I think Ops played well
26   I played well here


3rd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today and a nice meal tonight (Kievs and Veg).

My regular partner couldn't make it tonight and Jill kindly stepped in for me, thanks partner!

We had a lot to do tonight, I played 14 of the 26 hands and partner played 3, I made a mess of a couple but generally we did ok.  2 hands which we could and should have done better on near the end would have put us 2nd instead of 5th too, shame.

Vee played too but neither of them felt they played too well - very tough hands though.

Playing at Ascot tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I wasn't;t strong enough to bid here but felt I had a free bid over Ops 2 - I didn't expect it to pass after that though and we landed in the only makable contract
6   Making the extra trick is always key in duplicate and the lead gave me the momentum here along with Ops signalling with the 10 early on (a key card they cannot afford to discard)
8   We get a good score for being in the right contract making the right number of tricks
12   I should have only gone 2 off here, I should play 2 trumps as I did then 3 s and discard a on the 3rd  (Ops can trump but with the master)
15   Well defended Ops, I should have ruffed the s early though and made 10 tricks (not 8!)
16   We get a good score for being in the right contract making the right number of tricks
19   Partner needs to play a after the 2 s, not a - we need to take the entry off dummy and avoid me being end played
22   Well defended Ops, we were in the right contract but tough defence
23   A good sacrifice here over 4s - a bonus that I made it!
26   I was certain the 9 was played on the first round of trumps so I then lost to it on the 2nd, sorry partner


2nd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Richmond's Blue Point Swiss Pairs

Shopping and washing first thing then Simon picked me up and on to Lightwater to collect Margaret & Jo.

The ladies catered for us all too, nice lunch, thank you both!

Bridge was not good throughout, some marginal things, some were just errors.  A little bit of bad luck too.

Still, we won 2 matches and finished on a high, try again next time!

Apple Crumble and custard waiting for me when I got home.....!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I got carried away, should have bid 3, sorry partner
2   I did well to only be 1 off, this is a NS contract really
3   Partner needs to continue with the lead
5   We were pushed too high
6   If I start with a minor, we can take 2 Aces, I thought the trump would do no damage
7   I think I should have made this, I played 3 rounds of s to get a discard but North only had 2 s
8   Ops got carried away here
10   I pushed too hard here
12   A tough hand to play, was pleased to make it, a lot didn't
13   I was really pleased to make this when it wasn't really possible!
15   I wasn't able to offer much help partner, sorry
16   Very hard to bid the slam, not everyone made 12 tricks though
18   I forgot Stayman was still on after Ops double, sorry partner, we missed our fit
19   After the 1 (not entirely legal) bid from North, I felt 3NT was on, sorry partner - the play could have been a little better also
28   I disagreed with the bidding - 1, 1, 2, 2 - I now think partner has a good hand with lots of s - I think 2 should be passed or, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3
40   I should have made this and not try for the 10th trick with the S finesse, sorry partner
46   Well played Ops
47   A freak hand here, sorry for being mean Ops
48   A tight double partner, well defended though, especially end playing declarer to make the last 2 s
1st September 2018

Social Bridge:

Caught up with our favourite series "This Is Us" this morning, if you haven't seen it, do try and watch series 1 and catch up with series 2, it is really the best series on TV (in my opinion).

Finally cleared all the rubbish by the side of the house and from the front shed today, loaded both cars and went to Camberley waste and recycling centre.

Lunch and bridge at Dorothy's with John (his birthday on Monday!).

We had a nice lunch prepared by Dorothy and a good chat with some lovely wine then played rubber bridge.

I partnered Dorothy and Vee with John - they had all the cards, most unfair!!!  It was John's birthday so can't complain!

We did lose 1 rubber but won on points though - I doubled Vee in 2 and we took it off 3 for 800!!!

John put Vee into a slam on the next rubber though and he played it well to make it - a well deserved win for them both

More TV and a take away with wine tonight.

Playing in Richmond's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs tomorrow

31st August 2018


Playing with an regular partner in a regular club session.

A nice meal of Pie, Veg and fried new potatoes, yummy!

Arrived at bridge early and set up, 8 full tables which is much better (though an odd movement tonight!).

We did well tonight and had some fun too (though most people didn't realise I was joking half the time!!!).

Some blunders but fortunately none of them caused a red score, so a sea of green below!

Nice to see Alan & Jo at the top ans Margaret & Simon 2nd, bodes well for Sunday....!

Playing socially tomorrow for John's birthday

The Highs and Lows:

3    I was lucky here, a tight contract with very few points, having lost 3 tricks, I play towards the K, it holds!  I then throw my other  away on the now set-up J, phew!
4   Ops were a little pushy here, it needed to be 3 off to beat our game score though
5   Not quite sure why we didn't double this, 4 off was good enough though.
6   Partner played perfectly here, the revoke by Ops helped but 9 tricks were made anyway which was a top in itself
9   I felt I had to double here, it was tighter than I thought though
10   Partner had a bit of help here but excellent play ducking 2 s to make 3 tricks from the suit!
24   We were lucky to be allowed to play in s, South has a huge hand with distribution - I don't think we can bid to game though without help


31st August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A quiet morning then pick up Dorothy and get to the club early.

A chat about last night and the consensus seems to be 4 -2 for board 4.

Bridge today was not good, perhaps I wasn't in the best mood but neither of us got it right.

Well directed though with minimal fuss or issues and very quick (there is a function tonight so they wanted us out ASAP and we obliged!).

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

4    A bad double by me, sorry partner
5   A bad double by Ops!
7   Partner showed a 6 card suit by overcalling 2, Ops double, we wait to find out what the suit is and partner passes!!!
9   Partner missed a trick here, should only lose 2 s I think
10   Partner showed me 4 s with the double, better to pass and let me double showing 4 s and then partner could bid a minor or pass for penalties
11   Partner played well making an extra trick
12   My instincts were to jump straight to 6NT after partner opened, it relies on 2 red Ks being in the right place but I wish I had trusted my instincts!  Still, we were in NTs not s for a good score
13   Another bad double by me, sorry partner
14   I played this well to make 9 tricks, the 10th was given to me when West pulled out the Q by mistake so I didn't lose a
16   Not a good lead partner, I will play a when I can
17   I pushed too hard here but partner could have made it if she keeps a , not easy though
19   I did well to make 11 tricks
20   I got lucky the s behaved and no early played!
24   I should have lead the A here or the Q (probably the Q actually), sorry partner


30th August 2018


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

My week off continues but I ended up doing quite a bit of work as urgent queries and requests came in!

I did a few bits round the house and had fish n chips for dinner!

Arrived at the club early to discuss the Subs due for CBC by 1st October and how to handle them - will send a club email soon....

Had a quick chat about our system before we started and then forgot we play High to encourage so messed up an early defence, sorry partner!

A couple of blunders each but generally, we were very good tonight and I think we both enjoyed it, we are team mates but only played 1 session together before a few years ago.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Odd bidding here, Ops said they had long s and their partner jumped to 3NT, I was confident of defeating this but felt if I doubled they would go to 4s
4   Our last hand of the night and we needed the director.  We reserved our rights as partner opened 3 and Ops paused for 3 minutes (I counted) and then grudgingly passed.  I pass and Ops then consider and bids 3.  Now, I admit that the hand is worth a bid but not after the pause.  With the pause, I would now consider the hand to have no points and no support, vulnerable, I am losing 6 tricks so 2 off in any contract versus possibly defeating EW in their contract or a part score.  I do not believe they can bid.  After a chat with the director and one other director, the decision was marginal with comments that 2 of us would not bid and also, Tim Rees would never bid in that situation.  We should have asked 4 or more others of similar standing to the South player but nobody was left!  It was ruled to be 3 down 1 and I think this should stand.  I wonder if this entry will provoke any comments and should we go to the EBU on it (South said he was happy with the decision).  The other point here, if you pause for a LONG time, double or bid after it - pass makes it very difficult for partner....
5   I did well to make 10 tricks here, I am not sure I can do it on any other lead
6   I think I should have doubled here rather than bidding my long s - I didn't like my hand with the singleton K, partner could still have made 3NT but it doesn't improve the score much, we need to be in 4 - mainly my fault I think
9   Partner can take 2 Aces here, not normally a good plan to start with and Ops declared very well - others took the tricks and got a good score
11   I played low to encourage the , sorry partner, forgot we play High to encourage!!!
18   Partner did very well here, perfect play - the lead was demanded in the auction but it actually helped us!
21   We defended well to keep this to 10 tricks, it is what we should do but others didn't defend as well


29th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

I didn't do much today, sorted bits round the house, watched TV and revised Precision (not well enough!!!)

I made Spaghetti Bolognaise for dinner and it was tasty!

Vee hosted the Improvers, 2 tables - big score for Barbara & Gillian, well done!

We do HAVE to get more people for the group though, will keep trying and I think Vee is thinking of asking all members for help in finding new players (of all standards) or we may have to fold the group for a while.

We had a good night but could have been great, some careless errors.  Only 1 system error in terms of memory and a few hands where better sequences were possible but memory let us down.  1 choice of bid didn't work for us too but that was just bad luck.

Alan had his eye Operation today and all went well (eventually!), he hopes to be ok for Friday's session.

I made an announcement about Margaret getting enough points for her Life Master too, so proud of her!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I need to switch to a  instead of giving partner a  ruff, sorry partner
5   I made an extra trick here and needed to as I was in 3 (pushed up by the Ops).  Ops could have got a  ruff but I managed the Q and got the timing right
6   Ops never found the s, lucky
8   Ops were too ambitious and partner was mean!
9   I had a play to make 9 tricks here by losing a early on, instead I lost trump control.  I should have downgraded my hand for the singleton K though and should not have been in game
10   We defended well, I should have left them in 2 though for a top, sorry partner!
11   I forgot about 2 and 2 here so when partner answered my question about strength and support, I counted 2 as 2 up from 1 (in my head, I went 1NT, 2!!!!), partner was awake enough to jump to 6 though, thank you partner!
12   We were in the right contract making the right number of tricks.  Partner was right to ask how good my hand was, I said it was of no use and we stopped.
13   Ops transferred here, with a 10 count I would have passed, we defended well though
15   Ops didn't take the A to let me make this
16   Partner was wrong to raise this, he doubled and I bid at the next level - with a flat 13, pass unless I jump or cue
17   Ops went wrong with the so didn't make the over trick
19   It seems I should have made 12 tricks here, nobody did and we were in the right contract for a good score.  I lost 2 s when I could have ruffed 3 of them by the look of it
21   Ops did as they should, others did not!  We gave a trick away with the lead though but I bid s, without 1 of the top 2 honours, I should not overcall, sorry partner
24   I played well here getting the right early on when still time to get back to the s


28th August 2018


Taken the week off this week as we are quiet and most of my colleagues are away.  Still checking and replying to e-mails though.

Trying to sort out a friends birthday meal today (nearly there) and also bridge dates and commitments.

Vee made Omelette tonight, was very tasty with triple cooked chips!

Our Annual fun badminton tonight, 6 games to 15 randomly drawn (though always levels or mixed) - after the first round, a winner plays with a loser each round.

I won 3 lost 3 but the losses were close so I was 4th overall (24 players, top was 88 and I had 78/90) - good fun but exhausted now!

Playing Precision at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

27th August 2018

Surrey BH Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the Surrey Bank Holiday Blue Point Swiss Pairs

A relaxing morning for us and at 10:30, Vee goes to over to Margaret's to help her fix a few things around the house and bring her to ours ready for me to drive us to Oxshott (Margaret like my new car!).

Margaret made sandwiches for us both (which were delicious at half time).

A good showing from CBC / YHBC at the event with 7 pairs turning out.  Big well done to William who came 9th with Dominic (the best placed pair from our clubs)

We had a good start against club-mates then it went a bit wrong.  We won 2 matches after the break and lost the last against club mates (Simon and David got the leading Non-Expert prize by beating us though, so some good came from it!).

More importantly, the 3 wins today was enough to get Margaret over the line for her Life Master!!!

This is a major milestone for Bridge and I am so proud of her for getting it (her Ex-Husband stopped playing just short of his life master!).

We had a meal after to celebrate (Vee joined us) and then took Margaret home.

Well done Margaret!!!

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We defended well and Ops didn't declare as well as he could
9   I bid 3 but Ops bid on - not much we could do
13   I played very badly on this hand
14   Partner's turn to play badly....!
16   I kept quiet here but partner said she had a  stop, I never saw it.....!
19   I should leave Ops in 2, sorry partner
23   I played poorly again here, we didn't bid game either but it is marginal
24   Not many made this (or were left to play in it), was quite pleased here!
25   Ops went to 3NT with a singleton , I even put a "slightly" cheeky bid in with my 6 s and he still went.  We took the first 6 tricks!  Chatting outside with Simon about it and I said that someone bid 6NT on it and made it, "Who wouldn't lead a 6 card suit though?" I ask - it was Simon who made it and his Ops were stood next to me at the time..... Whoops!
26   Partner bid well but her play didn't match the bid!
27   Ops were brave to bid this and I was mean to double it
32   Ops were too ambitious
34   Ops were in the wrong contract
36   Brilliant play by partner, helped by Ops not unblocking the s
38   Partner kept on bidding here, not doubled but too ambitious - I weakly supported to 2....
42   Ops were in the wrong contract and we defended well
43   Well played Ops
44   I thought this would be a good sacrifice - I think I was wrong....!
46   Well played Ops


26th August 2018

Day Off:

Tesco first thing for the weekly shopping and made mushrooms in a stilton sauce on toast for lunch (3 cheese crusty loaf too, yummy!)

Fixed the mat to the carpet at the top of the stairs (to try and distinguish between the layers as there is a step at the top of the stairs) and finalised some items for CBC.

Val came over for a chat and a glass of wine - was good to talk (you never get to chat too much at the bridge clubs!)

Vee made a veg lasagne for dinner with some triple cooked chips

A nice relaxing day

Playing in the Bank Holiday Surrey Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs tomorrow

25th August 2018
25th August 2018

Day Off:

A good day today, sorted out a lot of admin and "things" for CBC, Val has worked very hard too despite being short of time and it's appreciated.

Vee worked with my Dad today so I built the remaining 4 chairs, sorted the packaging, hoovered and cleaned and did a bit of shopping.

I am pleased with the chairs (2 pictured above, using those as we wait for the 2nd sofa to come for the front room).

We now have 8 comfortable chairs ready for Bridge matches!

I also put the last 2 pictures up (hopefully in the right places!!!), 1 is pictured with the chairs, the other is in our bedroom.

Vee was given a selection of cakes (made by my Dad), Brownies, Victoria sponge and Lemon drizzle - all delicious (and all gone!!!)

TV and wine for the rest of the evening!

Day off again tomorrow

24th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Pizza for dinner and made 2 of the dining chairs (Vee made 2 more whilst I was out, I will make the other 4 tomorrow).

Tonight was fun but frustrating, 7-1 and 4+3!!!

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner made the best lead possible and then didn't give me a ruff!
4   We missed game but will settle for 800
5   Ops were too ambitious
7   I missed a trick as let the 10 win, still, Ops have bigger scores on (just)
11   I could have made this if I don't ruff high, sorry partner
13   Partner thought I had the K and 2 Aces, I showed 2 key cards and the Q....!
16   We missed 7NT here!!!  Still, so did everyone else
20   We didn't defend well here
23   I got away with this, a through and Ops then catch my Q and I am off, phew!
24   Well bid Ops
24th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A great day at work today and our dining chairs have arrived (before our lodger left too!) need to put them together later...!

Bridge today started badly and if partner goes wrong early on it's hard to recover from.

Just one of those things, we had some good hands too.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

Not today (again), I kept fairly calm at the table and still am - I don't wish to upset anyone with comments here, truth be told, the issues were worse in my head than they really were any way!

23rd August 2018
23rd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Day off today as expecting new sofas and foot stall and 8 new dining chairs.  Logged on to work laptop too and dealt with emails.

Sofas arrived but unfortunately, the 3 seater would not fit.  I actually think another 2 seater would have been better anyway but we cannot amend the order so now need to get the window out and a new delivery date, help!

Looks good though (picture above).

Had the option to pay another £140 to change the 3 seater to a 2 seater and wait another 5-7 weeks, cancel everything and get 70% back or re-schedule the 3 seater and remove the window.

We like the Sofa's so not sending them all back, £300-£400 to remove the window and put back so decided to pay to amend the order and wait for the 2 seater.

Dining chairs coming tomorrow, my lodger is here until 1pm so hope they arrive in the morning!

I made spaghetti & meatballs tonight, was really good!

Bridge was good tonight too, some shaky scores but some great (and some gifts!)

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We defended well here but Ops revoked too
2   We were mean here and pushed Ops up, 3 was a good contract too so they couldn't win
4   Ops didn't open 1 here (I would have!) and so we end up playing, it's still a good contract to be in but Ops made their singleton K (I would have played the same way too) so 2 off was not good.
5   We can make 3NT but never finding it.  Partner did well to make the best biddable contract I think
8   Well defended Ops
9   This hand is worth a look if you have time.  How often do you get a joint top for Ops bidding a slam?  I think this could be bid:  2 (Strong), 2 (Relay), 2 (Strong with s), 4 (Control, agreeing s), 4 (cheapest control), 4 (next cheapest control), 7NT (knows the s can only be the K or a void, if void, must be 2 long suits).
12   A gift from strong players is always nice, thanks Alan!  I cannot make this, keep forcing me in s and I struggle to reach dummy and lose control....
14   Partner played brilliantly here, doubleton lead from Ops though, very rare does it work and it just helped partner set up the s, a taking out the entry to dummy and it's all over
15   I was pleased with this, a at any time and I lose 7 tricks though
16   Ops got a little carried away, we do make 4s though....
21   I think I should be left in 2s here, well done Margaret Watson though, making 3NT was amazing!
22   Well played partner, a tough hand and made the most of it, the extra trick turned it from a good score to a great score!


22nd August 2018


Playing with a regular(ish) partner in a regular club session.

Vee played tonight with Kevin in the Improvers HERE - they did rather well too.....!

Better to see 3 tables but we still really need 4 - 6 tables to make it more meaningful.  Vee and Val have written a note for displaying on the tables asking for more players (friends, family, players in classes or U3A etc) - hopefully we will get a good response from this as will need to think seriously about the group if not.  It has folded 3 or 4 times before and come back stronger after a break, will see what happens.

I had a good day at work, I run a monthly meeting for the senior staff and it went well again this month.

Alan & Pamela gave us some beetroot from their garden tonight too, perhaps Vee will make a beetroot cake?!!!

I played with David tonight, he hasn't been on a Wednesday for a few years (other than the odd game) and am hoping to encourage him to come back regularly.

We had a few errors each and the Ops were good a few times, generally fairly solid though but just under par overall.

Jelly and Ice Cream after I finish writing this....!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Not our credit here, Ops made a good game try but it is not there, others are being allowed to make 5 of a minor
4   I missed a trick as decided to change strategy half way through and cross ruff, got away with it just.  Other tables are making NTs EW, unlucky for our Ops
6   I doubled for take-out and it was left in.  A good contract for us but I need to lead a trump, sorry partner.
11   Partner opened light and I had aspirations of game, we stopped in the right spot though - most passed out
16   I was too ambitious here, 4 is the right spot (even if some make 11 in NTs)
17   Well bid Ops, I had a chance to defeat it though if I keep all 3 s and discard my s
18   We defended well here
20   I played quite well here but had a favourable lead.  I expected to lose the first trick (setting up 2), it happened to win!
22   Well played Ops, I should have left them in 3s though!
23   A bit of luck here, East played a  after winning the giving me the 9th trick, phew!


21st August 2018


A day off today but still had my work laptop on and did a fair amount!

Added a note to last night's diary to thank our neighbours for mowing the lawn for us, we have some really good and kind neighbours!

Mac n Cheese for dinner and Vee has made Jelly for pudding tomorrow (Jelly & Ice Cream!!!).

Badminton was good tonight, lots of games and mostly good but I ran out of steam as so humid.

Set-Up a "Rota" group for CBC to use within BridgeWebs tonight too, will show David how to use it soon.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

20th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 8 of the CBC Monday Championships

A busy day at work today and had a good day too.  I logged in when home though and did a little more to tidy up loose ends and write a report for a colleague.

Cooked Sweet & Sour Pork tonight, yummy!

As I left work, a message came through saying our Sofas are ready too, now arriving on Thursday so will be home (and hope they fit through the doors!)

Our outside light now seems to be fine, think it was put on upside down which is why we couldn't get the dials to work properly!!!

When I got home, I also found that one of neighbours had mowed the lawn for us too, looks really good!  I went over to say thank you and had a nice chat, they didn't want anything for it but will take a few bottles round soon and/or take them out for a meal.

Bridge tonight had some great play by us both but the Ops were good on some hands too - our defence still needs a bit of work, it used to come naturally

We are in the top 6 overall in the series but not as good as we would like.

Vee played tonight too, practice for Guildford (Surrey's Green Point Swiss Pairs - enter HERE) - they enjoyed the night and did ok too, only a few boards different and 50%+

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    Working out 4th highest, I play low and run to my 10 - 12 tricks are now a lay down after the Ops discarded a  in South
6   Partner played this brilliantly, Ops overcalled with 2, I know we have the balance of points but I cannot double (penalties), I don't want to pass or bid 3 so 2NT was my only choice left - thanks to great play, my poor bidding was rescued!
9   We defended well here
11   I open 1NT and partner transfers to s - I complete and partner bids 2NT - I now think we have 24HCPs and 9s so I go to game, I don't think the bidding is wrong and I tried to make it - just unlucky
13   Losing the first  to set-up 3 tricks and then getting everything right here, well played partner
15   Ops played away from his K half way through here, I guessed right and only lost 1 too
18   We need to win a few s here
20   Well played Ops
21   Ops ducked a and I then discarded the other on the s for the extra trick
23   A tough hand here - do I pass 2X or bid on, I felt I was too weak to pass the double with partner being a passed hand
24   Ops played the A trick 1 and was late picking up, partner then thought he had lead the A on trick 2 and played a , it is now a penalty card and so we didn't make the - bad luck
19th August 2018

Social Bridge:

Washing and cleaning done in the morning then a light lunch.

Social bridge with Les & Jennie at 1.30pm and great to see them.  They have both had health issues recently and looked really well.

We had lots of chat, drinks and scones!

Short on time today so played 18 hands (6 with each partner) and I had a lot of hands with 15+ HCPs and so I won overall.

The point is not who wins though, it is to socialise and play nice bridge - only 1 hand was doubled (I doubled Vee for 500!) so all was kept friendly and all enjoyed it.

Vee had to go to work just after we got home but back around 8pm for a late dinner.

Playing in Round 8 of the CBC Monday Championships tomorrow

18th August 2018


Chores this morning ready for Vee coming home.

Martin came round to play our board game after lunch (he was winning through most of it but I finished well to win by 27 points in the end!) then Vee got home just after 4pm.  Great to have him back and Pepper (one of our cats) is now curled up on his lap!

We had friends round for a take away and games tonight, ate too much but enjoyed Catan (the game!)

Caught up on some of the recorded TV together with some Prosecco after that!

A good day!

Margaret arrived safely in Wales too (visiting her children).

Playing social bridge tomorrow

17th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A nice Fish & Chips dinner tonight with Margaret and both lodgers (Lauren went to get it for us too as Margaret and I had a chat and a glass of white in the garden).

I set BBC2 for Margaret's car radio too!

Arrived at bridge early and got all the tables set-up.

An unlucky night in many respects but some bidding could be improved too, I didn't know what to do on so many hands tonight!

Vee home tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Sorry partner, I felt this would be a good sacrifice, if North had just one more  it would have been too!
5   I need to lead a  here but very hard to find it.  I also fell asleep and didn't make my !
7   I didn't agree with partner's bidding here and think she regretted it too, I was a passed hand so partner took charge, opening 5 left me no-where to go though, I still considered bidding 5NT though to see what partner would do and I think she would have raised me to 6NT
17   I couldn't work out how to play this hand and made a mess of it, strong defence though
19   Great bidding and the only pair to find game!
22   I jumped to 4 as had nothing to spare, worth looking for it though and I unfortunately had the keycards to encourage partner but didn't have the right shape (or another honour!)
17th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Started work early (in the office today!!!) - my car is so nice to drive too!

A full day and pushed to leave in time for Bridge, managed to get new convention cards printed though.

The EBU have resolved their website issues so the P2P has now been submitted for last night.

Today, we played the hands from last week again!  An error due to needing the 27 board set 3 times in 2 weeks and them being left in the club, a shame but it happens.

It means the scores cannot be submitted to the EBU for Grading or Points (we didn't do too well anyway as it happens).

We had so many errors today, it was frustrating and hard to keep calm and not shout (I didn't shout but everyone knew I was not happy).

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

Not analysing as the session doesn't count and don't wish to upset anyone with comments here - we both know what the issues were and both at fault.

Being the only pair in game on 14 was good though (partner's good bidding) and making 3NT (plus 1!) on 21 was exceptional partner!

16th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Day off today (though had work e-mail on all day and responded to a few queries).

My car arrived and I love it!  Nothing flashy but my first ever brand new car and it runs really well and has a few gadgets and a turbo!  Am happy!!!

Cooked Cottage Pie with steamed veg for dinner (me and both lodgers).

Enjoyed bridge tonight, a few blunders but generally good and in good spirits.

Although not quite a top or bottom for analysis, board 9 is worth a look - what do you open here?  Ops opened 1 against us, I think 3NT is a good opener here - it is certainly not a strong 2 hand though (needs to be 12+ points with 5 controls (Ace is 2, King is 1) or any 16+ hand.  An interesting hand though....

There seems to be an issue with ScoreBridge or the EBU tonight, had a call when I got home to see if I could send the results but I had the same error message.  Have emailed ScoreBridge and the EBU to see what the issue is and if it can be resolved.  Have added a bulletin on the CBC website.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops found a good contract
10   Partner played well to make this, cross ruffing and timing the trumps was excellent
16   I took a silly risk finessing the  on the opening lead, I should be 1 off for a good score, sorry partner
18   I took a punt here that my 8 s would work for me, they didn't!
20   We were in the right contract and no  lead
23   A friendly lead here, partner didn't need much help here but that was just enough!
15th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in (Round 5 of the Beryl Doughty)

Another day at home today and finished about 2pm.

Margaret played at Woking (summer party too!) and then came over to mine early.  We watched quiz shows and had a chat then she took me to YHBC (we played with different partners).

Margaret also waited for me and took me home after, assuming my car arrives tomorrow, I should be back to normal now and am so grateful to have her as a friend.

Jo played tonight with Julie (and did well too, well done) and delivered a big box of Cat Food for me (well, my cats, not me!)

I set up some tables and chairs and the Improvers laptop, was pleased to see 2.5 tables tonight so an event could be played, great score Carole & Jen too, well done!

Val kindly directed as I was playing in the main group and Vee in Yorkshire (Whitby today!) and she had a productive evening playing the hands with the sit-out pair each round.

Really nice to see John & Delores back after so long away, welcome back!

We had an amazing start tonight, the first 4 rounds (hands 5-12) were all tops as we played them, they all stayed good too!  We both wanted to leave it there and go after that start!

Very middling after that but enjoyable and our start carried us home to 2nd.

We are now a pseudo 2nd in the Beryl Doughty too behind Sheila & Peter (both pairs have only played 3 so far so it looks like we are not doing that well) - we need to get a 70% score to stand a chance of the title though....

I scored the Improvers and submitted the P2P for both sections as needed to find out a guest's name (thanks for replying so quickly Joyce!).

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Great defence here, the  lead prepared partner's Q and my C switch generated a lot of s!
4   I squeezed and played to the end here, Ops squirmed especially on the 12th trick and he stared at me until he discarded the wrong card, sorry Ops!
5   Nobody found game here, partner bid 2 over Ops 1NT showing s and another - I bid s, partner raised to 3s and I valued my void as useful and went up
6   Ops announced that I was a nuisance here!  I jumped to 3 (to play) and they had no clues of where to be - I was mean to double the final contract, sorry Ops
7   Ops doubled me, a good double but they didn't get the defence right, needed to get the ruffs going
10   We have a  slam on here, fortunately nobody bid it (and didn't make game either mostly) so our penalty double worked well
11   We are in the right contract
12   Ops need to lead s I think to take us off
13   I should have bid 4s but scared of pushing Ops to game - I also need to switch to s to hold it to 9, sorry partner
17   Partner can do better here
23   Well bid Ops
14th August 2018


Another good day today with working at home and getting things done.

My car is being paid to me tomorrow (the old one that is, just in time for the new one to arrive!).

My office chair has had the base replaced and the old one taken away.

The cats are now using the cat tree now I have moved the lounge round a bit - they have a view out of the garden now instead of a view of me, I think they prefer looking at the garden!

Pizza for dinner, quick and easy but nice!

My friend Martin picked me up tonight and gave his chairs back too, he played well but hadn't played for a year and so played 4 games.  I haven't played for 5 or 6 weeks so only played 7 (won 6 of them!)

Really enjoyed it and played well (mostly).  My serve was either amazing or terrible though, need consistency.

My lodger put washing on at 6pm and I said "will it be done by 22:30 for when I need it", he said yes.  I get home and he forgot to dry his clothes!!!!

Lucky I stay up late, I don't like leaving it so will put it on in a few hours when he has finished.......

Vee in York today and said the weather has improved and enjoying it.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow (Round 5 of the Beryl Doughty)

13th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another day at home today and got all my work done plus more, less distractions at home when I am in my office.

Had Gammon egg and chips tonight (I cooked), was really nice, gourmet chips (frozen) triple cooked and delicious!!!

Margaret picked me up at 6.30pm (am so grateful) and we set up the chairs and tables ready for the session.

I sat near a door by the balcony NS but we had to move, it did us good by the look of it though!

A good night, a couple of wobbles but generally good (with some gifts).

Playing Badminton tomorrow (my friend is picking me up)

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops made an odd lead, the 2 when holding 4 to 7, misled their partner and set-up 12 tricks for me (I played towards my KQ twice making both)
7   Penalty double at the 2 level, spotted by my partner and a top!  Some made 9 tricks though, all I have to do is play out trumps (I had 5 trumps, Ops had 4 each).
8   Partner played well here, I think only 9 tricks possible if Ops switch to a
9   We were in the right contract and Ops helped by leading an unsupported Ace
11   I think partner should pass here instead of opening a weak 2, I then open 4 myself and we may be able to play there - as it happens, 1 off in 5 was a good result as Ops make 6s!
15   Well sacrificed Ops
18   Ops helped me here by playing the A freely, another and I have to ruff and lose 2 s
19   Not a good sacrifice Ops
20   Not a good sacrifice Ops
23   Not many were in game here (we had 25 points) - key was partner's long s and she valued her hand correctly to put me up
12th August 2018

Day Off:

Early start today as Vee is away it is my job to feed the cats (05:40 this morning!!!).

I also do the first load of washing and start cleaning the house.

Watched some of the Multi-Games and had it on in the background as I completed jobs around the house - a real shame about the GB women in the diving, they had it won by a mile and threw it away on the final dive crying

Helped Val with some CBC admin today and we are getting close with a few things now.

Vee wanted some saucers for the plant pots for the indoor plants, I ordered some and they arrived today.......... I got the wrong ones!!!!  These are about 6cm wide and not big enough to hold any pots we have, have ordered some bigger ones now (they only cost £1.15 so not the end of the world!)

Had Tesco deliver as I have no car at present, they arrived on time with all items.

A lovely roast dinner with my lodger and his girlfriend at the Quays tonight, ate too much though!

Relaxing for the evening though may play my game for a few hours (not played it for a long time)

Playing at CBC tomorrow (with Margaret as my Taxi!)

11th August 2018

Bridge Chat:

We caught up with "This is Us", a US drama series we like then Vee finished packing and left around 9.30am for the week (Yorkshire).

I cleaned and hoovered ready and went to the shops for a few bits ready for guests and watched some of the European Multi Games.

Barbara, Marion & Margaret came round for drinks, nibbles and a chat (they provided some of the food too!).

We had a feast and a good chat.  Went through the conventions and amended some of our cards and discussed ideas.

I think it was worth it and hope we continue to have some chat sessions, good company too!

I showed Barbara how to use the Bridgewebs email facility too which also went well!

Will finish off the wine and watch TV for the rest of the night, had a message from Vee saying arrived safely!

Day off tomorrow, taking my lodgers out for a meal in the evening

10th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another day at home today and had a good day too.

No car now so Margaret kindly picked me up (as well as Dorothy, took us both home too!).

We arrive early and set-up and have 9 full tables.

Just before we start, my car documents arrive by email and so I sign them electronically and the new car is on it's way (Thursday 16th).

We had a good session today, some avoidable scores but some were really good!

Vee and I are went to my Badminton's club annual BBQ after so not playing at YHBC and this afternoon's diary late as went soon after I got home!

Kerry has an amazing house in Tilford, 10.6 acres and is huge and beautiful, really, really lovely - they are lovely too and very kind and generous with it.

We arrived at 6pm and stayed until 9.30pm but wanted to leave early so Vee could pack ready for his break and also spend some time together!

I tried to get the last 3 hands from today into my Deal Master but it wouldn't work, have typed them up instead and Alan Brown has kindly offered to try for me after he gets home from Bridge, watch this space (and many thanks Alan in advance!).

Was so pleased for Sylvia and Alan coming top EW today, I congratulated them as soon they finished too, well done both!  Also nice to see Ray back (and only just behind us too).

Hosting a Bridge chat about conventions and ideas tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops never found the  ruffs or a  lead
4   We held this to 8 tricks and it makes 9, bad for us though as nobody in game and nobody made 9!!!
5   I was too ambitious here, sorry partner
6   Ops can make in game in s or NT, we held NT to 8 tricks
10   Ops play a strong NT so they missed their optimum contract
11   I can only make 11 tricks here but Ops revoked on trick 5
12   Partner made an extra trick here, well played!
13   We have game on here but defended well enough to get a bigger score
14   Lucky here, Ops need to switch to a , to his credit, he knew that too but his hands were ahead of his thoughts
17   I should have jumped with my hand here as it is worth 17 really, we missed game but most did - I made more tricks in NT than the others though
19   We are in the right contract and partner played perfectly
20   We landed into a good contract but not by good bidding!  I did well to make this it seems, I don't think I did anything particularly good to make the extra trick
21   Pass partner!!!  I doubled the Ops in 4 and wanted to leave it there....
22   I felt Ops had a big hand here and this would be a good sacrifice.......... It was not!!!!
23   Ops agreed s then jumped to 6, they can make it too from East but he let us both ruff ( and a )
9th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 8 of the Thursday Championships

A mixed day today.  Our new Sofa's have been delayed until the end of Sep18 but my car maybe ready early next week!

I am lucky that I am able to work at home so will stay at home until my car arrives.

I made Spaghetti Bolognaise tonight, was really nice!  A bit cooler today and some rain too, a relief!

A few new players tonight (both of whom I think will join and become regular players).  I felt a little bad that I played my best on the 2 hands against 2 of the new players, sorry!

We are now 3rd in the Championships (narrowly behind 2nd) but Marie & Robin are miles clear (helped by a score just under 74% tonight, well done both!).

My partner thanked me tonight too, Tuesday's result has now given him enough points for Life Master (a major achievement and will be on the September rankings) and tonight's score has promoted him to King again (and me back to Queen), well done Nick!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I felt I had played this well, I finessed the  on the second trick and it worked!  Only lost 1 and Ops discarded the s so I was left with the last  on trick 13
3   Partner opened 1NT (11-14) - I have a miserable hand so rescued with Stayman and had to bid 2 when he said no!  I played this as well as I have played any hand for a while to make it
4   Sorry Ops, I got this right - Ops could have taken a and should cover my Q when I let it run too
5   The only time 11-14 let us down, much better not to open here
6   Partner played brilliantly here despite a terrible split!
8   Partner did well here too, timing was perfect throughout
13   Not the best lead Ops.....
15   I should re-bid 3 here, not stop 2NT, sorry partner - I did not describe my hand well
25   We defended well here, Ops really should have been in 3NT though
8th August 2018


Playing with an new partner in a regular club session.

Early start today as had to drive my car to the garage for 7:30 so started work first then went to the Garage.

I dropped the car off and waited for the taxi I booked (they had booked it for tomorrow!!!) I phoned for a new one and made it home in time for my conference call.

A busy day with work and also lots of calls about the car, house maintenance and broadband (most were not good news).

The garage are claiming it is not their fault with the car and I gave up - in the end I said, don't repair it and pay me less for it.  They bought it off me for £1250 in the end, every little helps.

At least it is done and have a new 3 year lease car coming in the next 2 weeks (Margaret has offered to be my taxi service next week too, she is so kind)

Not many in the Improvers so Val went home and Vee looked after the 4 of them with social and instructive bridge.

We had a fun night and got on well, Pamela was in need of a partner and I had kept the night free (to rest or host the Improvers!).

Not much went wrong and we had some gifts!

Playing at CBC tomorrow in Round 8 of the Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

1    I had 9 tricks and tried for 12, in doing so I went 2 off - sorry partner.  As Ops ducked 2 s, I now have 2 s and 5s to make 9....
3   I made a mess of this getting the  wrong, sorry partner.  Ops have game on but nobody bid it!
8   Well bid partner!
9   Unlucky with the split Ops
10   Well bid Ops
11   4 is safer but I played well to make this
12   Partner took the finesse too deep into the contract, at that stage, A then finesse is better
13   Well played partner, not everyone made 12 tricks here
14   Ops missed my low and played low by mistake, this was a bad double and I was lucky it came off
15   Partner declined my jump, quite right with 6 points - I played well though
17   A rare lapse by this particular Op, 1 off would still have been good for us though
23   This should have been good for Ops as we make 5s, unlucky Ops
24   Good bidding by partner here - I played well for the extra trick, nobody touched s until the last 2 tricks when I surrendered
7th August 2018

EBU Fox Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the EBU Summer Festival "mid-week" event, the Fox Pairs

Worked at home today (becoming more frequent now, but no working car so easier for now).

Loads going on at work with organisation changes and things not being done properly, I am having to sort a lot out (most of which is not really my responsibility but....)

Vee kindly made mash last night so I had that as an early dinner on my own with Fish and parsley sauce (nice!).

Margaret came to our house and left her car here and Simon drove us to Richmond - I finalised my new car before we left (a lease option for 3 years, just an Astra like Vee's).

We arrived really early but got parked and settled.  We had a friendly start and was all pleasant and fun, we also helped our Ops out and hope they had a pleasant session.

A few bad boards, mostly of our own doing!  Generally, quite good though.  Finished 10th locally and 21st overall with 5.21 Blue Points (1.73 Green Points equivalent).

Link to the EBU event is above (in purple), the hand numbers below link to the hands we played (as scored using Pianola) and other links below too:

Richmond Event

Our Scoreboard, EBU Combined

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We were in the right contract, I opened 2 (weak), partner has 3 s and minimal hand so bid 3 (to stop Ops bidding) and there it stopped.  Ops took forever to defend and after hours of thought, made the wrong play too!
2   Ops were too ambitious here
4   I forgot the Q was still out - should make 11 tricks and I only made 9!
5   I made an adventurous bid!  It was doubled and Ops partner was playing with her phone the whole time (was the last round and she had lost interest I think).  I won the lead then played the 5, ducked, I duck and the 5 wins!  I play the 8, ducked, I duck and J wins - next I play is the Ace and it crashed the QK (why didn't they play high on the first !!!)
8   If I can see all the cards, I make 10 tricks - will settle for 9 when doubled though
14   Ops did as they should, played very well but 10 tricks are there - not many did it though
17   Ops doubled my NT and then took it out into a bad contract, we were lucky
19   I can only make 8 tricks here, Ops need to hold up the A until the 3rd round
20   Well bid Ops, we let a trick through too but wouldn't have improved the score much
21   We did as we should here
23   Ops over-bid here
25   Good penalty double partner, we get 1 more trick if I can get a  ruff but perhaps I am greedy!
26   Partner played well, Ops defended poorly - they both kept a  at the end too and Nick had a !!!
6th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Not a good day today - too hot, my car only just made it to work (spilling oil all the way and hug puddles as I parked with steam coming off the bonnet!).

It was booked in for Weds morning anyway but am now asking them to buy the car off me and will try and get a new one.

Dinner was nice, Hot Dogs.

Great to see Ruth & Nigel back, they did well too!

Vee and I both played tonight (neither of us did particular well with our partners).  Between us, we set up all the tables and chairs as arrived early.

I made 2 bad bids tonight (one against Vee!!!), other than that, Ops did the right thing against us.

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Well bid partner, I opened 1 here (6 loser hand and a good  rebid), Ops jumped to 4 and partner bid 5 - I would double 5 so we were on for a good score here regardless
4   Ops opened 2 (natural and strong), I think partner should double here (showing the majors) and I pass
8   Only 2 others bid game (one was pushed to 5 and went off)
14   Well played partner!
15   I should pass here and double 3NT if they get there or bid my suit if they don't reach game
16   Not many bid game here
17   Partner didn't see my double of the 2 stayman - I can see we need to sacrifice so chose my longest suit, sorry partner
18   Ops did as they should, others did not
22   We gave a trick away here, I think it needs a trump lead or switch to stop the ruff
23   Ops gave a ruff and discard for the extra trick
24   Only 1 other in game here and why are they not all in s?
5th August 2018

Day Off:

Day off again today

Chores in the morning followed by Tesco, got some lamp shades for downstairs and a new lamp for the hall, looks nice.

Sorted the kitchen ready for a new fridge but need some help taking the old one out (it is integrated).  Will wait until we can sort that before we order a new American style one.

Took our lodger and his girlfriend to the Quays tonight, walked there and back!

It was hot but a good walk and a great meal (Roast Beef, extra Yorkie and cheesecake for pudding) - Vee and I shared a bottle of wine too, nice.

Playing at CBC tomorrow (so is Vee!)

4th August 2018

Day Off:

Day off today, Vee working in the afternoon with my Dad and I had Jill coming round to see the house and have a chat.  She showed me the plans for a house she is looking to buy too, looks great!

The new BBL fixtures are now out too, have updated the BBL site and also my own teams schedule (look under Bracknell League on the YHBC site and then "Ian's Teams".

I am now likely to play some matches for both CBC and YHBC (different divisions) so have combined the fixtures!

Planning a quiet night with Vee and a bottle later!

Have heard about the Funeral date for Patricia, Monday 13th August and have updated the home pages for both clubs (YHBC and CBC).  David has asked that people let him know (directly or via the clubs) if they are planning to attend.  I suspect there will be quite a lot of bridge players wishing to pay their respect to Patricia.

Shopping and chores tomorrow and out for a meal with friends in the evening

3rd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

I set up all the tables and chairs as arrived early and was very hot at the end!

Not our finest session, too many errors though looking at it, mostly Opps doing well, our declarer play was good (though both could have done better!)

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner opens 1NT (11-14), Ops bid 2 and I enquire for a stop, the S lead actually gave a trick, good play though partner
6   Partner played well to make this, losing an early  was the key I think
7   I signalled for a and partner discarded 1, a lead takes the contract off too.....
8   Partner jumped to 4 as a weak jump overcall, double for T/O and it was left in, lucky!
9   We need to compete in s here, I should have bid 3 over 3 when Ops doubled
15   Ops were in the wrong contract
16   Well bid Ops
17   I bid this as a sacrifice but partner made it!  Looks like he should but not easy to find 10 tricks
18   A bad double by me, I doubled 1NT and kept doubling, should leave them in 3 (for a top!)
19   Leave me in 2 partner.....
21   Ops pushed too hard here and we got the defence right
22   Easier in s here but I think partner can make this (despite what the matrix says), he played the 8 and it held, now play low and duck again and the Ace catches nothing
23   I played well here
3rd August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home (not planned!) as needed to get my car booked in to the garage again and sort out the broadband at home.

Vee had the day off too and got some gardening done.  We both had lunch then off to bridge.

Vee had hoped to play with the host, 5 singles turned up!!!!  He got a game with Arun and did quite well other than 2 rounds (Angela & Colin and John & I)

We had a good session with solid play bidding and defending.  I made a mess of one hand as did partner so honours even (though his declarer play was 1% better than mine!!!)

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

4    Ops didn't find the C switch and revoked on a  (winning the revoke trick and giving a 2 trick penalty), I was on for 3 without the revoke so would have been a joint top without it
5   Hard to find game here but we played in the right contract and partner played well to make it.  Good bidding partner
7   I should have doubled here but I did last week and they were cross with me, didn't have the heart to do it again....
15   Very odd bidding by Vee's partner with no  stop, good lead partner
19   Partner supported my s but only at the 2 level so I passed, most were in game and I got the s wrong too so only made 10 tricks
22   It looks like I missed a trick here but was pleased with my 11, most made 9 or 10 so not an easy hand
23   Partner needs to play towards Kx here I think, his only blip all day!
2nd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home early this morning then a drink and chat with Jo (my Monday partner), a bit of shopping ready for the CBC meeting and prepare the house.

Val came early for a quick tour (I think she approves of our house!) and the others arrived by 13:30

Lots to discuss and debate and finished around 16:20 - tidy up and cook curry (I do the meat, Vee does the rest!) - was yummy, same again tomorrow.

Bridge tonight was hot but I was there early and secured a NS by the door, a bit of a breeze and easy to go out for smokes!

We regretted the door situation at the end though as flying ants, flies and bugs invaded us!!!

A good night tonight, just one blip - both played well and bid well, was fun and in good spirits too!

I may stay home tomorrow too as need to sort my car (again, leaking oil now!) and also need to fix the broadband

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops can make 9 tricks but we defended well and they didn't try to set up the s
3   Partner made a weak jump overcall and Ops doubled for take out, it was left in - they have game
4   10 tricks possible but nearly impossible to find them - partner did well to make this (some went 2 off!)
5   Our 1 blip.....
9   I passed first time so when they re-bid s I could double, thank you for passing partner!
12   Not sure how we find game, nobody did though and I made my tricks
14   The over trick is everything in pairs, well done partner!
19   Ops didn't pick up my Q, odd considering the bidding
22   Ops were a little ambitious and very unlucky that everything is wrong for them
1st August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home today as not many in the office this week and it is easier at home now with my office set up.  Got loads done and finished early.

A nice pasta bake and off to bridge, the road is now open along Chapel Lane into Fernhill Road (but Vicarage road is closed).

Vee hosted the Improvers (2 tables, well done Fred & Kevin!) with Val.

Alan announced the sad news about Patricia Pinder passing away yesterday at the start of the session and we held a minutes silence, I will miss her a lot as am sure many will.

We had an average night, I played poorly on 2 hands and bid very badly on another!  Partner played brilliantly to compensate!

Hosting the CBC Committee meeting in the afternoon and playing at CBC in the evening

The Highs and Lows:

2    A tricky hand this, partner doubled for penalties and we should have taken it off - I need to cover the J and it promotes partner's 10 - sorry partner.  The matrix says it makes but we would have it 1 off at that point
7   Ops played well here, my  lead was not great as it turned out
8   Ops bid 2NT in the middle of the auction with his s and 3 points so his partner went to game, not a great bid by Ops but we thank you.
13   Partner played perfectly here to make this, nobody else made 11 tricks
14   I made the right choice here - do I use Michaels 5/4, do I bid my s directly or do I double - I doubled and we stayed in the right contract
18   I bid game on my own, silly mistake, I should let partner show me her hand (which was nothing) and then let the Ops get in a mess instead, sorry partner
20   I should be 1 off here but also wonder if I should downgrade my points when asked to 6 with a doubleton Q
31st July 2018

Hubert Phillips Plate:

Playing with a team in the Hubert Phillips Plate

Margaret and Simon came to mine and we had a drink before heading off and Simon drove us to London (Young Chelsea).

Corneliu met us there - we discussed systems in advance and again on arrival.

A good journey down and we had coffee on arrival, all pleasant and all there before 7pm.

I started with Margaret and we had a solid start, I made 1NT on our first board when I had a flat 12 count and partner had 3, was pleased with my play!

I bid a slam and we defeated the Ops games, all good - score up and team mates come home with +800 and we had +700, a nice start!

I then play with Simon and we have a good set until the last hand where he bid 3 for no reason (I think) and off 800 (doubled) - Margaret & Corneliu didn't get on and had a bad set - now we are down.

A break for some food and drink and then the last set - this was a roller coaster!  Double and Re-double all over the place, partner made 4xx for 1080 on one hand - not enough to win though and lost by 3000 overall (doesn't matter if by 10 or 1000000 though, it's a knockout!)

Simon drove Corneliu back to Staines too, an eventful journey with a few wrong turns, more again on our way home!!!  A long day.........!

Still, an experience and we all had something we enjoyed from it.  My play was pretty good tonight.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

30th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today (though sad news from my friend who sits next to me who has a better job offer and moving to Head Office - great news for him but sad for me as we have a laugh).

We had a nice evening tonight, not just because of the scores but we felt more in tune and it was so much nicer to play in a better atmosphere (cooler too!).

Hubert Philips in London (YC) tomorrow, round 1 of the Plate

The Highs and Lows:

1    Hard to make the grand (squeeze in s and leave an entry in s in dummy I think) but we were in a slam, most just in game and 1 in a part score
2   Ops did exactly what they should, others let through more tricks, not fair on Ops but we defended as we should
5   Ops were too pushy here, should stay in 2s
7   I think a  lead holds this to 11 but matrix says they always make 12 which they did!
18   We missed the slam here, how do we know the K is a singleton and A on side?  We had a good score making all 13 though as the s went on the s
29th July 2018

Richard Currie:

Playing with a regular partner in Farnham's Richard Currie Swiss Pairs

Chores in the morning (including cleaning up after the BBQ, though most was done on the night).

Corneliu was in the area and so popped in for a coffee and a chat and then drove Margaret and myself to the event.

It is fair to say, we did not shine today!  Pleased to see Nick & John do well and Simon & David too.

I have queried the scale used for the event as I think it should be County (more than 36 boards, 2 sessions and open to all), will see what happens!

As most of our matches were bad, just the good bits below....

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

17    Ops made a poor double and then defended badly too
30   Ops missed game
34   Just a part score but I made more tricks than anyone in the room
38   Only 2 pairs found a slam, we were in the NT slam.  To be honest, mainly as partner bid 3 after my 2NT bid (transfer to s but she meant it as natural!!!) - after I super accepted, she then jumped to 6NT (made up for the first bid!!!)
44   Ambitious Ops, partner kept her nerve to take this off, well done partner
28th July 2018


BBQ today- went to Costco today for the first time with Martin and got all we needed (and more!)

Friends came round between 2 and 4 and one of friends cooked all the food for us (as expected!)

Had a lovely time and our friends and neighbours were pleased with our new house and enjoyed the day with us

Playing at Farnham tomorrow in the Richard Currie Swiss Pairs

27th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Fish & Chips with Margaret before bridge (Vee and a lodger had Indian).

A middling night for us, some good some bad but not many extreme hands (only 5 reds and greens!) - we both enjoyed the session, partner made a couple of playing errors but generally we both played well and got the defence right overall too!

BBQ and House warming for our friends tomorrow (weather permitting!)

The Highs and Lows:

7    Partner kept bidding here and thought 4NT was sign off (and then 5NT!!!)
8   Ops jumped straight to 6s!!!  It stands a chance but Ops hadn't noticed partner ruff a  and then under ruffed - needed to finesse my Q too to stand a chance
11   Ops opened and then passed their partner's re-bid - very odd - we defended well but they need to be in 3NT
12   Partner should make this, he needs to play the K on the first round of s as Ops played away from their Ace - with only 1 , it is the best option and it works!
13   Ops discarded the 7 so their partner didn't play a (the play mcKinney) - I was lucky!
27th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

My Desk Fan has arrived!  Not much else to note today.

Bridge today was good but could be better, partner didn't follow 2 basic rules and that's when I am upset, if Ops beat us or we make judgement errors, that is fine but second player plays low and forcing bids cannot be passed!  Rant over.....!

I took Dorothy home after and then Margaret came to ours (fish & chips before bridge at YHBC).

Margaret also collected cat food for us which was kind (cannot have our cats starving!).

Disposable cups to take to YHBC as the last from CBC not being used now.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops opened weak 2 and then bid again after I overcalled, if you open a weak 2, say nothing more unless partner tells you to - they paid the price this time!
2   Not many in game but we could have held it to 9 at least, play low partner!
4   We missed game here but most did, I made more tricks than anyone else though getting the s away on my long s
5   Partner opened 3s and I debated for a while, then evaluated that 4s should make and bid it - well played partner
6   Good double partner
12   We missed our A, not all bid the slam anyway though so was always a bad board for us
13   Ops didn't bid so we were left in a bad contract
15   I played well here
20   Ops missed a trick, we defended well though
21   Partner forgot my was good and so went off 1
23   We were in the right contract here
26th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home today as a bridge partner wanted to come over for coffee and a chat, it didn't pan out but not a problem (just as easy to work at home as it is in the office, however, the office is fully air conditioned!)

I changed a light bulb (all by myself!) and replaced a shower caddy as well as meeting my work commitments!

Didn't eat much of dinner as too hot to eat (not a bad thing really!)

Arrived at bridge early again to set-up most of the tables and chairs and stayed at the end to help too.

A tough night for the director (some players do not listen and then go wrong, frustrating for all of us!).

Home just in time to say goodnight to Vee

Our night didn't sparkle but some hands were the Ops doing well, some were us though!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    I need to play my A, partner then signals she likes it - hard to play A from AQ though so I played a , cost us 2 tricks
6   Partner can play this better
8   This turned out to be a great sacrifice so it wasn't intended as such!
9   A triumph for the 11-14 NT range!
11   Well bid Ops
13   Ops open weak 2 and I bid 3 (I didn't use any of our defensive bids so I want to play in 3), I can understand why partner raised me but I just wanted to play in 3
20   Well bid Ops
21   Unlucky Ops, we got the defence right here too (partner made both her s as ruffs)
25th July 2018


Playing with a regular(ish) partner in a regular club session

A busy day today as I present to the board once a month and today is that day!

All went well though and I had high praise from some senior staff too - left on a high and came home and all was too hot (nice and cold in the office!).

Just Vee and I for dinner and we stayed in the front room where it is cooler at night.

Slightly later than normal to bridge as we stayed home to watch the end of the Chase, they won £30k each, that would pay for a few sofa's for us!!!

We help set-up and get the Improvers section ready but only 6 turned up, Vee played in the main group (and did well) and Val hosted a social night for the Improvers who finished early too.

We had a good night but if my partner had been concentrating and played to the level he should play at, we would have won by miles....!

I did get a little sharp with him too and apologised for it, it is purely because I expect so much from him and he took it well, in fact, he said he liked constructive comments and to be shown where he could improve!

Only the second time we have played Precision and to be honest, we got the bidding right (mostly, ignore my 7NT!!!).  It was the card management we struggled with tonight.

In doing my diary and going through the hands, I spotted we had put in 3 tricks on board 2 - we actually made 8 tricks (going off 3), the correction improves our score a bit!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops opened 1 and their partner bid 2 after my double - I think with 3s you should always support - we get a good score for taking s off
3   An ambitious bid by me and bold play got me home.  Ops realised they had to stop me ruffing the s and played a trump, excellent play but unfortunately they then played the Q which Ops partner won with the A setting up my J, phew!
5   I open 4 here (Texas transfer), partner completes it (denying a slam interest) and Ops double - they didn't expect my hand to be quite so good, unlucky Ops
8   Ops open 1, passed round to me - I have to take action and cannot double with my shape so I bid 2 (not a great suit but I HAVE to bid), we compete up to 3 and get home with a good score
10   Well played partner, although I maintain you didn't have to let the first go, could discard your later on the long
12   Partner needs to lead a towards my K here, or take trumps out, not his finest hand
13   Not a good sacrifice Ops - we defended well though
14   I must pass here and let partner double, sorry partner - just trying to even the score in errors....!
16   Partner played well here, really well! Losing the first was critical I think, great planning ahead
17   I was a passed hand, partner jumped on to 4 - not too bad, but then played less than perfectly.  Ops transferred as a rescue and he had it in his mind that the other hand had 5s!!!
20   Hard to find this slam, will need to give it some thought - my initial thinking is that I should bid 4NT over partner's jump to game (Ops opened weak 2) - then he knows I have values and can value his hand - still, making 13 tricks was better than most, well done partner!
21   Hard to get this right but forgetting the K was still out was not the best plan....!
22   Whoops - my error here, bidding was 1C (16+, any shape), 7NT, my bid is 6NT and partner raises with 20+, sorry partner
23   Better played by North here, good lead Ops - partner lost control of the s and then it all went wrong, well done Ops for ducking the A on the first round though
24th July 2018


Too hot!

Decided not to go to badminton tonight (not playing next week either as I am in a bridge match), hopefully will be cooler by the time I go back to it!

Made a stir fry tonight, was really nice!

John came over with some laptop and iPad issues, solved them all and had a glass of wine.

Just relaxing for the rest of the night.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow (Precision, round 2)

23rd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 7 of the Monday Championships

Started work very early this morning as working at home and had a handyman coming at 9am and deadlines to meet.

I got all the work done, sorted out the house and cleaned too!

I didn't have a break though and no time to eat lunch so I didn't bother, just had dinner (Chicken Omelette!)

Our bathroom looks much better with some shelves up and a mirror on an arm that can fold away, shelves in lodgers room, holes in cabinets for plugs and cables, a new outside light and waste pipe secured.  He was very good and quick too.

I arrived at bridge early to help set-up (I put almost all the chairs and tables out in the end!), stayed at the end to pack up and help Val too (as did Margaret and Linda).

Bridge itself was not great but the atmosphere was better, perhaps we are unlucky sometimes.

I noticed Anne was dressed immaculately and all co-ordinated - I commented to say you must be doing well, they were and did!!!  I noticed a long time a go how well co-ordinated she was and she won the session, whenever she wears something the wrong colour they do not do as well..... Coincidence I am sure but it is true almost all the time!!!

6th in the ladder now and all very close but quite a few top pairs haven't played 6 times yet....  We have 4 scores to improve on and only 3 more events, will keep trying though!

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A good double partner, I just need to take my 3 tricks!, we need to be in 5s though but Ops bid well
6   Ops got a bit carried away here, our defence was good too though
7   Partner can do better here
8   Partner did better here!!!  Looks 9 tricks are available but hard to find them (only 1 pair did)
10   I pushed too hard here I think
12   Ops have game on but only 1 pair bid it!
13   I pushed too hard here too, a few others did as well but perhaps I need to show more caution
14   I played well here
15   Not the best defence and stunning play by partner
16   I did as I should here but only 2 others managed the same
18   1NT by me, stayman by partner, double by Ops - I do not have a 4 card major so pass and let partner decide - I can't see how we escape here unless partner bids 2s and I pass or correct (or Ops come in)
21   I played well here
22   Well bid Ops
23   Ops talked us out of our game and we didn't defend as well as we could have
22nd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Dorset Swiss Pairs

A busy day for our household, I leave for Dorset (drive to Nick's and he drives us there an back).

Vee goes to Tesco and then into London to have a day out and watch a dance group

1 Lodger goes to work

The other lodger and his girlfriend goes to the Beach for the day!

The lodger at work is home in time to feed the cats, the rest of us all get home at 9pm

We had a great start winning the first 2 matches, it all went against us after that.

I made a bad double when I had the Ops suit, partner made an error or wrong judgement each match thereafter.

Some great defence though and an amazing 6+1 by me and 3NT+4 by partner (when we both had a singleton !!!)

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1: Won 14-6
2    I bid 3 after opening 1NT, I must pass and let partner speak - we then find 3
3   We pushed Ops up a level and got a plus score (not many did)
Match 2: Won 15-5
9   We missed game, fortunately Ops doubled me for a better score!  Not many found game looking at it
10   Partner can play better here
11   Ops need to stay in 3s but we defended well to take 3NT down 2 - I held up the A
Match 3: Lost 0-20
19   Partner reversed so I thought he had 16+ (not 14), not entirely my fault here
Match 4: Lost 6-14
22   We need to bid onto 3s and should have held Ops to 2s but I need to play K from Kx
25   Well bid and well played partner
26   I missed a trick here by playing towards my Q and the singleton A won - I need to play small from my hand and then I don't lose 2 s
Match 5: Lost 9-11
31   We defended well here getting a ruff
34   I had 17 points but couldn't guarantee taking 1NT off so I should not double, this is a hard hand
Match 6: Lost 9-11
38   Partner opens 3s, I have a void and 19 points with 7s - I bid 4NT (1 keycard), 6 - A lead (I ruff) and 13 tricks made!
40   Superb defending here to take Ops down 3!
41   I got cross here (not massively but partner knew I was not happy) - I saw the auction and then bid 3NT, a great contract.  Partner bid on to 4 and went down
Match 7: Lost 7-13
47   Ops interfered so we avoided NTs - missed the slam too!
21st July 2018


We are both out tomorrow so did washing and cleaning today.

Shopping list done and Vee will go to Tesco in the morning before he goes out, I am off to Dorset for the Swiss Pairs.

John came round at 11am to see the house and have a chat, was good to see him and it sounds like he is going to try and make more of an effort to come out to Bridge again which is excellent news!

We walked to the Quays for lunch and it was really nice, chicken and mash for me.

Finished putting pictures up in the afternoon and decided we want a series of canvas pictures to make up a landscape when viewed together for one wall in the back lounge.

Vee made pakoras at 6pm and we took some to our neighbours who then gave us some eggs (they keep chickens) in return!

Ian & Martin then came for games at 7pm, I was winning the first game and needed 1 point but couldn't get it and Vee won.  Ian then won the second game.

Playing at Dorset (Green Point Swiss Pairs) tomorrow

20th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not our night!

A couple of errors, but Ops beat us tonight.

I had 5 choices and got them all wrong!!!

1 member rejoined and another joined tonight, all added to the EBU and club and emails sent out welcoming them.

Day off tomorrow!

The Highs and Lows:

1    Well bid Ops
2   Partner lost to the singleton K, unfortunate
6   Ops missed game but only one other made 10 tricks - some let us play in 1!!!
9   I should pass 3 here, fortunately other tables did worse than us or let 4s through
11   Ops played well here, I think I should have bid 3 though
23   Ops got the s wrong here and we defended well
20th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in the Hazle Willis Cup

A busy day at work and then off to Bridge.

We had a few more deliveries at home and our lodger took care of them for us.

Well done to Norman & John, Jim & Moira, Cup winners today!  I have updated the roll of honour.

Today is scored on aggregate points, akin to Teams.

We were close to retaining the trophy for the 3rd year in a row but just missed out, a few chances to do it too, still, generally good today (I also checked the %, we had 60% if scored on Match Points).

Took Dorothy home after bridge and then diary and food.  I also corrected results files from yesterday and today and re-submitted for club and EBU.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

7    Only plus score!
8   Only plus score!
9   Although Ops can make a slam, we were on course to defeat this with a through, partner didn't see the opportunity unfortunately but not easy
15   Not many bid game and we are vulnerable, has to be in game here - I got the s right to make this
16   Great sacrifice here, I bid 2 (level of the fit) and Ops didn't compete
17   Good double, good defence
19   Ops missed the slam
22   A bad double, sorry partner
19th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not much going on today, have re-arranged the dining room and now more room to sit at the table, more pictures on the wall and a new clock for the kitchen.

We had an average night tonight, in the points though.

Some bad luck where Ops bid a slam or game or even opened against us where others hadn't

6 hands made 12 tricks tonight, only 1 slam bid on those and it was Ops against us!  None were easy to call though

We had a Surrey Youth playing with the Surrey Youth Officer tonight, they did well too, always great to see the younger players doing well.

Not as well as Val & Anne though, well done girls!!!

Board 1 had a split board for 2 pairs who had the hand wrong (not sure who put the cards in the wrong slot though) - when this was adjusted, quite a change in ranks.

I have also re-done the event as I noticed Derek was in twice!  All corrected now.

Playing twice tomorrow, Total Points Cups in the afternoon

The Highs and Lows:

1    Most passed this, Ops did well to open and got a good score
2   I defended poorly here
3   Bidding misunderstanding here, I doubled Ops 1NT and partner bid 2 - I paused then announced as stayman (as it was last night with a different partner) - wrong!!!!  I played my way out of trouble though
4   I had to keep quiet here with my 5 trumps in case Ops escape
5   I stand by my choice to bid stayman here, 2 can be made for a good score too
8   I need another to either ruff or promote my trump
10   We got the defence spot on here, Ops helped by discarding a  from dummy on the 4th enabling partner to run her suit
12   We defended well here and kept the pressure on, Ops can make this but it was the last hand of then night and they lost concentration
14   Ops opened 1NT, partner doubles and Ops rescue with a transfer to s - I double (showing s) and transfer is completed - partner doubles 2 - I think I have to pass now -we need to be in s though....
16   Ops discarded too many s as I squeezed for the 12th trick
19   Not our best defence here, well played Ops though
21   Only 2 pairs bid the slam, 1 was against us!
23   I made 12 tricks, as I should - others didn't
24   Ops got the  wrong, unlucky Ops
18th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 4 of the Beryl Doughty

Vee had a long day travelling with work and is coming down with a cold too.  He still came and hosted the Improvers with Val and they had 3 tables again, good to see!

Great to see 70% for Chris & Carole too!

We had a solid night tonight, most things worked well (only 1 red score), we are consistent too, played 2 rounds of the competition so far and 61% on both (currently leading the pairs who have played 2 times but we need 4 to count by the end of the season).

Partner played 10 hands tonight and played brilliantly on all of them (well, maybe 1 was under par) which was a major factor in our overall score!

The winners had 75% tonight though, can't compete with that!!!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    We have a tough minor game to go for which most did not make, 200 worked out ok though
4   I think partner should pass here and we double anything Ops bid - tough call though as we have a vulnerable game on - turns out not many bid game and not many had a good enough doubled score
7   We had a bit of incident here where the director got the ruling wrong on an insufficient bid but I got it wrong too!!!  As it happens, we should have been allowed to play in 4s for a joint top instead of a 2nd - but no complaints.  Lesson learned though, consult the book or another director if not sure
8   I bid all on my own here, found a tough trump break and managed to get out for 2 off, Ops have a part score on so it worked well for us
14   Brave bid partner, not any found game!
15   Ops can play a little better but partner made a good lead that cost nothing and didn't help the Ops
19   Partner played brilliantly to make this, very tough contract
23   I am not strong enough to bid 2 here and partner has no way of knowing I have 5, unfortunate - Ops defended well here too
17th July 2018


Worked from home today and a busy day with 3 conference calls.

Had 4 deliveries scheduled today and also had to close a window in our old house for the new owners who had left it open!!!  Collected our post too.

Jo came over for half an hour in the afternoon too for a coffee and a bridge chat (also some more cat food!)

Pitta Pizzas tonight then put suitcase in the loft and swapped mattress over (our lodger wanted a softer one and we wanted a harder one)

Badminton was very hot tonight, I pushed too hard at the start winning the first 4 games (all very close) but then ran out of steam!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow in Round 4 of the Beryl Doughty

16th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today (quiet with a few on leave this week).

Firmed up our next Hubert Philips match (we are now in the Plate event, tough London team at Young Chelsea).

Booked the handyman for next Monday (23rd)

Cooked a mixed grill for a lodger and myself (yummy!)

Jo and I have had a few tough months (mainly personal lives) and bridge needs to be a good distraction - we did well overall tonight but not on all hands.

If it goes wrong, I think we have to stop arguing on the night as it is causing a strain, I like and respect Jo so much and we have to resolve this part.  Invited her for coffee tomorrow as working at home and can take a break.

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    We missed a trick but Ops bid too high giving us a good score
3   I got my losers away on the s for an extra trick
4   Ops should be in 4s I think
6   We need a switch but hard for both of us to do it
8   I got the s right here and used the s as entries to dummy to keep getting them right
10   I thought partner had 5s, my mistake, sorry partner
13   We defended well here
15   We defended well here
16   I meant my double as take out looking for s
17   I think this plays better in s and a it happens, better with East on lead - just unfortunate
19   Pass, Pass, Me - I decide to open 4 - a helpful lead and some skill in declarer play and 10 tricks made (most made 10 but too but didn't bid it)
15th July 2018


We did our chores first thing then went to drop the chairs Barbara lent us for our bridge gathering and helped her with an IT issues.

Then Tesco for the weekly shop and home to unload the shopping and back out to look at Sofa's (we liked the first one we saw, viewed the rest and then bought them!)

Should be 5-7 weeks for delivery but another job done!

New Cat Post arrived today and a mirror for the bathroom (still need the handyman to confirm a date to do our jobs).

Our friends arrived at 1pm and we showed them round the house then played 4 games of Poker.

6 of us and I was 3rd in the first game then won the next 2!  Tanya was 3rd in each of the first 3 games too.

Vee won the last game on an incredibly lucky hand making 3 wins out of 4 for the home side and £50 profit (paid for take away for us all!)

Playing at CBC tomorrow

14th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the London Metropolitan Bridge Association Swiss Pairs

Simon picked me up at 10:45 and we had no issues getting into London and were allowed to park at the venue (quite a privilege!)

We had an hour before bridge so I treated Simon to chicken and chips and then we started bridge.

Vee was working today with my Dad but had a good day.

We had a good day but it was marred by some director decisions that we still feel were not good.  We appealed one and they found against us, a little cross but not much we can do - they gave our deposit back though!

Ops mi-informed us of what their double meant and we were done out of our  contract - it was very clear we should and could have bid it with the right information but they disagreed.

A few other incidents too but won't go into details.

We won 3 matches and drew one (though we had 51% so had the moral victory!).

We were 50th out of 70 in the end, last match was a disaster, had we won that we would have finished quite well (even higher had the appeal gone our way!)

Playing Poker with friends tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1: Lost 5-15
2    Not a good lead partner, trump would have been better
3   I punted this but it paid off
4   Well played Ops
Match 2: Draw
8   Partner made an extra trick (which he needed to!)
9   I played perfectly here and fooled the Ops into thinking I had 1 !!!
11   I was dumb here!
12   Well played partner, I should have passed 3s though!
14   Partner pulled out the wrong card on the second  and it ruined our defence - it happens
Match 3: Won 15-5
15   Ops were too ambitious here
17   Ops were too ambitious here!
19   I should make this, good defence and poor play by me
Match 4: Lost 16-4
24   Not a good sacrifice here
26   Ops mis-informed us and damaged us - appeal was rejected
Match 5: Won 13-7
29   Well played partner
31   Ops were a little ambitious - good lead partner
32   Ops commented that their partner and my partner had s, this clogged my mind and I thought he did - not fair, director disagreed
34   We are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
Match 6: Won 15-5
37   Ops used Multi Landy to show a 6 card suit, then bid on - bad luck Ops
38   Partner won the first  and switched to a , I cannot understand this....
42   I am the only one bidding and making this
Match 7: Lost 0-20
43   My fault here, felt it would be a good sacrifice.........NO!
46   I don't agree with partner's jump to 4
47   I want to double the Ops but didn't get the chance, partner was right though, I shouldn't have bid to start with
13th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

We walked to our take-away place, 3 in a row (fish & chips, Indian and Chinese - we had Chinese)

Both playing tonight, Vee had a much better time than last time and enjoyed the session but was disappointed in the rank

We had a miserable evening and didn't get many good hands, partner especially - we didn't feel we had done too well but I think everyone else had a worse evening!

We did have a few nice scores too though and both declared well

Missed some great tennis (though I was watching bits and tracking scores!)

We found out the road was open for access too, easier route home tonight!  Not posting on home page though as don't think it is guaranteed

All in all, not the worst Friday the 13th!!!

Playing in London tomorrow at YC in their Green Point Swiss Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops were in a reasonable contract but it doesn't make, others stopped lower or made it though
4   We defended this really well
9   Ops can make this but didn't mange the trumps right
10   I was too ambitious here, I paused and was going to pass 2 but changed my mind, sorry partner
12   Ops needed to double or bid 4, lucky for us
13   Great sacrifice here
14   Good defence here holding them to 9
15   Ops sacrificed here and we do make our game, vulnerability wrong for them though
17   Well bid and played partner - glad I competed up to 4 now!
18   Not the best double partner, Ops in the wrong contract, we had a top for 5 making, but not doubled!
20   Ops didn't see the 10 was run and so didn't cover it, lucky here
22   Sorry partner, I was too adventurous here
23   The previous board had an impact on this one, we bid too high now too low!  Ops revoked though, I made 11 tricks but score shows 10?
24   Great sacrifice partner!
13th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Ordered some shelves, a mirror and a new cat post today (have to keep our furry masters happy!)

A little cooler today and even some rain on my way home (taking Dorothy home as we are nearly neighbors now).

Started by swapping cars over and chairs and taking a bridge table from Richard & Julie as a house warming gift, very nice of them !!!

Generally we were good today but a few wobbles, enjoyed!

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

3   I got the s right and made an extra trick here
5   Partner did well to make this, harder if Ops push a through
6   Ops didn't get their bidding sequence quite right and I made a cheeky overcall with my 6s
9   I made an extra trick here as Ops didn't take the A
10   I made an extra trick here for a good score, East needs to keep a  to avoid letting me throw everything away on the long suit
11   Partner bid at the 3 level freely, I was expecting a few more points.....
12   I managed 2 extra tricks here, I needed them as we missed our fit!
13   Ops cannot make game so this was not good
14   Good sacrifice but not enough bid game
17   Partner opened 2 (weak), this is a limit bid, I don't think you can bid again after a limit bid and I want to double 5s!!!
18   We need to take our  tricks, bad lead from me, sorry partner
20   Ops were a little ambitious here
21   Right contract, right number of tricks
12th July 2018


Playing with a scratch partner in Round 7 of the CBC Thursday Championships (although we are not part of the series)

Both our normal partners were away tonight so we teamed up - we played together about 5 years ago and know each other well (very well it looks like with the Bridgewebs display of names!!!)

My desk arrived today so my lodger helped put it together before Bridge, looks good (big but good!), nearly there now, just a few jobs booked in with a handyman and new sofas to look at this Sunday.

Andy Fry asked me if I could find him a partner for tonight and I came up trumps with Keith, they won by a fair distance, well done both!

We had a good night tonight, both enjoyed it and felt relaxed with no bidding misunderstandings (although I did make a mess of a few!) - we both declared well and defence was generally good too.

Only one issue with partner which was where I asked him to switch suit on the opening lead and he didn't, minor issue though and no problems after that!

At the start of the session, we seemed to get a good board followed by a bad one (or vice versa), a few ended up as both good in the end fortunately

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I made a mess of the bidding and play here, sorry partner
5   Ops can make 12 tricks, we held it to 11 but others did better
6   We are in the right contract and I managed an extra trick (as a few others did too)
12   Lucky not to get a lead here
16   We are the only pair in game here, sorry Ops - well played partner and also for bidding on, I invited with 3s and he went up (I had shown the majors already and he picked my best one)
17   I missed a trick here but looking at the score, the double saved me!
21   We stayed in the right contract here
23   We needed to stay in NTs by the looks of it, I panicked here
24   We pushed Ops up and doubled, phantom sacrifice for them as it turns out as we don't make our s
11th July 2018


Playing with a new partner and team mates in round 2 of the YHBC Teams Series

My new Monitor and keyboard and mouse arrived today so set-up my home office (just waiting for the desk!!!)

My new chair was so comfortable too, really happy with the new set-up - we just need a few bits of work doing (have a quote now too) and to get new sofa's then we are done!

Shame about the Football tonight, really hoped we would get to the final, still, a good effort.

Tonight, only 2 Improvers (plus an already established Improver team) so Val & Vee teamed up with them and they joined the main group.

Both "Improver" teams did quite well and improved on last time (for the established team) and the new pair enjoyed the challenge and are considering the main group for pairs too.

Vee enjoyed playing with Val and they had a good start against our Chairman!

I have calculated and uploaded the team series file (blue link at the top)

We had a good night and only the second time we have played together as a pair (we won the Christmas "fun" bridge session).

Some excellent bidding apart from me going on to 5 and being doubled, I must pass and let partner double!  Great play too apart from one hand when partner needs to take his 4 tricks against 4s.....

We won tonight as a team, largely on 2 big wins

Great to see Geoff & Frances win at the Woking today, well done both!

Playing at CBC tomorrow (Club Championships but my partner is away)

The Highs and Lows:

2    I should not bid 5 here, either pass and let partner double 5s or, if I am brave, I double and let partner pass or correct
4   Most were in 4s here but I was mean and doubled
6   Best defence is hard to find here, A lead followed by a low (nobody would do that!) but we must at least take our 4 tricks partner
12   Ops missed game, team mates were not in the right game but they made it!
13   Ops bid 3s with a flat hand and 4 points (supporting their partner), I think this is too weak to bid (saying something coming from me!!!) - team mates made 10 tricks but only 8 there really
14   I think this is a close enough slam to bid, partner was lucky Ops carried on with the s to give a ruff and discard though - team mates defended well to take 5s off
17   I doubled Ops who had got too high and our team mates stayed in a part score and made theirs
19   I made this as Ops discarded the so couldn't reach their partner's hand - team mates defeated their Ops NTs
20   We bid game here, Ops stayed in a part score
21   We defended well to take this 2 off and team mates defeated Ops in 2s too
10th July 2018


An un-eventful day - sorted out arrangements for Saturday's Green Point pairs in London though.

Still too hot and 2 more weeks at least until we get to sensible temperatures!

We booked a handyman to come and see the few bits we need doing around the house but he was running late so I had gone by the time he got here but Vee said he was fine and will send a quote

I am no longer walking distance from Badminton which meant I had to drive and then take glasses off on arrival - took my eyes a while to adjust and then sweaty on the way home - still, not too bad

Badminton was ok but I was not stunning tonight, still, good to run around!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow in Round 2 of the Teams Series

9th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Another hot day today and a hard day at work - also booked a handyman to come tomorrow to see the work we want doing (just shelves and a bit of adjusting for some units etc and fixing the washing machine waste properly)

I made hot dogs for dinner tonight, they were surprisingly good!

Arrived at CBC early and set-up half the tables and most of the chairs, was really hot when done!

We had a cool(ish) table but still far too hot and both of us were on edge and a bit bad tempered, think we both made errors too, still 50%, could be worse

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We didn't get the bidding right here
3   I had lots of ways to make this and got it totally wrong, sorry partner
6   Ops saw partner had no s but carried on with them from dummy instead of getting to hand and finessing again
7   Ops can do better here though we put the pressure on with the defence
11   Partner had nerves of steel to make this, Ops played away from their K and partner played her Q which held, phew!
12   This was 100% for Ops when we played it (on round 2!) and I said at the time, this will be a good board for us in the end, it was!  We defended well here
18   I doubled 4, partner didn't think we had enough to take this off and our vulnerable game scores better, close call and no argument from me, it just didn't work this time
20   Unlucky here, I could have ruffed a  on trick 12 then won the last trick with the K to get this one off - declarer should always have made 10 as it happens and it was a bad double by me but we had a chance
21   No  lead or switch so I only lost 1, phew!
22   Partner opened weak 2 and I decided my hand was worth game so bid it directly and partner played it well - not many in game
8th July 2018

Open House:

Tesco delivery so no pressure to do shopping!

We went to B&Q and Sainsbury's to take back a few items and get lights for the garden and a few other bits

We had friends over from 2pm to see the house and have drinks and nibbles and the last few left at 9pm! 

Was a great day and think everyone likes the new house!

We have some great friends and lots of bottles and cards and great to see everyone!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

7th July 2018

BBQ & Social Teams Bridge:

Playing with my life partner in a regular social teams event

The summer event is traditionally a BBQ at Ruth & Nigel's then Bridge at Tony & Sheila's - Nigel did really well with the BBQ and we all supplied something to go with it.

Too hot for me but kept in the shade and was a good day, plenty to eat and drink!

We finished watching the England match and was pleased to see them win again, now in the Semi's for the first time since 1990!!!

Bridge started off really well, we won 20-0, 16-4, 18-2, 13-7!!!

It went south after that though!!!  Ian N & Mary won and was great to see them do well, well done both!

Having a few friends over tomorrow to have a drink and a few nibbles and let people see where live now

6th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the final round of the Accumulator Cup

I decided not to have dinner, no appetite in this heat - will get something after Bridge!  Ordered Tesco online ready for the weekend

Only 4 tables tonight, heat, football, holidays - all more sensible than those that turned up tonight I think!!!

I was not feeling up to bridge tonight but couldn't let partner down - as it happens, I did - declarer play was not good (well, bidding judgement was not good!)

I didn't seem to have many hands I could do much with, passed more tonight than I have in a long while, still.....

I think we both felt the heat really, lucky to come out of the session with 50% to be honest!!!

Well done Marion & Alan, winning the Accumulator Cup!!!  Hall of Fame now started for this season

Playing bridge with friends in our regular 12 tomorrow with a BBQ

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops can play better, we defended well though
5   Ops bid on for no good reason here
6   Ops were a little ambitious here - I thought we make 4 but it seems only 9 available
8   Well rescued partner!
9   Ops missed a slam but did better than most
12   I should leave 3s here, bad judgement, sorry partner
14   Ops did what they should but others didn't
15   We were set to defeat this but the H lead ruined my holding, not easy for partner though
19   We defended really well here - I was lucky to make my J to take the 4th  though
20   Ops made an extra trick by playing well, we were more damaged by other declarers not doing well!
23   Ops need to be in 3NT here
25   I overcalled s, if we had a  lead we defeat this
6th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

In the office today (early start and 1pm finish) then on to bridge.

Vee finished early and cleared rubbish to the tip.

We had an up and down start to the session but then got fairly steady to get a good score - I felt my declarer play was better today too!

Our defending needs a bit of work still but the rest was good.  We did have a bit of luck too....!

It was really hot today, I do NOT like this heat!!!!

Playing in the final round of the Accumulator Cup after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1    Partner made a good lead then switched, disaster!
2   Ops got a bit carried away and we defended well
3   This needs a trump lead - Ops played the trumps out until the last card and we didn't keep the
4   Hard to bid the grand slam as it relies on the K being in the right place and the 10 too (which I finessed)
6   A good sacrifice as it turns out - only 9 tricks on for Ops but most seemed to make 4 - 100 is bette than 140 too though
10   We need to push on with our s here
11   We pushed the Ops up (I don't like Ops to play at the 2 level if I can help it)
12   I played well here
13   12 tricks are a lay down here but only 2 other pairs made 12 and one was not in game
15   I was very lucky here, Ops need to take their s, I got 1 away and let them ruff with a master as he other one went
16   Great play by partner, needs a  lead to get a ruff I think
18   I played quite well here!!!
19   I was under pressure here and didn't take the finesse as I was settling for 1 off, if the fails then I am miles off - wrong decision as it turns out
24   A good combination here, partner played well and Ops didn't defend very well - They need to lead a  I think and not take the A freely after the trumps are out
5th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner and Team mates in Round 4 of the Teams series

Another day working at home but managed to a full day this time!

Our new office chairs arrived today (hassle unpacking them and huge boxes!) but another job done!

Our lodger put hooks on the doors upstairs for us whilst we were at bridge, another job done!

I cooked in the kitchen for the first time (Vee does most of the cooking) - we made curry and I made the chicken curry.

Bridge was good tonight, both pairs were above average and we were 2nd and 3rd on X-Imps - if we had a bad board, team mates did well and vice versa - well done Team!

Purple link at the top for the session, blue link for the league table

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops pushed too far and let my singleton K make - team mates stayed in 3 making
11   Partner played this really well, caught the K and threw 2 s away on the s (second was lost but gained a trick), team mates only went 1 off in 4 for a good score too!
13   Well bid and played partner!  Partner bid 3NT (after 1, 2) and they stayed in 2NT against team mates
18   Team mates bid the slam, Ops didn't against us - this was mainly due to an odd 2 rebid by South (no alert and it was a singleton A) - I made a comment but let it go
4th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Worked at home today (or that was the plan!!!) - the house got in the way.

I had another £80 B&Q trip and spend nearly 3 hours on the phone sorting out gas and electric (too dull a story to go into but very frustrating!!!) - all sorted now but meant I couldn't work in the afternoon.

Washing machine leaked when I put the boards back too, we need to seal the pipe joint I think.

The road closure didn't cause any problem getting into the club and most were early rather than late but some didn't park in the club car park and so were asked to move their cars causing a delay to the start.

Vee hosted the Improvers tonight and back up to 3 tables, close at the top too!

We had a frustrating start where most scores were bad for us and not our fault (mainly!) - but a lot of them improved as they were played by more pairs and we had some good boards later on too.

We made a detour to the old house after bridge to take the bins in for the new owners as they couldn't get there today - we are all very friendly and it's nice to be nice (no effort for us either really).

Good to see Margaret & Keith do well at Woking this afternoon

Playing Teams at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A good sacrifice, Ops can do well in either minor
2   Well played partner!!!
5   Ops bid and made what they should here
11   I need to push a  through trick 2, sorry partner
16   We bid and made what we should here
19   We pushed Ops up and then doubled (bit mean)
24   Ops got a little carried away and partner doubled
3rd July 2018


Worked from home today part time as had a packed day!

More work calls came in than I was expecting as well as:

Jo came to see the house and liked it - we discussed bridge too and some of Monday's hands in detail

Cleared the remaining boxes

Sorted the paperwork and office

Removals came to clear the boxes

Took our lodger to town for work to save her walking

Owner of our old house came with our mirror and post and we gave her the paperwork for bits in the old house

New Washer / Dryer delivered (at 6pm!!!) and they refused to instal it as we cannot find the waste pipe!!!!  There is just a hole in the wall........!!!!!!!!

With that and the heat, I decided to stay home tonight (no washer means I cannot wash my kit after badminton too!!!)

I watched the England match, what a tense game - well done England though, winning on penalties, who would have thought it!!!!!!

I ordered a new desk and chair for my office (chair comes Thursday and Desk in 7-10 days), also looking at sofas for the front room too - lots of money going out, need more coming in soon.......!

Our new neighbours have sent a text to the previous owners to see if they can help with the waste pipe - they had a washing machine there before so it must work somehow - we are just nervous about letting water and waste simply go under the kitchen floor!!!

Our other lodger face-timing his Dad to try and sort the washing machine as we speak (11pm).....

.....Success!!!!! Between us all, washing machine now attached to waste pipe (through the hole in the wall under the dishwasher and to a pipe that was wound around the sink u-bend) - run a quick wash and no leaks, fingers crossed!!!  We have put a bucket under the pipe joint for now and will do some full washing tomorrow to test it, phew!!!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow - watch out for road closures

2nd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Another hot day today and busy at work (good air conditioning though!)

Our cat (Nemo, my picture on bridge profiles) escaped tonight from one of the lodgers rooms onto the extension roof!  He came back in though!

The family that bought our house came over today to bring post and they bought our washing machine off us too (getting a new washer/dryer tomorrow) - our lodger showed them round and they loved our new house!

Bridge tonight had a lot of really good things from us both but a few disagreements and bad luck too - we are getting together tomorrow for coffee as I am at home waiting for the washer/dryer

Most of the issues are due to us both being distracted by things in our personal lives - hopefully both coming through now though and just need to get back to winning ways

Great to see Margaret and David win tonight, well done both!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    11 tricks are available but you have to play well to make them and partner did!  I made the right choice not to be in NTs too
7   We didn't find game but we did avoid the NT trap for a good score!
8   Partner's only real error of the session - near the end, don't take the A, play a to end play declarer I think
9   I made the wrong lead here, 6 tells partner how the suit lies, I am used to strong 10 leads but it is not our agreement, sorry partner
10   I decided to look for the slam which then took us too high, sorry partner
12   We defended well here to hold this to 9 tricks, partner discarded the 6 so I had count on the suit and was safe to play my 10 and 7 for 2 tricks
13   We had a lead out of turn and Ops rightly banned a lead - it is the only lead that takes the contract off unfortunately
15   I had a choice between 1 or 2s as my opening and opted for 2s as my hand really wasn't worth any more - I had to play well to make it but Ops helped by not giving a second ruff
18   Ops could make this if they are bold but it is very tricky, we defended well though
19   I tried to explorer in this hand to find out about partner's s but couldn't establish if there was a shortage so rather then 6, I opted for s (knowing it was a 4-3 fit but it should outscore 5s) - it turned out well due to partner's great play but still not sure how we find 6
20   I was going to make a weak jump overcall but realised we play intermediate just in time, then I felt I had to continue the bid as I went for the box and couldn't think how to correct my error, I MUST bid 4, sorry partner
1st July 2018

SCBA AGM & Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in Surrey's mini Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs (AGM at half time).

We built a new bed in the morning for one of our lodgers and got shopping ordered - I then showered and changed and Simon picked me up to go to the Bridge event

Vee had a pleasant afternoon with Margaret, they walked down to the Quays, 20 minute walk, and enjoyed a glass of wine - Vee also gave another tour of the house now it is all unpacked!

We had a tough start where the Ops bid games most didn't, could have won round 2 but didn't then won the matches either side of the AGM

The AGM was fairly quick and went smoothly

We got beaten by a good pair then a narrow defeat on the last round.

Colin & David were leading until the last hand where they dropped a little, they were the only pair to beat the winners (Frances & Jeffrey though) - well done both!

Quite a few pairs from our local clubs and a few good wins for all of us (most of us were up and down each round!)

Vee had dinner ready for when I got home and we all sat in the dining room to eat, nice!

My Dad came over to view our house tonight too and was impressed and wished us many happy years here!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    We need to be in s here or defeat this by more, I need my ruff I think
8   Partner can make this if he plays a low  as Ops have a singleton K but not easy - we need to be in NT for a good score though
9   We gave a trick away, I need to switch to a trump trick 2
10   Ops didn't get the defence right here
12   I had the choice of leaving 4 doubled in or bidding game - I couldn't be sure we would get enough for defending and bid game, I played it well but 12 tricks are there
14   Partner made an extra trick here for a good score
16   Ops bid weakly here but they were stronger than they showed - they need to push on to 4
18   Ops were too ambitious here and we defended perfectly (I made 3 of my s!)
19   Ops miss-bid here, he meant to bid 2 - we defended well though
21   I should have gone 1 off but still not as good as defending Ops, I only overcalled 1 and partner kept competing, grrrrr
22   I was gifted an extra trick as Ops didn't take their , I got the right too due to a rule I follow (the Q follows the 9, thanks Jo!)
24   We were right to defend here
25   Wrong hand playing here, simple as that 
26   We had the chance to double Ops 3 or play in game - wrong choice but it's a tough call
28   We were too ambitious here
32   Not my finest bid here - need to pass and let the Ops get into a mess
34   Ops didn't see their partner bid and so didn't realised the points they had - partner made a cheeky (VERY cheeky) overcall and was left to play in it - how often is going down 300 a good score.....!
35   Ops defended well, 4 is a good contract but not there - most made it though!
36   Partner opened 1 (16+) and I responded 1 (0-3 points), Ops double, partner redoubles and I left it in (it's my only 4 card suit).  It shouldn't make but Ops didn't take their A - a top for no work at all!
30th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today

Vee was at a family friends 80th (which went on longer than he thought it would!)

I went out with one of our lodgers and got some more bits for the house and some supplies and finished off setting up the office (including banging my head twice!)

Our neighbours came round in the evening and we got through a few bottles of red as we got to know each other and they are a really nice family (same age as us too but with 2 young kids, 8 and 10)

Nice to have good neighbours and think we will become friends too!

Playing in the Surrey mini Swiss Pairs tomorrow

29th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 2 of the Accumulator Cup

A busy day today and arranged for Margaret to play with Margaret (B&W!!!) so had time to sort the house out.

We unpacked the rest of downstairs first thing this morning then had an issue with the downstairs toilet, it keeps filling - not leaking but creates a noise throughout the house - will sort next week!

Had the front door lock changed and new keys cut and resolved the hot water (needed the gas turning on and set to "once" - now works!!!

Then went to ProCook in Basingstoke and got a lovely set of induction pans (£700 worth for £270) and Nandos for lunch

Then to B&Q to get a new shower head for downstairs shower room, new doorbell, new handles for a chest of drawers, hose fitting for the outside tap - fitted and fixed all of those too!

Also dropped a key off to our ironing lady to start again next week

Got home and the washing machine leaks and nowhere to vent the tumble dryer so took the decision to buy a new washer/dryer and went for a top end one - that's being fitted on Tuesday (we did a load of washing Wednesday before we moved so not much to do before then).

Sorted the rest of the house and then bridge.......

I don't feel we did much wrong and only 2 red scores, 1 was Ops good bidding, one I maybe pushed too hard.

We are well placed for the Cup in 6th but the leader is quite a way ahead - will try our best next week in the final round!

Was pleased to see the Margaret's do well at CBC, only CBC results posted so far so cannot compare yet.

Visitors tomorrow, Neighbours, lodger's Dad, my Dad!

The Highs and Lows:

4    Harsh on Ops here, we defended well but still gave a trick away, most let 3NT through though!
6   Ops overcalled my 1NT and we defended well, partner made her singleton  too
9   I did well to make 10 tricks here, Ops need to take the A entry out instead of setting up the s for me
10   Partner played well here setting up the s - Ops could have done better too though
11   We defended well here
12   We pushed Ops too high here
13   We took our AK, nobody else did - good lead partner
19   Well bid Ops
21   We defended well here
22   I pushed too hard here, looks like 3NT makes though
28th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today

We moved house, so a morning of chaos as we are packed up and move - cleaning and sorting as we go - had 4 men come to pack and move us (plus another when we got to the new house).

All went well, our buyers came over at 12 Noon too and we had a good chat and welcomed her to her new house, she seemed really pleased!  We offered to take her bins out next week for her and bring them back in.

She will keep our post for us and message when worth collecting (or she will bring it over).

We were unpacked by 3pm and Margaret came over for a glass of champagne with us in the garden and gave us some bulbs for the garden too.

We had a chat with the neighbours and will get together soon, they seem nice.

Both lodgers settled in too and we are all happy - a few niggles and bits to sort out but we have no major issues other than the boiler which we will get sorted tomorrow.

I may not play tomorrow afternoon in the Sim Pairs (unless I am needed) but we have more visitors coming and things to sort out.

Really pleased to see a CBC pair currently top of the Surrey Sims so far this week (in line for the Dorin Salver!) - well done Max & David!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

27th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session and also the Surrey Sim Pairs

I had my monthly meeting at work where I prepare and run the session for all the Senior staff, had loads to do besides that but got it all done.

We were going to make a pasta bake for dinner but hadn't kept the pasta to one side and it has been packed!  Freezer food in the end!

So hot tonight but I chose a cool(ish) table and we had a fun night, not a great score and a few little bits to iron out but some good bits too.

I agreed to add a notice to the home page about the road closure, this will affect us at YHBC for 6 weeks or so!!!

Good to see Chris (another partner of mine) making a guest appearance and doing well!

Only 5 in the Improvers section so Vee played with Kevin and the other 2 pairs, 1 pair watching as the others played - they discussed the hands and play and played socially until about 9.45pm

Moving House tomorrow, day off (Friday too) to settle in

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops are in the right contract but defended perfectly
9   Ops missed game (or slam)
11   Well bid Ops, partner didn't take her A though, when Kx is in dummy I think you need to take it as it it never going to catch the K
15   We defended really well here
17   We could have taken this off but I didn't get my ruff
18   Ops sacrificed but we got the defence just right to get a good score
19   Partner reversed so I bid to game, I think 1, 2 is the limit of the hand for partner
20   Ops missed game here as we interfered with s
23   Our first hand of the night, partner started off well getting to dummy with a  but then didn't take the  finesse
24   I played this well, hard to get to game and it seems i doesn't always make
26th June 2018

Hubert Philips Bowl:

Playing with regular partners in the Hubert Philips Bowl

A day off today but it was non-stop!

Packing started at 9am, 1 guy arrived and blitzed the house - everything is boxed up now!

A few errors in terms of things he shouldn't have packed, including my bridge stuff (twice!!!) which I rescued

He packed my convention cards too and didn't re-find them but Alan printed some new ones for the match

Took a few chairs and the bridge table to the house with one of our lodgers and showed her round (first time viewing the new house!)

Then went to Waitrose to get supplies for the match and lunch for us both

Packing finished around 3.30pm then I showered and changed and went to the house with the remaining chairs and shopping

Got everything set-up and then showed Margaret the house, think she liked it!

Opps arrived early, then Alan, then Simon - Alan had the other bridge table and score cards and bidding boxes (Thanks Alan!)

Shuffle and Deal so just a brief summary below:

The match started off really well, Margaret & I did everything right and only gave away 90 twice (it is aggregate scoring and we bid all our games and defeated the Ops in theirs)

Unfortunately, our team mates had 2 costly boards and we were down after round 1.

Alan & I net and we were just on the plus side overall, a couple of loose bids but mostly good.  Simon & Margaret were flat too

Simon & I for the last round and we had a good set (including doubling the Ops for 800), this time Alan & Margaret had 1 error going off 200 when game was there, but they did well on every other board that set

After the match we had a bottle of win between us and was very sociable, our new kitchen works really well!

Margaret was superb tonight, she made all the drinks, sorted the food, made sure everyone was comfortable, refreshed drinks, made scones (yummy!) and washed up at the end - Ops asked if she was my Mum!!!!!

Truth be told, we are not related at all but Margaret IS family and very precious to me (well, most of the time......!)

Playing in the Surrey Sim Pairs at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers


25th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Monday Championships

Started work early this morning to pack 2 days work into the morning!

I had no break, no lunch and got it all done, though took me until 14:30

Then on to Frimley High Street to collect the house key, on to Aldershot to collect and pay for car.

Dorothy's next to pick up 2 chairs for tomorrow's match and she gave us a lovely house warming gift too, very kind.

On to the house next and I cannot get the key to work!!!  The Agent takes 30 minutes to arrive, but he sorts it (it's a sticky lock and you need to pull it towards you to open it)

I check the house over and all is in order, phew!

Then home to cook meatballs and eat them!

Vee went to the house tonight too to drop a few bits off, take meter readings and check water and electricity etc

He also discovered we need new cooking pots and pans (induction cooker!!!)

After all that, Bridge!!!!!  Unfortunately, a step too far and neither of us were on form - it wasn't helped with the heat and the movement that was set-up in a chaotic fashion - I was cross by the end too and took it out on partner, sincere apologies frown

Good to see my other partner's doing well though (Nick B and Margaret B)

Playing in Round 1 of the Hubert Philips Bowl tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Hard to get the defence right here, we did less badly than others!
4   Partner can do a little better
5   Ops were in the right contract
6   Ops were too ambitious
7   Ops miss-bid and it paid off!
9   I am in the right contract here
12   We need to be in 4, if I don't bid, partner can bid her second suit
17   We were in the right contract
18   Partner didn't play as well as she could here
21   I didn't take the first  trying to set-up more, I need to take the Ace then let them in
22   I didn't get the defence right
24   We pushed Ops too far
24th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge again today

Shopping (with the lit via our new App!) then lunch

After lunch we went to the Tip to get rid of the house stuff we don't want to take with us.  We went as the England match started as we felt most people would be at home - we were right!!!

Although not football fans, we are patriotic and I was pleased to see England win 6-1 (though we missed the middle 4 goals!).

Watched the Tennis final too and not a lot else really!

Waiting for Bridge results, Coventry was up 1 minute after the event finished, still waiting for the Wanborough Cup results - will add some comments when live

Playing at CBC tomorrow in Round 6 of the Monday Championships

I have a manic morning getting my weekly reports and analysis done as well as the monthly chart model for work then:

Collect House Keys

Take car back to Aldershot and get my car back (having paid the damage!)

Collect chairs for the match on Tuesday (thanks Dorothy!)

Get the house ready for the match

Eat dinner

Play Bridge!

23rd June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today but have sorted out some partnerships and a little admin

We have cleared the house today of all things we don't want to take with us as well as a bit of a clean and tidy

Will go to the tip tomorrow to dispose of quite a bit!

The rest of the day has been relaxing watching TV and films and Pizza!

Another day off for us tomorrow but good luck to those playing in events:

Wanborough Cup


County Teams Final

22nd June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 1 of the Accumulator Cup

We defended well but I didn't play too well, some bidding could be better too.

Vee had a fun night but poor score

The next 2 Friday's count as a total for the Accumulator Cup so, not the best start, but can build on 50%

Sorting through the house at the weekend ready for moving next week

The Highs and Lows:

1    We were in the right contract - 1NT (11-14) and I used stayman to exit into any better contract
7   I didn't drop the doubleton Q - I should have done as even if it is wrong, I need to stop the ruff
13   Well bid Ops
16   I was torn between raising partner to 2 or 3, I think I made the wrong choice
17   A competitive auction and I doubled as 4 was likely to be a top if it made so double in case it doesn't
19   Ops were a bit ambitious, I couldn't be sure enough to double but a good score as it was
20   We defended well here, Ops didn't quite get the distribution right and took a few wrong choices (letting me ruff a )
22nd June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

With the house now finalised, I paid the balance owed today.  Looking forward to starting a new life next week now and can finally get excited!

I also paid the removal company this afternoon and had a call about my car, they have done the work but want to test it on Monday so I will be picking up the keys to the new house and getting my car on Monday!!!

We didn't start off brilliantly (though some boards got better by the look of it) but we had a very strong finish (moving from 4th to 1st in the last round!

Partner made some excellent bids and played well too (mostly!)

Playing at YHBC after dinner in Round 1 of the Accumulator Cup

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops played the wrong card on trick 1 by mistake and so partner won with 8 and now can throw a away on the A and lose 1 - well played partner
4   Ops played this perfectly until the end when they let me make the A - their s were now good, unlucky Ops
5   Partner played this well!  Ops didn't take their winner at the start and so 11 tricks made!
6   Ops opened 1 and I bid 1NT (16 with s stopped) - when they bid s again all I could do was double
12   I pushed too hard here, sorry partner
16   Ops lost a  in their hand during the bidding and so supported s in error
19   I need to lead a  at some point here, gave a trick away
22   We defended really well here and ended up taking the last trump out and playing off our winners
23   A little lucky here, I played well cross ruffing the whole hand but a trump lead takes me off
21st June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I had the day off today sorting out all the address changes, moving utilities, TV licence, Council Tax, Electoral register, phones, broadband etc etc - a lot to do but I got it all done!

There was a correction for YHBC on Wednesday which I have now done too (P2P and submitting to the club).

I heard early enough tonight that nobody could get to the club on time so I went early.

"H" let me in and opened up and I then set up the tables and chairs as a few arrived early too to help.

All sorted and no issues.

I stayed at the end with Alan to score and tidy and lock up too.

I was not on form tonight, a shame as partner was!  Sorry partner, you carried us through to a good position though and I will do better tomorrow (1st round of a cup series at YHBC, Vee playing too).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner played this really well and the only player to gain a plus score!
3   Ops doubled for take out and it was left in - I can see why but it didn't work out as my trumps are all over the Ops long suit.  Well done for not trying to "rescue" me partner!
7   We had game points and it says I can make this contract, sorry partner - they defended well though
8   Ops opened light and it got in our way, well bid Ops
10   Ops made a good attempt at game here - I wanted to double but felt they would run to 4 so quietly defeated the contract instead
11   We defended well here, Ops could have end played me though but I think they thought too long and then made the wrong decision
12   Ops made an extra trick here, I think a trump lead may have worked better as it happens
13   Partner invited me to game and I declined - nobody found game though but I did make an extra trick
15   Ops missed the slam here - I should have played another  though to hold it to 11 tricks the way it was played at our table
16   I supported partner after an overcall and hoped that "one, two, that will do" would stand, unfortunately, partner jumped to 4 - I think I should have passed though
17   There's only 11 tricks available here and that's all we let the Ops take - everyone else made 12 - partner was the only one to lead a  though, good lead partner
19   Ops didn't know how to value their hand, not easy as 21HCP with a singleton K and 4-4-1-4 shape - they missed game though
20th June 2018


Playing with a new partner in round 3 of the Beryl Doughty Cup (we are not in this though)

A manic day today, a quick story to lead up to it.............

Last Christmas, we decided we had been in our house long enough.  Parking was becoming tricky, we were out-growing the house, not able to host matches and mortgage quite low.

All things added up to a move!  Nice and easy these days................. Not for us!!!!!

We sold in the first week of January to a lovely family who offered on the spot.  They have been friendly and kind and supportive and flexible, the perfect buyers!!!

We offered on a huge and beautiful house in Ash Vale, over our limit but just about ok.

This was sailing through nicely until the mortgage in principal was reduced by £100k at the last minute and we couldn't now afford it crying

We found a new house in Mytchett and in a lot of ways, a more normal house and perfect for us.  Not much of a chain and plain sailing...........

It took over 3 months to get to exchange with lots of issues, lies, miss-understandings, change of chains etc but.........

We have EXCHANGED!!!!!!

New house next week, complete on Monday but staying on until Thursday 28th due to removal company availability and our buyers are fine to let us stay on the extra few days.

You cannot believe what a stressful time this has been, so relieve we are legally done now and nearly there!

My car needs a new chain on top of the Head Gasket and Cylinder so now close to £1500 to fix it but should be back tomorrow afternoon (I have a courtesy car until it is fixed)

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and had 2 tables, another tie for the top!  He was able to direct as 2 full tables and I saw him helping a few of them, nice to be needed as can be a bit dull if they simply play!

We had a good night tonight, a few rare auctions where things were not discussed but we dealt with them and Tony is a very good player, we both enjoyed it tonight and only made 1 or 2 mistakes between us.

Well done Barbara & John, a new pairing and coming together by the looks of it!

Great to see Linda and Pennie do well and Rosalie and Marianne were respectable in the middle.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Ops were too ambitious here and I doubled
2   Ops stopped in the right contract here
8   We were in the right contract here, nobody else was - partner doubled the 1NT overcall and I felt it was takeout (I was wrong though and realised after), still, we would have had a top either way here
9   We couldn't get a good score here but partner's only error for the evening not giving me my ruff to defeat the contract
10   Ops did exactly what they should, others did not
13   I got this wrong, I wanted to bid 3 to probe for NTs, I should have too, sorry partner
16   We found the major fit here and partner made an extra trick getting the right to throw a  away
17   We stopped in the right contract here, I used stayman to find a major fit and it worked well
23   We got the defence just right here, I needed partner to get in and play a , I found the only entry and was really pleased when partner worked out I must want a  (not the  back!), well done partner
19th June 2018


Another day of frustration - again, we had news that they were now ready to exchange.  An hour later and we found out someone in the chain doesn't have enough money for their deposit so we couldn't exchange!!!

Following that, no news about what happens next

No news on my car either

I nearly didn't go to badminton but was glad I did, won 7 out of 9 (losing 21-19 on both games I lost).

As I have a home match (Bridge, Hubert Philips Bowl) next Tuesday, I felt I needed a backup plan and our YHBC Chairman has kindly offered to host for us if needed, very kind of him, thanks Alan!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow with a new partner as Vee hosts the Improvers

18th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We started to Exchange on our house this morning and then all went quiet - I had a call in the afternoon saying there was a delay further up the chain (first we knew of any more in the chain!!!)

Very frustrating!

Tonight was generally good, a few errors and some Ops doing well but generally we did ok.

Nice and pleasant throughout and we get on well as a pair.

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I played this well, everything went away on the s
4   I should have bid 2 not double, sorry partner.  I think partner could have taken the double out though an then I bid 2, possibly both wrong here!
8   Ops didn't finesse my K and didn't ruff a
14   Partner did well to make an extra trick here
17   I played this well
18   Ops didn't take the  finesse and were a little too high here
20   We were in the right contract and made what we should, others made more though
22   A phantom sacrifice here, sorry partner
23   Ops bid and made what they should, others did not!  Harder on a  lead but a major is normally a better lead
17th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner and friends in the Berks & Bucks Swiss Teams

Better than yesterday and 2 wins, not a great day though and we felt for our team mates who had almost no hands to bid all day.

We had a pleasant day and good food and nice of Richard to drive us all.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4   I opened a weak 2 and partner is on lead.  I am unlikely to hold anything outside my suit as an entry so I think a lead is better here and we defeat the contract
13   Ops missed game here
22   Ops missed game here
34   Partner made a good lead, then when she won K, switched suits, I didn't realise AQ was stiff in declarers hand and so lost my J and they made the contract
41   I thought for ages and then made the wrong decision, I should have played A and ruffed a , trumps out and back to the s then lose 1 , sorry all
16th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Berks & Bucks Swiss Pairs

Our worst session ever, now winning a match, will be better tomorrow

I provided the lunch though which was nice and partner dropped me off at a pub in Heckfield for a friends 40th and was great to catch up with some of friends, Vee joined me too (nice also as I hadn't seen him all day too!)

Great to see Alan & Nick do well, John & Philip too

Playing at Windsor in the Swiss Teams tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

21   I was allowed to play in the right contract and made what I should
30   Ops were too ambitious here
33   Partner played well here, Ops had 5 s and she played well to take enough tricks before letting him have the last few!
42   We took down a good contract here as Ops didn't;t notice me ruff a !
49   I made an extra trick here by getting the s right, amazed nobody else did
15th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Our worst night to date (I think!) - not much worked I'm afraid.

Not many tops or bottoms though, just consistently under par

Playing at Windsor in the Swiss Pairs tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

7   I played the A first, if I just play a small , I can then trap the J
11   I did well here just because I wasn't doubled or pushed to the 5 level, it was unlucky not to make but mirror red suits!
14   We had learnt our lesson by this board and didn't race off to 6NT, partner did well to make an extra trick
21   The grid says 9 tricks are all that are there, but, if partner ducks the  on trick 2, I think 10 tricks are there
15th June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a good day today.  The car needs a new cylinder too so another £1000 or £250 to get it skimmed (I have gone for the cheaper option).

No news on the house either and bridge today was not amazing either!

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1   I played this well - Ops held up on the A and so never made it
3   Partner did well to make the 9th trick here, we also stopped Ops finding game with the weak jump overcall which I raised
4   Partner bid up to 3NT but I didn't think it wise with my shape so bid the correct 4 contract
5   Ops missed game here, we defended well to hold them to 9 tricks anyway though
6   I opened weak and partner went straight to blackwood, if she bids 2NT, we get to stop in 4 (I made an extra trick but couldn't make 2 extra tricks)
9   My 3 showed the majors..........
10   We were the only pair in game here, thanks to partner continuing the bidding, well bid partner
16   I need my  returned here for a ruff
18   Partner must pass 2 here
20   I was too pushy here, it has a chance, but not if they take their aces on trick 1 and 2!
23   I opened 1NT (slightly light) and after the double, partner must bid her lowest 4 card suit as so few points, not pass
24   I doubled Ops 1NT and then we double anything else they bid, we defended well too
14th June 2018



Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Our first session playing precision (in FULL!!!)

The system was fine, we remembered it really well (all things considered) - I announced a Texas transfer incorrectly then realised my error.  Partner bid after a penalty double (not system issue really!) and I opened light with my weak 2s (knowingly though).

Our defending was really good throughout and I think my play was fine - not partner's best night if honest but he had a long day and a lot to do with the system (writing, reading, printing and learning).

I really enjoyed the challenge and was good to get most of it right - shame our play didn't quite match up but it's a learning curve and will make more dates to keep trying and working it all out.

Tops or bottoms on almost every hand so s lot to do and watching the final of the Best Home Cook (our friend Philip is in the final!!!)

Car is going to cost me £900 to fix (and not worth trading it in so I have no choice).

House is still not exchanged and now found out the Removal company cannot do the 25th if we do move then

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I opened 1NT with 2 doubletons here but my s were good.  I played this just right - lucky not to have a lead though
2   I played well here
3   Texas transfer opened here and I agree with it.  Only 9 tricks on though, shame
4   We defended well here but Ops were in the right contract - we do better to bid 3s but not if they double us!
6   Not a good double here partner - better to leave them in 3s......
7   Ops got too high here and I doubled, we defended this really well too
9   Ops got carried away here and partner doubled
10   I opened light here but it was a good sacrifice - I played well to only go 1 off too
11   Ops can play better here, we got lucky - passive defence worked well here
12   All I had to do was hold up the to round 3 and the suit is blocked, careless play, sorry partner
13   Ops didn't get the s right and we defended passively for a good score
14   Ops got a bit carried away here
17   We were the only pair in the right contract
19   We did as we should but most made this (it cannot be made though)
20   Ops missed the slam and s score better if not in the slam
21   Well bid Ops
24   Cross with partner here, he knows we have an 8 card  fit and he ignore me and keeps bidding his s, not good partner
13th June 2018


1 Day until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I was promoted to National Master today, it has taken a while but am pleased to have made it!  Rankings for YHBC members can be seen HERE

We had a solid session tonight, some luck, some gifts, but generally we did well.  I messed up the last hand as I hadn't realised that 1, 1, 1, 1 was natural - drat.  We would have won without that error.

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and had 3 tables but a main group player was held up and couldn't make it so Bobbi played with Andy in the main group and Vee then went through the hands with the sit out pair.

This actually worked out quite well as he was able to help each pair as they sat out and went through each hand with them (bidding and play).

The Improvers had a 3 way tie at the top tonight!

The house is still not exchanged, my car is in the garage and testing proved no fault (there IS a fault!!!!), I also asked them to give me a price for exchanging the car too and they forgot!!!  They said they will call me in the morning.

Uploaded BBL AGM minutes and Committee minutes later tonight too

Playing at CBC tomorrow and my first session using Precision......!

The Highs and Lows:

1   I think I should have doubled here but fortunately, our defending was good enough to cope with not doubling
2   I got this wrong, also tried to back out and couldn't - sorry partner
5   We were the only pair playing EW, doubled too.
8   An extreme hand here where top NS was 5x making and EW was 5x making - fortunately, we were the right end of this!  Ops could have got a ruff to take it off
9   I had a lucky lead here and I got it right too.
14   How do we find 6 here?  We settled quite happily for the result on the night but for a congress, perhaps this needs some thought
17   Ops were too ambitious here, they played well to only go one off though
22   Ops bid too high and I doubled, we got the defence right too
23   Lucky here, Ops didn't lead a  and freely played the A for me
12th June 2018


2 Days until Precision

Worked from home today and a lot going on, worked a bit later too as was home!

Vee made a Veg Lasagne tonight which was yummy!

Frustrated with car, house, bridge and my cat (Nemo not well but picking up at last) and I took it out on the court tonight, I was a fierce player tonight!!!

Suffering now though, ache all over and still hot after a shower!

Taking my car to garage first thing tomorrow and we hope to exchange on the house too (will see if that happens!)

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

11th June 2018


3 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I drove to work this morning as only 1 mile from home but there was a trail behind me as I parked up and no water again.

Booked the car in on Wednesday morning though I may just trade it in.

I am lucky I can work from home tomorrow so only one journey to Aldershot to do.  I drove Vee's car to bridge tonight.

We should be exchanging on our House on Wednesday and move in on Monday 25th June - will wait and see if it happens this time!

We had a good night tonight, just a few blips by me cost us a win but a good score.

Margaret and I stayed at the end to go over locking and opening each door and gate and setting the alarm etc.  Val is on holiday now so we are backups!

I played North and West tonight but Bridgewebs doesn't cope with this option, have asked them about modifying the view.  Also spotted a strange "Partner?" in the calendar too, also asked about this as I cannot find a setting to fix it!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2   Partner played really well here to make the extra trick - a  lead makes it tricky I think
7   Ops ruffed low by mistake so I made my over-ruff - we had defended well to take this one off which would have been a good score any way though
11   Ops got a little ambitious here and I was mean and doubled, I managed to end play declarer in dummy too, sorry Ops
14   I made an extra trick here by getting the s away on the s
17   We missed 3NT here, not easy though
18   I didn't count my hand properly and when I realised I had 20 points, I tried to make it right and failed - I then went off more than I needed to trying to make it - sorry partner
20   I found the only lead to let Ops make this, sorry partner
23   Ops missed the 3rd in their hand so didn't support to the major fit, unlucky Ops
24   Good bidding here, I bid s and jumped in s and partner then looked and we found the slam - not the easiest to make but ruffing out the s gets us 12 tricks
10th June 2018

Surrey League Final:

4 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner and my Team Mates in the Surrey Division 2 League Final.

We did shopping and got food for the team and then Vee took me to Alan's where we all met up.  Margaret kindly drove us all as my car is not trusted at the moment.

I was given 3 cases of boards to take with us and waited at the end to return them (passing back to Trevor on Wednesday).

Our team mates did quite well but we let them down, sorry all.

Not our finest effort today.

There was no lunch break either, we just had to eat where we could, not ideal and with loads of food, we just didn't eat a lot of it, so, dinner tonight!

Geoff's team did well in the Division 3 Final only losing one match but there was a clear winner there.

Playing and scoring at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1:  Lost 1-19
10   Our first hand of the day and partner got a little carried away with her hand here
12   Partner was right to double here but we defended poorly, Ops played a from dummy and I have the top left, partner must not ruff here
Match 2:  Drew 10-10
17   I over valued my hand here, sorry all
18   Ops pushed too hard and I doubled here.  There was a small incident too, Ops called for "A diamond" and then wanted to change their mind and ask for the Ace, we called the director and they agreed that the a small Diamond must be played.  We could have got one more trick here with a  ruff but partner thought it would be over ruffed
Match 3:  Lost 7-13
25   Ops missed game here


9th June 2018

Oxford Swiss Pairs:

5 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in Oxford's Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

Not our finest efforts today, we both were a bit off and, in some ways, not surprising considering the start.......

I picked Nick up at 10am and drove down to Oxford - unfortunately, my car started flashing up warning lights and so we pulled off at Chievely services to have a look.

The engine was smoking, and everything was really hot, no oil and no water left!!!  We filled up the oil and water and I carried on to Oxford (driving slowly and carefully).

We made it there but looked again and no water in the 30 minute journey to the venue!  We were both shaken up by this journey and I think it did damage our moods and thinking.

My declarer play and bidding was the main thing that let us down today but partner was not shining either (though was on better form than me mostly!).

We had a tough start and some awful hands to deal with and then carried on in round 2 and 3!!!  Before the break we played 2 young boys (both under 12) and they looked depressed.

It was tough going for them and they lost the first 3 matches 20-0, we also won 20-0 against them and we felt so bad for them.  We had a lot of luck and they did well on most hands against us until a crucial card on each, of all the pairs we played, we both felt it would have been nice to have them win - we just couldn't do anything wrong and offered them advice and congratulations on the bits they did well.

We won the next 20-0 too and the last match 11-9, so 3 wins out of the day.  Not great but, all considered, a good effort!

Playing in the Surrey League Division 2 Final tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1:  Lost 0-20
1   I didn't agree with partner's bidding here and we got into the wrong contract
5   Ops got a bit carried away here and we got the defence spot on
6   This is very hard to make and Ops defended perfectly, a lot did make it though
Match 2:  Lost 2-18
9   We needed to push on here (and defend better!)
10   A great double here, unfortunately I didn't switch to a trick 2 as partner asked me too, sorry partner
11   I bid 4 here when Ops had stopped in 4, if I just pass we get a good score!
12   We defended well here holding this to 8 tricks
Match 3:  Lost 4-16
15   I did well to make 8 tricks, unfortunately I needed 9!!!
17   Partner can play better here.....
20   Ops mis-claimed here and the error was not throwing a high from his hand so he couldn't get to dummy for the rest of the tricks, one off I'm afraid
Match 4:  Won 20-0
22   We were in the right contract making the right number of tricks here, not many others did - partner got the timing of the s perfect to make it though
23   Ops didn't lead their A and partner threw my other on the to make 12 tricks
25   I am so lucky at times, I was forced into a nightmare 3NT, I cannot get to my hand at all here!!!!  Fortunately, Ops lead a !!!  I then saw 4 s thrown away and so I claimed all 13
26   Partner got everything right here under pressure from the opening lead
Match 5:  Won 20-0
30   Ops missed game here
31   Partner made a brave overcall here with 6 points but it allowed us to find the right game
33   Hard to find game here, not many did.  Partner did well simply making more tricks than most (only 2 others made 11 tricks!).  I commented at the time that he played this brilliantly
34   Partner opened 1 (announced by me as "could be short"), Ops then bid 2NT (announced as s and s) - they jumped to 4 and we all were mystified and reserved our rights.  The director then came and we discover the bid was meant as the minors - we play and then the director comes back and allows us to amend the contract to 4 doubled - we did this in a nice way and Ops commented how well I handled this, I hate calling the director and tried my best to be nice
Match 6:  Lost 2-18
37   Why did I bid here, even I don't know!!!  I should simply double the Ops 2, sorry partner
40   Partner didn't take his A to take this off
41   Ops were in the right contract but we defended perfectly here getting a cross ruff going before Ops could get going
42   Ops need to push on with their s but ours didn't!
Match 7:  Won 11-9
47   I felt we were losing the match and took a flier on the slam here, not to be!  The only makeable slam seems to be 6, sorry partner
8th June 2018


6 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I didn't have time to eat beforehand so had a kitkat and packet of crisps and then on to bridge!

Found out it is is partner's Birthday tomorrow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barbara!!!  Alan announced it too (she went red!)

We had a steady session today with some excellent hands and not many bad ones, a nice birthday present for Barbara!

Playing at Oxford tomorrow in their Swiss Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

4   10 tricks are available here but nobody else made it, Ops could make 5 though (the Brown(e)s made 5 doubled!!!)
6   Ops pushed too high here, I think North needs to double 2 rather than bidding a suit to keep the level down.  We did defend well too
11   Ops played away from their K and I won with the Q to make the extra trick needed here
15   Ops didn't find game and we defended well to hold it to 10 tricks
16   Well bid partner, supporting ms s over your long s was great - I cannot see how we find the slam but nobody else made 12
17   I was cautious here and didn't bid 4 as partner had said nothing, this proved to be wise as we go down lots in anything!  We then defended well to defeat a makable 4
23   Partner's only real blunder, need to start the s earlier to make the 9th trick
8th June 2018 (Afternoon)


6 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Dorothy returned our container, filled with sugared almonds!!!  Thanks very much

Not good today and still no news on the house either, grumpy angry

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1   Partner got Key Card wrong here so we didn't find the right contract - 3 Key cards and the Q for us is simply 5 (we cannot show the Q), not easy though
3   Ops bid and made what they should
4   Ops missed NTs here
5   I found the wrong lead here, sorry partner
10   We didn't find the s
11   Ops psyched here opening with the West hand, they are allowed to do it but leaves a bad taste.  partner didn't switch to a  on my high card to take them off either
12   Ops cached the A freely here, must leave the guard in place - we then got the s right and took this 3 off
13   I upgraded this to 11HCP as I had 5s and it worked well here
15   3 is not a great contract but I pre-empted here and not sure partner should try and rescue
17   Ops pushed too hard here and we got the defence right
19   I played this very badly, sorry partner
20   Partner should be one off here if play high on trick 1
21   Ops bid and made what they should
23   A good sacrifice here (not doubled either)
7th June 2018


7 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Thursday Championships

Great to see Margaret and Margaret doing well again, great score tonight!

We are now 2nd in the series but it's close and a lot have not played 6 yet so we have a bit of work to do really.

Tonight was nearly a great night but we fell short on a few boards and didn't quite get on the same page a few times.

We are playing together on Saturday in Oxford's Swiss Pairs so was a good practice and a few things came up which was useful.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   We are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
3   We didn't find the slam but it is a very tight one and the pairs who bid it went on - partner did well to make 12 tricks I think, end playing West 3 cards from the end
4   We have 3NT here missing 4 Aces, very hard to find!  I don't know why I didn't double here though, not like me!  Good score though
6   I played well here but Ops got the timing of the wrong enabling me to lose the last  and run the s
9   We pushed Ops by bidding 5, lucky not to be doubled here
15   I pushed too hard here, sorry partner
17   We managed to make an extra trick here as Ops let us make 2s
20   Partner tried to make this contract but settling for one off would have been better as Ops defended really well.  Not easy here
6th June 2018


8 Days until Precision

Playing with a now regular partner in a regular club session

I had a message from Simon this afternoon saying he was stuck in traffic and could I find a partner for Charlotte - I managed to fix her up with the Director and they did well, all were pleased!

We didn't have a great session tonight, mainly my play but like to think Ops did well against us rather than me being bad!

Vee was hosting the Improvers at YHBC tonight but we had 2 half tables and nobody wanted to move into the Main group so Vee and Val played in the Main group.  They were middling and ok %.

The Improvers were 3 tables again and good to see Barbara & Gillian back on form (bidding a Grand Slam too!) as well as Carole and Ann doing well.

Good to see Margaret & Keith and Geoff & Frances do well at Woking this afternoon

The house is still not exchanged, we are both getting cross now!

Playing at CBC tomorrow in round 6 of the Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

2   Ops are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
3   We play lebensohl, after Ops interfered with our 1NT I wasn't sure if I should bid 2NT asking partner to bid 3 or bid it direct as a forcing bid - I decided I was good enough with my void to bid it direct and we found the right contract
6   We defended well here
8   Ops found a pair that are willing to use penalty doubles at the 2 level and they had no escape
10   Ops tried to get in the way after my strong opening, not a good idea this time
12   Ops pushed me up too far, good bidding Ops
13   Ops in the right contract making the right number of tricks
16   I meant my double as take out here but fortunately we defended well and had a good score from it, phew!
18   Ops can do better here, partner found the best lead though
21   Ops did as they should but I would have been better passing 1NT
24   I cannot make this but enough did to make the score bad for us
5th June 2018


9 Days until Precision

A lot going on today, forecasts at work and house frustrations - the Sellers say they are ready to exchange but their Solicitor says they need a week or so, we are aiming to move on the 18th so cannot wait a week or so!!!

More news tomorrow I hope!

Badminton was really good tonight, I played well and won most games - we had 8 visitors tonight too, really packed!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

4th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I was scorer tonight and the movement went wrong due to the pads being placed on the wrong tables (not me!), then wrong again as the missing pair was now wrong, and wrong again as I was told the wrong table again!

Still, we got through it and all worked after that and scored it the end using Sylvia's hotspot (as my phone didn't want to play!)

We had a good night until the last round where we got 2 zero's, still, in the points and above average.

Partner was on good form tonight, I messed up a few times

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   We stopped Ops getting to dummy after the first 2 s and defended passively to wait for the tricks
2   Ops made an odd lead and then didn't take their A
11   A bad double from me here but it paid off somehow
13   Ops were in the right contract (through a bidding misunderstanding!)
15   Partner got everything right here making an extra trick with the s
22   Partner made an extra trick as Ops didn't attack the s
23   Partner played brilliantly but unfortunately, 1 step too far
24   I wish I hadn't bid my s here, a  lead is the natural lead from partner and then we defeat 3NT, sorry partner
3rd June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Richmond's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs

I drove today and we had an easy run and parked easily, Margaret kindly provided a great lunch too.

We had a few issues to start where I made a forcing bid and it was passed and then a few defending issues which cost us the first match.  A few more issues later, mainly defence again and it was a tough day.

We won 2 matches so not all lost and some bits were really good.

Our friends also won 2 matches each (Colin & David and Penny & Susan, they drew one too).  We all found it quite tough.

As a lot of hands played and the bad ones we already know about, just the good bits below!

Playing (and scoring) at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

7   I got the s right here as well as the s - all just worked here
8   I played well here getting each finesse right until the end where the K failed but he had to lead straight back to my hand - Ops never touched the s!
12   We defended well here making an extra trick
13   Ops set up the s perfectly, then forgot to take them, as soon as she called for the she went, "oh no"
19   A good sacrifice by Ops but not many bid game our way
31   This looked like a good sacrifice by Ops but we don't make 4s
32   Ops could have settled for 1 off here but tried to make the contract and so we took it 2 off as the finesse fails, unlucky Ops
33   Lucky here, this should have been a good sacrifice by the Ops but fortunately not many bid 4s our way
47   Partner opened 1 and I bid 2, then 3 from partner and now I know at least 5s so we have a fit and with my shape, I think a slam maybe there - I get the wrong answer and back out.  5 is all that is there but partner plays the s perfectly and sets up the hand to make 12, great play partner
2nd June 2018


No bridge today but some more bridge admin for the BBL and some house chores.

I forgot to unhold my diary entry for yesterday afternoon (again!), I am getting old sad now visible though

I went to the Cinema with one of my lodgers (who works at the Cinema!), free tickets and reduced food and drink, nice!

Vee dropped us off and picked me up after the film which was really kind (he is not a Star Wars fan).

The film was not really a Star Wars episode and it wouldn't detract from it if you didn't know the saga but it was an amazing film just as it is - really enjoyed it and worth seeing.

Playing in the Richmond Swiss Pairs event tomorrow (it is at Capacity too)

1st June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We had 9 tables tonight (including 2 of our Improvers who held their own with an acceptable score and did some great things, it's all experience).

We had a roller-coaster night which left us just on a positive (not for NGS but in terms of %).  Good fun and a good learning curve for us too, we had a lot of fun tonight even when it didn't work!

A really close session to be honest, although 5th, we were not far off top, 1 more top and 1 less bottom and it's a win, so not bad really!

Lovely to see Charlotte again too, she visited once before and I put her with Simon (they won last time), they hit it off so much that they tried again tonight (with Simon travelling back from London and Charlotte from France!!!) - they won again too, well done both!

Although he didn't play, Vee won at Bridge tonight too, he made our old Bridge table good with a new baize!!!

Cinema tomorrow to see Solo

The Highs and Lows:

2   We had a slight error in bidding here and I was virtually pushed into 6NT.  I opened 2 planning to re-bid 2NT (19-20), partner jumped to 3 showing a positive bid and honours in s (not necessarily long s).  I bid my 5 card suit now and partner bids 4.  Now, I think there is AK and long s (I have AK) so I think we may have a chance at a slam.  I ask and am told 1 Ace but now cannot sign off so I bid 6NT hoping we don't have AK against us.  dummy goes down and partner says "I should have bid 4" - correct!!!  Still, no  lead and s discarded on the long s and 13 tricks made, phew!
5   We didn't find the switch here, sorry partner, my fault
10   Ops got the s wrong and having been forced in s to remove their trumps, this was costly
12   Ops didn't find the s and so I threw them away on the s having got the K right
19   Well bid Ops
20   Ops opened 3 here, I think it is too strong to open 3 and I would open it 1.  South then jumped to 3NT and we quietly took this off with a superb lead from partner
21   Ops used Gerber and bid showing 1 Ace but South thought it was 2 Aces, partner played High on my Ace lead so we found the first 3 s
23   Sorry partner, phantom sacrifice - I think you can double the 4 though to stop me bidding
26   Partner played this brilliantly and Ops didn't find the ruff
1st June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A fun session today and an amazing start (we started with Board 5) but it tailed off a bit (largely Ops doing well).

We defended well today which is normally our weakest point.

Great to see John back today (shame the score wasn't so good but a scratch pairing is always hard).

Another bridgepad glitch today but we spotted it and sorted it out between us.

Playing after dinner at YHBC tonight

The Highs and Lows:

3   We need to let Ops play here but partner jumped to 2 (weak), I decided to rescue as had no s (I think it was the right decision) but sill not good
6   Ops pushed too far here and my s came good in the end
8   Ops were a little ambitious here but we needed to defend well to take it off
9   Partner excelled here, got everything right and timed each card perfectly, well done!
10   Ops were too ambitious here and I was mean, sorry Ops
19   Partner can play better here really, from my viewpoint, I think she thought the last  was good and so lost tempo
22   A poor double here but fortunately Ops let me ruff a  to take this off
31st May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the End of Season Pairs

Not a bad night really but we suffered with Ops bidding well against us when others didn't!

Some great things and bad things ourselves too.

Well done Margaret B & Margaret W a creditable 4th!

We has our team photo taken as Margaret W and the rest of us lined up for the shield - I was given a bottle of wine for setting up the website too which was very kind of them

I loaded the results tonight and linked to CBC and YHBC too (as well as updating the BBL site, adding the winners names and a note on the home page - also updated the CBC Rota, 7 tables there tonight which was good considering we had 2 tables worth of CBC players).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Well played Ops
2   I bid my s twice, didn't think I could go to game on my own
6   Hard to find 7 (though Bruce & Jennie did!) but was pleased to make 6NT, odd that Ops let my finesse work then I took the A and crashed the last 2 s on each other, lucky
10   I should be 1 off, I got the s wrong here
11   Ops got the bidding wrong here
18   Well played partner, lucky the Ops didn't take their 3rd  though
19   Partner had a tough decision on the s, the finesse was needed but hard to know
20   Sorry partner, I should have left the Ops in 2s
21   Hard to bid game here but partner did well bidding NT and played well too
24   Ops missed game and we defended well here
26   The matrix says I can only make 8 tricks but I had a play for 9 and dismissed it, sorry partner
30th May 2018


Playing with a now regular partner in a regular club session

I feel much better today, I think sweating it out at Badminton last night really helped.

We had a night of tops and bottoms (some were extreme!!!) - overall, partner played brilliantly, made 1 defensive error (lead against 3NT) and the rest were my judgements that were off.  A fun night and above average overall.

Very tight at the top NS in the main group, Colin & Jill were miles ahead our way (well done both, Colin is now cementing his Ace!!!).

Great to see Marianne and Rosalie doing well in the main group, settled in nicely!

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and there was 3 tables again, another huge score for Sue and Rob, well done both!

We had some news on the house today, the people buying the vendors Dad's house pulled out this morning!  This could have been horrific but we think it actually adds some closure to this now as the vendors are going to honour the sale and move into their Dad's house.  We don't have full news as yet and not sure if they are still buying the house they want, we wish them well and hope all works out for them (they have a lovely family) but our first priority is our own family and so, with a bit of luck, we will know this week and hope to exchange ASAP now.  We are all still heading for Monday 18th June to move in and they have answered our queries too.

Playing at Finchampstead tomorrow in the BBL end of Season Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

1   Good bidding Ops, not much we could do here - played well too, if they take the doomed  finesse we take it off but they don't need it and Ops worked it out well
3   Well done for bidding game Ops
4   The board was switched round here, this was actually partner playing and she much better than I would have done, well done partner!
6   I am too pushy at times, sorry partner
7   Ops got too high, I should have doubled really but felt we had a good score without making them feel bad
8   I should have passed 2NT here, sorry partner
11   We gave a trick away with the s but I think we should have taken the trumps out
13   I could have lost 1 more trick here but no lead
14   Partner bid and made what was there, others defended poorly.  However, playing towards the K would have generated 1 more trick
15   Ops revoked here giving me 2 tricks back, to be fair, without the revoke I had made 4s which was a top also so in a way, I am glad it made no difference - Ops tried to let me rule at the table and got upset with me when I refused and said the Director has to be called - it wasn't anything detrimental, just the fact that Directors are there to direct and must be called
17   Ops bid over my NT, I am not allowing the Ops to play at the 2 level where possible so I double for T/O and Ops get pushed up a level, this is competitive bidding
18   I jumped in s then bid s, as we use Michaels, I cannot have 5s or I would have shown this, I think partner needs to correct to 5s but still a bad score, I must pass 4s, sorry partner - still, it was good to come up for the theory of what partner doesn't bid, good learning point
20   Some made 6 here but in theory, Ops can take 2s - we got the defence just right here, sorry Ops
21   An impossible contract made, great play partner!!!  Well done throwing the away on the ruff and discard given by Ops
22   I bid s partner.......!
23   Pass out to partner, I feel 2 is the bid here but Benji is new to partner so she opened 4 - I look at my hand a quickly jump to 6 as I have a 7 loser hand
24   I opened 3 here (our card says 6 card suit) and partner bid 3NT, I considered taking this out as my suit was not great but then thought "Top or Bottom", partner played brilliantly and Ops missed the  signal so 9 tricks rolled in, well done partner
29th May 2018


Still not feeling great (seems to drag on these days) but a busy day at work, then dinner and badminton.

No more news on the house which is frustrating.

Lost my first game 21-19 tonight then won the rest (though it cost a lot in strength!) - on the final game I smashed and got it slightly wrong which twinged through my arm - I played through it though but that was my last game so finished early just after 10pm.

It was really humid tonight too so feel drained now!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

28th May 2018


A nice gathering today at the Monkey Puzzle for a friend's 40th (another friend who I have known since I was 11).

A few drinks and the heat made me a little tired (also, I am getting old!).

Mushrooms on toast with a stilton sauce when home

Spent time today to read Reese (Precision) too, now I need to re-read it whilst making notes!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

27th May 2018


Shopping in the morning then lunch and cleaning the house (not easy in the heat for me!)

We then decided to walk to my Dad's (only 10 - 15 minutes but in the heat, I was feeling it towards the end).

We had a lovely time with my Dad and Niece and Great Niece and then a huge roast beef (vegetable pie for Vee) with all the trimmings and huge home made Yorkshires - yummy!

Lemon Meringue for pudding too and a bottle of wine!

Home just before 7pm when our friends arrive ready for Poker.

We play 3 games, the first game was nip and tuck and lasted a while with us all in for most of it, our friend Andrew won that game

Then Vee won a game (he had a great start then was deadly quiet for most of the game until he pounced at the end!)

The last game I nearly went out but came back and doubled up when I took Vee out and then went on to win with 2 lucky hands (one we calculated the odds and was a 3% chance to win, I had K and 3 and our friend Boz had A and 9).

The flop came down 9, 8, 9 (so I had nothing and Boz had trip 9's, 3% chance to win the hand) - next card was the 5 so I now had 18% chance to hit a and win (but not the A which would give Boz a full house).  The last card was the 2 so I win with a flush!!!!  Amazing luck but I'll take it to win the game!

All played in great spirits with really good banter

Drinks at the Monkey Puzzle tomorrow for a friends 40th birthday

26th May 2018

Social Bridge:

Cash and Carry in the morning to get some bulk supplies then lunch and off to Les & Jennie for social bridge.

24 hands playing 8 with each partner - really good fun and nice to see them again (it has been a while!).

Jennie won by miles with a good last round and Les was second (despite going off 1700 for 5X minus 6!!!!)

We had Proseco and Bellini cocktails (not me) and a nice lemon tart and coffee and a long chat after too - lovely day.

Home for a take away and watching the Horne Section (recorded from Thursday)

Meal at my Dad's with my Niece and Great Niece then Poker with friends tomorrow

25th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a great night, partner didn't show me his points a few times and I miss-played a 5 contract as well as a few sacrifices that didn't pay off!

Playing social bridge tomorrow with friends

The Highs and Lows:

8   Whoooooopppppssssss!!!!!!
11   Ops were too ambitious here but had a small system malfunction
12   I played well here but Ops need to hold up the A to stop me making use of the long s
14   Well bid partner, the grand is very hard to bid and needed 2 finesses to work (which they did)
17   This could have been made, unlucky partner
25th May 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I worked from home today as still feel run down.

We had a poor start today and I made some poor judgements, partner didn't count the s which were key to a 4 contract and didn't take A on one hand to give me a ruff, some others were good though

So pleased to see Tricia back after a long absence, welcome back

Great to see Margaret & Dorothy top today with a huge score!

Nice to see Jean & Bobbi doing well too (Colin & Angela were ahead of us too but their last score knocked them down)

More GDPR from a few more members forms at CBC - this should now be done by the members by logging in and making their own choices.

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2   I chose the wrong slam here, sorry partner
4   Ops didn't draw trumps so I got a ruff in - this score was omitted from the original file but I have added it late tonight
5   I should have settled for one off but tried to make the contract
6   Ops carried on with the s rather than a  switch so 12 tricks made, well done partner
10   I think we were in the right contract here but it just doesn't make, someone did though!
13   Partner played well here, lucky not to get forced in s
14   Ops didn't find game but did play well, we needed to take our s
15   Ops were too ambitious here
16   I was too ambitious here but made more tricks than most
19   Ops played well here but were in the wrong contract
20   We were in the right contract here, I wanted to cue 4 over Ops opening 3 but wasn't sure if partner would understand that it asked for a major so I simply bid both suits
23   I was lucky not to get a  return here when South got in
24th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I didn't feel great today and just felt washed out, I didn't cancel bridge as hadn't played with my partner for a while and we are playing next week in an event.

I didn't make the right choices a lot and early on I made 2 terrible errors, sorry partner.

Great to see the Margaret's do well tonight

I have cleansed the members only areas on CBC and YHBC today and caught up with the paper forms for CBC tonight too.  If you now log in using the members only area on either site (I can set a password for you if you can't recall or haven't set one up), the tabs at the top in the main section now show the account where you can amend your settings and details (save top left after) and then there are tabs to show members details and committee pages (only visible if you are a committee member).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I found the right lead here, we take the first 4 tricks on a lead
2   Ops didn't finesse partner's Q
4   I was lucky here, Ops couldn't exit with a in the end so the s were set up ready to throw my loser away - if Ops delay taking the A though, I cannot make use of the long s
6   Good lead partner, I threw my winning s away in the end though to keep my winning black cards
7   I gave a trick away hoping Ops would finesse to my K so I kept my s and shortened my s - they didn't finesse so I was wrong here
12   I should have discarded both winning s here and kept the s
22   I did well to make the extra trick here, Ops made a mistake with 2 cards to go
23rd May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not our finest session (again), hard to work out what is going wrong but my play was either amazing or terrible and got the bidding wrong too often (though sometimes Ops bid well)

Vee hosted the Improvers at  YHBC tonight and there was 3 tables with Vee directing.  A welcome return to Ian N who came top with Rosalie, well done both.

Vee had no car tonight so Margaret picked him up and took him home, very kind of her.

I also notice we have a new member of the "Ace" club, well done Colin!!!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4   We stopped in the right spot here
5   We missed a trick here
6   Ops in the right contract
7   Unlucky Ops,  I was the only one to double
10   Ops in the right contract here and 9 tricks are on
11   This was actually played by North (not me) and a great sacrifice
12   We did well to be cautious here, although 10 tricks available, very hard to make them
13   We missed game here, partner bid 1, 2 - I think if one of us bids s we will find game
14   Ops discarded the s as I played all the s so only lost the Ace
16   Sorry partner, my fault - not a good sacrifice
17   I have never played worse than this!  I took the  finesse (singleton K won!), even without that, I should go up with the Ace and sort the trumps as this is clearly a distributional hand, sorry partner
22   Ops in the wrong contract
26   Partner never bid the sad
27   Partner got the s wrong here
22nd May 2018


A day off today and I finally updated the members databases for YHBC and CBC ready for the GDPR on the 25th May.

I have updated the settings based on the replies to date for the GDPR forms on each site and the members area on each site now displays the members list with only data authorised for display by the members.

This is only visible by other members by logging in (access via the main menu on each site using EBU number and password, I can set a new password on each site if any member has forgotten or not set one up).

Each member can now modify their settings at any time through their own members page too, there are a set of "Opt In" choices they can complete and then save.

After a homemade stir fry (chicken and veg in sauces with noodles), badminton was really good tonight but won about as many as I lost, more energy though but some tough close games

Playing at Farnham tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

21st May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 5 of the Monday Championships

A busy day at work today and cooked Steak and Chips for dinner, our lodger was very excited!!!

No real house news (again).

The hands have finally been loaded for Saturday's event so the links now work to each hand and our session (see 19th May entry below).

We had a great start tonight with 7 tops out of the first 9 but then it went wrong and I got grumpy, sorry partner.  Still a good score overall but a shame we couldn't maintain the early pace

We are now up to 6th in the Championships but need a few more good scores to challenge

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I did well to make this, not as good as 1400 but still!
4   A good sacrifice here!
6   Poor double here, sorry partner
7   Ops can make 4 and nobody bid it and nobody else made 10
8   Ops can make 2 but I should have taken the first 2 s not switching to a low !
9   Ops got the timing of the s wrong here allowing us the temp to set partner's hand up
14   We needed to be in 4 here or doubling the Ops!
16   We were in the right contract here and the only pair in the room who was, partner played it perfectly too
17   Ops played this well but fortunately, they were in the wrong contract
18   Ops forgot they were in NTs here and so I made my s (good lead partner)
19   We did well to stop in 3 here and partner played it well
21   Ops got a little ambitious here
22   It says we can only make 9 but I think if I had finessed the and thrown my away on the 3rd East ruffs but now their trumps are shortened
23   Ops hadn't realised the s were good so we made our s
24   A tough contract here and only makes if partner ducks the 3rd  when played by East to my 9, almost impossible
20th May 2018

Day Off:

Chores in the morning then nothing for the whole day!  Just relaxed and ordered pizza for dinner.

11pm and starting the analysis for yesterday (results only published tonight)

Playing at CBC tomorrow (Round 5 of Monday Championships)

19th May 2018

Avon GP Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in Avon's Green Pointed Swiss Pairs.

My partner couldn't play (wanted to watch the Royal Wedding and I support that, she had a lovely day and still offered to play if I couldn't find a partner, she's a star!) and so Marion kindly agreed to play (her first Green Point event!).

We got settled in and found our seats and started with 2 friendly and nice guys.  We had a good start and moved up.  The next match we had in the bag until the last hand when I made a blunder!

Won the next 2 before lunch though including a round of me opening at the 4 level or higher on 3 boards and a match against a Grand Master (Chris Cooper, Val's son) where we bid and made 3 slams!  We needed them here though as even with those, we only won 11-9.

I took lunch for us both (and Simon), M&S special!  We had loads to eat and drink all day!!!

After the break we had a small incident and then a match against a pair who were quite unpleasant and took 7 minutes to play a card!  We didn't win any of the last 3 but we both enjoyed the day.

Simon & David had a tough day with strong Ops (lots of Grand Masters!) but were pleased to beat an old rival of Simon's, Roger Sweet - sweet!

So pleased partner enjoyed it and she played brilliantly too.  Many thanks to Simon for picking us all up and driving there and back (a lot in one day).

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Click HERE for our scorecard and each hand number below to view the hand

Match 1: (Won 15-5)
3   Ops sacrificed here but we don't make game (some did, but generally we don't) so 300 was a good score
7   Ops can make 3s and we defended brilliantly to take this 2 off
Match 2: (Lost 7-13)
8   I opened a weak 2 here when I should have opened 1 (rule of 19) and then re-bid s (I was 5/5), sorry partner, this lost us the match
9   Ops sacrificed but we got them off 4 (which we needed to), if they had gone off 3 it would have been a top for them, tight margins in this game
12   A mis-understanding here, I thought partner showed at least 16 for doubling then re-bidding 1NT and so I pushed to game with my 9 points
13   Partner opened strong (2NT), I had 5s and 2 points and transferred to my suit.  Partner was disappointed to not be in game but relieved when dummy went down!  Most didn't make this and partner did (against a VERY strong pair too), well done getting the s right
Match 3: (Won 16-4)
21   I opened 4 here and there was nothing Ops could do.  I played well too
Match 4: (Won 11-9)
22   Sorry partner, I should leave Ops to play in a part score as you had bid weakly and I had a weak hand, my fault here
23   I think I bid well here but partner had to play it against fierce Ops and played well
Match 5: (Lost 3-17)
29   I couldn't cope with a 5 nil trump split (missing AKQ too!) - Ops actually lead out of turn here and the director was called.  He gave all the options rapidly to partner who was flummoxed by the choices and so decided to let the lead stand and for me to play, this was the right decision in the circumstances but it would have been better to keep partner's hand hidden really
33   Ops defended really well here, I have a feeling 3 is a safer contract though
34   Partner played this brilliantly maximising the hand.  Ops could have taken 2 s but partner didn't give them the chance
Match 6: (Lost 2-18)
36   We could have defended better here
38   I should have made this but Ops took 7 minutes to play a card and lost it and threw my hand in, bad behaviour by me here and I should have called the director and not acted as I did, sorry partner
40   Ops were too ambitious here
Match 7: (Lost 6-14)
44   We bid game here, a lot didn't
48   We defended well here to take 3 off, a lot passed the hand out and more made 2 or 3 than didn't
18th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Great to see Margaret & Simon get a huge score, Marion & Patrick too (bodes well for tomorrow!!!) - we had a roller coaster but salvaged an ok score in the end.  Well done Jill & Colin too!

Playing in the Avon Green Point Pairs tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

6   Partner did well here but Ops won trick one, then took AK instead of losing a  and then getting back in with a to make the rest
7   Looks like I should make this, I lost to the doubleton Q, drat!
9   We defended well here
11   Only 3 pairs bid game here, it always makes I think though Ops have 4 tricks in theory
12   I think I missed a trick here but others didn't make 12 either and some made 9 or 10
13   Partner took a gamble here and if I had a  honour it is a good contract, alas.....
14   Ops over-bid here and although I had 3 points, I had a great defending hand and we got it just right
15   I did well to make an extra trick here but could have made 12 tricks if I had crashed Ops K
16   Partner did well here, odd that Ops didn't take the A though
20   Partner played this brilliantly, unfortunately, we should not be declaring on this board!
23   Ops could have defended better here
18th May 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A busy morning at work then on to bridge - looks like we are all pushing for the 18th June for the move date now too, more news Monday I think

We both played ok today, not much that was exceptional (good or bad), just a nice pleasant session.

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2   I think partner can make this by getting the  right but it does say only 6 tricks available - just good defending
3   We got a little carried away here and I went 2 off trying to make the contract, should have settled for 1 off
4   Ops didn't find game
5   We are the only pair playing NS and the only pair in game!  OK, I have 3 points but with partners bidding, this is now a strong hand
6   Unlucky for Ops here, they played the K and called for the A on the same trick, they had bid perfectly and played brilliantly until then, it all went a bit wrong after that.  I said to them that they must forget it as it was perfect other than 1 card and this was the first round, I think they listened as they went on to do well!
8   Well bid Ops
10   I gave Ops a chance to make this by not leading my , we got it back though fortunately
11   I did well to make this, a 3rd for West to ruff or promote a trump takes me off
14   Well bid Ops, I think partner could bid 4 here to push them up but not easy and Ops could just double to get a top if we do!
17th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

No further house news today despite asking again for a date - frustrating but will all come good soon I am sure!

BBL AGM tonight and we sent Alan Coales as our representative to push for reduced number of matches (once per team rather than home and away), will advise once we know the outcome and, as I administer the BBL site, will publish minutes ASAP.

Another tough session with terrible hands to deal with and I was not on form (bidding at least, my play was ok).  We had tops or bottoms on most boards, fortunately the tops out-weighed the bottoms!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Ops took the finesse the wrong way
2   I doubled the 4 contract and partner raised me to game in , I didn't think I could make this but I cross ruffed mainly and got it just right
4   Ops lead gave me the 12th trick as I have to lose a on any other lead, don't lead away from a K or an A in a suit contract unless it is partners suit
8   I made an extra trick here, the lead set-up my winner to get the  away
9   Partner played well here to make this
10   I did well to make 8 tricks here I think
11   Whoops!!!!!!!!!
12   I doubled to show the red suits but I am not strong enough, if I pass, Ops end up in 3 which is much better for us
13   I wanted to double here but felt I may only win 1 trick, Ops didn't finesse the
15   It looks like I should have made 10 tricks here but felt I did well to make 9, nobody made 10 though
16   Ops made 9 tricks as they should, others didn't
17   We are better off leaving Ops in 4 here
18   I wasn't sure what to do here but ended up doubling with my shape and it paid off
21   We were in the correct contract and I played it as I should
23   I let the 2nd  win and ruffed the 3rd, wrong way round! 
16th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session that is also round 2 of the Beryl Doughty Cup

Vee hosted the Improvers with 3 tables and won the session with a good Improver, well done both!

Great to see Jean & Bobbi doing so well tonight, well done both!

We had a good night too, a few mis-understandings but generally good and really enjoyed the session.  Marion has also agreed to partner me on Saturday in the Bath Green Point Pairs event, thanks for stepping in!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2   A good double but I played well here to make it, sorry Ops
3   Not many in game and some went off, partner made 11 tricks superbly!
6   Ops were in the wrong contract and we defended well
7   A mis-understanding here, at the start of the session we took out all complex doubles so when partner doubled 2 I took it as take out.  Partner meant it as a take out to 3 and I thought it was a normal take out!
9   I had a bit of help here but the s were useful to throw away the losers and squeeze the Ops
10   We were the only pair in the slam that made it, though 12 tricks are always there and a lot did make it
12   Partner played brilliantly here and even if Ops had ruffed with the Q when they should, it would not have changed the %
16   I only had 4 points but decided any contract would be better than 1 so I bid 1, partner jumped to 3!!!!  I couldn't go up but we had a good score for being in s
17   Partner played well here making an extra trick throwing away 2s on the s
22   I bid 2 after the double to stop Ops bidding but I shouldn't bid really, this score was my fault
26   Ops got a little carried away here, partner didn't think she could double and I agree - 4 off was good enough for a good score though
15th May 2018


A stressful day today, still no news on the house but one party is away until the 14th June so we cannot move on the 25th!!! Frustrating

Sausage and mash tonight and Vee made yummy Yorkshire puddings to go with it, nice!

Not much energy tonight but I played well and lots of comments about my smash and kills, good touch shots too - lost 2 games and won the rest!

Well done to Julie & Richard at Woking tonight, they are on a good roll at present!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

14th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session that is also for the Dave Withers' Cup

Our new phones arrived today so an hour setting up and transferring from old phone, all done though!

Still frustrated with how slow the house move is going, still no date confirmed and no more information angry

A poor start and a night of tops or bottoms but fortunately, more tops!

We both played well but I don't think I bid brilliantly tonight

Well done to Julie & Richard who won the cup tonight, a close finish though!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   We could have had Ops in 5 but we both felt we pushed them too far, very distributional and a good contract, drat!
3   Ops found the right lead for me here, very lucky
6   Some made 10 tricks but I don't think it is there
7   Partner played well to make an extra trick but most passed out here, or me, I opened 1 (showing 11-15 and no 5 card major)
8   We were the only pair in NT here, didn't find game but still
9   Ops made a take out double and it was left in, phew!
10   Hard to bid the game but we were in the right contract really which was enough
13   At the time, I felt we could do nothing about this as Ops played well.  Now I look at it, if partner switches to a trump, Ops then have to start the s themselves and can now only make 10 tricks
14   Wrong slam here, I should have bid 6, as it was pairs, I felt we needed to be in 6NT, we would have been the only pair in a slam for a top had I bid properly!
16   Phantom sacrifice here
17   Well played partner, 10 tricks are available but not easy to make them
21   Ops had in their mind to finesse my Q and suddenly didn't. it unravelled from there, unlucky Ops
22   Partner opened weak (2) and with my points, I felt 6NT would make so asked for key cards and then raced off, I should have bid 2NT Ogust and stopped in 3NT, sorry
24   Lucky not to have a  lead here
13th May 2018


After a nice breakfast (coffee, warm pan-au-chocolat and full english for me!) we checked out and drove home.  Vee did all the driving this weekend and did 300 miles (round trip), worth it though!

Home just after noon and chores done and shopping ordered, relaxing for the day now and watching for the 2 events results:

Berks: Waller Bowl

Well done John & Pamela finishing 7th in a tough field

Surrey: Mary Edwards

Jill & David were in the points for YHBC

We had a minor issue with the hands file at CBC Friday and with Alan Browns' help, we have now uploaded a file with the makeable contract grid and able to fix the next 2 files too, thanks Alan.

Playing at CBC tomorrow (Dave Withers Cup)

12th May 2018


A nice breakfast this morning and relaxing for a few hours until Vee checked the invites and realised the service was at 11am not 1pm!!!  As it was 10:30 at this point we now panic and rush out of the hotel!!!

Vee had also written down the wrong post code so we went wrong too, madness!!!  Arrived at the church at 11:30 and fortunately (in a way), the Brides car had a puncture and so was late, we got there just in time and no issues, phew!!!

Service was lovely, when we were asked if we will support the couple, we all said "We Will" and then one of the kids said - "Oh, yes, we will!!!), was so cute!

On to the hotel next and we check in (stunning hotel HERE) and have Pimm's in the courtyard, so lucky with the weather which stayed dry until we went in for dinner.

3 courses, fish, pork and brownie with coffee and free flowing wine.

We were on a table with no kids and all commented on it, we had a great time and got to know everyone and had quite a laugh (even with my joke about all Scottish people starting out as a scotch egg!!!).

We danced (a LOT) and had a great time, the bride and groom were able to enjoy it too and there were no negatives at all, truly lovely all weekend.

Driving Home tomorrow

11th May 2018


Dinner then driving to Huntingdon - 2 hours so not a bad a journey and a bottle and a half of wine and Fish Finger sandwich later (plus loading the newsletter for Val to issue for CBC) and all good!

Lovely hotel and nice room and, although expensive, a nice wine went down a treat!

Shame Margaret didn't do so well tonight but almost exactly 100% for the day with the 2 results combined!

Well done Alan and Marion though, nice card with no red scores!  Hope I do as well on Weds when I play with Marion and Friday when I play with Alan, I will know I am the weak link if not!

Breakfast booked for the morning (Full English)

Off to the wedding in Rutland tomorrow

11th May 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

An enjoyable session today and partner was on good form (other than not evaluating a hand with 4 points as good enough to respond with!)

Stayed after the session to sort out the GDPR for the club and think we have resolved this now!

Not playing tonight as off to a Wedding for the weekend.

The Highs and Lows:

2   The lead helped here but I think I should always make 11 tricks, others didn't though
7   Not many bid game here - I was a passed hand but after partner opened a weak 2, my hand is now worth game
8   Ops played really well here finessing my Q
10   Well bid Ops
11   I played well here and managed the trumps well too leading up to the Q
13   Partner played well here to make the extra trick
18   Perfect defence here and partner was great in playing a trump trick 2 instead of returning the - Ops let me in with the J so I then took out the trumps and played a  to partner's hand
19   Not a bad contract here but it needs some help from the Ops and we didn't get any!
20   Unlucky for Ops here, I think we have 6S on (certainly 11 tricks) but nobody bid game our way (other than us) so the sacrifice was not good
21   I played quite well here having decided to take partner out of 1NT with stayman
24   We were too ambitious here but not unreasonable bidding
10th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 5 of the Thursday Championship

Not a great start as I messed up 3 hands in the first few rounds, just poor play really and no excuse.

It didn't help that my partner kept having a go at me and I eventually said he was getting at me too much and it calmed down after that.  We then had a good second half!

Great to see Vee playing again, hope he comes more often

Playing at CBC tomorrow after work then off to a Wedding for the weekend.

The Highs and Lows:

2   I played for the drop and nearly finessed but then thought I should play for 2/2 - wrong, sorry partner
3   Unlucky Ops, doubling my 5 was the way to go here
4   Excellent play here, a lead was needed to hurt us I feel
5   Good double partner, I should have played a instead of the to get one more trick but the double did the job
8   The one 4 contract that cannot make, I made!!!  All the others which were possible and I didn't make but still!
10   Really well played here partner, well done!
11   I think partner should raise to 3 here, not 4 - I then go up with a reasonable hand and pass with 11 - here, I would pass
12   Sorry partner, another of my famously bad doubles!
14   Ops doubled my 1NT and then we turned the tables and kept doubling everything they bid (including 2 redoubles!) - unlucky Ops that I hold the wrong hand for you, also felt so bad for doing this against Vee, sorry Vee
17   Ops can make this - they discarded a on the instead of a and then ruffing the
18   Ops let me make my singleton K, unlucky Ops
21   A good lead from partner here enabled us to take 3s, 1 and 1 - a lot made the contract though and I think the key is the s as they break 3/3
24   I made a balancing double over Ops 2, best result is if partner passes but we need to let the Ops play and go down here as it happens
25   I was too pushy here but partner opened and I had an opening hand
9th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a great night again but really enjoyed it (tempted to make it a green thumbs up for that reason!!!).

We bid a slam that not everyone did but a few hands I pushed too hard and a couple we didn't push enough, will get this game right one day....!

We seemed to be top or bottom on almost every board, so just under 50% is about right.....

Vee hosted the Improvers at  YHBC tonight and there was a 3 way tie for the top and Vee was close behind but only 2 tables again.

An Improvers team played in the main group Teams for the first time, finished last but hope they enjoyed as it is all good experience and Teams is a different tactical game to Pairs, I am happy to offer some advice if wanted.

Great to see 2 of our CBC players do well at Woking today, well done Pam and Connie!

Playing in Round 5 of the Thursday Championship tomorrow (as is Vee!)

The Highs and Lows:

2   We missed the contract here but it turned out to be a good sacrifice!
3   I played well here but bidding game was the key more than the play
5   Ops didn't bid game and we defended well to hold it to 10 tricks
6   Partner missed a trick here which cost, 1 off would have been a good score
7   Only 4 of us in the slam here, 1 went off too!
8   I pushed too far as a sacrifice then played very poorly
9   Ops opened 3 and I pushed to game, should settle for a part score
10   Partner opened the multi 2 and I enquired (only 14 count but a strong hand), only 3 were in game!
11   I was too pushy here and played poorly too
13   We pushed Ops up and doubled
14   No interference here so we couldn't do anything to improve the contract
15   Multi 2 opened and Ops overcall 2 so I bid 3 (I felt if I bid to the level of the fit they would compete in 4) - this was good enough as it happens
17   I was too pushy with my 19 count here, sorry partner
21   Ops did well to bid game here and played well too
23   I needed a  through here to stop the 12th trick
24   I was too ambitious here and went looking for a slam rather than settling for 3NT, sorry partner
26   Ops opened 4s and we didn't feel we could do much here and quietly took it 2 off
8th May 2018


Another busy day and lot of Bridge emails as well as work and trying to push for a move date

Badminton tonight and it was so hot, only 10 of us as there was an away match and the rest felt it was too hot!!!  Still, only lost 1 game despite having no energy from the start!

Playing at Farnham tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

7th May 2018

CBC & YHBC Swiss Pairs:

Playing with my life partner in the 2nd Annual Swiss Pairs organised by CBC and YHBC

We started early collecting the catering items from my Dad and buying sandwiches for lunch.

We then set the hall up from 11am and Val Foster arrives shortly after to help set-up.

Between us we get everything ready and Gary (the Director) then arrives and I assist him in setting up before changing my shirt.

Vee checks everyone in and assigns seating positions and 2 players are a little late but arrive just in time (so the host pair were thanked for standing in and then they went).

We had a nice day and I think most enjoyed it - a great success, a lot of work to organise and put it on but worth it I think.

Vee played really well today too (mostly) and we won 3 matches, drew 1 and lost 2 (the losses were bad though!).

My friend Margaret played with a county player but for the first time, it didn't quite work for them but they were the only pair to bid a Grand Slam (out of every round and every pair)!

Great to see our close friends top - well done Margaret and Dorothy!!!

2 Junior pairs played too and they were 1st and 2nd at one point but 1 pair fell away at the end and the other finished joint second (they didn't actually lose any matches, just 1 draw at the end)

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows: 

Match 1:
4   Partner didn't see the Ops bid 1, he then bid 2 and I alerted and said "No" and he then went to 3NT anyway (as he had the s), Ops then doubled to give us a top as partner played well
Match 2:
7   We need to push to 4 here but I was worried about pushing them into game, if they had of gone 4 though it would be a top for us!
11   Ops made a game force bidding sequence and stopped before game, odd here.
12   I did well to make this, Ops have 4 tricks to take but timing is very tricky, the lead helped me though
Match 3:
13   Not partner's finest play here, should lose a then take the tricks....
15   I should double 4 here, if partner doesn't like it, he could still bid 5, sorry partner
18   We were pushed too far here and Ops defended well
Match 4:
21   Partner played well against a good pair.  Although 11 tricks are possible, not many made them!
Match 5:
25   Ops missed the slam here
28   I bid 3 here and partner was a little ambitous going to 3NT!
29   I made an extra trick here, I got the s right dropping the Q rather than finessing and Ops never took the A
Match 6:
31   We need to be leading s here!
33   Partner played well here to only go one off, we also stopped Ops finding 4
36    We didn't defend too well here, partner needs to take the A rather than ducking it and then K and give me a ruff
6th May 2018


40th Birthday party today.

I woke up with a bad cold but had a Lemsip then went to Tesco to do the weekly shop and was ok by the time we got back.

I decided to drive today and let Vee drink (we were going to get a taxi as only in Farnborough but I felt I didn't want to drink with my cold)

Our friend (Boz) loves food and has bought a pizza oven and also had a whole pig roasted on the BBQ, lots to eat including a "cheese" cake and salads and loads of pizzas!!!

Unlimited drink too (soft for me but loads of Pimms, wine, Gin and beers) - about 50 of us there and a hot day, was a really good party!

We left after 10pm (arrived at 2pm) and was mainly family left by then.

I did some final bits ready for tomorrow too, Val has printed off the entries list (though another pair has had to drop out today due to a bug that is going round).

All the catering items are at my Dad's and we will pick those up at 10:30 tomorrow on our way to the club.

The director is arranged and arriving at 11:45, so plenty of time for us to set the hall up and then for Gary to set the computer and table slips etc.

YHBC & CBC Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs tomorrow, check in at 12:30-12:45 for 1pm start.

5th May 2018


One of our friends, Margaret W, invited us for a cheese and wine lunch with a few others - we arranged to pick up Dorothy and Margaret and stopped to get some flowers as a thank you.

We had a lovely day and nice conversation (not much about Bridge!) and then a wonderful spread of cheese and bread and biscuits with wine flowing constantly, yummy!

Tea and cake in the garden after that with more chat and a fun napkin game (numbers and letters where you need to fill in the words represented by the letters)

We show Margaret and Dorothy the new house (just from the outside) and then act as IT support for Margaret before coming home.

A really nice day and glad I am feeling a bit brighter today to enjoy it.

Birthday BBQ tomorrow for one of our friends

4th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We didn't do much wrong but not a good score, mainly Ops bidding well

Vee played at YHBC tonight too and enjoyed but didn't do too well.

Out for lunch tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3 I must support the s here, sorry partner
5 Ops bid and made what they should
6 Good defence here
7 Well played partner, making the extra trick was needed here!
17 We need to be in 4 here....!
18 I let East win the 9, daft!
20 Well bid Ops, an unlucky double
22 My fault here, I shouldn't have bid 3 after partner doubled and Ops bid
23 We were in the right contract and I played it well
27 A terrible trump split but I coped better than most to only go 1 off
4th May 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not feeling too good today and not in a cheery mood.

We played downstairs today too and it was not very comfortable and a lot of tension in the air, not nice to play today but well done to Alan, Sylvia and Val for making it work as well as possible.

Partner was not on form either so it didn't really work, amazed to get 3rd overall despite the poor %

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2 I didn't unblock the s but taking the contract down was ok as it happens
10 Partner went to game for no reason here, 1,2 that will do.....!
11 I should lead a here, nearly did too
12 Partner got our system wrong here then tried to correct it on her own
13 Not my best play here
14 Ops pushed us up too high and partner went 2 off trying to make it
16 Not many made 12 tricks but he s throw the losers away so not sure why not
17 Ops played well and then didn't take the last trump out and went 1 off
22 I put a cheeky 2 bid in, Ops doubled and then didn't know what to bid and passed, I made it!
25 We got the defence right and Ops didn't ruff the s
26 Not a good sacrifice, sorry partner
3rd May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the 3rd round of the Chairmans Shield (Teams)

The team I play in didn't need me tonight so I was asked to make up a scratch team with my Monday partner.

All our house paperwork has been received now and been asked about ideal dates to complete - getting closer each day now and currently aiming for 25th May (start of the bank holiday) but not confirmed as yet.

We came 3rd and pleased with our Pair results too (3rd on X-Imps, can view this from the results and menu at the top)

I wasn't feeling too well tonight and partner was a bit low too, so another good result was nice

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4 I went off 3 vulnerable, not normally a good thing but here, Ops had a slam on!  Our team mates bid game so a good score (only 2 bid the slam)
5 Looks like a poor sacrifice here but 3NT was bid and it looked very close to me, sorry partner, wrong decision by me
7 Well bid Ops, unlucky double though.  Team mates had a bad board here too
10 Ops let me make my singleton K, team mates made their contract
14 Both us and team mates in part scores making!
19 Both us and team mates in part scores making! (not seeing double, same comment as 14!)
2nd May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Vee was hosting the Improvers but we had a half table in each group so he and Val played in the main group - during the first round we realised there was still a half table!!!!

Rob and Sue continued to do well in the Improvers, good to see.

Marianne and Rosalie did well in the main group tonight too, really pleased for them (though we gave them a good start!!!)

Great to see Margaret at the top too!

We did ok tonight, a few things could/should have been better though but not much wrong and those that we did get wrong were not easy.

Playing in a scratch team tomorrow at CBC (good luck to my "real" team!)

The Highs and Lows:

3 I made a really risky 2 overcall and was allowed to play there!  I played well to make this too
5 I could have played this better, also better if I pass partner's 1....!
6 Ops didn't bid game
7 Partner opened strong (4 loser hand) but it didn't pay off here as we missed the contract
9 We need to take the A and make a  here, not easy - perhaps I should lead a
12 Ops stayed in the right contract doing what they should do
18 Ops were too ambitious here
19 We cannot double here or they rescue to s, good defending though
1st May 2018


Lots to do today, more on GDPR, lots of work issues, sorting out the last details of the house move (nearly there now!) and my Dad's birthday!

I sent a text at midnight to say Happy Birthday and we took a card and a gin and tonic gift box round tonight before heading off to badminton.

I won 6 and lost 2 tonight, so not bad - it was hard work though and lacking energy, think I may be coming down with a cold but am saying "No" to it!

Also arranged our first Hubert Phillips match for 26th June, it is a home match so we need to be in before then!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

30th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We had a great night tonight, a few daft things from me but almost all hands were good and a really good score too!

Surprising as I clearly wasn't thinking straight having left my ciggies behind!!!  Perhaps not smoking IS good for you?

We signed the contracts for our house tonight and send them back recorded delivery tomorrow, should be a few weeks now to completion, not there yet but another step closer!

Val wasn't well but came to open up and set-up tonight then went back home, she is such a star, I stayed at the end with Max and Margaret to help Sylvia clear up and get everything sorted.

We bid 2 slams (1 grand!) and also bid a slam on our sit-out (which clearly didn't count but still), we missed 1 that cost us though - quite a slam heavy night!

The last penultimate round had a quiet 2S by partner too though, and that was 94% so just shows, playing every hand well counts, they don't have to be huge contracts to get huge scores!

Was so pleased tonight as both us have had a lot of stress to deal with and a good score and good company was just what we both needed (especially partner who had a declarer play of 93%!!!)

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2 We were in the right contract and partner played well to make 2 extra tricks, no  lead was fortunate
3 A favourable lead here got the  away and partner got all the cards right to make an impossible contract
5 We defended well here and partner made both her trumps!
7 I kept North on lead each time I lost a trick and got 1 or 2 tricks back each time, worked well.  I missed the K at the end though
8 We didn't bid the grand but did bid a small slam and partner made all 13!  It says you can make all 13 but others made 11 or 12 - I couldn't find out about the void with our system so the grand was too hard to find, we did well enough with 6+1 though
9 We pushed the Ops up in the wrong suit and defended well setting up the ruffs
10 An amazing hand here, partner opens and I have a HUGE hand!  I bid 4NT straight away, we play modified so partner bid 5 showing 1 Ace and 1 King, so I am as confident as I can be for 7 - it could have gone wrong but not this time!
14 Brilliant play from partner here in a tough contract, shows that all the boards count no matter how low the contract
18 Partner was given a ruff and discard here to get the away
22 We bid game here and partner played it perfectly, most did not make 10 tricks


29th April 2018


Shopping and chores today followed by Poker at 1pm

We enjoyed it and great to see our friends - we didn't win though but close on a few games

Playing at CBC tomorrow night

28th April 2018
28th April 2018

YHBC Committee and Comedy Night:

A full day today!

Vee and I are both on the YHBC committee and attend the latest meeting this morning (10:45 to 13:45!!!).

Lunch on the way home then I set to doing my actions (with hoovering in-between and Vee defrosts the Freezer!).

A few issues to sort out with events at the club recently but all now resolved and all my actions done.

GDPR remains slightly confusing I think YHBC and CBC are doing this correctly.

Wash and change after chores and our lodger takes us to Margaret's for a drink and chat then on to Pine Ridge for a meal and comedy night (her birthday tomorrow!)

We took a card, gift and a bottle of pink champagne (which we drank at Margaret's) and then walked over to Pine Ridge

We had a lucky table with 4 great young lads who helped make the night, good food and another 3 bottles of wine and 3 comedy acts (1 great, 1 poor and 1 good)!

Vee and Margaret had a whiskey as I had a ciggie and called a taxi then home - a great night!!!

I also dealt with a lot of email traffic with Gordon at the EBU to deal with GDPR, think we have resolved this now too!


Poker with friends tomorrow

27th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a great night tonight but some were just unfortunate and partner wasn't "feeling it" tonight, shame but a night out

Good to see attendance up tonight and nice to see Jane & Viv there, keep coming!!!

Committee meeting for YHBC tomorrow then out for a meal and comedy for Margaret's birthday

The Highs and Lows:

2 I was a little ambitious here and unfortunate to find partner with nothing and Ops with a 19HCP hand!
4 We were in the right contract here and lucky that Ops didn't take trumps out as I ruffed the whole hand
5 Ops took the first 3 tricks so I couldn't get a good score
7 Partner could do better here
8 Ops did well to bid game here
10 We were in the right contract here!
11 I didn't attack the s first, I went for the s, wrong decision!
12 I bid strongly here and 3 times on my own, I think partner can raise me to game here
16 Partner needs to keep his s here and trust me for the s
18 Partner played his A on my winning !!!!
19 We need to lead a here, Ops got the losers away on his s
20 Not a good sacrifice Ops, someone made a slam but there is not really one there
27th April 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We had a good start but a few blips stopped us coming top (swapped from 1st to 3rd on the last round!)

Great to see Marilyn and Veronica do so well!

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

4 Partner needs to jump here to show how good her hand was
5 I got the s right here and got the s right.  Then used the s to throw the rest away
6 Ops revoked here but were only making 9 tricks (as they should) but others made 10 so was always going to be better for us
7 We are better off in s here, Ops pushed us up too, well played Ops
8 We were in the right contract and I played well to make it
9 Ops need to be in NT here
10 Ops lost count of the trumps here, unfortunate as they bid well
11 Unusual auction, artificial 1 opened, I double for takeout, partner bids 1 and Ops double and it is left in
15 Ops were too ambitious
16 Partner got carried away here, we missed the 4 contract with the jump from 2 to 5!!!
18 We pushed Ops up and then got the defence right
19 Lead the 3 here (4th highest!!!)
23 Ops didn't switch to a  and I got the s right
24 Nothing out of the ordinary but it seems declarer could have made 1 trick
26th April 2018

Surrey League:

Playing in the Surrey League, home match tonight and it is the last match in our section.

Pre-Dealt boards used so see the Hand File HERE

Top going into the last match and a win will see us top of the section, a 9-11 loss still sees us in the Final as one of the top 2 teams.

Last night, Alan and Jo won their last BBL match against a very tough team and Margaret was 2nd at YHBC (I did not do so well at Farnham!)

Day off today to get stuff done and also prepare for tonight.  Also starting to organise our first Hubert Philips match (not entered this before).

I cater (via Waitrose!!!) and put on a good spread for half time (leftovers too!).

In the first half we make a few errors but they cancel each other out and 1 down at half time.  The food revitalises us though and in the second half we gain 23 to win overall by 22 Imps (15-5 in VPs), this secures the top spot for us and we can play in the Final on 10th June.

Camberley have had a great year with teams coming 1st and 2nd in Div2B, 1st in Div3 and currently 1st in Div4 (one match to be played)!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

First Half:
4 -13 I need to lead a  here but chose a  (4 in each), so Ops make 12 tricks.  Our team mates went for the slam but 1 off (as it should)
5 +13 I made 4 plus 1 and team mates make a vulnerable game for a double swing
10 +6 Ops too ambitious (but is teams) and we take their game 1 off, team mates stayed in 3 making
12 -8 Team mates went off 3 vulnerable on a very unfortunate hand
Second Half:
14 +8 Ops open light (9 points but a good hand) and partner bids 3 (showing both majors).  Ops bid 3NT and I bid 4 with 7 points - it is such a wild hand that I make it!  Team mates sacrifice in 5 for a good score
16 +10 I opened strong and partner was brave and put me to game - it is not really there but a nice lead and I make it.  Ops are in a part score against team mates
17 -6 Team mates made 11 tricks but were not in game
18 +11 I open 2 and partner relays 2, I bid 3, partner bids 3 (genuine suit), I bid 3NT and partner bids 4NT to ask and I jump to 6NT (cold).  Ops are in 3NT against our team mates
25th April 2018


Playing with a new partner after the Farnham AGM

AGM started at 7pm and finished by 7.40pm - nothing major but a new Secretary (welcome Joyce)

Only the second time we have played together, we won last time but not tonight, sadly.

I kept getting the defence or play wrong, sorry partner

Vee hosted the Improvers and had 3 tables again.

Margaret did well tonight in the main group too, good sign ready for tomorrow!

Playing our last Surrey League match tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2 I need to lead a here, sorry partner
4 Wrong lead from Ops and partner played well
5 I got carried away here, after Jacoby by partner I raced off and played poorly too
9 We defended well but needed to push the Ops up a bit
11 Ops bid too high here, the double wasn't needed but....
13 Good lead partner, back in with my A and then run the s (Ops revoked too for an extra trick)
16 Ops stopped in the right contract
20 I opened th multi 2 here (weak 2 in s), Ops doubled as partner bid 2 (pass or correct) and then got too high
24th April 2018


Manic day today and was needed by 4 teams at the same time at work, mayhem but got there in the end

Vee went to the Theatre tonight and loved it (Son of a Preacher Man) and I went to Badminton

Played well but got so hot, was hard work!  Won and lost equally tonight but all close games

Farnham AGM and bridge tomorrow

23rd April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 4 of the Monday Championships

Not our finest session tonight, both had tough days and not really on form.

A shame it was a Championship night.  Well done Margaret and Pitti though, great performance!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2 Partner asked for a  and I didn't see it, we should take this off, sorry partner
4 Partner rescued but I think the forcing pass would be better here, after I re-double I think Ops will panic and bid
5 Ops didn't take their A
6 Better played by South here, we need to use puppet stayman I think
8 Not many in game here, I claimed and was wrong though, could have had 11 tricks, sorry partner
16 We were the only pair allowed to play in 4, partner got the s right too
17 Ops over bid here, I wanted a ruff though but 1 off was good enough
18 I should have left partner in 3 here but I thought it was stayman!  Sorry partner
19 Ops were a bit too ambitious here
20 I wanted a ruff here but 1 off was a good score anyway
21 I guessed wrong on the K, playing the 9 trick 1 would have been much better than going up with the Q
24 Ops competed but it didn't pay off for them this time
22nd April 2018

Worthing Weekend (3/3):

We had a lovely breakfast again this morning and cleared our room quickly and packed the car.  All checked out and settled up.

One of our pairs had to get home for lunch so the Hotel arranged for a Worthing pair to join us (they did well too!).

Not our finest session but good fun nonetheless and prize giving after (will post some photos soon)

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    I gave partner a ruff but they didn't take it!

Hand 9:    Ops thought they were in NTs so got the play wrong, unlucky Ops

Hand 10:  Ops opened light and we defended well

Hand 13:  We were both too ambitious here but the play was not great either

Hand 19:  Easier in s here but I could have played better - good defending though

Hand 21:  A trump lead was needed here

Another weekend finished and really enjoyed it, it's the group that make it and we are blessed with some wonderful characters.  A pleasant drive home and all un-packed with washing on, back to normal tomorrow!

21st April 2018

Worthing Weekend (2/3):

We had a lovely breakfast this morning, Vee in particular loved the Omelette.

The hotel printed out the results and teams order for tonight for us which I displayed in the Bridge room.

Vee and I set-up a simple shuffle and deal session for 3 pairs who wanted to play for a few hours this morning and they had some really interesting hands and enjoyed it - a few questions after too which we answered.

We spent the day in Brighton and had a nice time, walking round the Lanes, having coffee and a bite to eat and bought some art too (just little bits but nice).

Dinner was really nice tonight - the sauce on the chicken was amazing and the lemon posset was lovely

Teams tonight (as we won last night we are teamed up with the pair who came last) they had a tough time with the stronger pairs but learned a lot and enjoyed it, we discussed some of the hands and what to do afterwards too.

Although 6th as a team, Vee and I were 2nd EW and 4th overall on X-Imps

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 5:    I had no defence to the slam the Ops bid and thought it would make, although 1100 (should have been 800), I still felt this would be a good save against the slam, not to be!

Hand 10:  I was very lucky to make this slam - they made a brilliant lead but didn't follow it up - if they had, they could have had a ruff to take me off.  Just game bid against our team mates

Hand 15:  I made a good sacrifice here and our team mates made their game

Last day tomorrow and bridge after breakfast followed by Sunday lunch then back home

20th April 2018

Worthing Weekend (1/3):

We had a relaxing morning and then drove off to collect Kevin and Margaret and met up with Val, Keith, Pitti and Barbara for lunch in Loxwood (lovely)

A good run down and parked outside the hotel then went for a wonder after checking in (too hot for me)

Welcome drinks and nibbles and then a nice main meal (pudding didn't suit me but the rest was nice) and on to the Bridge.

8 tables this weekend and a good mix of people, lots of banter and good spirits.

I loaded the hands for YHBC too (only 3.5 tables) and loaded our results to YHBC but for Saturday so as not to confuse the YHBC scores (I had an email saying how impressive it was to win a session not yet played !!!!)

I felt we could have done better but the score shows us top, so can't really complain!  Teams tomorrow will be top pair with bottom pair and so on down the list.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    This shows why you never open a weak 2 when holding 4 of the other major, sorry partner, I should not open this....!

Hand 4:     Ops could have made this, we are so lucky!

Hand 9:     Ops didn't double but 2 off is beneath their game score anyway so we were always on to a winner here

Hand 10:   Ops had a blip and transferred to a 4 card suit - they were discussing this on the way to Worthing too, unlucky Ops

Hand 17:   11 tricks are available, I made mine but nobody else did (only 1 other in 4)

Hand 21:  We need to be bidding on here but partner was silent throughout the auction

Hand 22:  12 tricks are available, I made mine but nobody else did

Planning on getting the bus to Brighton with a few others tomorrow, then relax and Bridge after dinner

19th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session.

Day off to make a long weekend and sort out Removal quotes and insurances today as well as some chores.

I find this weather too much and so shorts last night and again tonight, had one comment to say "I hope you won't be dressed like that at the weekend" - well, I will try.........!

We had a good night tonight and didn't do much wrong - a few Ops were good against us but didn't feel we did anything silly and partner played extremely well!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    We should take this off but not easy, our only error that was our own fault but still, not an easy one.

Hand 3:    We were in the right game and played well to make it.

Hand 4:    I did well to make an extra trick but I needed to being in 2NT!  The s came good and I got the s right (playing up to the Q)

Hand 8:    I put a cheeky bid in and Ops doubled (for penalties) but it was left in - I am a lucky player!

Hand 11:  We defended really well here and a great lead from partner.  Ops not in the right contract but we kept pushing the s and took them off.

Hand 13:  We bid to 3 but didn't feel any more was on, I was a bit pushy to double the 4 but it paid off this time

Hand 14:  This was the second hand we played and partner disagreed with me asking for Keycards but I felt this was a special case.  I didn't think I could quite open 2 (3 loser hand but if partner had zero, I could lose 5 tricks).  After 2, 2, 2, 4 I then id 4NT to ask (if partner can offer me 2 tricks, perhaps this IS now a 3 loser hand and 2 are covered).  Even being in the slam, not the easiest to play but watching East throw s I decided the K was offside and so the only way to make this now is to split the points and play towards my Kx after discarding my small on the 3rd  - it worked!

Hand 15:  Partner played brilliantly here and squeezed an extra trick forcing West to keep the right card and they didn't.  As it happens, being in the right game (or game at all) was enough for a good score.

Hand 16:  I had an OK hand but think I bid too much here, I doubled the then the hoping to show both suits - then I bid 3 and I think partner could have bid 3 - may not be brilliant as I over did it, but still better than 3

Hand 22:  Partner did well to make an extra trick here timing the  loss perfectly and Ops not attacking s

Hand 24: Ops did what they should but not everyone did.  I think it is my Qx - Ops nearly finessed it but decided to play for the drop in the end (correctly), others must have lost it.

Vee and I are both off to Worthing tomorrow for the YHBC club weekend, looking forward to it (great food at the hotel and wonderful company too!)

18th April 2018


On the Committee so helped set the hall up and spoke about the GDPR and Improvers and went down ok.

The whole AGM took an hour (including the Trophy presentations) and no real issues.

There was a solo player in the Improvers so Vee played with them (we had agreed to play together but would sit out if a solo player needed a partner).

As it turned out, the main group had a solo player too so I played with them (never played together before!).

We did ok, instant scoring and shuffle and deal each round.  It makes it entirely random but still, we won by a clear 30 points to win a box of chocs each, well done partner!!!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    I bid NT over the Ops and they went to game (with Ax support) so I doubled and we defended perfectly to take it down 4 (1100)

Hand 3:    I messed up the bidding so we got to game in error, a favourable lead and partner made it!

Hand 11:   Ops bid well and 5 would have been a good sacrifice, 6 then converted to 6x was not a good sacrifice for them!

Hand 13:   Ops open a weak 2 and I bid 2 (11 points, 6s) - partner thought I was stronger and bid game - I made it....!

Hand 16:   Ops found a good lead but then switched and I got everything right to make a tight game

Playing at CBC tomorrow

17th April 2018


Busy day at work today as well as keeping on top of Bridge emails and GDPR.

Steak and chips tonight (me and one of our lodgers) then badminton

Played well tonight and only lost 1 game but had to work hard and am shattered now!

YHBC AGM tomorrow followed by instant scored bridge

16th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Lots more on GDPR today and both YHBC and CBC are now approx half way in terms of members submitting their choices!

Great to see Margaret and Val do well tonight as a fairly scratch pair arranged at the last minute, well done both!

We had a good night too with just a couple of blips - helped at the end too and chatting away with Val before we realised it was 23:30!!!  Bit delayed posting this but here it is....

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    Others not making the tricks they should really but partner played well too

Hand 4:     I messed up here but Ops defended well too.

Hand 7:    Such a distributional hand here and we bid bravely - without the ruff I would have made my 5 too - cannot believe the matrix says I can only make 7 tricks, very odd - I lost 2s and the A (they didn't find the ruffs though)

Hand 9:     Unlucky to be doubled here

Hand 11:   Partner got everything right here

Hand 12:   Ops didn't take their A so never made it

Hand 13:   Partner was amazing here and made 2 more tricks than were there, stunning

Hand 14:    I felt West would have 5s (no real reason) and so I messed up the entire hand!

Hand 18:   Partner played well here though Ops could have pushed the s rather than switching suits

Hand 19:   Odd here, I gave a trick away here yet others made 12 or 13 tricks!

Hand 21:   I took a view here and decided not to count the singleton K and didn't like my KX so opened 4 - partner jumped to 6 so now I wake up and re-assess, we missed 7NT because of my initial assessment but did at least find 7

Playing badminton tomorrow

15th April 2018


Shopping and clearing today as well as a lot of shredding as we clear old stuff out including paperwork.

We took our lodgers out for a meal tonight which was nice (Roast Beef for me then Chocolate Brownie).

Playing at CBC tomorrow

14th April 2018


A day off today and nothing planned so we decided to see what other Bridge friends were up to on Thursday night.

A few of us were free so though lunch out may be nice but too short notice to book a table for 7 of us.  Vee then offered to do Curry and everyone agreed!

I cook the Chicken curry (8am!) and Vee does the rest (we shopped on the way home from Bridge last night).

We had a great afternoon and everyone loved the curry (Julie did some sides and paratha breads and Jo and Margaret supplied puddings) - quite a feast!!!

Wine and coffee and lots of chatting (no bridge) and really enjoyed it.

Home for the night to do more work (largely GDPR stuff and some BBL items too).

Chores tomorrow and catching up with TV as well as making plans for the move and checking removal company availability etc.

13th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A tough session tonight, partner had some really tough choices and some leads were not as good as they could be!  I messed up the last hand too but overall it was ok.

Vee had a great start tonight but Ops then did the right thing against him and felt frustrated by the end

Well done Colin & David though, amazing score tonight!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:     Ops were defending 4 but I was in 3NT so didn't return the  lead, I am very lucky!

Hand 3:     Partner would have made this if he crashed Ops singleton K - the clues were there too....

Hand 4:     We should get this off but couldn't see how - Ops played well though

Hand 7:     Too ambitious Ops, I bid 1NT over the 1 so doubled 4

Hand 9:     Unlucky Ops, they didn't see partner play the A and assumed he would play low so the K fell under my Ace allowing partner to make this

Hand 10:    I wanted to double here but they rescue if I do, 200 was ok for a good score though

Hand 11:    Partner played well here getting the s right and setting up a  trick

Hand 14:    Partner!!!!!!!!!!!  Dodgy double but then the wrong lead, my suit perhaps......?

Hand 16:    We did well here as Ops over-bid but still I got it wrong, at the end I just need to play A and Ops ruffs and has to play into my Kx of s

Socialising tomorrow with Bridge friends

13th April 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We welcomed a returning member today, Carole and she did well with hubby Jerrold.

We had a lot of errors and wrong choice today and I did start to get a little upset with partner but joked in the end so hopefully all ok!

Enough good things balanced out the bad and although 5th, it was all quite close at the top

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:     I was in a doubling mood here, sorry Ops

Hand 2:     Ops didn't bid game here

Hand 3:     I made a poor choice here and thought the odds of partner having s or s was high so bid stayman - after the 2 bid I had to then say 2NT - Ops defended well too so even 1 off would have been a bad score

Hand 4:     Ops need to lead a here and then pick up my K, I was very lucky!

Hand 8:     Partner could have played this a little better....

Hand 10:    Ops should be in s here but 3NT is a good contract too, they didn't start with the s though and we were allowed to set-up the s

Hand 11:    A little ambitious from Ops here but I think they were right to be in game, it just doesn't make

Hand 16:    We gave away a trick here as partner played the K in second position (I have the singleton Ace, second player plays low....).  Ops bid well though and was never going to be a good score

Hand 19:    We gave a trick away here not taking 2s - I lead a low  showing an honour, it can only be the Jack so it cannot be right to play a second and finesse it.....

Hand 23:    We were in the right contract and I played it well for an extra trick

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

12th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 4 of the Thursday Championships 

Slightly late doing my diary as had some BBL work to do, added Surveys to the home page too - have a look HERE

Not our finest night but not the worst either.

Both of us played some hands below par and a few interesting bids between us!  Still, an enjoyable session and not our worst score so far!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 3:     Partner played well here and watched the cards closely to decide which cards to keep at the end as Ops both threw a

Hand 5:     Hard to get a good score here but not a great double here when it is so distributional

Hand 6:     Good defence here

Hand 7:     We didn't defend this well at all

Hand 8:     I mis-played this completely, disaster!

Hand 11:   We defended well here

Hand 14:   We missed 7NT here and partner didn't play to his normal standards

Hand 22:   We had a competitive auction and ended up in the right spot

Hand 23:   I had room to put a cheeky 2 bid in here and so we got the right lead to take 3 tricks

Playing twice tomorrow

11th April 2018


Playing with a new partner in a regular session

Vee had to stay late at work so Val agreed to host the Improvers with me setting it up and scoring etc.

4 tables tonight which was great to see and Val ran the group well as she played - she also made her partner play the hands no matter which was declarer, I try and do this when I play with an Improver too - they did well getting 60% too!

Our newest Improver did extremely well tonight too and we think he will join us next week, welcome Rob!

I went to help a friend just past the club before bridge and then took 30 minutes to get back due to the faulty lights at the cross road, just got to the club in time!!!

We will check how they are on Friday and if any issues remain, will email the members before the AGM

Our Surrey League match is the last in our section to be played and after last night's win by Brian Hughes Team (including fellow CBC players) we now know that we need 9 to make the final and any win will put us top of our section.

We had a good night tonight and bid and played well (with just a few exceptions each), fun too!

Special mention to Marianne & Rosalie who scored over 50% in the main group tonight, well done girls, keep it up!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    A misunderstanding here that should have got us a good score but it was our second hand of the night and we didn't defend it well enough, not a problem though and we laughed it off

Hand 3:    I needed a ruff here

Hand 4:    I didn't double as felt they would escape but 3 off was enough for a good score as it happens

Hand 6:    Lucky not to get a return here trick 2

Hand 7:    Partner played this extremely well, lucky the s are blocked for Ops

Hand 8:    A good score for doing exactly what we should here, unlucky Ops that others didn't do the same

Hand 9:    So lucky here, had a lead and I played my highest ones first and so didn't get the switch - the drops and so contract made

Hand 10:  Sorry partner, should have supported the s here

Hand 13:  Sorry partner, I was too ambitious here

Hand 19:  Unlucky Ops, South thought he had 3s but had the  in with them

Hand 20:  A bit of luck here not getting a  lead, phew!

Playing at CBC in round 4 of the Thursday Championships tomorrow

10th April 2018


Day off today as had a Committee Meeting for CBC this afternoon (13:30 until 17:00!!!!) - a lot to discuss including GDPR, finances, competitions, psych's and convention cards.

As a general plea, please can all regular pairs write a convention card and bring to the club sessions, it is in your own interest as:

  • You can review your system before you start play
  • Use it to learn conventions
  • Help your cause if you have a director call
  • Help the Opps if they have a query

I added a deadline for our move too as agreed to host the next Committee Meeting at my new house on 26th July!!!!

Home for dinner (getting sausages on the way home for Vee to make me Toad-In-The-Hole, yummy!!!!) then badminton in the evening.

We saw my Dad after dinner for a coffee and a chat and then Vee dropped me off at Badminton

Played really well tonight (surprising as I had missed the last 3 weeks due to Bridge matches) - lost 2 games 21-19 and 22-20 (we were winning the last game 20-18 too!!!)

Well done Trevor & Barbara getting a score of 68.75% at 3 Counties and Sim Pairs too!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

9th April 2018


Playing with an old regular partner (not age old!!!) in a regular session

My regular partner couldn't make it tonight and an old partner kindly agreed to partner me tonight.

I was scorer tonight and not many issues (1 bridgepad to reset and 1 to explain and 1 score to adjust) - Wi-fi didn't work at the end but used my phone as a Hotspot to submit the results and P2P.

We played well tonight other than a few silly bids and both messed up the play on a hand each

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:   We did well here but should have taken 2 more tricks, I asked for a and partner didn't play it for me to ruff....

Hand 2:   We over-bid here but I should never had bid 3s, my fault

Hand 4:   Ops made a simple overcall of 1 without asking what my 1 bid was and he had 5 points, this left a bad taste and partner lost concentration trying to work out the hand and lost count of the s

Hand 5:   I made a mess of this, I had the contract and messed up 3 tricks from the end by not ruffing the

Hand 11:  We were the only pair in game here, not on points but distribution

Hand 13:  Lucky double here, they can make 10 tricks though very hard to do it, we were lucky to take it off

Hand 15:  We found the right contract here, nobody else did

Hand 18:  We got carried away a little here!

Hand 20:  I should have made this as they didn't start with a , need to just play 3s to throw the s and then cross ruff, drat!

Hand 22:  Ops have a slam on here so 1 off doubled was a good result, nobody found the slam and most were sacrificing but partner played better than most here

Hand 23:  Ops didn't get the defence right, combined with partner playing well this worked well

Hand 24:  Ops pre-empted and we doubled, defended well and made the most of it.  We do have 3NT on but very hard to bid it and nobody did

CBC Committee meeting tomorrow morning so taken the day off.  Badminton in the evening.

8th April 2018

Surrey County Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in Surrey's County Pairs event.

We did really well most of the time today (in both sessions) but we both made some really silly errors as well as little system issue.  Hard going playing 52 boards in 1 day but good fun.

Camberley were also represented in the Committee Cup (only 1 team available and willing out of our 2 clubs).  They finished a very creditable 6th (out of 21 Teams) and Colin & David were very high up on X-Imps too, well done to Colin, David, Alan & Patricia.

The Highs and Lows:


Hand 2:     Ops had a bidding mis-understanding here and we took advantage

Hand 3:     I bid to the level of the fit but this was not the best move here

Hand 6:     Ops were too ambitious here and we found the right defence

Hand 7:     Ops didn't find game

Hand 8:     Partner didn't take the finesses

Hand 9:     I had a choice of going 1 off or trying to make the contract but 3 off if it fails, I chose the latter and it failed....!

Hand 10:   I finessed the near the end here and it would have dropped, I should have made 13 tricks but was still a good score for being in game

Hand 18:   We missed 5 here but only 20 points between us, I hate minors!

Hand 20:   Ops bid and made what they should but we should be bidding to game in , very difficult

Hand 25:   Partner didn't take his K here

Hand 26:   Ops got a little carried away here and we defended well

Just missed the cut for the main final (and 1 place below the Master Points!)

Plate Final:

Hand 1:     We got a good score for being in the right contract!

Hand 2:     We had an issue over checkback here, 3 is the contract and we should have found it, have discussed since though and agreed the sequence should be 1, 1, 1NT, 2 (checkback), 2 (min without 4 or 3), 2, 3, Pass

Hand 5:     Partner played really well here, Ops also didn't ruff the K by mistake

Hand 6:     Ops bid too high here, we got the defence right though

Hand 7:     Most passed out here but I felt my hand was worth 1NT and played well to make it

Hand 9:     Not many found game here but we did, unfortunately partner revoked

Hand 11:    We need to be in 5 here (again!), we didn't defend this very well either

Hand 13:    Ops were too ambitious here and we defended well

Hand 16:    We defended really well here, partner kept pushing the s

Hand 23:    This was a mess!  I doubled and partner felt I must have s as Ops jumped in s - he revoked too costing 2 tricks and this is best forgotten

Hand 24:    We need to be in game here, partner had a 10 count and bid 1NT and we had a mis-understanding over my 2 as partner thought it was stayman (not after his weak NT I think)

Hand 25:    We stayed in the right contract here, others went to game going off

Just missed out on the Master Points again!

Playing and scoring at CBC tomorrow

7th April 2018

Admin & Dinner:

Vee worked today (helping my Dad who is a caterer).  He enjoys it and has a good time with the team.

I spent time working on Bridge admin and amending e-mail references to club e-mail "masks" for YHBC and CBC as well as going through last nights hands.

Watched some of the Commonwealth Games too and organised a meal out for me, Vee and Margaret (no reason) - unfortunately Vee was too late back so we had an Indian Take Away at ours instead, shame but not an issue.

Playing in the Surrey County Pairs tomorrow (event is at capacity)

6th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

I was the only one there at the start so set most things up (Hall was empty so I felt I could go in).

As we start, Derek's partner hadn't turned up so I called Vee who was at home, he was tired but said he would come out to support Derek (and the club).  So grateful to Vee and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful partner!

They enjoyed their session but didn't do well, a lot was down to some odd scores and not enough scores to compare against - lets hope more start coming out the nights are lighter and the Hall (generally) is warmer.

We had a good night, some odd score hurt our early scores but most improved by the end.  Only one red score (my fault!)

Margaret played twice today (as did I) and both scores above 50% today.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:     We defended well here but Ops didn't get the  right (though, with a singleton, should they take the finesse?)

Hand 2:     We pushed Ops up here and took them off, sorry Ops (sorry Vee)

Hand 3:     I didn't take my A here, sorry partner

Hand 4:     I think I played this one well, lost a  at the right time and got the s right - then all fell into place.  Ops only need to play a trump and I think I am off

Hand 10:  Declarer was in Dummy and played a card from her hand.  She then wanted to pick it up but I said I would accept it.  I am entitled to do this but she didn't want to, when she finally played it she then ruffed a winner from dummy and got very upset - I felt bad but rules are rules, perhaps I am too mean now

Hand 21:  I had the worst hand at the table but decided to open - it paid off this time (though I feel I did play it well)

Day off tomorrow

6th April 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Started the session with resolving last night's Teams results (all now done, re-submitted and loaded to the results with X-Imps and to the Competitions menu HERE)

We had a reasonably good session with a few issues we need to resolve but enjoyed it.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:   Missing AK this was a bit lucky, sorry Ops

Hand 2:   We defended well but how do others make this?  Think declarer needs to hold back on the first and then partner cannot lead a back to me.  Even so, back in with the and a through to me takes it off too

Hand 3:   Ops need to be in game here

Hand 4:   We need to be in game here but partner passed my T/O double.....

Hand 5:   I forced to partner to bid and raised her to game, she looked horrified but played well and only 2 pairs in game making

Hand 7:   Poor defending here, partner needs to carry on with the s, only one left in declarer's hand and he is stuck now once a comes back

Hand 10:  I felt this was a good sacrifice against a slam, making it was a bonus!  I kept my 2 so I could cross to dummy with the ruff to take the second finesse

Hand 11:  I should open this 1, sorry partner

Hand 14:  Not many found game here, indeed, we wouldn't have if Ops had left us in 3 but after 4, I felt I should go for it.

Hand 15:  The lead gave me an extra trick here

Hand 16:  Partner opened light here and I jumped to game, I could have played it better but the switch was a killer with K offside

Hand 21:  Tough hand here, the weak 3 bid made it hard for us - my 3 was to play but I don't blame partner for raising it here

Hand 22:  We need to be in 4 here, partner forced me to bid by reversing so I said 2NT (flat hand, you choose).  Partner bid 3NT so I assumed 2 stops

Hand 24:  This should be played in s, the weak hand needs to control here, we still defended well to defeat NTs though.

Playing again after dinner

5th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the postponed second Chairmans Shield event (Teams)

We all made a few little blunders and a near neutral score overall, not a night where we shone but not a disaster either.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:   We found 3NT here, part score in s against team mates

Hand 6:   Ops bid game against us, only 2 others did

Hand 8:   Partner played really well to only go one off here, team mates let game through when only 8 tricks really on, unlucky

Hand 19:  We stayed at the right level here, it felt wrong with 10 points but after partner's double I just cannot see enough tricks for any more - against our team mates they pushed to game and went off

Hand 20:  Team mates went off in game, think they could have made it though.  Our sacrifice would have been good

Hand 22:  I got the  right here ducking when North lead them to make an extra trick.  Ops should be in 4 though

Playing twice tomorrow.

4th April 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Vee hosted the Improvers and had 3 tables (with Vee playing with Val) they played at a good pace to finish at 10pm too.

Well done to Keith and Kevin winning with a great score!

Tonight was the first session of the Season so Competitions are very early days

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:      Good defending here, great lead and I then took out trumps from dummy to make the extra .  Ops let my K make too

Hand 3:      Ops didn't ruff a so we took this one off

Hand 5:      A good sacrifice here

Hand 6:     Wrong lead here but wouldn't help much as others went up to 5 going off more

Hand 7:     I chose the wrong contract here but others made it, the switch killed me though

Hand 9:     Well played Ops.....!

Hand 10:   A good sacrifice here

Hand 12:   Unlucky partner, K drops but no way of knowing

Hand 15:   We need to be in game here but it didn't quite add up to me, I took a while to pass but should have bid on

Hand 16:    Ops bid and made what they should, others did not

Hand 17:   We gave a trick away here - I overcalled s so partner lead them, her natural  lead is much better, sorry partner

Hand 18:   This should be a good sacrifice against 6 (even 4) but not many are in game!

Hand 20:    I feel I played this well

Hand 22:   Wrong slam, sorry partner - all down to my poor choice of opening (2NT instead of 2)

Hand 23:   A good sacrifice and played well too, well done partner

Playing at CBC tomorrow night (postponed Teams event from the snowed off session last month)

3rd April 2018

Surrey League:

Our 4th match of the season against a Farnham team.  I am driver and meet the team at Alan's then drive us all from there.

I set-up and emailed out the GDPR for YHBC today too (General Data Protection Regulations).

I saw great news today that a Camberley Team has won Division 3B in Surrey with a nail-biting finish, the teams in 2nd and 3rd could both have won but played each other and the team that won needed to win 15-5 to tie and they won 14-6 leaving Geoff's team top by 1 point!!!  Well done all!!!

Penny Moody's team are still looking promising for Division 4 too and await the final match in their league to see who wins, fingers crossed.

We are top in Division 2B too but tonight's match was a loss of 16-4 and means we need a 16-4 win in our last match on 26th April to guarantee the section win (top 2 go to the final in June).

First Half:

Hand 5:   We missed a slam here, Ops open a weak 2 and I have 22 points and double.  Partner bids 2 and Ops bid 3 - I jump to 4 as partner was forced to bid and could have 4s and no points, I don't see how I can go on.  At the other table, our team mates supported the s and Ops bid 3s freely.  They then found 6

Hand 7:   Our first hand of the match and partner can play better - unfortunate to go off here but we all kept calm and nothing was said

Hand 8:   I sacrificed when game wasn't on for Ops, sorry all

Hand 9:   We defeat 4 and team mates make theirs

Hand 10:  I make 3NT and team mates defeat their Ops (they need to keep a to take me off and Jo or Alan did just that!)

Hand 11:  We defend well and defeat 3NT, team mates make theirs

17 Imps down at half time.

Second Half:

Hand 21:  I made 4 here and team mates defeated their Ops

Hand 22:  We doubled 4 and they made, it went 1 down for our team mates.  Partner had 4-4-4-1 (singleton ) and opened 1, I think it is better to open 1 here and a lead defeats the contract, unfortunate

A further 11 Imps down in the second half means a loss of 28 (4-16)

Playing at YHBC as Vee hosts the first Improvers of the new season.

2nd April 2018


A packed day today!

Started with Tesco at 9am and then a little bit of TV before picking up Cindy to go to lunch at Judy's followed by some friendly hands with commentary and hints from me as well as a few ideas about bidding and play.

The overriding comments were around how to deal with Opps bidding in a competitive auction.  What does it mean after Ops interfere if you:



Bid NT (at next level or jump)

Cue Bid

Support Partner (at next level or jump)

Bid a new suit (at next level or jump)

All of these options are available, which are forcing or non-forcing?  Which are competitive or constructive?

There are no hard and fast correct answers to these but there are generally accepted uses for these.  If you have a convention card, I suggest you discuss these options and your partnership understanding of each and then ensure you both know what to do with each response.

In Bridge, there is a lot of emphasis on bidding and learning a system (Very important), some focus on card play (but not enough!) and very little on how to deal with a competitive auction (MOST auctions at club bridge and beyond will have some competitive bidding!).

I have agreed to write out some examples and what I would do in these positions and will also search the web for some good reference material - I will send these to our friends but may also include here in our library for others to use if they wish.

After dropping Cindy off, we catch up with Margaret and have a coffee (no more food as Judy had done an amazing spread for lunch!!!)

Then on to our friends for an Indian Take-Away and games, very enjoyable

Home by 11pm and then a bit of work on the YHBC Privacy and GDPR and my Diary!

Surrey League match in Farnham tomorrow night

1st April 2018


A lazy day today just doing house chores and watching TV (plus some admin on BBL and YHBC)

We took our lodgers out for a Sunday Roast at the Hoggett in Hook too, lovely Roast too, yummy!

Playing socially tomorrow with Judy & Cindy with lunch

31st March 2018


Playing games last night and won 2 out of 4 which seems fair!

Poker this afternoon and enjoyed but lost all 3 games (our friend Andrew won all 3!!!)

Take Away and cathing up with TV tonight

Out for a meal with our lodgers for Easter tomorrow

30th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

I was busy this morning building a new website in BW for the BBL, mostly done now.

After lunch, Vee and I both go to CBC to play with different partners and we ended up joint 4th!

We had a roller-coaster session and finished poorly but still, above 50% (just!)

The hands have not been loaded properly so only the first 7 are showing, have asked for the hand file to be sent to me so I can upload and will do as I can - the diary below just from memory without the hands to view!

I have now been sent the hands and loaded, all now ok!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:   Well bid Ops, we make 4 but not 5, this was the best we could get here

Hand 4:   Partner opened 2NT with a singleton A, we don't do this!  4 is still the right contract but need to manage trumps slightly better

Hand 5:   Partner bid 2 (great bid) then bid 2NT (not so great)

Hand 7:   Not a good bid partner!

Hand 8:   Well bid Ops, we need to be in s I think

Hand 9:    Good sacrifice here, well bid partner

Hand 10:   Ops doubled for penalties but it was a distributional hand and partner made (plus 1)

Hand 11:  I should make this, sorry partner

Hand 12:   Ops need to ruff with K then my J drops

Hand 18:   I played this well, only 1 other made 10 tricks

Hand 22:   I got everything right here including ducking the first  and finessing the

Hand 23:   I opened this 5 and partner bid 6 immediately, missing Q but it dropped as a singleton, phew!

Hand 24:  We need to be in 6 so Ops bid well to sacrifice.  We can take one more trick if partner follows up the lead but still not a good score

Playing games tonight

29th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

I was scorer tonight (we all need to do our bit!).  Finished work at lunch time today so worked on the GDPR (Data Protection) for our clubs and also made a start setting up the BBL on a trial BW site (just to see how it looks and how easy it would be, up to the BBL committee to see what they want going forwards but a start has been made!).

A few blunders by me (including one where the Ops crowed and I got a bit cross at that).  Another issue with a bridgepad too (but we suspect it was the user!)

Overall, a solid performance and 2 in a row as a pair (having had a gap of about 2 months!), if I could only cut out the silly errors.....

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 3:     I had a choice of opening 1 or 2 here, this time I made the right decision

Hand 4:     Ops overcalled and I bid 1NT they then bid again so I doubled

Hand 5:     Ops too ambitious here and we defended well too

Hand 6:     Partner did well to make this making the best use of my s and discarding a on the 3rd

Hand 8:     I played poorly here, need to leave the as an entry, play to A, then 10 and back over with a to take 2 more s (throwing s) and then finesse again - sounds complex but it wasn't really - I fixated on using the s to throw the s away and so lost my entry

Hand 10:   We defended well here gaining 3 more tricks than possible!

Hand 12:   Ops did well to bid this but I did poorly taking my K on round 2, if I hold up we take them off (if I lead K from KX we do even better.....!)

Hand 13:   I had the chance to double Ops in 3 for 1400 and decided we had a vulnerable slam on so went that route, wrong!

Hand 19:   Ops can only make 9 tricks and we defended as we should, Ops played it perfectly yet others all made more tricks

Hand 20:   Ops open 1 and partner overcalls 2 and I decide I hate this and bid 2 where I play.  I ducked the first S and then got the  finesse right and didn't get any ruffs

Hand 21:   I mis-heard Ops here and thought it was a weak 2, when they ended up in 4 I doubled and we got lucky (though I gave a trick away!)

Playing at CBC tomorrow afternoon (as is Vee and he is playing with my partner from tonight!!!) but no YHBC as it is Good Friday!

28th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Vee hosted the Improvers and we had a new player tonight (he phoned me earlier in the week).  Vee played with him and he settled in quite well and had a good score too, moreover, he said he would come back next week!

Well done to Marianne and Rosalie for winning the Improvers Cup (top pair!)

Tonight was the last session of the Season so I have spent some time finalising the events and updating the Patricia Pinder Cup and Roll of Honour

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    Partner was stunning here, got everything just right and ruffed the second high and took out the trumps, crossed to dummy with the J and used the s to discard the s, amazing play!

Hand 4:    I had to pass 5s here, no reason to bid on at all, sorry partner

Hand 7:    Ops jumped from 2 to 6 here, partner found the killer lead and followed it up for my ruff, Ops got the K wrong too

Hand 8:    Ops opened 5s here, I felt I had to double but didn't quite have the hand to do it, it paid off though - I made a passive lead and it worked well

Hand 13:  I messed up here, I bid 2NT (intending it to play) and partner correctly alerted and explained as Jacoby.  Sorry partner, I am best off passing here

Hand 22:  Amazing hand here, Ops can make a slam in s but nobody found it, we got the defence spot on against s

Hand 24:  Tricky hand for Ops here, looks like s scores best but hard to leave it and also not sure it should make 10 tricks as some did.  We did defend well here though

Playing at CBC tomorrow night

27th March 2018

Surrey League:

Our third match of the season against a woking/camberley team.

A day off today to get a lot of house jobs done and admin - our fridge is beeping as you close the door, turns out it is a broken wire above the door and he didn't have a spare so coming back another time to fix it.

I am driver again so pick each team member up on the way to the match and an early start for me (leaving at 6pm)

David P produced a set of hands for us so have a handout and can be viewed HERE

We did well mostly tonight and some big swings (both ways though).

I am also pleased to report that Geoff's team in Division 3B won tonight too, they could win their section if a key match is a narrow win or draw and have secured a top 2 place either way to make the final, well done!!!

Penny's team in Division 4 are leading too with one key match to go, if they don't win by enough, Penny's team will win division 4 too, well done!!!

Margaret W team (which I play for) has won Division 2 in BBL too - a good year for Camberley in the leagues!

Nick B's team (which I play for) also won the Sylvia Rose teams series at Farnham, really pleased about this as my first time in this

First Half:

Hand 2:   I go one down in a part score, Ops went off -300

Hand 3:   We defeat Ops by 3 in 1NT and team mates scored +300!

Hand 5:   I made 6NT (missing 2 Aces), Ops lead a  to dummy's singleton Ace (I held KQJX) and I then played on s and lost the Ace on the 3rd round.   Ops then lead another which I won and played 2 more to discard dummy's s, contract made!  Team mates took 6 one off by taking both red Aces

Hand 6:   I made 170 (2 tricks more than I should) and team mates defeated their Ops contract

Hand 7:   We passed out and team mates made 2X+1 for 870, well done team!

Hand 8:   I couldn't see how to make 3NT here but the matrix says it should make and they did against team mates

Hand 11:   Ops make game and team mates didn't defeat a doubled part score

19 Imps up at half time.

Second Half:

Hand 15:   I sacrificed against a very thin game and went off too many too, my real error of the night, sorry all

Hand 16:   We make game and team mates defeat their Ops

Hand 20:   We didn't defend as well we could and let a vulnerable game though which was taken off at the other table

10 Imps down in second half but 9 up overall and a 12-8 win, we stay in 1st place with 2 matches to go (next one is next Tuesday)

Playing at YHBC as Vee hosts the last Improvers of the season.  Also the final day for all competitions so keep an eye out to see who wins each cup....!

26th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the third round of the Club Championships

A solid night tonight though we both lost concentration a little.  A few gifts and some good play and defending overall though.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 4:     Ops doubled, only 1 other did!

Hand 6:     Ops didn't take the trumps out so I made 2 ruffs

Hand 10:   A top here but I was still upset as 3 tricks from the end I had a and split tricks, I played K, all I had to do was play a and end play South, I realised the moment the K hit the table!

Hand 11:   I risked everything here on the s breaking 3/3, they did!  I set the s up in 2 rounds and all good

Hand 19:   I didn't take the finesse here and threw a top away here

Hand 22:   Ops opened a weak 2 and then bid 3 after our 3, if you open a weak 2 it is a limit bid and up to partner to raise if it is right - we defended well here and took it 1 off for a good result

Hand 24:   Partner opened 1 and Ops doubled then bid 2NT.  I didn't lead a and partner was not best pleased but I think my line was right and all was well in the end

Playing a Surrey League Match tomorrow

25th March 2018

Portland Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the Portland Pairs (Richmond).

Not our finest day today, partner has only just got back from holiday and both of us got lots wrong today.  We started poorly and was hard to recover.

In the first session we pulled back well to finish on 47%, the second half was not good throughout unfortunately, still - nice to see partner back

The Bourne had their Swiss Pairs today too and a lot of our local pairs entered.  Well done for top 10 places to:

Jill & Colin (2ndd but beat the winners and earned more blue points too!)

Simon & David

Michelle & Andy

Another special mention to Sylvia & Linda who won 3 out of 6 matches (again, the matches they lost were all to zero but still, 3 wins again!)

The Highs and Lows:

Session 1:

Hand 3:     A simple 1NT and transfer but others were pushed up and we were allowed to play at the right level with partner playing well

Hand 17:   Ops got their system wrong and ended up in the wrong contract

Session 2:

Hand 1:     Ops were unlucky here, partner made a take out double and I left it in (at the 1 level) - a top against the overall winners!

Hand 6:     Partner doubled the transfer bid for the lead and I bid 3 pushing ops up too high, we defended well too

Hand 19:    Partner raised my  bid (which was a poor suit) - I end up in game in a 4/3 fit!!!  Fortunately, the s break and I played well to make game when only 9 tricks on.

Hand 20:    A massive fluke here, mis-bidding on both sides and I focussed in the play and watched the 8 discard, I can now split the honours and keep the danger hand off lead, if they attack s I am finished but hey, lucky this time!

Hand 26:    Ops got the play wrong here and allowed us to make 3 tricks, ,  and a

Playing at CBC tomorrow

24th March 2018

Day Off:

Day off today and at the Portland Pairs tomorrow so did all the house chores and shopping today.

Vee had a good session this morning playing with our friend Don (he organised the weekend), well done both!  Results HERE

Margaret got back from her Cruise today will be good to see her again tomorrow.

Clocks change tonight and we start in Richmond at the "new" 12:00

23rd March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Another session where I was off form but between us we had a good result (well done partner!).  I made a few poor errors throughout and partner tried to make me feel better with 2 howlers in the last 2 rounds!

A few gifts and a bit of good play from each of us got us just enough to win the Friday Ladder, well done partner and thanks for another good season (2nd last year and top this year).

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    Unlucky Ops, all the cards in the right place for me, end played Ops to give me and extra ad I had the best lead possible

Hand 4:    I risked the contract for te over-trick with the finesse here, I would have looked foolish had it not worked though!

Hand 5:    We defended well here, good lead from partner.  Ops started the s though and partner pounced!

Hand 6:    We pushed Ops up and defended well.

Hand 8:    Ironic here, we are in the right contract but needs to played by partner, I couldn't make this and think it is very hard either way round

Hand 11:  Partner doubled and asked me to bid so I said s and we found the best contract (I played well but took the tricks I should)

Hand 12:  Ops bid 3NT and partner ignored my 10 lead and let them make the contract, I was cross in a cool way but partner was a bit sheepish, his only real error for the night

Hand 16:  Partner valued his hand well here and splintered with 4, I then bid 4 first round control) and partner signed off in 4 but I felt more was there and found partner with 1 key card so up we go.

Hand 20:  Partner made a fantastic squeeze on South here, well, it would have been had he realised he had done it!!!  South couldn't keep the  and the

Hand 21:  Good for an extra trick, partner at his best here (Ops could have taken an extra )

Vee now in Worthing running the bridge holiday weekend for Peggy's old club, hope he has fun.

The first time the 2220 club had used bridgemates and had a text from Vee saying it went well and they were delighted with his directing and the speed of the results being displayed!

Day off for me tomorrow.

23rd March 2018 (Afteroon)


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular session

A session where I was down on myself throughout for not doing the right thing but turned out ok in the end!

Sorry I was grumpy partner, should smile and laugh all the time and not be down and miserable

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    Ops didn't play the A by mistake so partner only lost 1

Hand 2:    Ops have a grand slam on but were in a part score

Hand 5:    Ops didn't concentrate here and played as if she was on the next trick by mistake, it's harsh but we have all done it.  They didn't bid the slam anyway though

Hand 6:    I found a good lead and then switched to capture Ops Q, was pleased with this defence!

Hand 9:    We pushed Ops up and defended well

Hand 10:  I didn't switch to a (from KJXX) but I should have done, sorry partner

Hand 11:  I think I bid this well but partner's one black mark for the day not making it, not easy though

Hand 12:  Ops played well here and made all the tricks they could, others lost the singleton K I suspect

Hand 13:  I made an extra trick here getting the s and s right

Hand 14:  Ops played a instead of ruffing by mistake

Hand 15:  I played well to make the extra trick here getting the s and s right

Hand 17:  I was so lucky not to get forced in s here and I split the  honours

Hand 20:  Partner was brilliant to make this, risky contract though (my fault) but didn't fancy bidding 5 of a minor

Hand 21:  Ops bid the slam and I made the wrong lead

Hand 24:  A very competitive auction but Ops went 1 too far and partner doubled

Playing again after dinner

22nd March 2018


Playing with my BBL team Captain in a regular session

Low on Committee and Directors so Alan Brown stepped up and directed for us (well done on you first game with Nick too, great result!).

I helped Sylvia at the end too and got everything cleared and sorted.

Partner was amazing tonight, I wasn't quite on form (again) but we did ok overall and within 3% of the top.

Our team played it's final match away tonight too (as did 2 other teams) so now getting close to the final standings - League page HERE

With our team doing well to win 17-3 (well done David, Alan and super-subs Julie & Richard) and a draw on another key match, I think we have won the title this year!

We also had my work contract extended today as well as our mortgage offer finally being agreed (a huge relief to us!!!).  We just need to wait for the Vendor to buy a new house and sell their Father's house.  We have until July/August to vacate our house so no major time pressure but we (personally) would like to move ASAP now!

I will now get onto calculating the Waller Bowl qualifiers from the CBC session tonight and notify the players and Berks & Bucks organisers of the results.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    Ops had a big mis-understanding (and disrupted the whole room if honest), we tried to calm them down and succeeded to a degree.

Hand 3:    Partner opened a weak 2 here and it paid off nicely!

Hand 4:    Unusual to go 2 off for 200 and get a good score but partner did better than most here to ONLY go 2 off!

Hand 5:    Nightmare here and I failed miserably (even down to not counting the s so let the Ops ruff my Ace as I didn't take it on the lead!!!)

Hand 7:    Partner got the s right here, great play to make this, well done partner!

Hand 9:    I got a little cross here as I had signed off in 4s (agreeing partners suit).  Ops bid 4 and I passed to let partner decide if 5 or double.  I didn't expect 5!!!  Now I think I have mis-read the position and so I pass.  I made 5 as Ops didn't find the ruff but 5 is the contract!

Hand 11:  A mess here, I should leave Ops in 4 and also play better if I decide to go on, sorry partner

Hand 12:  Ops were too ambitious here.  I know 6 is going off but if I double, I worry they will go to 6 (♠s already bid by East), I didn't know partner would double 6!!!  Still, taking 3 off was good enough for a top

Hand 14:  Ops were restrained here and it paid off (though they have 3NT on, nobody bid it)

Hand 15: We defended this well (though I was secretly annoyed partner didn't lead a  as I had bid them, I let her off as she had a void!!!)

Hand 20:  An awkward hand here but I made the wrong decision to double and should have bid 4

Playing twice tomorrow

21st March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Vee hosted the Improvers who played the EBED Student Sim Pairs tonight.  Shame only 2 tables but they seemed to enjoy it.

Well done to Barbara & Gillian who are in the top 10 nationally so far (event doesn't finalise until first week of April) - I will issue notes, hands and comparisons once finalised.

Our night was not great, some we could do nothing about, some were my fault frown

Well done to Nick Browne tonight who won the Sylvia Rose Teams Series (I have been a part of this team too), amazing result beating the leaders 16-4 on the final match!

The club season is coming to an end shortly and a lot of the cups are still wide open, keep looking a the tables to see how they pan out!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    We defended passively here and it worked, Ops had to earn every trick and partner made most of her s

Hand 3:    Ops didn't take the K giving me an extra trick here

Hand 5:    I played poorly here - should take the first and then go for the s

Hand 7:    Partner missed a trick here, possibly ruff 2 s

Hand 15:  I opened light here but it felt right, I didn't have the guts to bid up after partner jumped though but it was still a good score

Hand 17:  Ops could have played better here, partner lead a  and Ops played a trick 2, not a good plan - we got the defence perfect from here on in (plus an extra trick too!)

Hand 19:  I bid and played poorly here, no excuses

Hand 22:  We need the Ops to carry on bidding here but they were a wise pair

Hand 23:  Ops made all the tricks available, I need to switch to a  early on to hold it to 10, others didn't declare well though which hurt our score

Day off tomorrow then playing with my BBL Team Captain as our team play an away match (our final match - good luck team!)

20th March 2018


Playing with an irregular partner and Team mates in the BBL (Home match)

After a hair cut and dinner, I collect John (who kindly agreed to play despite not wanting to come out at night!)

Was all a bit rushed but we got there and I set everything up in plenty of time.  We had a few issues in the first half but managed to be just ahead overall.  A few bad scores as we start scoring the second too but it got better!

A chat at the end and sorting out the rest of the week then I clear everything and take John home (fixing his laptop again too!).

We don't play together often but really enjoy it when we do, he is still a very strong player and a formidable opponent

Shuffle and deal so no hand file etc but.......

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 3:     Ops showed a game going hand and we got in the way (going off 1100) which didn't work out for us!

Hand 6:     Ops in wrong game here going off 150 and team mates made 3NT

Hand 7:     Team mates missed game and I went off 800 (should have been 500 but I didn't see Ops ruff at the end)

Hand 10:   Ops in wrong contract and we took it off 300 as team mates made game in a major

Hand 13:   I pushed too far and went 1 off in 5s, team mates went off 200 too.

Hand 15:   We were in the wrong game here so went off 300 and Ops made 3NT against team mates

Hand 16:   I had 10 points but 6s and 6s and Ops open 1 (could be short) and so I jumped to 4s.  Ops double and I see dummy has no s but 4s, drat!  Fortunately, Ops got into a muddle and ended up in 6s doubled

Hand 18:   Ops made game, team mates didn't bid it

Hand 19:   Ops had a misunderstanding here and ended up doubled in 5s for 1400, we quietly took 4s off too (unlucky Ops to find me with no s and partner with 5)

Hand 20:   Partner played well to make this 3NT, our team mates took it off

Hand 23:   I was cross with myself here, I thought for ages about bidding 6NT (partner showed 15-16 and I have 16 with 6s) but I backed out and partner made 12 tricks.  Ops bid the slam but thought there were only 5s and didn't get the play right, phew!

Playing the match meant I missed Badminton and have matches the next 2 weeks too, I won't be as fit and slim as I am today soon (especially as I am now eating the mars bars I won off the Ops)......!!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

19th March 2018


Playing with my life partner in a regular session

The snow cleared and all was fine tonight and a good turn out considering the weather and holidays.

My partner wasn't feeling to good tonight so asked if I minded missing tonight, never a problem.

Vee was at a loose end tonight too as it happened and there was a host, I said I would go home (rather than the host) if needed but we had an even number so all worked out.

We played well tonight and had fun too, I was on good behaviour (not perfect as I still made a few comments, sorry).

I had a good declarer score tonight too (though Vee had a better score!!!)

We both stayed behind tonight to help clear up and ensure Sylvia not left on her own then I had some admin to do before updating my diary.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    We missed game here

Hand 2:   Ops missed game here!

Hand 3:   We should be in s here so I had to play well to improve things, fortunately, I did!

Hand 4:   So upset with myself here, we kept this to 9 tricks (best in the room) but I doubled it!

Hand 6:   We defended well here to defeat this, we managed to get a  ruff in

Hand 13:  I made the tricks I should here (discarding a  on my 3rd ), not many did though

Hand 14:  A lucky contract to bid but partner played it well, easy to say that if it only works one way, play that way but here he did it perfectly!

Hand 15:  Ops didn't risk the finesse knowing that I had the last

Hand 17:  Ops opened light and then struggled to find the right contract.  We defended well but the bidding let them down here

Hand 18:  I played this well

Hand 21:  We were happily bidding and Ops came in with a good 3 overcall, I double (penalties) and Ops take it out to 3 which I double also (penalties).

Hand 22:  Unlucky Ops, this looked like a good sacrifice but don't make 4 (well, we shouldn't!)

Playing in my last BBL match tomorrow (our Team play the final match on Thursday).

18th March 2018

National Pairs - Regional Final:

Playing with a regular partner in the National Pairs Regional Final (Richmond).

Not our finest session - both played poorly at times and it was a strong field so each error cost.

Just the Highlights today from where it did work.....!

The Highs and Lows:

Session 1:

Hand 2:     Partner played well and Ops didn't defend as well they could, if the duck a  it works out much better for them

Hand 5:     I got everything right here and had room to take every chance (all paying off)

Hand 23:   We have a slam here but nobody bid it and we were not going beyond game, 1100 was a good score

Hand 24:   Something odd here, I counted my hand and had 9 HCPs but the record says I had 14 - I passed and it was passed out, good for us!  Odd though

Session 2:

Hand 6:      A little lucky here, a  lead and then another gets South on lead to lead a  through, it is all over then

Hand 9:     We defended well here, great Q switch partner

Hand 15:   We took the first 4 tricks here and it was a good lead.  Ops under pressure now and so we took another 2 tricks

Hand 18:   Ops need to play a trump here, I cannot really  make 11 tricks - I got the  right too to set-up an entry in dummy

Hand 23:   Ops defended poorly here, I was given this score

Playing at CBC tomorrow (if the weather is ok to open the club)

17th March 2018

Games and Friends:

A relaxed morning then off to see our house and found out about the bath, heating, shed and the chain  - all are fine!

Then on to Dorothy's for coffee and a chat and also sorting out our remaining league matches.  A plea for help from John too and so off to his to solve his PC problems and then home to chill for a bit.

Games and Take-Away at friends in the evening (like we used to!)

We played team games, just lost on Trivial Pursuit but won the 2 games of Movies and TV trivia - nice to catch up with our friends again.

Playing tomorrow in the  National Pairs Heat tomorrow (we are not playing in the Final though, even if we qualify)

16th March 2018


Playing with an new partner in the Final of the Beryl Doughty Cup (we are not in it though)

Well done Derek & Martin for winning the Beryl Doughty in a close finish with Pamela & John!

Really enjoyed tonight and we did well until the last 2 rounds overall (so a green thumbs up despite the overall score!)

Only 5 Tables again though, we HAVE to get more players to break even financially and to get meaningful scores, come and play.......!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:    I was in the best contract making the max tricks but others did better, not fair!

Hand 2:    Ops landed in the right contract here

Hand 4:    I opened 2 and should have opened 2, when partner jumped to game in s I had a feeling and so went to 6

Hand 7:    Ops can make this on a compete cross-ruff I think

Hand 10:  Ops did what they should but others didn't

Hand 11:  I mis-played the  here, sorry partner

Hand 12:  Partner played brilliantly here!  Ops helped by ducking the first

Hand 13:  Partner could have insisted on s here (we both felt this)

Hand 14:  I mis-played this badly, sorry partner

Hand 16:   I played this well but Ops didn't take their s

Hand 17:  I thought a rescue was needed here but it would have been better left in 1NT, sorry partner

Hand 21:  Double is not important, they bid a slam so I knew it was top or bottom - we actually would have saved a little by not doubling as another pair made all 13!

Hand 22:  Ops bid and made what they should, perhaps I should have gone to 3 and they may have gone up?

Hand 24:  Ops too ambitious here, careful defending needed but we got it right

Going to our new house tomorrow to measure up and meet the Vendors.  Then "Old School" games with our friends in the evening

16th March 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular session

Nice to see him out of the house too, a lovely man who brightened the bridge room today and played really well too.

One mis-understanding today (my fault) but otherwise, all felt comfortable and right (despite some tricky cards).

My certificate arrived today for being a prize winner in the Annual Masterpoints lists (Regional Master category), £20 too.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:    Ops were a little ambitious here and we scored well by taking game off

Hand 6:    Very hard to bid this though I considered 6 but backed out - nobody bid the slam though

Hand 8:    We have game points but game is not there.  I was lucky Ops discarded a  so the Q dropped and I made it

Hand 9:    I mis-understood partners  bid after the double but did say I am not sure (and we have a card!) - Ops were in the wrong contract but can make game in either major and didn't need to lose the

Hand 12:  Ops had an opening hand but best not to open I think, we quietly defended well and got a good score

Hand 16:  I opened this 3 (as is my style) but partner jumped to game, perhaps we were both wrong here but more my fault than his for opening, sorry partner

Hand 17:  I defended badly here missing my second  but fortunately it was enough to double

Hand 23:  We are in the right contract and played perfectly by partner to make the maximum tricks available

Playing again after dinner

15th March 2018


Playing with my life partner in a regular session

Vee asked for a game as hadn't played in a while and my partner cancelled for tonight so we agreed to play.

We had a good start tonight but a disastrous last round dropped us from 57 to 49%

Shame, really enjoyed tonight and Vee and I had fun.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 3:    Partner didn't take the finesse

Hand 4:    Ops didn't draw the trumps so we cross ruffed as Ops took AK before the trumps

Hand 6:    A friendly lead and I took every finesse as not pressured, all worked

Hand 7:    Ops went for the wrong slam, they were not alone but good score for us

Hand 10:  I bid twice on my own, my fault, sorry partner

Hand 11:  Ops pushed too far and I doubled

Hand 12:  I didn't take my K (second player plays low!), sorry partner

Hand 13:  Ops didn't find the  ruff so I made 9 tricks

Hand 14:  Ops found the slam, not many did

Hand 15:  Not the round to arrow switch!!!  One of the top pairs and 2 tricky hands, this one I bid weakly and partner jumped to game, not this time partner

Hand 16:  There is an argument not to pre-empt unless your suit is very good before partner has bid, this hand is a good example.  I don't blame partner but against this pair with best defence, this was not good.

Hand 21:  Ops didn't find game and we defended well to hold it to 10 tricks

Playing twice again tomorrow

14th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in final of the YHBC Teams Series.

Vee hosted the Improvers but 1 short to make 3 tables - still, Vee hosted the sit-out pair and went through the bidding and discussed the hands so was a useful teaching session for them.

We only had 8 tables in the Teams and 4 teams challenged tonight.  We were 3rd but it was close!  Enjoyed tonight and we did reasonably well.

There was an issue with the memory stick tonight and so the results will be uploaded tomorrow (Thursday 15th Mar18) - I will update the diary then

Playing with Vee at CBC tomorrow

13th March 2018


Played really well tonight, first 4 games back to back and won all 4 though all were close and the last one we were 11 down and won 23-21, love playing with Kerry!

Lost 2 narrow games and stayed until the end and still played well on the last game, stamina is getting there now!

Teams at YHBC tomorrow night as Vee hosts the Improvers.

12th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

Good to see partner again as she has been away for a few weeks (swapping Snow for Sun!!!)

We played well though both could have done slightly better, both tired though.

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 4:    Ops cannot make this (though it is a reasonable contract), we got a good score just by defending properly.  If partner plays the KS on first 2 tricks they can make game (must have happened on other tables but partner was on the ball).

Hand 9:    Ops were too ambitious here and also let partner make an extra

Hand 10:  Ops bid and made the right contract

Hand 11:  Ops paused and nearly bid on then passed, lucky for us

Hand 13:  Ops made 12 tricks here as they should

Hand 17:  Poor double, sorry partner

Hand 19:  I made an extra trick here, I did well to catch the Q and then set-up 2s to throw s away

Hand 20:  Ops bid their hand twice here (1NT and then 2) with no bidding from partner....

Hand 21:  I made an extra trick here (as a few others did too), it helped when East played a low  and I guessed right

Hand 22:  Ops bid and made the right contract

Playing Badminton tomorrow

11th March 2018

Hants GP Swiss Teams:

Playing with a regular partner and friends from Camberley in the Hants & IOW Green Pointed Swiss Teams.

Colin drove me and David and Jill met us there.  We all made good time again and settled in.

We had a few wobbles to start and a little despondent at lunch as we lost the first 2 matches and drew the next.

After lunch we managed another draw (should have been a win) but then won the last 3 (finishing on a big high!).  We went from 2nd from bottom to 7th and won the Ascenders Prize!!!

We both did well on our X-Imps too so the NGS should be ok and we got 1.26 Greens for the day (2.26 for Jill and I for the weekend).

I thought this would make me a National Master but mis-counted, I needed 1 to get to 70 and need 75, so still just over 3 points to go.....

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1, Lost 6-14:

Hand 2:   We talked Ops out of 3NT here and defeated their part score but not sure 3NT is really there but our team mates made it!

Hand 3:    I let the slam through that cannot make.  The s was a frozen suit and I opened it, drat

Hand 6:    We defeated 3NT (as we should), team mates made theirs plus 2!!!

Hand 7:   Team mates went for the slam that wasn't there

Match 2, Lost 3-17:

Hand 12:   I was too ambitious with my big hand here, sorry partner

Match 3, Draw:

Hand 17:   We didn't bid game but made 10 tricks, Ops defeated game at their table

Match 4, Draw:

Hand 23:   We bid game, team mates defended a part score and held it to 9 too

Match 5, Win 16-4:

Hand 31:   We defended well here taking every trick at the right time.  Ops let me back in with the Q trick 2 and I then took a  before crossing to partners s then A

Hand 35:   Ops tried to be clever but chose the wrong hand to do it on.  We doubled and defended well

Match 6, Win 14-6:

Hand 39:   Ops missed game and team mate bid theirs

Hand 40:   Team mates in the wrong contract here and game made against us

Hand 42:   We both defeated Ops contract here for a double plus

Match 7, Win 20-0:

Hand 44:   Amazing here!!!  Partner played brilliantly to make this.  If they had taken the A early we would have bid one off for a flat board as team mates had +200

Hand 45:   Ops missed game here and team mates bid it.

Hand 46:   We defended this well, Ops got the  wrong and allowed us back in to take the last s

Hand 47:   We have a slam on here and Ops got in the way, I gave partner the choice to leave the double or bid a major and she chose to pass (close call), fortunately, nobody bid the slam so we have a big score!

Playing at CBC tomorrow and my regular partner is back from holiday too, will be good to see her!

10th March 2018

Hants GP Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the Hants & IOW Green Pointed Swiss Pairs.

We drove separately to this and both had a clear easy run there arriving early.  Just after us was Trevor & Barbara and Linda & Sylvia - a local event!!!

We all started reasonably well and we carried on a steady performance but had 2 bad matches and a narrow loss to a strong local pair (who finished 2nd overall).

Looking at the results, we finished higher but so pleased to see Linda & Sylvia winning 5 out of 7 matches (more green points than us!!!) - well done girls, stunning!!!!

Extra news, we had our offer accepted on the house in Mytchett!!!  We can afford this one and all looks good, fingers crossed we are done now!!!  House link HERE

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1, Win 16-4:

Hand 2:   I made an extra trick here by running the s and squeezing the Ops

Match 2, Win 15-5:

Hand 11:   I managed to make an extra trick here by getting the s right and Ops didn't take their Ace

Match 3, Lost 8-12:

Hand 18:   My fault here, terrible to overcall with this hand, sorry partner

Hand 19:   Ops pushed too far here

Hand 20:   Partner could have made one more trick here to save a bit of the score

Hand 21:   Ops tried for a slam missing 2 Aces, we did nothing here but happy to take the score

Match 4, Win 20-0:

Hand 22:   Partner got this just right, perfect play on the s and Ops never switched to the until the last trick

Hand 24:   Partner played brilliantly here to make an extra trick (which was needed to make the contract!)

Hand 25:   I did well to make this and Ops didn't make the switch so I got my losers away on the s

Hand 27:   We pushed Ops too far here and then doubled

Match 5, Lost 0-20:

Hand 31:   I chose the wrong contract here, 4 or 3N is good, sorry partner

Hand 33:   Ops bid and made what they should, others made a trick more in defence though

Hand 34:   Sorry partner, bad double by me here

Match 6, Win 13-7:

Hand 37:   I squeezed an extra trick here, Ops started the s for me

Hand 41:   I can make this by running the , I chose to use the s to throw my s - sorry partner

Match 7, Lost 4-16:

Hand 43:   Ops bid a cold slam, not everyone did!

Hand 44:   Ops have game on, I made an extra trick through good play but........... This was not a good sacrifice!

Hand 46:   Ops bid game, it is cold but not many bid it

Hand 47:   I made a passive lead and we waited for the tricks to come to us.

Hand 49:   We bid s and partner bid up to 4 and Ops missed the optimum  contract

Playing in the  Hampshire Congress  again tomorrow (Teams)

9th March 2018


Playing with a new partner in a regular session

Marion's partner is away for a month so looking for partners, mine is also away so we agreed to team up.

We had no mis-understandings, some luck too (but not always good!).  Really enjoyed the session and would like to play again if we both free.

I warned her that I am prone to over-bid and ironically, I under-bid more than over!!!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 7:     This should have been a good save against 5 but nobody made it!  Partner could have saved 1 trick too but wouldn't have changed the score

Hand 8:     Phantom sacrifice here, sorry partner

Hand 12:   Partner played this perfectly!  Took a risk playing the 4th but they broke nicely, well done!

Hand 17:   Ops played the wrong card and so we took 2 more s - we were on for holding it to 10 anyway which would have still been a good score for us.

Hand 18:   I couldn't see how to make this so played all the s and watched for discards, then played Q and let it run and all of a sudden, 10 tricks!

Hand 19:   Ops have a slam in s but nobody found it.  I gave a trick away which would have saved the score slightly

Hand 22:   We got the defence just right here - says 12 tricks can be made but nobody did

Playing in the  Hampshire Congress  this weekend

9th March 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular session

We did well today an both declared well (other than me on one hand!) - I cannot seem to get partner to play Attitude on my Ace leads though, GRRRRR

Good to see Colin & Angela above 50% and another solid performance from Geoff & Frances, well done all!

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 3:    Partner played out of her skin to make this, superb play partner!  A low level contract but shows that they all count!

Hand 4:    I did well to make this, Ops didn't count the s to ruff, phew!

Hand 6:    I thought this would be a good sacrifice for Ops as our 3 makes, it seems other tables didn't push as hard and allowed to make NT or 2

Hand 7:    I had an in-between hand here, with 10HCP I can open this 1 or 2.  I decided it had very little merit to it so opened 2 and this worked out well as a sacrifice

Hand 9:    Ops bid s and with 3, I think they should support (despite te 7 s!!!), shame I didn't start with a  for partner to ruff straight away though

Hand 10:   We missed the  slam here (I am not good at bidding minor slams) but made the right choice over s or NTs

Hand 16:   We missed the slam here but not all made it, I played this one sensibly

Hand 19:  I could not have got this more wrong!!!!  Sorry partner, terrible play by me

Hand 23:  Ops could have doubled my 1NT and then found a better contract, we defended well here too.

Hand 24:  Ops played well here right until the end when they didn't capture partner's K

Margaret goes away for a couple of weeks tomorrow, have a great holiday!  Next week a group go for another Bridge holiday too!

Playing again after dinner and in the  Hampshire Congress  this weekend

8th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner in third of the CBC Thursday Championships

We have had 2 mid 50 scores so far, consistent but not electric so far.  Unfortunately, tonight was not good!

Both of us rate our declarer play as an asset, but not tonight.

Margaret and Margaret did well tonight though, well done both!

One plus for the day is that we loved the house we viewed and made an offer, early days as yet but hoping we get it!  Link HERE

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 1:     I figured the lead was a singleton, so lost 2 s to then end play East for 10 tricks

Hand 6:     Ops didn't finesse the

Hand 7:     I fell for the J and then lost to the 10, drat - we should be in 6 though....

Hand 8:     I should have been 1 off here but finessed the doubleton Q!

Hand 12:   Partner lost a here when they drop and didn't play J on the lead

Hand 14:   Partner didn't finesse the  twice and most made 11 tricks (12 is there too)

Hand 15:   Partner felt I should have doubled here rather than just bidding 1 - we missed 4 - should I bid twice or stronger?

Hand 20:   We got the bidding wrong here and should be in s

Hand 21:   A helpful lead here, then under leading the A helped me to make 12 tricks.  Odd matrix though, how often do you see so few makable contracts!

Hand 22:   Ops bid s so we never found the  tricks, drat

Hand 24:   With the Ops ending up in 2 of a major, I balance with a double and one off is a great result.

Playing twice tomorrow.

7th March 2018


Playing with a regular partner and Team mates in the BBL (Home match)

After Fish & Chips, I drove us to Dorothy's and we set-up ready for the match.

We were leading before tonight but now joint 2nd with 2 matches to go, all very tight!

We were 10 Imps up at half time but lost 49-0 in the second half!!!!

Shuffle and deal so no han file etc but.......

The Highs and Lows:

Hand 2:     Team mates double their Ops in an ambitious contract and gain 500!

Hand 3:     Team mates didn't bid the slam

Hand 4:     I made 3NT (very tricky), team mates took 2NT off 2!

Hand 12:   We bid game here, team mates Ops in a part score

Hand 13:   We bid a sensible 3 but I felt that if we can make 9 tricks in a minor, why not 3NT.  4 off is why not!

Hand 15:    We pushed to game here but only 9 tricks on, I think we are right to bid slim games but didn't work this time

Hand 22:    Partner forgot Puppet Stayman here and we ended up in the wrong game (doubled) - we had -500 and team mates -430, ouch!

Hand 23:    Both sides in 3NT but cannot be made, team mates let it through unfortunately.  I think here we should have stayed in 2 but wouldn't have saved much of the score this time

Vee hosted the Improvers tonight, only 2 tables but good to see Chris & Carole on top again.  I don't think Rosalie and Marianne can be caught now and I think they have just about made the move to the main group too, keep up the good work all!

Nick and the team had a great win tonight in the Sylvia Rose Finals too, now only 3.5 behind the leaders!!!

Playing in round 3 of the CBC Thursday Championships tomorrow

7th March 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner at Woking as a practice session before the  Hampshire Congress  this weekend.

I offered to drive today so picked Margaret up at 12:20 (she is playing at Woking with another partner).

We didn't do much wrong but not much that was brilliant either, still, a few things came up and that was the idea (ready for the weekend).

Margaret did well today (good sign for tonight) and Geoff & Frances did exceptionally well - well done all!

The Highs and Lo