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BIDDING BIG HANDS

 

 

 

 

In the absence of ‘live’ bridge I thought I would continue with our discussions from last week about bidding big hands.

The first hand we looked at was

                                    S          AK62

                                    H         KQJ8

                                    D         AK

                                    C         K96

I think most people would bid this with their strongest bid (let’s call it 2C)

This is not free from doubt as you could downgrade it slightly and bid 2NT

We had 3 different hands in response.

HAND 1

                                    S          J8

                                    H         T53

                                    D         9753

                                    C         T532

Whether playing a relay or positive /negative system we were all happy that we would respond 2D (or pass if any interference) and after a 2NT rebid would pass again. Our 1 point is not really worth much and it is difficult to see any entry at all. Indeed our partner may struggle to make 2NT depending on how the clubs lie.

Our second hand we did not get to discuss was.

                                    HAND 2

                                    S          QJ84

                                    H         T5

                                    D         53

                                    C         T7532

Despite only having 3 points, after the 2NT rebid you have to bid again. Opposite 23 points and with useful spades and a 5 card club suit you have enough to bid 3NT.

Having said that you should first bid 3C (stayman) as a fit in Spades might make this a safer contract. Partner should first respond 3H (better than 3NT to show 4 cards in both majors). Initially disappointed you bid 3NT and then partner, realising you must have 4 spades, bids 4S.

Any comments? Our more experienced players can pull me up anything I have said wrong. Are all our less experienced players on board?

Okay our third responders hand was as follows

                                    HAND 3

                                    S          QJ8743

                                    H         T53

                                    D         9753

Initially I am going to leave it at that please give me your comments as to how the bidding should proceed. I will post a summary later. (Don’t worry the only person I will make look stupid is me!)

Thank you for making my brainwork!

Hand 2 - I  would have done what you said and “trusted my partner” to understand what I meant when I responded 3NT. Having said that it is comforting when they respond with the suit you have the four cards in.

Hand 3 - using the given bidding sequence over 2NT I would have gone 3H and to 3S response I would have gone 4S.  

If after 2NT there had been an overcall of 3C I would have gone stop 4S and hoped that I had worked out the rule of 500 correctly!!!

Online  bridge is not the same.

Jill

Hi Phil,

With regard to the third response hand, 

Your hand is of little value except in spades, so bid 3 hearts as a transfer.

If partner’s bid indicated 23+ points then you must raise to 4S.

If partner has indicated 20 – 22 points, (bearing in mind that 20 is statistically more likely than 21 or 22), then you could make a strong case for passing 3S. The club void is useful if that is partner’s weak suit, but won’t give you any extra tricks in spades.

As it happens, partner has an excellent fit, but in bridge you can often make the wrong decision for the right reasons!

Best wishes,

Mick

PS I note that my partner has a somewhat different opinion. Hey ho!

Thanks for doing this!

I have had a number of other comments from others,Natasha,Ben. Rather than copy them verbatim I will summarise and move our discussion on to the next bit.could take some Weeks?

Hi Phil
We have just looked at this, a little late I know.
In our system, Jenny opened 2C, and with my hand , it’s much stronger than a negative reply, with 7 losers. I normally assume 2C is likely to have 4 losers, so I’m getting excited about potential slams.
I reply 2S, Jenny responds 3S to agree the suit. Then I cue bid 4C, Jenny cue bids 4D, I then bid 5C, then Jenny goes straight to 6S, realising that one ace is missing.
Is this ok?
Regards
Peter and Jenny

Obviously after bidding 2C 2D 2NT, you and your partner need to have agreed that the responses are the same as after your 2NT opening bid (assuming it's 20-22), but allowing for the extra couple of points in opener's hand

Hand 1 Fine 

Hand 2 no problem.  Is there a partnership agreement about which you bid first.  My partners and I normally play 5 card puppet Stayman, which gives a different sequence but still gets us to to 4S played by the strong hand. 

Now for the 3rd hand. As the cards are, the slam is an easy make. Swap the hearts and clubs round in the big hand and it may not be as easy, but still has reasonable chances. 

 

You'd expect the bidding to start

2C 2D (I like to have 1½ quick tricks for a positive response)

2NT 3H (transfer to spades)

Now with 4 cards in the spade suit does the strong hand jump to 4 spades, or would that show  a maximum 24 pts as well as 4 spades? Certainly the jump to 4S may encourage the responder to go further.

With a non-maximum I would just bid 3S with the opener's hand and then bid 4S with the responders hand. Missing 2 Aces the North hand isn't going to go to slam.

 

Regards

 

Alan


Comments to Philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Last updated : 24th Mar 2020 08:11 GMT
PAIRS COMPETITION

PAIRS COMPETITION

As discussed on 13 March and following the cancellation of the evening session of 20 March the Pairs Competition has become a single evening event.

Kathryn & John are our new Champions winning by some 7% from runners up Richard & Roman.

Last updated : 22nd Mar 2020 09:32 GMT
CHALLENGE TROPHY
CHALLENGE TROPHY

Congratulations to John and Malcolm , another good performance on the 6th March secured their winning the Challenge Trophy.

Linda & Roger were second with Alan & Richard third.

Phil & Natasha secured the first Stepping Stones challenge win in the equivalent Friday afternoon competition with Rhona & Bernie second.

Last updated : 13th Mar 2020 09:38 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

A hand from Stepping Stones afternoon session.

Cannot remember the exact bidding on this hand  but after Jan's, South, double of 4S, Andy, East, bravely redoubled and made his contract. Well done!! Top board for E/W !!

comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 29th Feb 2020 08:10 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

BEAUREPAIRE FINALS

Friday 21 February

CONGRATULATIONS to BeauRepaire Trophy Winners with 73% Roman Gembicki and Richard Horsely

and runners up Phil and Natasha with 55%

and 

CONGRATULATIONS to BeauRepair Plate winners with 60.50 % Glyn MacArthurs and  David Ford and runners up Janet Hobbs and Malcolm Young with 52%

Last updated : 29th Feb 2020 08:10 GMT

IAN

Wishing you happiness and success in your new home

Last updated : 29th Feb 2020 08:10 GMT
IAN ROXBURGH

Thank you everyone for the leaving gifts you gave me.

It has been a real pleasure to have taught and played

at Belper, and to see all the learners develop the way 

they have is so rewarding.

I hope that on the occasions I re-visit Derby I will be 

able to get a game at the Club.  

Best wishes for the future.

Ian

Ian Roxburgh

Last updated : 29th Feb 2020 08:08 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Not sure who was bluffing whom we went one bid too far in this exchange with Linda and Roger.

5S should go one off.

What happened on your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

At our table I (west) opened 3H. Mick (north) thought a bit and then bid 3NT. Anne (east) through a bit and then passed. 4S makes. Top board for Mick and Jill

Natasha

 

With us it was 3H, 3NT, 4S, P, P and a bit of a think from Alan before passing. Difficult choice about whether to pass or try 5C but it was actually the right decision because 4S goes off with the correct defence. We didn’t find it though!

If either I lead a small spade (which I didn’t) or Alan covers the 10S when it was later led off the table, east loses two spades, a club and a diamond. 

SOK

 

 

Last updated : 15th Feb 2020 07:01 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Just 2 pairs found this slam. Mary taking us to the more risky 6NT. 

Assuming the heart honours are split a piece of cake on a non club lead.

As the cards lie it is safe even on a club lead.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

The bidding went

2NT 3S

4S    6S

As we're not playing transfers, the hand was wrong sided.  

Fortunately the opposition didn't find the club lead and the contract made OK

Regards

Alan

Last updated : 8th Feb 2020 07:32 GMT
31 JANUARY

Friday 31 January

Congratulations to David Ford our new individual winner, coming from behind to narrowly beat Roger and Ray.

 

 

Our first experiment with Butler scoring seemed to work. Let’s of see saws through the afternoon. 

Ian and Sheryll won but with the qualification rules Bernie and David were the best placed “Stepping Stoners”

The inaugural Roxburgh Trophy will take place with this format on the 27 March.

 

Last updated : 8th Feb 2020 07:26 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Only a couple of pairs made a club slam on this hand Despite having 2 top diamond losers!

We let David and Pat bluff us out of game with their 4S bid!

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

I am pretty certain that Sean opened 1H as west although he denies this! I bid 2C and south came in with 2S. Sean bid 3C and I punted 6C. South led the AD and I dropped the Q expecting the worst. But no..South switched to a heart so 6C made. Maybe my little ruse worked ? No..South had singleton AD ! So a lucky slam made.       John S

Last updated : 25th Jan 2020 08:26 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

The last heat for the BeauRepaire resulted in John & Wilson turning their silver invitation into gold.

Anne & Mick received a silver invitation with a dead heat with Roger & Linda who have kindly agreed to be reserves.

The final line up for the final on 21 February is as follows.

Roman & Richard, Andrew & Alan, Phil & Natasha, Julie & Alan, Wilson & John, Anne & Mick with Roger & Linda as reserves

Last updated : 25th Jan 2020 08:20 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Most E/W pairs found the slam on Board 20, Sean & Linda bid (& made!) 6NT on this one. We should nickname them “lucky”

6C is the place to be but most were lured towards hearts as majors score better.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Board 20 was an easy hand for Sean to bid. I opened 1 spade and his bid was 6 spades! On hand 28 I opened a diamond (playing 15-17 NT) Sean bid a heart and I rebid 1NT. Sean asked for aces and kings finishing in 6NT. I was dreading the spade lead but luckily got a diamond.

Linda

Last updated : 18th Jan 2020 08:43 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

How to bid a slam on this hand?  Neary everyone in 4  making 13 tricks, except Roman and Janusz in 6  and Tim and Ian in 6  making 12 tricks.

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

I opened 1S and the bidding went as follows

N ​       S

1S      3H

4H     4NT

5D     5H

Pass

4NT was Roman Keycard Blackwood and 5D showed 1 or 4 Key cards, so South knew we were missing the K of hearts or the Ace of Clubs. My partner didn't know we had the Q of hearts so was worried we could lose an extra trick in hearts, but this is unlikely with 10 hearts between us.

Could I bid something other than 4H to show a better hand? I've only got 12 High Card points but my shape is nice ( 6 loser hand). The problem with bidding 4 Clubs is that if it's a genuine suit (which is what partner says he would have taken it as) then he doesn't know we have a good heart fit. north going straight to 4NT after 3H seems a bit ambitious.

Regards

Alan

Last updated : 11th Jan 2020 08:35 GMT
CHALLENGE TROPHY
CHALLENGE TROPHY

Check out the latest Challenge results under Competitions.

Can anyone catch Linda & Roger

Linda is also in the lead for the Slammaster Trophy

Last updated : 9th Jan 2020 10:14 GMT
THOMPSON TROPHY
THOMPSON TROPHY

Congratulations to John & Kathryn who retained the Thompson Trophy with late surge on the last round, passing Tom & Gill who had been leading right from the beginning.

Last updated : 7th Dec 2019 13:48 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last night.

This hand was interesting.

When North South bid game I felt I had no defensive values and must bid 4S.

Doubled as expected it still gave us a reasonable result as 4H makes despite East’s heart honours.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Our first board of the night and I was at fault! Pass, Pass, 1C from me (playing five card majors), 1S and double from Janet. 2S from West and, obviously being away with the fairies, I decided to show my range with 2NT rather than bid Hearts! Passed out. I redeemed myself slightly by making 11 tricks so it wasn’t a complete disaster but it could have been. Rather gleefully, Alan (a five card major sceptic) pointed out afterwards that if we’d been playing four card majors none of this would have happened! 

Great to see nine tables and to see Tom, Gill, Peter and Jennifer there again along with ‘newbies’ Craig and Angela. Hope they keep coming. Felt a bit for Tom and Gill who were way out in front for so long but well done Kathryn and John. Very enjoyable evening all told. 

SOK

Board 15

At our table the bidding was P, (P) , 1H , (1S) , 3H ( we do not play pre-emptively over overcalls ) ,

(P) , 4H , (P) , P , (P).

East led AS which allowed the losing diamond to be discarded on the third spade and 11 tricks were made by Iris.

Malcolm

Last updated : 7th Dec 2019 13:46 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

I think this was how our bidding went.

You would have thought everyone would be in the same contract but not so.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 30th Nov 2019 07:47 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

 This was our bidding.

I should have gone for the safer 6S option but thought it would score better in NT.

Then I made the wrong choice as to which way to finesse the heart queen.

Story of the night.

Others tried 7S and also went off.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Last updated : 23rd Nov 2019 09:02 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

We were lucky not to have this slam bid against us.

East should value his hand after a jump rebid and find the slam.

The big question is why did no one go for 6NT or may be 7H?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 16th Nov 2019 08:58 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Several Pairs managed to get to 6D.

How did the bidding go?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Hand 12. We found the 6D slam as follows. I was west and opened 2C (a strong unbalanced hand) Roger bid his heart suit 2H. I bid my diamond suit 3D. Roger bid 4NT Blackwood. I replied 5H (2 aces) and Roger bid 6D. The ace of spades was led then we made the rest. Linda Hubbold

Last updated : 9th Nov 2019 08:43 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

This week it was Malcolm & Jeff who found this 6NT slam.

We subsided into 3NT.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 2nd Nov 2019 08:14 GMT

BELPER BRIDGE CLUB AWAY DAY

Saturday 26 October At Kedleston Golf Club

Congratulations to all our winners.

Thanks to everyone for making it a great day

Scores for both sessions are now on the website.

Bear in mind then hands in the afternoon do not recognise our "special" rule!

Last updated : 2nd Nov 2019 08:04 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Alan & Andrew were the only ones to bid 6 Spades on this hand and the only ones to make 12 tricks.

Very skillful, deep finesse says it should always make but not easy I suspect.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Phil,

 

Andrew opened 2NT, which we play as 20-22. He's only got 19 but upgraded because of the 5th heart

I transferred to spades and then bid 3NT, without a fit I wasn't interested in going on.

Andrew bid 4 Spades and now I was interested

4NT (RKCB) 5C (0 or 3 key cards)

6S (it must be 3 key cards)

Andrew drew 2 rounds of trumps and used his entries to lead hearts and ruff them good, making 3 heart tricks, allowing him to discard a diamond and a club from dummy . He was able to ruff a diamond in dummy and a club in hand.  Defender could take the QS whenever he wanted.

 

Regards

 

Alan

Last updated : 26th Oct 2019 07:16 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

The latest Gold qualifiers Phil Thompson & John Adams

A silver star for Andrew & Alan

Last updated : 22nd Oct 2019 10:32 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK FROM ANOTHER PLACE

This week a hand from another place.

How to bid and play this hand. Apparently 7H makes

Comments: philip@thompsonsonline.net 

Play

 

On a heart lead, win in dummy, Play a spade to the Q, ruff a small spade, ruff a minor suit, Draw trumps and the hand is now good.

On a minor suit lead, win in dummy, Play a spade to the Q, ruff a small spade, play the remaining heart in dummy, ruff a minor suit, Draw trumps and the hand is now good.

Spade lead is also straightforward

 

Bidding

 

I don't recommend bidding 7H as it needs a 3-3 break in hearts as well as the spade finesse,.

 

One sequence is

1S    2C

2H*    2D 4th suit forcing or alternatively 3NT

4H not really what East wants to hear, so possibly pass

 

* With various partners I play this as forcing to 2S after a 2 level response , so it can't be passed

 

Another is

1S    2C

3H* 3NT? East may elect to look for slam after the 3H bid. but could opt for 6NT which would  go down

4S I don't want to play in 3NT

 

* I play this as forcing to game and promising 5 hearts after the 2 level response. It's showing 15+ points. West hasn't got 15+ high card points but the shape makes up for it,

 

I don't recommend opening it as a strong 2 or equivalent Benjie type bid, as there's not enough high card points, though that stands a good chance of getting you to a slam.  I hope its the right one!

 

Regards

 

Alan

Interesting one. 7H is OK double dummy (finessing the KS and ruffing one S in dummy BEFORE cashing AS) but not sure how you’d get to it. West would take some persuading to be in anything other than some amount of Spades. Possible sequence: W might open 2D (8 playing tricks and someone will say if the rules don’t allow it). Most of my regular partners would then bid 2S (a positive response but nothing to do with Spades); 3S, perhaps 3NT?, 4H, 4S (perhaps a bit reluctantly). Now an aggressive West, knowing that partner has something in Hearts for his no trump bid, might have a look and get to 6S (with the above system it would be played by partner!). 7S goes off. Still can’t see how you get 7H though. 
SOK

I do not think that a strong opening bid at the two level is a legal option on this hand. My understanding is that with a hand with fewer than 16 HCP you must have 5 controls – an ace counts as 2 controls and a king as 1 control.

Malcolm

Last updated : 19th Oct 2019 08:44 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We managed to get to the right contract despite my incorrect reply to RCK Blackwood.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

We also bid the slam :
1S-2C  3S-4S  4NT-5H  5NT-6D  6S
Despite my somewhat underbid of 4S Richard took the plunge and was rewarded with a very suitable dummy.                 John S
Last updated : 5th Oct 2019 07:49 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

There were a few potential slams last night but I feature this extraordinary hand.

Neither Natasha nor Malcolm & John could let go.

Silent throughout my bidding was exemplary!

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Phil – one tiny correction to the bidding as shown on board 3.

The bid of 5S was made by N not by S.

Once a pre-emptive bid has been made it is usual to leave subsequent bids to partner and that was the case here.

Malcolm

Last updated : 14th Sep 2019 07:36 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Another slam slips by.

Only bid by Ray & Jill.

how should it have gone?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Morning. Just because the best player in the room (our good friend Deep Finesse) says you can make 12 tricks, it doesn’t mean the slam should be bid. There are huge holes all over the place and, personally, I wouldn’t want to go near it. 
SOK

I don't think you should be in slam on this hand

You are bound to lose the Ace of Diamond and need to catch the Q of hearts and the jack of diamonds (there are some breaks where one of these won't be needed).  So slightly better than a 25% chance  In this case everything's sitting right.

Regards

Alan

Lightened up so called experts. Good luck to Ray and Jill , good bid. You cannot ague with their logic having seen all the cards. However east could easily have the JD instead of JC. East could have the QH instead of the JH. 

Jeff

Last updated : 7th Sep 2019 07:30 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Board 22

This grand slam seemed simple but eluded most people.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

As Jeff would say, you can’t argue with success but in your bidding sequence you can’t be sure of the King of Hearts position. Partner could easily have a second/third Heart and then it’s relying on a finesse....
Perhaps the following: 1C; 2D (strong jump with strong D - possibly six); 3H (splinter agreeing D); 4C (cue bid); 4NT (far easier if S now takes control in my view); 5D (obviously 4 key cards). I think S can then bid 7 although it would be even better if you play a Q of trumps asking system and take virtually all doubt out of the question.  
SOK

In my defence, we were obviously playing a simple bidding system but Joan must have some points somewhere. Ace spades, 4 , odds on KC that’s 7 points. Still another 4 plus, if she has a second king then I thought the grand slam was the right contract, with only one I stop in six.

 

Last updated : 31st Aug 2019 09:06 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Not many points between them but North South can make a Grand slam.

Only 3 pairs managed to find a small slam.

How should the bidding go?

Philip@thompsonsonline.net

Our bidding was 1H; 2NT (raise to at least 3H); 4C (splinter); 4D (cue bid); 4H; 4NT; 5S (showing two Aces and length in hearts so forcing to 6 irrespective of K or Q); 6H from me. now the question is whether I should investigate a move to 7. Roman thought so but I’m not so sure. Asking for Kings would have left me none the wiser when only one was shown.  Even though we both have nice singletons opposite partner Aces if we are missing KD the grand is likely to rest on a finesse (not wise). Also factored into my thinking was the fact that after my 4D cue bid, Roman hadn’t investigated the slam himself even though I subsequently found him to have the AS. To my mind there must be some weaknesses somewhere so I plumped for what I considered the most secure contract.
SOK

Last updated : 23rd Aug 2019 22:50 BST
WE HAVE MOVED
WE HAVE MOVED

Belper Bridge Club 

has moved to

Belper Strutts Centre, DE56 1UU

The sessions will be held in room 10

 

Last updated : 17th Aug 2019 10:42 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

North South had 2 chances last night of bidding and making 6C.

Only Glyn and Jan did both.

Here looks like the more difficult one to get to.

What happened at you table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 This is the one we found.  The other escaped us thanks to some enterprising bidding by our opponents in Hearts which had the desired effect so fair play. Back to board 27: I opened 1C, 1S from Roman, 2C, 4D (second round control which, to be fair, I wasn’t precisely sure we were playing), 5C (I did consider bidding 4H    showing my second round control but decided against risking it and in any case the hand isn’t that great) and then Roman took the chance on 6C offering an apology as he tabled his hand. Ruby cashed her AD and switched to a S. We agreed the most impressive thing that happened all night was Alan’s complete stoicism when I ruffed his AS! SOK
Last updated : 17th Aug 2019 07:34 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

I was in 3NT making 8 tricks. John lead JH. How to make 9 or even 10 tricks in NT?

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 17th Aug 2019 07:33 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK I

Ian bid 2S after my 2D, I complitely forgot that it indicated AS and things got complicated. After Ian's 5D I had nowhere to go, so it had to be 6NT. Ian went for a squeeze, Roman discarded diamonds and Ian made his 6D for the 12th trick. 

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 10th Aug 2019 08:03 BST
Last updated : 5th Aug 2019 09:35 BST

Handicapped Result using NGS as at 27Jul19 Not Scaled

         

      Pair                                         Original    Handicap    Adjusted

  North / South

   1    4  Andrew Skidmore & Kathryn Shaw           65.77%      +7.35%      58.42%

   2    1  John Shaw & Natasha Romaine              61.01%      +8.28%      52.73%

   3    3  Adrie Box & Sean Connolly                50.30%      -1.46%      51.76%

   4    2  Peter & Jennifer Arnott                  39.88%      -5.02%      44.90%

   5    6  Jeff Calladine & Gary Watson             50.00%      +6.11%      43.89%

   6    8  John Gould & Wilson Howden               45.83%      +2.96%      42.87%

   7    7  Janet Hobbs & David Ford                 47.32%      +4.51%      42.81%

   8    5  Andrew Huskinson & Allan Doyle           39.88%      -1.96%      41.84%

  East / West

   1    3  Jill & Ray Sellars                       63.69%      +4.75%      58.94%

   2    7  Christine & Ralph Woodcock               55.06%      -2.36%      57.42%

   3    1  Julie Groves & Alan Bullock              46.43%      -5.66%      52.09%

   4    6  David Tyers & Iris White                 52.08%        N/A       52.08%

   5    4  Peter Smith & Peter Bell                 54.17%      +3.71%      50.46%

   6    5  Roger Eley & Linda Hubbold               55.95%      +7.21%      48.74%

   7    8  Anne McLean & Jean Robshaw               42.86%      -0.37%      43.23%

   8    2  Mary Jones & Robert Williamson           29.76%      -5.58%      35.34%

Cumulative scores are shown under 2019/20 Competitions

Last updated : 4th Aug 2019 22:04 BST
Last updated : 28th Jul 2019 09:00 BST
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

Congratulations to our latest Gold qualifiers. Richard & Roman

Last updated : 26th Jul 2019 23:12 BST
Hand of the Week

.Only one pair bid the solid slam on this hand , fittingly Richard and Roman 

How did they do it?

why did others not see the same thing?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

The bidding was over in a flash....1H, 1S, 3S, 6S. The slam interest really depends on how you view South’s 15 points. I took the more aggressive stance and raised to 3S based on a nice A doubleton, good clubs and adding a couple of points for Roman’s card play! Malcolm and Kathryn weren’t impressed that no-one else bid it so they suffered. It was a good thing it wasn’t against Glyn after last week....he’d have been apoplectic. 
SOK

Shouldn't North check for aces ? After all South may have

 

(a)     S  Qxxx                           Or (b)    S Qxxx

         H  QJxx                                        H KQxx
         D  AKJ                                          D KQx

         C  Kx                                            C KJ

 

On (a) you can lose AK of hearts and on (b) the 2 aces  

The other option might be to start cue bidding with 4C over 3S with the disadvantage that this may help the oppos to find the right lead.Certainly a leap to 6S gives nothing away !

John S

Last updated : 26th Jul 2019 22:57 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

Everyone who is in spades makes 12 tricks. Is the slam not biddable?

comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

I think this one is difficult to find given the combined point tally. Yes there are a couple of singletons but West’s is in partners suit which isn’t ideal. East’s H are rubbish and even the Ds aren’t great without knowing how the oppos cards lie. Although it makes, best out of it in my view. At our table I overcalled the 1H with 2C. Jan bid 2S and Roman came in with an enterprising 3NT which had the added benefit of irritating Glyn for the rest of the evening! Roman had clubs so was happy to go even six off given the S contract he assumed was against us. Glyn doubled so Roman duly bailed out into 4C of course. It didn’t stop a 4S bid but certainly got in the way of any potential slam hunt.....

SOK

Last updated : 20th Jul 2019 06:10 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK I

On this board most people are in 4H making 12 or 13 tricks. Why hasn't anyone bid a slam?

comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

To answer your question, there’s a good reason for not bidding a slam.....on a club lead you’d be two off before you started!! We missed the board so can’t comment on how things went at our table. 

SOK

Last updated : 20th Jul 2019 06:10 BST

Cannot remember how the bidding went on this hand at our table, but good board for our visitors from Australia

How did it go at your table

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

 

At our table Malcolm played in 2H. West led the KD taken by the A. Malcolm played a second diamond and West played low allowing the 9 to make in dummy ! During the play of the hand the fire alarm went off which West said distracted her. It was quite noisy last night with various things happening and also the traffic noise on the A6. I suppose this can affect one's concentration. Me- I learnt to play bridge sitting at the table next to the jukebox in the students union. Playing songs by the Doors ,the Stones, The Who etc (those were the days). Maybe minor things like fire alarms going off have little impact.                                                John S

I was wondering how the Shaw/Young axis had managed to make 9 tricks so thanks John for explaining! With us, Alan made his two hearts with little discomfort and a near top thanks to gross overbidding by others. The route to 4S must have been an interesting one to say the least! In the old days an Elsie would have been awarded for that.....

SOK

Last updated : 13th Jul 2019 10:36 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Christine & Ralph successfully bid and made this slam with the sequence as shown.

They made 12 tricks, the machine says you always make 13 tricks but I think that needs good guesswork or a double dummy.

Not everyone bid the slam and some only made 11 tricks.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

At our table West opened 1NT and East transferred to spades then bid just 3NT. Maybe East should make a further try by bidding 4NT (quantitative) over 2S if you play that way. Or maybe East should forget about spades altogether and bid an immediate 4NT (quantitative) .As it happens West will pass and slam will be missed.How good is slam ? Well it's less than 50% as you are relying on the spades being 3-3 unless you guess the heart situation which you are unlikely to do in practice. Another slam which is against the odds bid against you Phil...bad luck.
Thank-you Natasha for the comfy chairs !                       John S
Last updated : 5th Jul 2019 22:58 BST
MOSS TROPHY ROUND 3
MOSS TROPHY ROUND 3

Check out under competitions for the cumulative scores to date

Last updated : 5th Jul 2019 22:51 BST
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY

Apologies forgot to mention June 21 was a BeauRepaire Heat

Congratulations Natasha & Phil for earning a Golden spot in the final

Last updated : 30th Jun 2019 09:07 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Thai was the iffier of our 2 slams made last night.

Jeff described the bidding as ‘Jethro Tull’ but I didn’t see what information I needed.

played from West the slam is bullet proof from East we need to avoid a heart lead and we’re lucky!

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 29th Jun 2019 06:45 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Sean and Jeff were the only ones bidding this slam (in clubs).

Our bidding was as shown but doesn’t tell the whole story.

I missed Jill’s bid and thought Natasha had opened 2C , alerted and an erroneous description given by me!

After a ruling I decided to just bid 3NT. I suspect we would not have got to the slam even if I had not been short sighted?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2019 06:46 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We could have perhaps been more scientific with our bidding.

Should we have been a little more aggressive with 6NT?

A 7 bid relies on a split in hearts or a finesse guess so is probably not a good bid.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 15th Jun 2019 07:15 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Here is another slam that got away.

I didn't take Natasha's 3C as strong enough.

We actually made 13 tricks but I don't think we should.

No one bid the slam.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 8th Jun 2019 07:19 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

HOIST ON MY OWN PETARD

Lots or slams last night but this one was interesting

Roman said I seemed so confident bidding 6S ( I wasn’t really) he bid 7C!

I should have hesitated and looked like if was an iffy bid! Which is what I thought it was!

Great fun 

Last updated : 1st Jun 2019 11:18 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

A difficult hand to bid.

After Natasha’s jump I felt I just had to take a jump in the dark.

One other pair got to the slam.

How should the bidding go?

what happened at your table?

 

 

Last updated : 25th May 2019 07:34 BST
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY

Congratulations John and Richard our latest gold qualifiers for the final.

Natasha & Phil gain a sliver star.

Last updated : 22nd May 2019 17:06 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Why is no one in 6 or 7 Clubs

Jean and Liz, the only pair in 3NT making 12 tricks for top board

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 18th May 2019 07:18 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

I hope I got the bidding right, in any case we ended in 3S, not a bad board for us

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 4th May 2019 07:36 BST

FRIDAY 3 MAY 2019 

 6.30 pm

Last updated : 4th May 2019 07:33 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

a bridge (or a heart too far).

I wondered about doubling 4S bur wasn’t even sure my KS would make.

Natasha was tempted to 5H and Jan gave it the coup be grace!

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Our bidding was much more low key than yours , viz.  P , (1H) , double , (2H) , P , (P) , 3D , (P) , 3S , (P) , P , (P) .

Malcolm

Last updated : 26th Apr 2019 23:20 BST
BEAUREPAIRE COMPETITION
BEAUREPAIRE COMPETITION

Congratulations to John and Kathryn Shaw our first Gold qualifiers for next years Final.

Last updated : 26th Apr 2019 10:50 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We didn’t play this hand but sitting out we had no trouble at all in bidding 6S.

This was our bidding using 5 card majors and RKCB.

Easy when you are not under pressure at the table!

6NT scores better but if South is driving you probably stick to Spades or clubs.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

The bidding with Andrew was 1S , 4D ( splinter ) , 4NT ( RKCB ) , 5H ( 2 key cards without QS ) , 6S .

Malcolm

Last updated : 20th Apr 2019 08:35 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

This was Jill & Mick’s bidding. A long think by Mick and then a stab in the dark or a clever calculation  depending on your view!

all down to North and the opening lead.

Yes that’s me. Knowing I would make the wrong decision as I had all night!

yep JS lead and the slam is cold. 

Was there a clue I should have picked up?

At least we didn’t double, someone did.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonsonline.net

Hi Phil,

I could see 11 tricks, and Jill didn’t need to have much for a 12th to materialise. Also of course there weren’t any clues, so there was a 2 to 1 chance of you leading a spade or a diamond.

Best wishes,

Mick

 

If it makes you feel better they can always make 6C, even on a heart lead. They can take the ruffing finesse through the A of heart to set up a 3rd discard on the diamond (with 2 from the spades), rather than taking the diamond finesse.

 

This should be obvious if the heart lead is won by the K, because their partner wouldn't have under led an Ace against a slam.

 

Regards


Alan

 

 

Last updated : 13th Apr 2019 07:21 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Ben and I took the direct route to bidding this slam.

Knowing I should have 8 diamonds Ben just wanted to know if I had the Ace.

Interestingly you could argue that he should bid 6NT instead to protect the KH.

Suprisingly not many bid the slam.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Personally, I think your adjudication re the slam master result is perfectly right and proper!!

Re the hand of the week, speaking from afar, I would have been horrified to have missed a slam (apart from being given the chance to double 5H like Jeff and Alan did to get a ‘population of China’ score). 

4NT from North seems good to me and a RKCB response of 5H (showing two key cards) would make 6NT unassailable. In fact, North could almost go straight there.....as you say it protects the KH. 

Thanks for all your efforts in looking after us all for the past year....onwards and upwards for 2019/20!

SOK

 

Last updated : 6th Apr 2019 08:24 BST
3CC

3CC

Three Clubs Competition

Final Round Wednesday 27 March

A close run evening ending in a draw between Belper and Allestree.

Allestree retained the Trophy retaining their significant lead from the first two nights.

Ripley came second overall by one point from Belper

Anne & Mick

Jan & Phil

Bob & Jim

Ian R & Iris

Enquiries to Phil 07555 456766

Last updated : 5th Apr 2019 08:20 BST
SLAM MASTER 2019

An interesting climax to the year.

Natasha,Richard & Phil all ended up with 19 slam points.

Richard will be awarded the trophy by virtue of him having played the fewest times in achieving his slams

 

Last updated : 5th Apr 2019 08:20 BST
End of Year Statistics

On Friday nights 4 players averaged throughout the year over 56%, John Shaw highest with nearly 57% followed by Alan,Malcolm and Richard.

On Friday afternoons Jim Copson won the equivalent with over 61%

(nb on Friday afternoons district masters and above are ignored)

Last updated : 5th Apr 2019 08:19 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Our system was perfectly suited to this hand.

2D is game forcing and 2H shows no Ace.

Over 2S , 3C was enough to give me the impetus for 6.

We had the AD led against us and got 12 tricks.

Ray & Jill were the only other pair who bid the slam and must have had another lead , making 13 tricks.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Morning Phil

It would have been good to open 2D but with north opening 1NT - duly announced as 11-14 I had no alternative but to jump to 4S making 13.  No wonder bridge drives me mad!!!!

Jill Sykes 

Phil’s comment 

1NT doubled if left in probably makes 1 trick?

6 off for 1700 points?
 

Last updated : 30th Mar 2019 08:03 GMT
To8

TEAMS OF EIGHT

CONGRATULATIONS BELPER BLACK FOR COMING TOP OF DIVISION 4 AND BEING PROMOTED TO DIVISION 3

Belper Yellow and Purple will be in Devision 6

Good luck for next season

Last updated : 28th Mar 2019 11:27 GMT
VENUS & MARS TROPHY
VENUS & MARS TROPHY

Perhaps fittingly our Last Venus & Mars Trophy has been won by our most successful married couple Kathryn & John Shaw

Mostly Playing with other partners

Last updated : 28th Mar 2019 11:27 GMT
ANNUAL PAIRS COMPETITION
ANNUAL PAIRS COMPETITION

ANNUAL PAIRS COMPETITION

Congratulations to our new Champions

Malcolm & Jeff

Winning both individual sessions, the second by a good margin

Runners up Richard & Alan

NB for reasons unknown the combined scores are not appearing as the latest result but can be accessed via the results tab

There was also a difficulty with the scores being counted for NGS but that seems to have resolved itself as well

Last updated : 23rd Mar 2019 08:17 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

This hand was interesting , several pairs including Sean & Julie against us,bid to 6 diamonds. Relying on a club finesse to bring it home.

Our Champions Malcolm & Jeff went that one step further and bid 6NT for a top.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 23rd Mar 2019 08:15 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Apparently the bidding had some added nuances such as:

After 3NT by West, a grin by North before passing, then 5S by East and a scowl by West before bidding 6H, ending with a smug grin by South before passing. 

Appears that facial expressions were better than the bidding.

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 16th Mar 2019 07:22 GMT
CHALLENGE TROPHY
CHALLENGE TROPHY

Congratulations to Malcolm and John winners of this years Challenge Trophy.

A good result from Jeff and Kathryn last night brought them much closer but they were still full % ahead.

Eyes now turn to the Slamaster competition with Natasha edging to within one slam of Richard our current leader.

Last updated : 7th Mar 2019 09:04 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Some have queried how we could play in 2S by West making one trick!

Well here you go. I will leave you to decide who made the worst bids!

2H from North stated to be Lucas. Double from Natasha. Pass from David. All perhaps questionable?

I asked David whether the other suit was a minor he said probably but he was not sure.

I really didn’t want to pass and find 2H doubled makes, which it would have done.

I didn’t want to bid a 3 card minor and walk into an ambush from North South. I reasoned East should have Spades so 2S would be the least worst!

pass from North (first sensible bid!)

Natsha reasons that I may have reasonable Spades and her diamonds aren’t great so passes as well.

Just one trick but over 50% of the available points!

Looks like an ‘Elsie’ to me. anyone remember them?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Only one word for it Phil......debacle! (For all four of you.....!) Interesting though - we finished in 4S making 12 tricks.

SOK

With all the rhetoric and hilarity, this board was not too bad for us (E/W). David and Glyn (N/S) could have done so much better if not trying to be Machiavellian.

Natasha

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 22:57 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK?

Lots of slams around last night but this one seemed to elude most pairs.

Playing in Clubs has to be the answer. 6NT can’t make?

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Just to say, 6NT, which John and myself found, can and does make and is the optimum contract. Bidding.... 1D, 2C, 2NT (forcing to game and, if we weren’t already this puts us into slam territory), 4C (Roman Gerber, Ace asking), 4S (two Aces if same colour), 6NT. 

 

Well done to Wilson and John. Solid performance which we could quite keep pace with. 

SOK

Last updated : 23rd Feb 2019 06:36 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE FINAL
BEAUREPAIRE FINAL

FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Our BEAUREPAIRE FINALS night

Congratulations to John & Wilson for a fine win in the closed room for the BEAUREPAIRE trophy.

In the open room a close competition finally ended with a dead heat between Alan & Andrew and Mary & Robert for the BEAUREPAIRE plate.

Last updated : 23rd Feb 2019 06:36 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

Congratulations to John & Wilson our last Gold star qualifiers

Invitations will now be issued for the Final on 15 February

Last updated : 26th Jan 2019 07:52 GMT
TEAMS OF EIGHT

TEAMS OF EIGHT

Wednesday 16 January

Black v Allestree Blue 

Belper won 15-5

Yellow Team v Bakewell B

Belper won 13-7

Purple Team v Bakewell C (Away)

Belper lost 2-18

For names see below

 

Last updated : 20th Jan 2019 12:44 GMT
INDIVIDUAL TROPHY
INDIVIDUAL TROPHY

Congratulations to

JULIE GROVES

our 2018 Individual winner

Slipping past Anne McLean on the very last hand of the night.

What happened to all the men ?

Highest placed sixth

Last updated : 5th Jan 2019 06:59 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY
BEAUREPAIRE TROPHY

Sorry about the computer glitch last night.

Strange how we can forget the good old days!

Well done David & Glyn our latest Gold Star qualifiers for the BeauRepaire Final

Glyn has also qualified with Jan so he has a difficult choice to make.

Silver stars for Peter & Peter and Ian & Andrew

One more qualifying round to go

Last updated : 27th Dec 2018 15:05 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK I

BOARD 7

John lead a small club to Kathryn's JC and we were 2 down

comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 7th Dec 2018 12:40 GMT
THOMPSON TROPHY

The THOMPSON TROPHY

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew and Ruby winners of this year's THOMPSON TROPHY

 

Last updated : 5th Dec 2018 10:31 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last night.

This hand seemed to create a battle royal at most tables.

My 2C indicated both majors.

I was not going to be shut out with such a good hand so risked 5H.

Natasha converted to 5S.

We went 1 off for an average. Someone made 5S doubled. Others made 5C doubled.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 30th Nov 2018 23:15 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Just for once we got something right.

Describing North as 8 playing tricks is a bit of a push. 2D relay.

3H strong and positive. 4C and we had found the club fit.

6 clubs makes 6 Spades shouldn’t.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Been out so sorry for the late submission. 

At least you bid the slam. The only ones! 

 

6S can and does make but it takes some playing. Say, AD lead and assume another D which declarer ruffs, AK Spades and the Q H. Cross to dummy with club to the K, taking care of the singleton Jack which is key.  Then play AK hearts dumping the A and Q of clubs! Next ruff the diamond and back to dummy with a club to either the 10 or 8. Play the other one of those to take west’s final club and then when you play dummy’s last club west is stuffed!! All he has left are his two trumps

 

There’ll be a fancy name for this like a strip squeeze or a Jeff coup - either way you’d be proud if you played it that way. 

SOK

Last updated : 24th Nov 2018 08:12 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

That was the bidding at our table, some might say agricultural

comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 11:15 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Flush from the success of an ultralight 3 Diamonds on a previous hand I decided 3D was the right opener on this, as we were vulnerable and I hand nothing at all in the majors.

No excuse!

Ruby and Kathryn found the diamond slam which is tricky.

How do we think the bidding should have gone?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 09:41 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

One of 2 hands last night where we bid 6NT but made 7.

Should we have investigtaed further on this one?

How should the bidding go?

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Should you have investigated 7NT? Well, South's  jump straight ‎to 6NT isn't going to help but I'm not sure if, after going through the gears and finding a K missing, you're going to opt for 7 anyway. That said, an attempt could come via a different sequence. 

With us it was 1D, 1S, 3D at the start. Should I bid 2NT? I decided against it with such a distributional hand. Yes, partner's bid means my KS has value but it's still a singleton and partner doesn't have to have brilliant spades. There's also my pesky doubleton club. Showing Hearts would be nice but a reverse should show 5D and 4H‎ specifically. Considering everything 3D was my favoured option. 4NT from partner, 5S from me (two key cards and QD) and 6D from Alan for a modest board. 

It is difficult for Alan to ask for Kings. If he does and discovers he's one short, he's committed to 6NT with a missing K which could be risky. 

Now, if Alan's first response was a strong jump to 2S (which was‎ an option he considered) we might possibly get to a stage where one of us punts 7NT because of our long suits. Still risky though without a widget to ask for specific Kings. 

SOK 

 

Last updated : 10th Nov 2018 09:21 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

 Congratulatons Anne and Mick our latest silver star qualifiers.

Linda and Roger already have a gold star.

 

Last updated : 3rd Nov 2018 09:06 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

We played this hand switched as North/South

I think this is how our bidding went.

what to lead ?

either AH or KS.

having been burnt earlier in the night by not leading our suit and seeing 2 tricks disappear I went for AH, big mistake!

Well done Andrew and Allan for bidding it.

what happened at your table?

Philip@thompsonsonline.net

After S had opened in S ,  overcalled by W in D , E bid 3NT which was taken out in to 4D , raised to 5D .

 

A spade was led which was won by E in dummy . The 10 D was run which N did well to duck . E continued with a spade which was won by S who switched to his singleton C . Declarer won with JC and played a trump which was won by N with AD . Lead of a C will now defeat the contract but this will only work if N believes W has started with 5 clubs but never bid them – understandably perhaps N switches instead to another S and the contract is made.

Malcolm

Last updated : 26th Oct 2018 23:07 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams bid and made last night.

This was an interesting hand.

I judged the West hand to be too strong to open preemptive or as gambling 3NT?

8 playing tricks in clubs seemed to be the best description. Natasha took a flyer with 3NT and we escaped a diamond lead making 12 tricks.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 12th Oct 2018 23:06 BST
AWAY DAY

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER

AWAY DAY 

16 pairs thoughly enjoyed their day at Kedleston golf club.

Congratulations to all our successful pairs and thanks to all who made it such a memorable day.

 

Last updated : 11th Oct 2018 09:02 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Should you bid a slam on this hand?

From our bidding Natasha knew I had exactly 19 points.

Everyone made 12 tricks but it relies on either diamonds and spades splitting 3-3 and the KC being offside the Ace or both diamonds and spades splitting 3-3.

Can someone work out the combined odds? 33%?

Congratulations Anne and Jean the only ones to bid it. You can't argue with success.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

after discussion with Malcolm the actual position is this.

you need both suits to split 3-3 and the KC to be onside.

One suit splitting 3-3 is 35%. Both suits 35% of 35% and then 50/50 for the K. Somewhere around 7 or 8%!

 

 

Last updated : 6th Oct 2018 08:18 BST
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

Congratulations Natasha and Jan our latest Silver Star pair , potential finalists for next year

Last updated : 29th Sep 2018 10:11 BST
SUMMER CUP FINAL

SUMMER CUP FINAL

Wednesday 19 September

Congratulations to Team Orange who won a closely fought contest with Team Green 

to win the Summer Cup and theAllsopp Trophy

Team Blue had an excellent night to win the Bronze Play off by some margin.

Full results will be posted later

Last updated : 22nd Sep 2018 20:18 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

I have never had 28 points before!

What to do with them!

I couldn’t see any option other than simply bidding the slam. I tried 6NT as I could not see the advantage of a spade contract.

I didn’t drop the spade queen so ended up playing a long squeeze hoping for a diamond discard which didn’t happen, one down.

There should be a more scientific way of bidding but with 33 points surely everyone should be a slam?

No clues so the odds favour the spade finesse?

What happened at you table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

I'd not seen that many points either, especially since I was so overwhelmed that I thought I'd got 29! 2C, 2D, 2S, 3S (the correct bid in my view, showing some points and a likely K). I then checked the position using key card and, sure enough, Jeff came up with KC. Now what?

 

The KC (if Jeff has at least 3 clubs and another entry) would take care of either my losing D or H BUT, if he has 5 or so points for his 3S bid, there's no way of knowing how his other few points are made up - if he has a couple of Jacks in D and H you may never get to his hand. 

 

6NT looked too dangerous a stretch to me so I opted for a still potentially risky 6S and also lost out to the QS. Sadly Jeff, although he had a great QH entry, also had a doubleton Club so no discard on the K after all. Card combinations never cease to amaze! Never mind I'll remember the 28 points!

SOK

 

Last updated : 21st Sep 2018 22:59 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK?

Several slam hands around last night.

this one was interesting although our opponents only managed to get to 5C.

How should it be bid?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Malcolm opened 2D (game forcing). I bid 3H (2H would be a negative.) This doesn't show the Ace of hearts necessarily as we don't play immediate Ace showing responses.Malcolm now bid 4NT which is Key Card Blackwood (in hearts) and I bid 5H showing 2 key cards but no Q of hearts.Malcolm now bid 6C. I thought long and hard whether to bid 6H (giving partner a bad time !) but decided to pass. After all Malcolm might have nothing much in hearts. The ace of spades was led after which there wasn't a problem with the club Q coming down. .6NT by South is in danger on a small spade lead as if South guesses wrong they take 2 spade tricks.     John S

Last updated : 15th Sep 2018 07:53 BST
STEPPING STONES HAND 7

My 2D is game forcing. Natasha showed AH with her response. I bid 3S setting the suit and intending to bid 4NT (RCK) over her response.

The only way I could be sure of K and Q Spades.

She took the wind out of my sails with her own 4NT.

Worried that she might not know if we were missing an Ace or KS I took,the bull by the horns and bid 7S which she converted to 7NT.

Luckily the QS Falls for,a happy outcome.

Well done Julie and Jen for getting there too.

Bet their bidding was not so much fun!

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 15th Sep 2018 07:52 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to Mick & Jill the only pair to successfully bid this slam.

I don't know how the bidding went.

Well done Jill for playing 6S under time pressure and with a lot of noise in the room.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Hi Phil,

Jill opened 1S, Nora overcalled 2H and I couldn’t see a helpful bid, so just went straight to 6S. I did suggest to Jill that she likes a challenge! And she rose to it!

Thanks for all the work involved in Friday’s two events – they both went very well.

Best wishes,

Mick

Last updated : 8th Sep 2018 08:32 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK I

That was the bidding at our table. Top board for E/W making 11 tricks.

How did you bid this board?

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 1st Sep 2018 07:32 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

I think that was the bidding at our table.

Diversity of contracts. What was the bidding at your table.

Comments: natasha.romaine@bt internet.com

 

Last updated : 1st Sep 2018 07:32 BST
SUMMER CUP SEMIS 22 AUGUST
SUMMER CUP SEMIS 22 AUGUST

Orange beat Purple in the first semi-final. Purple were winning after 3 quarters but lost right at the end

Green beat Blue comfortably in the other semi.

Pink beat Yellow in a friendly.

The Gold final will be contested by Orange & Green

Purple,Blue,Pink& Yellow will be in a 4 way battle for Bronze

Last updated : 25th Aug 2018 05:26 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Natasha and I both took risks to get in the way of the North South bidding on this hand.

From my perspective a slam seemed very likely as my Spades were only reducing Natasha’s defensive tricks.

4S doubled would not have fared well. We were a little lucky

How did the others bid the slam?

should it be converted to NT as one pair did?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

We found our way to 6D via 2C (north); 3C, 3D, 3H, 4NT, 5H (two key cards - obviously AKH which is great), 5NT, 6C (no further Kings outside), 6D. 

With two kings missing I thought 6NT might be a stretch, given I was actually a few points lighter.  No guarantee partner has many/any Diamonds on the bidding either. 

A good trump lead didn't give me any gifts and after drawing trumps, I had options all over the place. Long story short I was lazy and simply gave up the KC so 6 is cold....sorry partner. At least trying a finesse would have been more the done thing. 

Ask cavalier Jeff about the 6NT without checking the K position - he'll say, it worked didn't it?

SOK

When Phil says they were lucky not to be doubled in 4S he is showing a lack of faith in Natasha’s declarer play !

Declarer should aim to get to dummy twice by ruffing diamonds,  the first time in dummy leading towards the KS and the second time leading towards KC, ending up losing AS, AD, AC and three hearts for – 500 and an absolute top. It would take inspired play  by N/S to prevent this which would probably necessitate seeing all four hands.

I hope Natasha isn’t encouraged by this to make more bids like her 2S bid.

Malcolm

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Congratulations to John Shaw and Richard Horsley gold star qualifiers for our final in February

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YEAR END RESULTS
YEAR END RESULTS

30 March was our last session of 2017-18

Final Competitions resolved saw

Malcolm & John crowned as Challenge Trophy winners

Jeff crowned as Slam Master

Alan Kenny top of our averages

Julie Wragg came top of the Stepping Stones Averages

David Hartland & Julie Groves top of our Stepping Stones Pairs

 

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Our 50th Anniversary celebrations continue

13 tables enjoyed last nights cake and festivities