The 59 Bridge Club
Release 2.19o
Recent Updates
59 CLUB AGM - 2021
4th Feb 2021 22:22 GMT
Bridge Etiquette

Please observe the EBU rules of Conduct and Etiquette at all times, especially the parts that say "bridge is an extremely enjoyable game", "make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents" and "enjoy the company as well as the game". 

Interesting hands

This extraordinary hand (from 31st Jan 2020) generated a surprising variety of bids and a great deal of excitement.   What would you have bid? 

Dealer North

All vulnerable


C    8

D    Q

H   void

S   A J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2


C    void

D    A 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

H    K

S    KQ


C    void

D   J

H   A Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

S   void


C   A K Q J 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2

D   K

H   void

S    void


At my table (Brian Johnson) the bidding went:

N 4S E 5D S 5H W 7C

N 7S E X    S No W No

N No

7SX -3 = -800  This looks to me as if it’s the par score.

I can’t understand why S bid 5H, not 6H which is cold. I bid 7C as W on the assumption that E held AD for their bid.


Responses and contributions to David Ward:


Other local bridge clubs

Downton Bridge Club: meets Thursday afternoons. Telephone David Ward 01980 632410
Fordingbridge Bridge Club: meets Tuesday evenings. Telephone David Hands 01425 652239
Sarum Bridge Club: meets Monday/Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Website:
Spire Bridge Club: meets Wednesday evenings. Website


Ask the Chairman


Have you any questions for the Chairman on rules, systems, bidding or club organisation that you think might be of interest to other members? Email:


I have been requested to remind players that you must leave bidding cards on the table until the lead is tabled. This is not only required by EBU laws, but it is both, unfair on the opposition and bad manners, not to do so.

February handicap

A new pairing, Pam White and Sue Langley-Smith, came together to good effect in the monthly handicap competition. Their plus score of 6.51 took them ahead of a closely-contested N/S field while for E/W, Sonia Blandy added to her January success, this time with David Hands on 13.28. 

Director: Rachel Pickford
Steward: Sue Langley-Smith
Monthly Handicap
Director: Breda Adcock
Steward: Gillian Nolan
Director: Georgie Dalton
Steward: Nigel Lewis