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Our commentaries are now used by a few clubs, some of which are close by.
For reasons of security we will no longer be posting them on the website.
Naturally when you have played in a session you will be emailed the commentary that night.
They all use Standard English Acol and are suitable for Second Years+
There are 24 boards each week.
Any club who wishes to use our commentaries should contact me:

More Hosts Please!

Our club is totally unique in that it offers anyone who rocks up to our club a guranteed game.
To enable us to fulfil this valuable commitment we need more volunteer hosts.

We already have a small but commited group of volunteers. We need more to spread the burden.
Identify a Tuesday session in the forthcoming months where you would be able to volunteer and drop a line to our Host Angel


Chief Host Angel !
Chief Host Angel !

Our club has always been a great advocate of 'everyone gets a game'. Just turn up and a partner will be found - every time.
It particularily suits people graduating from courses who have yet to find a regular partner and people new to the area who want to try our club (good choice!)

Our lovely Maureen is our Chief Host Angel.  Her task is to allocate volunteer hosts to session dates.
She looks a bit shocked here actually:-)

Announcing this that and the other
Announcing this that and the other
We have all got used to 'announcing' the range of partners opening bid of 1NT. Now the rules have been extended to announcing the range of the opening bid of 2NT.
Subsequent transfers and Stayman also require an announcement.
Additionally those of us that play 5-card major suit openings, a minor suit opening that could be two cards or fewer should be announced even if it is non-forcing. 
29th January
Bidding with Unbalanced Hands

Last week we looked at how Opener bids when he has a balanced hand.  This week we looked at bidding with an unbalanced hand.

Firstly, when you opened the bidding you will have opened with your longest suit!  With two 5-card suits, you will  always open the higher ranking suit, regardless of suit quality or overall strength.

1.  If partner likes your suit, he will make a 'limit raise' - he will bid your suit, and the level that he bids will show you his point count - this is what we learned on 15th January.
It's now up to you to do the arithmetic - if you have enough points for games, bid the game!  If you know that you haven't, you can pass.  If you're still not sure, and you have an 'inbetween' bid available, bid that.

2.  If partner bids a new suit (showing at least four cards in that suit), and you also have four cards in the suit, then you should show support for your partner by bidding his suit too!  If you are weak (up to about 15 HCP), just raise the bidding by one level.  If you have a stronger hand, make a jump raise.  If you have 19 HCP, you have enough for game, and you should bid accordingly.

Of course, the most likely thing to happen is that partner bids a new suit (or No Trumps) that you don't like!  Now it's up to you to describe your hand further:

3.  If you only have one long suit (generally at least six cards), then you have to bid that suit again.  If you are weak (again, up to about 15 HCP), just bid 2 of the suit. With a stronger hand (16-18), make a jump bid, 3 of the suit.

4.  If you have another 4-card suit, it is helpful to give partner a choice of suit.  By bidding your second suit, you are telling partner that you hold at least 5 cards in your first suit, and at least 4 cards in your second.  Now he can make an informed decision, usually just making a choice between your two suits.
However, there are some restrictions...

The Reverse

When Opener bids a new suit at his second turn, and by doing so goes beyond the 'barrier' of 2 of his first suit, this is known as a 'Reverse'. Examples are:

1D - (1S) - 2H  (the 'barrier' is 2D)
1H - (2C) - 2S  (the 'barrier' is 2H)
1S - (2D) - 3C  (the 'barrier' is 2S)

It is dangerous to make a 'reverse' when you have a weak hand, as you are potentially forcing the bidding to too high a level.  You must have at least 16 HCP to do so.

Just like other sequences when you open one suit and then bid another, you are promising partner that you have at least 5 cards in your first suit, and at least 4 in your second suit.

If you are weak, and unable to bid your second suit below 'the barrier', then you have to settle on bidding your first suit again, as if you had a single-suited hand.

In Summary

You have opened the bidding with 1 of a suit, and your partner replies by bidding a new suit.

If you have a weak hand, up to 15 HCP:

  1. If you like partner's suit, bid that suit at the next level.
  2. Bid a second 4-card suit, as long as it is not a Reverse.
  3. Bid 2 of your first suit.

If you have a stronger hand, 16 - 18 HCP

  1. If you like partner's suit, make a jump bid in that suit.
  2. Bid a second suit, even if this is a reverse.
  3. Bid 3 of your first suit.

If you have 19 HCP, you should be looking for game

  1. If you like partner's suit, bid game in that suit.
  2. If you have a second suit, consider a jump bid in this suit.
  3. Bid 4 of your first suit (if it is a major suit).

If your suit is a minor suit, consider No Trumps as an alternative game.