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 2024 January Averages 

Wendy Gee Cup.....Gerard & Keith

 Founders Cup...Anne & Gloria 

Aylsham Cup.... Tony & Pete

NO FEAR BRIDGE
NO FEAR BRIDGE

Everyone Welcome.

2018 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
2018 CHRISTMAS LUNCH

It was to good to see Diana at the Hol;iday Inn. How thoughtful of Mary to bring her along to our 'Away Days.'

2016 GLOBETROTTING
2016 GLOBETROTTING

Do you know where Val and Keith are? I wonder if they played Bridge or just held good hands!

THE DUTIES OF A DEDICATED DUMMY.

Doing Dummy Proud

The Duties of a Dedicated Dummy by NIgel Block.

"Most players believe that being Dummy is rather boring and try to avoid the role as the main duty is to place played cards in the direction of NS or EW depending on who won the trick. However the number of rights and constraints thrust upon you may surprise you. Here are just some of them.

As Dummy you can:

1. Warn any of the players that a quitted card is in the wrong direction, but only if you spot the lapse before the next trick is started.

2. Attempt to prevent Declarer leading from the wrong hand by saying something like, ‘I think you are in Dummy’. However you must not point out the error once a card has been played.

3. Try to prevent a Defender from leading out of turn. Even so you must remain silent once the card has been played.

4. Attempt to warn Declarer of a possible revoke by for example asking, ‘No more spades, partner?’

But what about the limitations placed on Dummy?  Once again here are just a few of them.  During the play of the hand, as Dummy you are not allowed to:

5. Comment on any irregularity committed by any player.

6. Study an opponent’s system card.

7. Say how many tricks have been won or lost.

8. Call the TD on your own initiative.

9. Hover over a card or suit in dummy in anticipation of declarer’s next play.

At the end of the play of the hand as Dummy you may:

10. Draw attention to a perceived irregularity.

Condition 6 is often broken at club level. The danger here is that you may unintentionally be giving unauthorised information (UI) to your partner.

Condition 9 is quite important.  At one time or another, I suspect most of us have committed this offence in an attempt to save time. However it is prohibited under the laws. The TD can award an adjusted score if he/she believes that Dummy was indicating a possible line of play to Declarer.

Technically a procedural penalty against your side is a possibility for disregarding any of the rules, but in club competition the TD would probably just point out your error and take no further action. 

Note: The list above is not exhaustive; full details can be found in Sections 42-43 of the 2017 laws."

EBU Rules on Announcing
ANNOUNCING & ALERTING AT AYLSHAM
At Aylsham we mainly play "Simple Acol" so please make sure your less experienced opponents understand any other bids you may make (e g All Conventional Bids, Weak Two's, Cue bids, Weak jump Overcalls etc.) otherwise they may be disadvantaged. The EBU rules on Annoucing & Alerting are listed below. 

The English Bridge Union has made minor changes to the scheme of announcements from August 1, 2013. if you play in any other clubs or EBU competitions you may be expected to use the Alerting and Announcing rules as explained below.

 

ANNOUNCING AND ALERTING SUMMARY

Opening Bid

Description

Announce

Alert

No Action

1 

and

1 

Could be on fewer than 3 cards

“May be X” where X is 0, 1 or 2

 

 

Natural, 3 or more

 

 

Other (strong, artificial)

 

 

1NT

Balanced

“12 to 14” (or appropriate range)

and, if relevant, “may contain a singleton”

 

 

2 

Strong, Acol, (Benji Acol, etc)

 

 

Precision

“Intermediate”

 

 

2 

Weak with diamonds

“Weak”

 

 

Strong with diamonds

“Strong, forcing”  or 
“Strong non-forcing”

 

 

Other (Benji, Multi, etc)

 

 

2 / 

Weak with hearts/ spades

“Weak”

 

 

Strong with hearts/ spades

“Strong, forcing”  or 
“Strong non-forcing”

 

 

Other (Lucas, Flannery, etc)

 

 

2NT

Balanced

“20 to 22” (or appropriate range)

 

 

Responses to 1NT or 2NT openings

1NT - 2 

2NT - 3 

Simple Stayman (promissory or not) 
[Note: 5-card Stayman is alerted].

“Stayman”

 

 

1NT - 2  - 2 

2NT - 3  - 3 

Denies 4 card major

 

 

1NT - 2 

2NT - 3 

Transfer

“Hearts”

 

 

1NT - 2  - 2 

2NT - 3  - 3 

Completion of transfer

 

 

1NT - 2 

2NT - 3 

Transfer

“Spades”

 

 

1NT - 2  - 2 

2NT - 3  - 3 

Completion of transfer

 

 

Bids above 3NT

Bids above

3NT

artificial suit bids on 1st round of the auction (for this purpose the first round of the bidding is the opening bid and three subsequent calls)

 

Other bids

 

 

 

 

Action over Opponents’ calls up to 3NT

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

If your Double is …

Alert

No Action

A suit at any level

Natural

Take-out

 

Anything else

 

Does not show the suit (i.e. conventional or not natural)

Showing the suit doubled

 

Anything else

 

A suit opening

Prepared, Phoney, Short or Nebulous 1 or 1opening

Take-out

 

Anything else

 

No trumps at any level

Natural or conventional

Penalty

 

Anything else

 

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

If your Redouble is …

Alert

No Action

Double

Any meaning

for business, shows strength: partner is expected to pass

 

Partner is expected to remove

 

Action over Opponents’ calls above 3NT

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

Other actions …

Alert

No Action

Above 3NT

Any meaning

Lead directing pass

 

Lead directing double for a different suit to the one doubled

 

Lightner double of, say 6NT, calling for a specific lead

 

Lead directing redouble for a different suit to the one redoubled

 

Any other pass, double or redouble

 

 

EBU

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