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 2024 April Averages 

Wendy Gee Cup.....Gerard & Keith

 Founders Cup...Diane & Ann

Aylsham Cup.... Jill & Marion (Tony & Pete)


Everyone Welcome.


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


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


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."

Leigh Harding's Website




Excellent interactive bidding practice and tutorials on all topics for complete beginners, improvers and advanced players. Weekly revision quiz on a selected topic and much,much more, for just £3.00 per month.


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Visit Leigh Harding's "No Fear Website and visit her "Beginners' Page"


If you've just started learning bridge this page is especially for you! Here you'll find some activities handouts and ideas for complete beginners.

Handouts . Quizzes . Tutorials
Beginner's Booklet  

 All of the quizzes were created using Quia, an educational technology website that gives teachers the ability to create their own exercises etc. You do not need to be a Quia subscriber to do the quizzes.

  Beginner's Quiz Lesson 1

  Counting Certain Winners

  Counting Likely Winners

  Never Lead Away from an Ace

Long Suits

Downloads .  

Download the Blue Chip Bridge free minibridge program. Start to get some practice right from lesson1!. 
Blue Chip Bridge minibridge.

Download the ACBL free 'Learn to Play Bridge' program. This has come excellent material on playing the cards starting with the very basics. Note: Don't use the sections on bidding because American bidding is different to what we learn in UK!
ACBL Learn to Play bridge


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Click below for access to Leigh Hardings interactive Bidding. Visit her website for many other free activities. Contact Ann if you need help.

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Flash Cards . No Fear Bridge Book
Basic Bidding Flash Cards for beginners and improversPractice your Acol bidding without a partner!  A set of 70 colour coded bridge flash cards on basic Acol bidding sequences.  Opening bids, Responding Bids and Opener's Rebids.  Ideal for beginners and improvers to help you learn bridge. Flash Cards.   Basic Acol bidding for beginners and improversA clear and simple guide to basic Acol bidding ("Standard English").  Suitable for beginners bridge or for anyone who needs to brush up their knowledge of the basic Acol bridge bidding sequences.  Acol Bridge Book.


Click on the links below to practice your bidding and play free.




   Bridge Quizzes

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   Acol Bidding Crib Sheet

   No Fear Bridge Bidding Book

   For Bridge Teachers



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   Duplicate Pairs

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Click below for more free interactive quizzes, games and tutorials on Acol bidding, play and scoring.  A fun way to learn.The link to "Bidding Practice" does not work, so go to new link in page below or visit "Leigh Harding's No Fear Bridge Site"  direct through the link at the top of this page.





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