Awbridge Monday afternoon Bridge is operating as a satellite of Badger Farm Bridge Club. Membership is £5 and includes membership of the English Bridge Union until 31 March 2023. As an affiliated club, Awbridge Monday afternoon Bridge also attracts masterpoints.
In our January session Dick and Mary Killick were first North-South with 70.0% and first East-West were Jill Else and Anne Kelly with 64.6%. Well done to both pairs.
Board 12 from our October session proved to be problematical and several pairs missed game as a consequence. On one occasion the hand was passed out which is beyond me as East-West held a combined 26 points between them! Anyway most West's would have opened 1♥. What does East do with ♠AK4 ♥K943 ♦53 ♣KQ84? One East jumped to 3♥ which was passed by opener on their minimum hand. This hand is too strong for that as the jump to 3♥ shows four hearts and 10-11 points. At another table, East responded 2♣ (correct) and after opener's rebid of 2♦, East jumped to 3♥ which was also passed. This jump to 3♥ would also show about 11 points with 3 card heart support.
For anyone who jumped straight to 4♥, that is also incorrect as this should really be done with a hand like ♠4 ♥K9643 ♦AJ1065 ♣43, ie a pre-emptive raise to the 'level of the fit'.
Unless you are playing a special convention such as 'Jacoby 2NT', the best approach on the above hand is to make what is called a 'delayed game raise'. You change the suit and then find out more about partner's hand. With a weak rebid from opener, you would then settle for 4♥ but if opener were to rebid 2NT or 3NT over your 2♣ response, you would know you had values for 6♥.
The next session will be on Monday 13 February at the usual venue, Awbridge Village Hall, Romsey Road, Awbridge, providing there is a minimum of three tables.
Please arrive by 1.20 for a 1.30 start. The session will end by 4.30. Table money is £4 for members and £5 for non-members, collected at the start of the session.
You can come with a partner but if you don’t have one, partners can be found either in advance or on the day. I appreciate knowing in advance if you are coming so I have an idea of numbers though it is not necessary to do so.
Tel: 01794 301 185 or 07771 854 347