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CORONAVIRUS

The Committee has reviewed the present situation concerning the Covid-19 restrictions and concluded that for the time being there can be no change to the present arrangements

06/08/2020

 

In view of the current Coronavirus situation all face to face bridge sessions at Belper Bridge Club are suspended until further notice.

Keep checking the website for further development.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

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After discussion, Belper Bridge Club Committee has decided to postpone the collection of subscriptions until such time when we could return to “normal” bridge and hold our AGM. The situation will be reviewed periodically.

The Committee has also decided that anyone who was a member of Belper Bridge Club in April 2020 will remain a member until an AGM can be held.

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HAND OF THE WEEK

A couple of slam hands around last night.

This was the more difficult one, especially with the pesky 2S interference.

I knew Natasha had 4 hearts but not 5 from the double but my hearts and the whole hand was weak so I repeated my clubs.

If we were to settle for a game contract it had to be in hearts.

6C is the only safe slam contract although one pair made 6H.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 19th Jun 2021 06:50 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last night.

This hand was interesting.

Most pairs ended up in 4S played by East, in this case Alan.

I was kicking myself for my KC lead, thinking I should have lead the singleton spade.

Deep finesse says the contract makes against any defence.

However only Alan, who played it immaculately, brought home the bacon for an outright top.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

4S is an incredibly difficult contract to make against best defence. To be successful usually entails perfect timing and end playing North at the right moment in trumps so that he/she is end played in to giving a ruff and discard.

Natasha could have defeated 4S by cashing her remaining winning trump when she first got in – this would have avoided the endplay.

I am glad we were only in 3S.

Malcolm

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Last updated : 12th Jun 2021 07:06 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Unusually last night there were just 3 slams bid and made all on separate boards.

Having been top with our 6S on board 1 we were on the receiving end of 6D on this board, well bid by Richard and Malcom.

Perhaps they can remind me of their bidding sequence.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Our sequence was 2D (I valued it as an 8 playing trick hand even though there’s likely to be 9) and Malcolm bid a 2H relay. 3D from me, 4D from Malcolm and I had a free 4NT bid, being able to end in 5D if partner showed no AH (he could only bid 5C or 5D of course because of my combinations). Happily he bid 5D, showing the one ace, and now I have a decision. With my singleton H adding further values and reasoning Malcolm might well have opted for a fast arrival of 5D if he was pretty poor, I jumped in with both feet. 
Surprised more people weren’t in it but pleased because I played it too quickly and poorly and failed to harvest an easy 13 tricks. 
SOK

At our table S opened with a Lucas 2S. As often happens this put a massive spoke in our wheels. As west I doubled and N bid 2NT asking for the other suit in S. (both oppos bidding and I have 20 points !). Kathryn passed and S bid 3C. Not sure what I should have done but tried 3NT. Kathryn knew I had a good hand but couldnt really bid so there we stayed making 13 tricks. Understandably we missed slam.

John S

 

 

Last updated : 5th Jun 2021 06:55 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

This slam escaped all but Julie & David.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 29th May 2021 06:25 BST
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

Congratulaions to Julie and David Lashley our latest heat winners.

Ian and Andrew also earned a bronze star.

For all the winners look under Competitions 

Last updated : 29th May 2021 06:23 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK I

A solid 6S with only 26;points.

when I bid a temporising 2C Natasha rightly revalued her hand and gave me 3S , the slam try was then pretty much guaranteed with the double fit.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

As the cards lie, it’s a good slam but, on the whole, it’s less than 50%..

If there’s 3 to an honour offside, you’re down.

If when you lay the A of spades down, an honour drops off side, do you continue with the K for the 2-2 drop or go across to dummy to take the finesse?

If there’s 3 to the QJx onside, double dummy will make the contract, but it takes a brave player to take a 1st round finesse.

At our table the bidding became a bit complicated

1S           2D          3C          Pass

3D          Pass       3NT        Pass

4S           Pass       4NT        Pass

5C          Pass       5D          Pass

6C          Pass       6S           All Pass

The Oppos 2D bid got in the way. My 3Cs should show a 5 card club suit, but I though I would always be able to put us back into spades if that’s where we should be, if partner supported clubs.

Partner’s 3D was asking for more info and 3NT showed my diamond stop. Now when partner bids 4S, I believe he’s got a stronger hand type

4NT is RKCB and 5C shows 0 or 3 key cards, which surely is 3.  Now my only concern is what are we missing in top spade honours.  We can ask for the Q of trumps by bidding the next unbid suit up. My plan was to play in 5S if partner didn’t have the Q.  I bid 5D (bid by opponents but not by us).  My partner didn’t recognise what I meant and bid 6Cs, which I put back to 6 spades. Fortunately it made.

Regards

Alan

Board 17

We were fortunate in having a bidding misunderstanding without going completely off the rails and still ended up bidding and making 6S. After my 1S opening bid as N we were the only pair that had to contend with a 2D overcall by E  the Frenchman  with 5 points which complicated matters . Alan bid 3C in S and I then had an awkward choice. Supporting clubs might risk ending up in 5C without being able to  explore a slam for fear of going too high. Bidding 3S is an underbid and 4S an overbid so I chose to keep the bidding going by bidding 3D. Alan bid 3NT , I bid 4S , Alan 4NT (RKCB) , 5C my me showing 0 or 3 key cards with  S as trumps . At this point Alan bid 5D and I forgot that under our system that is asking about QS. I was weighing up whether 6C or 6S would be the better contact and elected to bid 6C ( that is far superior to 6S if Alan has only 2 spades and he did have the opportunity to give delayed support over my 3D bid to bid 3S if he had 3 ).  I have now completely confused Alan by giving an impossible reply to his QS enquiry and he  converts to 6S. Fortunately , slightly against the odds the spades break 2-2 and we make it. Those who understand the rule of restricted choice may argue there is  an extra chance  if E had singleton QS or JS because they wold finesse the 2nd round of spades but will realise that they would then go down if E had QJ doubleton.

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readers will realise this is the commentary on the same table from either side!

 

Last updated : 22nd May 2021 06:27 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

In contrast this board despite its 32 points is not a straightforward 6NT chance.

indeed neither pair that bid it made 12 tricks.

Once the diamond finesse fails it relies on a squeeze or a correct guess of the spade position

I was worried my lead of JC from South had given the game away but with partner holding the 9C there is no marked finesse.

I just need to hold my clubs.

North is in more trouble trying to hold her 2 clubs, 3 spades and at least a further 3 diamonds, in the end something has to give.

What happened at your table.

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Phil

On board 25 our Oppos bid to 3NT.  Partner made a safe club ,lead taken by the K. Declarer took the losing diamond finesse. After winning the club return, declarer took the winning spade finesse and then dropped the Q of hearts by playing A, K.  12 tricks now roll in.

Regards


Alan

 

Last updated : 22nd May 2021 06:26 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

This looks like a good candidate for a slam.

surely most would have opened with the south hand and north has 21 points.

No one looked at the grand slam , perhaps in diamonds?

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 15th May 2021 05:31 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Well this is a strange one.

On the face of it to make the spade slam you need a club blockage (not sure of the odds), careful play of diamonds to shed one club from west,and a ruffing finesse in hearts to rid the other club.

at our table our opponents didn't go anywhere near the slam and made 11 tricks.

However at 5 tables, folk had a rush of blood and bid it, 2 pairs made it!

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Rather embarrassed to admit to having placed my partner in this but knowing Alan’s talents and his renowned good fortune, there was a reason - a rather pathetic one but it was a reason!
I couldn’t believe it when Alan opened a S. I nearly punted 6 immediately. Sense reigned for a bit so I bid 2NT (raise to at least 3S) and Alan bid 4 with nothing else to say. 4NT from me brought 5S from partner (2 key cards and QS). Now then..... clearly it was possible for partner to have two Aces and be missing the KS and that would give us a chance. It was unlikely but possible so I decided to give it a bash on the basis that I’d been tempted to try 6S straight away anyway. Told you it was pathetic reasoning.....
How on earth we managed to get that Club split is anyone’s guess and partner then played it perfectly to bring home the bacon. 
Herewith a public apology to Pat and Jackie who were our unlucky oppos. 
SOK

 

Last updated : 7th May 2021 22:23 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK I

Another one of those do you, don't you hands. Is 31 points really enough for 6NT

congratulations to those who bid it, not our opposition luckily.

should it be bid?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

In my humble opinion the answers to your question is it shouldn’t be attempted. 31 HCP isn’t enough to hunt down a NT slam and you need everything working to make 6 which is very lucky. Our bidding was 2NT (20/22); 3C (puppet stayman); 3NT (no 4 or 5 card maj); 4NT (quantitative inquiry); easy pass. Note the magician Mr Kenny managed to make 7. I attempted the same play as him by leading the QS at one point - our oppos felled it with the Ace but Alan got away with it. As Wilson would say.... ‘dipped in it!’

SOK

Last updated : 1st May 2021 06:23 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

I got this wrong from the start.

Our big bid is 2D but I thought we are not going to play in NT and I can't guarantee game in diamonds or clubs opposite a Yarborough.

it didn't get any better when I had a second chance to bid.

The double is for take out in our system but with the vulnerability I was not unhappy when Natasha passed. A penalty of 800 looked pretty good till you realise the grand slam is cold.

how should it be bid?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

I suppose it depends on how partners define their 2C (or 2D if that’s your strongest option). Under normal circumstances, in my book, 2C would be game force OR 23 plus. Bidding would then go....2C; 2D (negative - 0-6 points ie less than an A and a K); 3C; 4C; and then opener has a decision. To my mind the club support is fantastic news. I’m assuming P will have four clubs (otherwise he would have bid another 4 or 5 card suit en route) and therefore its very likely to mean no C losers. 6C SHOULD, therefore, be pretty much nailed on. Since it’s not going to get in the way, I think I would try 4NT after the 4C just to see if partner’s points were invested in AH. I’d then have a little think about giving 7C a try if I got the right response. Could go wrong of course but even if a H wasn’t led you’re very likely to be able to get across in trumps to use it to dump the losing S. As it is the AH is missing so no harm done and you’d default to the 6C contract. On a very bad day it might go off but you only live once.....

SOK

Last updated : 1st May 2021 06:22 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Do you agree with my thinking on this hand.

The 6NT bid was not just hogging the contract.

With 19 points opposite an opening bid we are clearly in slam territory.

We play 5 card majors.

Even if Natasha is sub minimum for her bid she probably has a 6th spade which may give us 5 tricks.

I am hoping for a lead into one of my red suits which may create the extra trick.

Had Natasha 2 key cards would I have been brave enough to go 7? We will never know.

As the cards lie I need to drop or find KS onside. Slightly better than 50/50. And the same applies if we are in the spade slam.

It would have been easier with a 4th club or diamond in either hand giving extra chances.

Fortune favours the bold?

Or should it not be bid?

What do you think?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

 

Last updated : 24th Apr 2021 06:07 BST
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

Congratulations to John and Kathryn our first heat winners and qualifiers

A new Bronze star will be awarded to the runners up Phil and Natasha with the possibility of qualifying for the final.

See under Competitions.

Last updated : 22nd Apr 2021 08:03 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

6D and 6H make by N/S, but we ended up in 6S* by the opposition for 800

Comments: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 17th Apr 2021 08:29 BST
ROLL OF HONOUR
ROLL OF HONOUR

 

In the unprecedented circumstances of the Pandemic, we have moved Competitons online.

Whilst we have suspended Memberhip as such, we have welcomed many new players to our sessions.

There can be no Prize Giving but we should acknowldge the efforts of all our players adapting to these strange times and in particular the following

BELPER BRIDGE CLUB

 ROLL OF HONOUR 2020-21

FRIDAY EVENINGS

Virtual Challenge Trophy - Alan Kenny & Richard Horsley

2020 Thompson Trophy-Stuart Sutton & Barbara Rogers

2021 Individual Tournament- Joint Alan Kenny & Ian Kayes

2020-21 Pairs Tournament-Kathryn & John Shaw

2021 Beaurepaire Plate-Andrew Huskinson & Allan Doyle

2021 Beaurepaire Trophy-Theo Rofer & Terry Roberts

2020-21 Challenge Trophy- Stephen Read & Elaine Coldicott

2020-21 Moss Trophy-John Gould

2020-21 Slam Master-Richard Horsley

2020-21 Averages Leader-Alan Kenny

STEPPING STONES
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS

2019-20 Roxburgh Trophy- Brian & Nora Duffy

2020-21 Roxburgh Trophy - Ronda Sims and Mick Buckley

2020-21 Stepping Stones Challenge-Jill Sykes & Mick Hepworth

Last updated : 17th Apr 2021 08:19 BST
Hand of the Week

This is how we got to the Grand last night.

strictly Natasha should have 4 spades for her bid but her rebid of hearts otherwise didn't seem right.

knowing Natasha had 2 aces and must have some other points in the red suits I assumed she would have either red K which is all I needed for the Grand

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

The bidding at our table was identical to yours ,  which is not often the case !

Malcolm

Last updated : 3rd Apr 2021 08:15 BST
END OF CLUB’S YEAR
END OF CLUB’S YEAR

Richard Horsley slipped past Kathryn Shaw last night to win the Slam Master, scoring a grand and a small slam. Ending up on a score of 20 for the truncated year, one more than Kathryn.

 John Gould wins the Moss Trophy after we completed the 6th and final round. Wilson and John had a tremendous last round to slip past Mick Donaldson and Lucy Mellors who are now in second place. Detailed results will be amended shortly under Competitions

Congratulations to Ronda Sims and Mick Buckley this year's Roxburgh Trophy winners. Helen Barrett and Lynda Jetton came second

 

Last updated : 3rd Apr 2021 08:12 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Joan and John bid the heart slam here against us.

luckily I took my AD otherwise they can make all 13 tricks.

what happened at your table

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 27th Mar 2021 05:54 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

Congratulations to Theo and Terry who won our BeauRepaire Final

second were Alan and Richard

Congratulations also to Andrew Huskinson and Allan Doyle who won the BeauRepaire Plate.

Next week we resolve the Moss Trophy and the Slam Master

Last updated : 26th Mar 2021 06:32 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

The only slam chance last night.

a little confusion in our bidding sequence.

The 4NT was intended as quantitative, 2H already showing no Ace. I took it as RKCB perhaps interested in specific Kings. It all worked out right in the end.

On a club lead the play was quite straightforward. There seems no scope for a 13th trick so I gave up KC immediately so there was no need to touch hearts.

On a heart lead the correct play is duck QH always keeping a second cover. I am not sure I would have found that play, many didn't.

As the cards lie 6NT is always safe on any lead but it illustrates the point made last week , 6NT even with 32 points is not a walk in the park.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 19th Mar 2021 21:57 GMT
ANNUAL PAIRS TROPHY
ANNUAL PAIRS TROPHY

Congratulations to Kathryn & John Shaw our Annual Pairs Trophy winners.

Retaining their title they won at our last face to face session last March.

Alan & Richard were second 

Next week the BeauRepaire Final & Plate

All welcome but to qualify see below

Last updated : 19th Mar 2021 21:32 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams bid and made but this one should have been.

my Mind is a total blank as to how we got to 6D , with me west playing them. Perhaps Natasha can help.

We lost the first trick to AH and there was a switch to Clubs which I won in hand with the Ace.

Decision time.

I can either play for the finesse or hope to drop QS. I decided to play for the drop, worried about a ruff somewhere as the hands were all unbalanced, and played a series of diamonds hoping for a spade discard, no luck so ended up losing 2 tricks. With the spades on show no one is going to drop a vital spade so in the cold light of day I should have taken the finesse.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Last updated : 13th Mar 2021 07:01 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

32 points but not easy to make 6NT.

Only one pair bid and made it.

You have to get 2 finesses right with presumably no clues from the bidding.

it just shows you do need those extra values in a NT slam.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 6th Mar 2021 06:17 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

A cracker of a hand of the week.

Sitting South I could open strong but wanted to show 2 suits.

So fingers crossed, 1C.

With Natasha's hand I would have gone 2S showing a stand alone independent suit (just as well she didn't as we would have ended up in an unmakeable 6S)

After my 3D jump we were always going to end in a slam.

I was not sure what Natasha's 5S meant I had a feeling it was for sign off, but I was not content with that.

We managed to bid 6C,6H and 6NT missing out the only safe slam contract of 6D! 

Luckily Natasha managed to bring 6NT home for a good result.

Other tables were all over the place 7NT,6NT,6S .

No one in the safe 6D

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

  Yes Phil, an excellent hand although I’m not sure why trying to get to difficult slams was so popular apart from the fun of it of course. There doesnt seem any easy way to get to 6D and it could well have been as fraught with problems as any of the other options. Well bid by Linda and Peter who stopped in 4S ... and turns out to be the best contract if you can’t find the Ds. We got lucky in 3NT and made 12 tricks but it wasn’t a bad spot even if we’d just made plus one when compared to the carnage elsewhere. Bidding was: 1c (no problem opening this.....if partner can’t muster a single bid it’s disappointing but you’re not going to want to be in game anyway); 1S from Alan; 2D (I would argue a reverse is sufficient since it’s forcing and conserves bidding space); 2H from Alan (4th suit forcing at this stage). That allowed me to rebid my Ds which should then show 6C and 5D or 5/5 at the very least if I was misbehaving again! Now, at this point Alan knows the huge misfit we’re faced with and opted for 3NT. If I have no S (which is more than possible) I would have 2 hearts so could get over to cash his AKQ of spades (at least). Of course, having made the 12 tricks you wish you’d been in it!! SOK 
Last updated : 27th Feb 2021 06:06 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

This was our opponents bidding on this hand.

Difficult to be confident of a slam.

2 pairs went successfully for 6H and one pair made 6NT which does not fare well on an opening club lead.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 20th Feb 2021 08:49 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

This hand comes from last weeks stepping stones session.

the computer says you can make 7S,H or indeed NT.

It seems to me that 7NT and 7S rely upon getting the diamonds completely right which is improbable.

7H on the other hand is fairly easy to see and bring home although it looks like the inferior contract.

in practice just 2 pairs bid the small slam.

How should the bidding go?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 13th Feb 2021 06:54 GMT
NOT THE HAND OF THE WEEK

If you look through the scores for hand 8 you will see an unusual entry - 4H by East making 2 tricks ( 8 off)

How did this happen ? I confess I was the architect.

I opened a sub-standard 1S as West and North came in with 3D (weak). My partner bid 4H which was" obviously" a splinter bid.

South passed and I knew that 4H was a splinter but then managed to convince myself that perhaps it was natural and cant be a splinter as N/S have at least 10 hearts between them and not shown any interest. I passed.

Kathryn had the pleasure of playing the hand and duly went 8 down.

At least we weren't doubled ( LOL !!)

The amazing thing was we scored 25%

John S

 

 

 

Last updated : 8th Feb 2021 09:55 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

2 pairs lived dangerously on this hand bringing home 6 Spades , although missing 2 Aces.

How often does that happen. I guess the odds are that the Aces are split.

I thought about a slam try but decided against it. Wisely I thought but most pairs ended up with 12 tricks.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

 

Last updated : 8th Feb 2021 09:54 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK I

A couple of good slams last night.

I was happy with my bidding as North.

I was tempted to look for the grand slam but the Blackwood system, looking for specific Kings didn't suit, I wanted to find out if Alan had 3 or 4 kings.

So I settled for 6 Spades.

The play was notable for the way that Alan worked patiently away at every suit other than diamonds to give himself a chance to trump the 3rd round of diamonds and set up his 4th diamond as his 13th trick.

Brilliant Alan.

What happened at your table.

Notwithstanding the excellence of Alan’s play which conjured up an extra trick that shouldn’t be there, I support my partner (Mr John Gould) who decided against a slam. Our bidding was the same up to my 3S bid as South. After a long think, John then bid 4S which surely has to be correct especially without the ability to check for the number of Kings given the directed system. I might on have 20 points and with his 9 it isn’t enough for a slam even with his shape. OK I had 21 but it still isn’t enough when there’s plenty of room for me to be missing two (even three Kings on a bad day) or even the K and Q of spades. With the known information I think he’s right not to risk it.
The directed system didn’t help here of course but even if you had been able to find three Kings, south’s hand could still be missing the KQS and have only two trumps. If playing keycard at least one issue would be resolved but it’s still by no means nailed on.

SOK

 

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 6th Feb 2021 06:41 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK II

Not so happy with my bidding here. Sorry Richard.

Perhaps I should have gone 2H straight away but did not want to use up space,

1S from Richard did not suggest extra values. My 3D was forcing, 3H from Richard suggested 3 card support.

Should have gone further.

How should the bidding have gone?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 Shame about missing this one since it’s pretty much gold plated. I agree that perhaps a better first response would be 2H, setting us immediately on the path to game at least, followed by 3H or, even better, 4D (splinter agreeing H) from me. Should be pretty straightforward then. Even with the 1H response, I think with North’s blockbuster, as soon as South opens there has to be a slam try even if it isn’t quite reached for some reason. Whenever North takes charge with Blackwood, the specific King asking step would find South with KC. There’s a danger that a club lead could find the AQ clubs sitting in the wrong place and the contract is off before it even begins. That would be very unlucky though and with South having opened clubs, such a lead would be unlikely so a slam in H has to be a more than reasonable shout. Never mind though it was all still very good fun..... SOK 
Last updated : 6th Feb 2021 06:40 GMT
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

Our INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT took place on 29 January.

In a first for the club we had a three way tie for the winner all gaining 61%

Joan Crothall, Ian Kayes and Alan Kenny will share the title.

 

We had some technical glitches during the evening. We think that possibly 2 players were logged in and somehow excluded at the last minute if this happened Apologies.

Can you let us know who you were for future reference.

Our technical team have also had a problem translating the results from BBO to the website. Detailed information may not be available on the website. Hand detail and history are still available via the BBO website

A further problem is that the slams have not automatically been added to the Slam Master competition, see header under this competition, Kathryn Shaw is now in the lead with 19!

Back to normal next week!

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Last updated : 6th Feb 2021 06:40 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

6 diamonds is the right contract here.

Only one pair got there.

We didn't even get to game I am afraid.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Against us Richard opened 1C and Kathryn waded in with 2C showing the majors. I am always in favour of coming in with distributional hands not vulnerable. Do you pass ,bid 2c showing the majors, or make a weak jump overcall of 2S with the East hand ? All 3 bids were found last night. (although most Norths opened 1D and 2D was sometimes bid to show the majors)The resulting auction ended with Malcolm bidding 3NT and I led a heart which allowed Malcolm with good play to make +3 for a poor score for us. If I lead the K of spades Malcolm can duck for 1 round and still make 11 tricks - again poor for us.

6D can make but takes some playing on a spade lead

John S

Regarding Board 1 from Friday night
This was bid against Alan and myself but we defended well and it did not make
hurrah!
yours 
Julie

Last updated : 30th Jan 2021 07:10 GMT
MOSS TROPHY - ROUND 4
MOSS TROPHY - ROUND 4

Handicapped results for the 22nd January now received.

Updated results for the Moss Trophy are under Competitions

Mick Donaldson and Lucy Mellors are leading.

2 Rounds to go.

Last updated : 29th Jan 2021 08:22 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

We missed out on the Slam here subsiding into 4H.

Gill ad Tom went the whole hog and bid the grand slam, 7H making.

What hapened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

Just for info, this is how it went for us

South (Tom) with 17HCP and a rebid in clubs opened 1 heart.

North (Gill) with 12 HCP and 5 hearts bid Jacoby 2NT showing game going support in hearts.

South bid 3NT - a limit bid showing mid range hand of 16-18 points and forcing to game

North (would then want to cue bid 4S showing first round control in spades but as this takes the bidding beyond game in hearts) and so is forced to bid 4H, saying I have nothing more to say, as from my hand I can't see a slam.

South now knows that North has only bottom end support 12-15 points but with good shape in south hand bids 4NT Keycard.

North bids 5H showing the missing 2 keycards.

South knows that in addition to the keycards North has another 5 to 7 points (could be 2 kings or a king and 2 queens) so concludes that the contract should either 6 or 7 hearts. Given the shape of south's hand, it is reasonable to go 7H.

As it happens the other points in Norths hand don't help but the shape does.

Fortunately, a club was led which enabled the queen clubs to be captured with the Ace (although the club finesse would have worked).

I took 2 rounds of trumps, the King of clubs and ruffing another club leaves the 10 clubs and the 13th club as masters to drop Norths 2 losing diamonds.

Surprised nobody else had a go.

Cheers Tom

Last updated : 23rd Jan 2021 06:22 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

Congraulations to John & Kathryn, one of our most consistent pairs, who sealed their entry to the BeauRepaire final with their fine win on 15 January.

Alistair and Roger came second but are not eligible for our final.

A Silver Star has been awarded to Alan Kenny & Richard Horsley who have twice just missed out by a whisker on the usual 60%

One nore chance to qualify on 19 February.

Last updated : 20th Jan 2021 16:35 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

I think this was our bidding.

No one found the diamond slam. 
How should the bidding go?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

I opened 1D . This was followed by a 1H overcall. Partner Alan bid 2H which promised diamond support and a willingness to play to at least the 3 level. Opposition bid 4H and I bid 5D which ended the bidding. A high heart would always be led so making 6D needs the KD with the leading player. If the singleton KD was with his partner you would probably still lose to it.

 Malcolm

Last updated : 16th Jan 2021 07:41 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

2D is game forcing.

3H shows AH (and no other ace)

Blackwood was belt and braces, once she saw AH Natasha was always going to play in 6NTto protect KS.

In fact 6NT only makes with a it of help from our friends.

6H is a better contract , reached by David and Iris, presumably with a different sequence.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 9th Jan 2021 06:57 GMT
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB CHAIR

Dear Fellow Bridge Players

What an extraordinary unpredictable year we have had. I hope throughout this bizarre time you have managed to keep healthy, safe and busy.

As things stand I cannot see that Belper Bridge Club will be returning to normal face-to-face Bridge anytime soon, although maybe spring and summer might bring us hope of retuning to some form of normality.

This year we have not been able to proceed with our normal Club business such as the AGM and all that it entails. This will have to wait till another date.

However, during this paradigm shift the Club has managed to establish a successful and flourishing Virtual Belper Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings. I hope this, for a few hours a week, keeps you occupied, interested and most of all in touch with your friends. Perhaps when playing Bridge we can forget the troubles of the world and relax (or not) in front of our screens.

Let us all hope and wish that the New Year will bring us better, safer and happier days.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a good normal New Year

Belper Bridge Club Chair

Natasha Romaine

Last updated : 7th Jan 2021 09:53 GMT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT
BEAUREPAIRE HEAT

Congratulations to all who did well in the December BeauRepaire heat.

Full details under Competitions.

John Hopkinson & Phil Hudson gained the gold star.

A number of Silver stars also awarded.

Those with 2 or more Silver stars will also gain automatic entry to the final in March.

Last updated : 21st Dec 2020 16:01 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Lots of slams last night but not many bid as 'scientifically' as we did on this one.

if AC is not led then the loser disappears and we make 13 , in this case for a top

Anyone suggest a more scientific bidding sequence?

philip@thompsonsonline.net
 

Well, we didn't find the slam, but if you want a more scientific sequence, how about:

1S                                                                                3D (jump shift showing 16+pts)

4S (the jump showing a long solid spade suit)    4NT (RKCB in case partner has AC as well)

5S (2 key cards and the Q of trumps - so showing what was already promises and no ACs)  6S

Alan Kenny

To offer an answer to your question, I would have thought south could afford to respond 4NT to check the key card position. Who knows, you might get a surprising answer showing three key cards (AK Spades and A Clubs) and then with south’s hand you’d be pretty confident (not certain of course) that 7S would be on.
With us the bidding was entirely different in that our oppos made the rather surprising opening bid of 1C (!). Sitting north, I overcalled 4S and, of course, East very reasonably went 5C. Now, my partner has a decision to make....he went for 5S and that was passed out. No club lead and we duly made 7 but not a brilliant result. We agreed afterwards that partner could have reasoned that 6S would be likely to make. My difficulty was, when the 5S came round to me, I wasn’t entirely sure who was trying to kid who in the auction so couldn’t really do anything but leave it!
‘Twas ever thus....
SOK

We bid the hand 4D -4NT    5D - 6S

Have we gone mad? Well quite probably. The 4D bid showed a "good" 4S opener generally very good spades and could have an outside ace. Usually 8+ tricks.

The idea here is that a 4S opener shows a weaker hand something like

S KJ10xxxxx H x D Qx C xx

so usually partner doesnt get too excited.

Similarly opening 4C shows a good heart hand and 4H opener weaker hand

This convention goes by the weird name of NAMYATS. Why is it stayman backwards ? I dont know as its nothing to do with Stayman.

Its also called South African Texas after some American who got lost.

Last night that meant South played the hand and of course the AC was led and the overtrick disappeared.

Well you can't win em all.

John S

Referring to Alan’s possible sequence of 4S showing a solid suit followed by 4NT as RKCB , when I play with John Griffin he maintains that if a solid suit has been shown , then any response to RKCB should ignore the key cards you have already shown in your solid suit. In the hand shown it makes no difference but suppose you showed a solid heart suit and had no other outside key cards , then you would have to reply 5S when that might be too high.

Obviously not something to adopt without careful partnership discussion.

Malcolm

 

 

 

Last updated : 19th Dec 2020 06:17 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams this week.

Check out this little stinker.

Natashas 1S is standard, I chose a 1NT response as the least of the evils.

Natasha left it , which I don't quarrel with and I made 6 tricks for a poor result.

Several tables did the same, then the rest are all over the place. 
Someone managed to land in 2C N/S for a good result but how did they get there?

How do you think the bidding should go?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 12th Dec 2020 08:27 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

It was not our night last night.

Natasha decided to bid 3H over 2NT with the north hand and I joined in over the 3NT.

We paid the penalty.

5 tricks made for -1100

Of course if everyone had bid the slam , in diamonds,clubs or No trumps our sacrifice would have given us a top!

Congratulations to the 2 pairs that did.

How did the bidding go on your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

 

Last updated : 5th Dec 2020 06:08 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Several pairs managed to find 6D on this hand but it seems to me it relies on a favourable outcome in spades.

Good odds for a slam?

On the other hand 5D can often be a poor contract if 3NT is making with overtricks?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

The bidding at our table was

E            S             N            W

2D [1]   Pass       2S [2]     3C

3D         Pass       5D           Pass

6D

[1] 8 playing tricks in an unnamed suit or some big balanced hand

[2] positive but saying nothing about spades (promises at least an Ace and a King)

 

On the lead of a club, I played the 8.  West went up with the Ace (!) and then tried to cash the King, which I ruffed. Slam made

 

As you say, the slam needs things going for it.  In this case the Q of spades falls doubleton. I should point out, though, that on the layout of the suits (and on a club lead), if you swap the 10 and Q of spades around, the slam still makes on a squeeze.

 

Regards

 

Alan

Last updated : 28th Nov 2020 06:19 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK II

I pop this hand in from the Stepping Stones session on Wednesday.

I could not believe that more did not bid the Grand Slam.

Karen (a conservative bidder) seemed to be showing me 9 possibly 10 tricks in her own hand and I have 3 Aces and a King.

Doesn't take a rocket scientist.

Surely everyone must open the West hand with a strong bid of some kind?

Amazing.

Any thoughts?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 28th Nov 2020 06:19 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Our substitute friends made short work of the bidding on this hand. Not surprising with 15 tricks off the top.

Disappointingly for us only 2 pairs went for the optimum contract!

How did the bidding go at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.ne

My fault on this one

1H 3D (game force, slam interest)

3S (a reverse) 4NT (RKCB)

5C (0 or 3 key cards) Now here I went wrong. It must be 3 key cards with the reverse, and I should go on with 5NT. Howver in case it was 0 key cards, I bid 5D saying bid slam if you've got 3 key card otherwise pass.  

Partner now bid 5S In my mind I was still unsure whether this showed 3 key cards so bid 5NT

Partner now bid 6H. By now I was jus happy to reach a slam, so passed. Oh dear.

Alan

Last updated : 21st Nov 2020 06:55 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

This was our bidding.

2 pairs managed to find the heart slam.

how did the bidding go at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 14th Nov 2020 06:42 GMT
Roxburgh Shield
Roxburgh Shield

Designed for intermediate players our first Roxburgh Shield took place on 28 October at 2pm

Brian and Nora Duffy had an excellent afternoon finishing with 64.5% and become our first holders.

Apologies to those who didn't manage to play because of technical difficulties.

The next Roxburgh shield is scheduled for 31 March.

 

 

Last updated : 7th Nov 2020 06:31 GMT
THOMPSON TROPHY
THOMPSON TROPHY

30 October was our first online Thompson Trophy.

Congratulations to Stuart Sutton and Barbara Rogers our winners

Davdi and Julie Lashley came second with David Tyers and Iris White third.

 

Last updated : 7th Nov 2020 06:31 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Most pairs found the 6H bid on Hand 26, although my agricultural bidding had Natasha in consternation.

Only our winners Stuart and Barbara found the 6H on this hand.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 7th Nov 2020 06:28 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

How, I am sure you are asking yourselves, did we end up in 7H.

Well I had a brainstorm. On Natasha's rebid jump we clearly were heading towards a slam.

If she has both minor suit aces and QH then 7H must be on. When Natasha responded RKCB with 2 aces plus QH then I thought that's it.

What did I forget - A of trumps!

Interestingly on any lead other than diamonds 13 tricks can be made for a top. Wouldnt that have been a suprise!

Of course with abundance of tricks and to protect KD, 6NT should be the right resting place but how do I know which Aces Natasha has? If she does not have AC, 6NT could be very embarrrassing ( equal only to bidding 7H with an Ace missing!)

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 31st Oct 2020 06:11 GMT
MOSS TROPHY
MOSS TROPHY

23 October was the second round of this year's Moss Trophy. Post event scores have been handicapped based on your NGS rankings. See under results.

Your best 5 results through to next March will be averaged to establish our winners. The current position after 2 rounds is shown under competitons

Last updated : 28th Oct 2020 18:15 GMT
HAND OF THE WEEK

Fortune continues to favour the bold.

I was unconvinced by my 3C bid, although vulnerable it would be on the strong side.

Natasha felt, and I agree that 3NT should be the right home.

Congratulations to the 2 pairs who successfully brought home 6C.

You need KC to be onside but 3NT is difficult if KC is offside and held up.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 24th Oct 2020 06:58 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

I expect many tables had something along these lines as bidding.

On a spade lead we were held to 11 tricks.

If south declares in 3NT a heart lead brings at least 12 if not 13 tricks?

Some bid and made 6D but it seems to me they should struggle against best defence

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 I can’t see 12 or 13 tricks on a H lead if South is in 3NT. I think the defence should still get two tricks if they play it right. A Spade lead from west will get South to 12 tricks though. Against us the vagaries of bridge damaged our oppos. Kathryn bid the correct contract, played it perfectly and still only got 27 percent for her troubles. Hardly seems fair! SOK 
Last updated : 17th Oct 2020 06:49 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

A slam going begging here.

how should it be bid?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

the wonders if modern science this is being updated on a ferry. Not tried to edit.

Phil,

 

You might want to edit this down a bit!

 

2 bidding sequences depending on whether West opens or not

 

If West opens 1 heart (only 10 pts but a nice hand nevertheless), then I think East is bound to go to a slam. 

Various options here.  

a) East can bid 4NT (Roman Key card Blackwood). A 5H reply would show 2 key cards (perforce the A & K of hearts) without the Q of trumps. East could bid a straight 6 hearts here, but that would rule out the possibility of a grand slam if West is stronger. So E could try 5NT asking for Ks. This gets the 6C reply showing none, so sign off in 6 hearts.

b) If playing Jacoby, bid 2NT to show a good raise to at least 3 hearts. Even if partner signs off in 3 hearts, you would still go on to slam. The problem is if partner is strong he would take control and never realise how strong you are and perhaps miss a grand slam

c) a temporising bid of2 clubs waiting for partner to show more info.  When he bids 2 diamonds you can bid 4NT (now asking with Diamonds as trumps). Partner now shows only 1 key card.  So it looks like you have a loser, so bid 6Hearts 

d) east bids 3 spades, a splinter agreeing hearts. Don't think this gets you any further forward and again risks partner taking control

 

If West passes. then East opens, his opening would depend on the system agreement and could be 1C, 1D or 1H.

a) 1H.  I think west should now bid 4C, a splinter agreeing hearts.  East now asks with 4NT and, after partner shows 2 key cards, bid 6H. As partner hasn't opened, then a grand slam doesn't seem to be on.

b) 1D (my systemic bid).  West will bid 1H. Now it's difficult as West could be quite weak. So going straight to 4NT is perhaps over bold. A jump to 4H is likely to be passed, even though West knows he's got a double fit in diamonds and hearts. Instead east could try a splinter with 3S (even though he's got the Ace, but I still think West will sign off in 4H.

c) 1C. Again I think West will bid 1H. West won't know about the double fit, so even less likely to be encouraged to go on with the options in b)

 

Regards

 

Alan

 


 

Last updated : 10th Oct 2020 08:38 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We keep missing the slams!

I valued this South hand at 9 tricks so opened with 2C rather than our game forcing 2D.

I can't fault Natasha's bidding when she knows I have 9 tricks she thinks she can add 2 tricks not 3.

Even if I had opened 2C game forcing and Natasha showed me AC it would still have been a guess as to whether I bid the slam.

Some pairs got there though and Richard and Alan went one better with 6NT. How do you make that?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 I was leaving this to Alan since he bid the 6NT. He started with our 8PT or strong balanced opening of 2D. Now, in our system, my 2S response was simply a positive relay saying nothing in particular about spades. 3S from Alan showing his suit and 4S from me since I’m minimum. Alan bid 4NT - finding me with one Ace - and because our system meant I would be the one playing in Spades, he neatly bid 6NT as a protection against a lead through either of his Kings. Since I had values for at least an Ace and a King the KH was pretty nailed on. Of course it still needs the missing Ace to be in the right place if West makes a passive lead but it was and so 6 makes comfortably. In the actual play west led a D so the contract was claimed immediately after the AD won. Just occasionally partner knows what he’s doing...... SOK
Last updated : 3rd Oct 2020 06:17 BST
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

From September we have recommenced all our usual competitions albeit in a virtual format.

See Competitions for full details

Congratulations to Theo Rofer and Terry Roberts who won our first BeauRepaire heat on 18 September they automatically qualify for the March final.

Stephan Read and Elaine Coldicott, Ian Roxburgh and Tim Hallam scored over 60%, earning silver stars and the possibility of qualifying.

25 September brings the first round of the MossTrophy. all can play, handicapped scores adjusted for NGS rankings will be carried forward through the year.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 09:07 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We missed this slam. I expect our bidding, shown, was replicated at many tables.

Congratulations to the 2 pairs who bid it. Needing a good spade outcome.

Fortune favours the bold!

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 26th Sep 2020 06:14 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Lots of slams around last night.

Ian Roxburgh has slipped into the lead in the Slamaster Trophy after his grand slam (lucky with the finesse!)

I have chosen this stinker as the hand of the week.

I really can't blame Natasha for stretching a point or two for her 2D. 
Perhaps you should never bid 3NT with a void - I certainly regretted it and felt lucky to get away with 1 down.

6D can make but how do you bid it?

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Our bidding went

1H                                                   1NT (not enough points to bid at the 2 level)

2S (a reverse showing 16+ pts)  3D
3NT (hating diamonds)                4D

pass (Don't have the nerve to raise to 5 , let alone 6, with a void)

 

Fortunately it was enough to score 50% on the board

 

Regards

 

Alan

Last updated : 19th Sep 2020 06:19 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Most pairs managed to find the spade slam on this hand but not at our table.

What happened at yours?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Interesting hand. With us, Alan decided to discount his singleton JH and open a weak 2S (he could easily have opted for a 1S opening as some pairs did). I made a 2NT Ogust inquiry and when Alan showed good points and a poor Spade suit (not a surprise given my holding!) I pushed on. After 4NT found Alan with only one Ace, I left it at 5S. We were trumped bound and with my H holding you might not even make 5 if Alan also had 3 small Hearts. 
With a 1S opening there would be ways to make a better stab especially if one was playing a system to show first or second round control cue bids. Looking at some of the other bidding sequences however it seems Blackwood was popular, and then you have the same dilemma. 
Fortune favours the brave punt but I’m sorry to say I shied away from it. 

SOK

Last updated : 12th Sep 2020 06:36 BST
A FEW ONLINE WRINKLES

Some of you have been asking how tables are allocated.

Apparently the machine simply takes pairs in the order in which they log on.

If you run out of time on a hand the machine will try to award a result if the position is totally clear eg, just a couple of cards to go.

If this does not happen then the machine initially awards 50/50 but the TD will then review this and award a fair result. So there is no advantage in "running out the clock".

When the TD adjusts he will then inform both pairs of the revised result

Last updated : 7th Sep 2020 10:04 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last last night but this looked like an interesting hand.

Only 24 points but a double fit, always useful.

Best played in 4 spades in match pointing, you can afford the KS to be offside and still make.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 5th Sep 2020 08:02 BST
7 MINUTES A HAND

Feedback has suggested people prefer 7 minutes a hand to 8 minutes by almost 2 to 1

It also enables us to play 26 or 27 boards instead of 24 when this provides a more balanced movement.

We will continue with this at the present time.

Philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 29th Aug 2020 06:31 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Julie & David ,Mike & Lucy were the only pairs to find this E/W slam last night.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 29th Aug 2020 06:24 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Several pairs found the spade slam on this hand.

The trick is to identify the Heart shortage, perhaps a splinter bid?

I missed this week so I need input into how the hand should be bid.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2020 06:44 BST
VIRTUAL BRIDGE CLUB

Our virtual bridge sessions start at 6.30pm every Friday and 2.00 pm every Wednesday.

If you have already played in one of our sessions you will be automatically eligible to log in for future sessions.  Log in any time from 2 hours before the session starts.

Results for the night will be posted on the website as soon as possible and will count for NGS and Master Point purposes. 

To add a little extra fun we will have Virtual Slammaster and Challenge Trophy Competitions going as well. Look under Competitions

These are really friendly sessions. Introduce yourselves at the begining of the round and ‘chat’ if you have spare time. 

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2020 06:44 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK II

This hand has been suggested by Malcolm.

His commentary follows.

Anyone can suggest a hand if the week and I will include.

you don't have to provide commentary.

I do not know if it is too late to include a second hand of the week but I think hand 23 is very interesting and shows off the skills of the N/S winners. It is surprising how few bid a slam despite having 32 points and controls in every suit. If you could look at both the N and S hands I think you would like to be in 6D if playing teams but 6NT if playing pairs as all it requires for that  is a 3-2 break in clubs to make. The N/S winners were in 6NT and managed to make despite the 4-1 club break. They tested the clubs early and after playing 2 rounds and finding the 4-1 break played off their spade and diamonds and backed their judgment that W had come down to CJx and HKx. When AH was played and W did not throw away his KH to avoid being endplayed then the contract was brought home by playing another heart.

Malcolm

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2020 06:43 BST
FINDING A PARTNER

FINDING A PARTNER

If you are interested in playing bridge either on Wednesday afternoon or Friday evening but have not got a partner, the BBO site has a facility called “Partnership Desk”.

The option is open only to those peope who are on the Belper players list and becomes available 2 hours before the game starts.

Log on to BBO and find the session in the same way as you would if you had a partner, you will be given the option of “Partnership Desk” on the top bar. Click and add your user name. Now wait and see if anyone else is looking for a partner.

More information: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 15th Aug 2020 16:32 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

I thought this more interesting than the pretty much universal slam bid by east wests on board 11

On a spade lead the machine says you should be restricted to 10 tricks whatever the contract.

I will not quarrel with Natasha's removal to 5C, I actually think I might have gone 6H?

I contemplated 6C knowing that 5C was not likely to be a good result but those 2 diamonds stared me in the face and said keep quiet!

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 15th Aug 2020 07:02 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Just for once we got something right.

My 2NT showed Natasha 2 aces.

Our version of RKCB does not contain a continuation to ask for QH in this sequence so I just went for it.

I guess I expected a slightly stronger hand from Natasha and probably an extra heart, Bidding the grand with. 10 card fit without QH would seem odds on. With only 9 cards it is perhaps not such a good bid?

anyway this time it worked.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 8th Aug 2020 06:53 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

We played this hand against our subs, including our TD.

3D was alerted as a very powerful hand.

the 3NT was a very courageous bid by Jonathan giving them a top.

Everyone else ended up in a part score although 7C can make.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.netd

Last updated : 1st Aug 2020 08:09 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Virtually everyone ended up in 4H.

Who would have thought it mattered so much who bid Hearts first.

Natasha had no clue on the opening lead and chose QS, I would have done the same.

Suddenly my AK Clubs we're worthless! And a poor result ensued. The start of our slide from a good start.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 

 

Last updated : 25th Jul 2020 06:27 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

THE VIRTUE OF A PASSIVE DEFENCE

Virtually everyone got to the East West slam on this hand.

Sitting as south I had to choose the opening lead.

it seemed imperative not to give anything away ie. passive defence.

So not to lead from either Queen. The opposition had not explored a spade fit so a spade, six , second from rubbish, was my answer.

Not unreasonably declarer took the finesse immediately hoping I had QS. Not so.

The slam can still be made by taking the heart finesse the wrong way round but this is counter intuitive. So eventually I ended up making QH as well, one down.

What happened at your table?

Someone made 6NT even with a 6S lead.

philip@thompsonsonline.net

You’re not usually associated with being passive Phil!

The same start at our table, losing to QS. Partner tried to see if he could test out how things were breaking but things were too flat all the way round. He ended up two off After taking the H finesse losing to the Q. 

Perhaps I should have been more passive with my bidding!

SOK (currently never sitting out at all!)

 

I had an easy ride on this.  I was in 6NT by West:

E  -   W

1H - 2NT (balanced 16-18 pts)

6NT - pass

North led a heart from his 4 to the 8.  South went up with the Q and I made the Ace. Crossed to a heart in dummy and ran the J of spades which lost.  On the heart return, I claimed the remaining tricks. This wasn't accepted, so I played the K&J of heats throwing 2 clubs, cashed the 10 of spades and claimed again, which was accepted.

Regards

Alan

 

Last updated : 18th Jul 2020 07:51 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Another slam passes us by although not everyone made it.

Not sure what is the safest way to guarantee 12 tricks.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 11th Jul 2020 06:47 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK?

Our bidding does not fully reflect these extreme hands.

results ranging from 5S making to 6C doubled making.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

At our table the bidding went

W   N   E   S

3C 3S 4C 4S
5C 5S

I did consider doubling 5C and I would have certainly doubled 6C, and suffered the same fate as the rest who doubled it.

In 5S, E led the A of clubs, followed by a second club, which gave me a ruff and discard, allowing the contract to make.  One off is still a good score.

The "optimum" score for the board is 6S dbled, -2. Not surprisingly, no-one finished in that. 

Regards

Alan

 

Last updated : 3rd Jul 2020 22:02 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last night.

Our opponents were not the only ones to be in the unfortunate contract of 2S dbled by West. Which not suprisingly did not fare well.

i was spitting teeth when partner passed the double, I should have trusted her.

what happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 27th Jun 2020 08:23 BST
The Gnomes
The Gnomes

Chatting over the garden wall

Last updated : 21st Jun 2020 10:11 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

This was Tom and Gill’s bidding last night. 3C showed slam interest but they settled for 3NT.

Despite 32 points the slam relies on the club’s splitting and a non diamond lead so probably not a good bid.

Yet many bid it. On lead, the choice was between spades and diamonds. I would usually choose the major with no stayman type interest shown by the opposition. I also had Gill’s diamond bid so choose 8S as so many did.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 20th Jun 2020 06:54 BST

A slam chance for east west.

Someone had a go at 7S which the computer says can make.

6NT is a good bid but 6S feels safer.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Playing with Kathryn our bidding was 1D , 2S , 2NT , 3NT , 6NT

Regards Malcolm

Last updated : 13th Jun 2020 06:36 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

we missed several slams last night.

we didn’t manage to get to game on this one!

Well done the 2 pairs that could see the slam potential

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 6th Jun 2020 07:39 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

Again no slams.

We rode our luck a bit last night.

Here is a good example.

3S is a bit of an overbid here but there clearly seemed to be a game on.

having found our fit 4NT seemed obligatory. Natasha gave me nil point , I thought I could convey that my hearts were much longer than my Spades with the 5H bid which Natasha could remove.

Most ended up in the heart game with mixed results.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 30th May 2020 06:29 BST

Until we can resume our normal Bridge sessions we are proposing to continue with the virtual bridge on Fridays at 6.30 and perhaps developing it even further.

Last Friday’s session was free for all the participants. However, from Friday 22 May the players will need to pay “table money” to cover the club's costs.

You will need an account with BBO and $4 ( £3.50) for our first paid session on 22 May - see below for details

Hope to “see” you all on Friday 22 May.

natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 23rd May 2020 06:28 BST
HAND OF THE WEEK

No slams last night, but this was an interesting hand.

Not sure on our precise bidding but Bernie bid 4S and I took the bold step of going 5H, ending up 1 down for a good result.

Some made 13 tricks in Spades , if there is not a diamond lead.

What happened at your table?

philip@thompsonsonline.net

 I made 13 tricks on a heart lead, as we were vulnerable I would have been pushed to 5  but not 6 - as you said a diamond lead would have gone down 2. Jill
Last updated : 23rd May 2020 06:27 BST

Playing bridge on BBO

Last updated : 21st May 2020 09:20 BST
THANK YOU

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your appreciative, encouraging and positive comments about our first session of Virtual Belper Bridge Club.

From your response it appears that those of you who turned up to play, as they said they would, had a good and enjoyable night.

Until we can resume our normal Bridge sessions we are proposing to continue with this format on Fridays and perhaps developing it even further.

Last Friday’s session was free for all the participants. However, from next week the players will need to pay “table money” to cover the club's costs.

You will need an account with BBO and $4 ( £3.50) for our first paid session on 22 May - see below for details

Hope to “see” you all and more next Friday 22 May.

natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 21st May 2020 09:11 BST

VIRTUAL BRIDGE CLUB

Intend to LAUNCH on FRIDAY 15 May 6.30 pm

All those interested and committed to play on the 15 May, please provide me with:  real name; EBU number; BBO user name; mobile numbers by

4 pm Thursday 14 May please.

natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

This is our first foray as a club into the virtual unknown.

First and foremost it is intended to be fun.

We will have an official TD provided by the EBU who will help if there are difficulties.

Bear in mind some of our participants have very little online bridge experience, so be understanding.

For this first tournament we are not asking for any payment. We will come up with a suitable mechanism for future events.

Once you have signed up with Natasha you should treat your commitment as fixed , like any of our other pre-booked events. If you have to make changes try to give us as much notice as possible.

We will be using a standard 2 winner movement.

We are going to allow 9 minutes per hand to start with. Speeding up as we gain experience.

Depending on table numbers we will not try for a huge number of completed boards may be 18-21 which should mean a finish about 9.30 certainly by 10pm.

If you get into a mess with an individual hand just do your best and move on.

This is not a serious competition.

We do not intend to issue Master points or use for NGS purposes, again this will change for the future.

There is a chat facility at the bottom left of the screen. Please use this to “talk” to fellow members who you may not have “seen” for some time.

Please be discrete with any comments about the hands just like you would at the table.

We should be able to post results and the hands to the website after the event.

Please give us some post event feedback so we can test reaction and modify future events as appropriate.

Any further help contact

Click on VIRTUAL CLUB title above for precise log in instructions

Philip@thompsonsonline.net

Last updated : 16th May 2020 13:24 BST
DOUBLING PART 2

 A DOUBLING QUIZ

What does the last double mean in each of these sequences?

1 Pass-1D-Pass-1S-Dble

2 2C-Dble

3 Pass-3H-Dble-4H-Dble

4 1NT-Pass-2C-Dble

5 1H-Pass-3H-Dble

I have received 2 helpful and broadly agreeing responses as follows

From Mick

As ever these things depend on partnership agreements, but playing with Jill I would assume the following:

1 Pass-1D-Pass-1S-Dble

Happy to compete in either of the unbid suits.

2 2C-Dble

No partnership agreement!

3 Pass-3H-Dble-4H-Dble

Penalties.

4 1NT-Pass-2C-Dble

Suggesting a club lead.

5 1H-Pass-3H-Dble

Take-out.

I hope Jill would agree!!!

From Alan Kenny

1 Pass-1D-Pass-1S-Dble
I’d take the dble for take out.  I’d expect the shape to be at least 5-4 in the other 2 suits with opening values.  If instead of double they bid 2NT (or 2D if you prefer) that would also be the other two suits but showing at least 5-5, but could be weaker in points than a double.

2 2C-Dble
It depends what the 2C bid is.  If the 2C is an ACOL or Benji, 2C, then I’d take the double as showing clubs.  However some people play the Truscott defence over an ACOL 2C.  Depending on the details of the agreement it would be showing either clubs and hearts or diamonds and spades with 2NT showing the other of the pair.  If the 2C is a Precision 2C, which promises clubs, then the double is for take out.

3 Pass-3H-Dble-4H-Dble
I’d play this for penalties.

4 1NT-Pass-2C-Dble
Assuming the 2C is Stayman, then the double shows clubs. In the unlikely event that it’s showing clubs, then the double would be for takeout

5 1H-Pass-3H-Dble
I’d play this for takeout.  As a side comment, it might be worth checking what the 3H bid promises. In traditional ACOL it shows 10-12 points with 4 card support, but if the opposition is playing a Jacoby 2NT, then the 3H bid may be weaker

I am not sure it needs much further commentry.

If in doubt you can usually sort out whether a bid is for take out or penalty from first principles.

Low bids doubled are rarely for penalty.

If the doubled bid is artificial then the double is often lead directing and could be left in in the unlikely event that another bid from the opposition is not forthcoming

Any more comments?

Philip@thompsonsonline.net

In the first example I tend to be be a little bit more aggressive than Alan and my double could be 4-4 in the unbid suits and as little as 10 HCP  , whether a passed hand or not. In the example shown it is by a passed hand so would therefore not usually have the values of an opening hand. As always , vulnerability needs to be taken in to account.

Malcolm

  Phil, try these 1) tell me your better suit, C or H 2) with Jenny, 2C means 23+ points, so Dble is most unlikely, but presumably says tell me your best suit, I have some strength 3) Dble after pre empt, happy in any suit except H, tell me your best one. Sec9nd Dble by partner is for penalties 4) After NT bid, usually for penalties 5) I have some strength, happy in any suit other than H, let’s try and find a fit, tell me your best suit. I haven’t looked at the other answers yet Cheers Peter
Last updated : 15th May 2020 14:57 BST
URGENT

URGENT

To play in VBBC (Virtual Belper Bridge Club) on Friday 15 may at 6.30 pm I will require following information:

to be received by 4pmThursday 14 May

Name: required

BBO user name : required

EBU No,: required

Mobile No.: optional

natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

 

Last updated : 14th May 2020 22:50 BST
DOUBLING

DOUBLES – PART 1

Nb You need to agree your system with your partner.

DOUBLING A SUIT CONTRACT

Normally the doubling of a suit contract at a low level is asking your partner to bid – a TAKEOUT DOUBLE.

It is normally made with around the points to open and often indicates a shortage in the opponents bid suit. The important thing is to know what you will do when your partner bids ie you can cope with any bid, always assume that partner will bid your weakest suit.

It is very rare for partner to leave the double in, and almost always a mistake.

Given you have to bid even with no points, if you have a good hand 8 or more points you need to jump in response other wise game may be missed.

If the opponents make a second bid partner is not obliged to bid and will pass with a weak hand.

Note even if you have a one suited hand , if you have good points, 15 or more it is best to double first and then bid your suit so partner can differentiate this from a hand you might make a simple or jump overcall on with limited points

Systems vary about doubling higher suit bids , usually preemptive.

A simple rule might be that any bid of a suit 2S or lower is for takeout.

A double of a preemptive bid below game is for takeout.

A double of a preemptive bid at game level is for penalties.

DOUBLING A 1NT OPENING.

This is not normally for takeout but is made primarily for penalties with say 16 points or more.

NB If your partner doubles 1NT and you are very weak – 0-4 points you must take out the double by bidding your longest suit.

Last updated : 8th May 2020 09:03 BST
AGM

Today (Friday 24 April 2020) we would have been having our 53nd AGM with all its razzmatazz and excitement smiley, various proposals to vote on, election of committee members and officers, presenting reports etc. However, all this will now have to wait for another date.

The club has had quite a turbulent year!  We had to move out of our old premises, that had been Belper Bridge Club’s home for many years, at short notice and find new premises rapidly.

Our new home now is Strutts Community Centre. After a turbulent start and many teething problems we seemed to have been heading towards a comfortable and settled bridge playing venue. And then of course: WHAM !!!.

Please keep in touch with one another for support and friendship and keep playing bridge. I hear playing bridge on line, although not the same, is fun.

I would like to thank the Committee Members and all the members of the Belper Bridge Club for their support, help and patience during this past 12 months.

I wish you all good health and hope to meet you all again, face to face, sooner rather than later.

Keep well and safe

Natasha Romaine

Chair

Belper Bridge Club

P.S. Phil has prepared a “Roll of Honour” for the Club’s 2019/20 achievements and this is now displayed for you to view. The actual Trophies and Plates are, at the moment, stored away.

Last updated : 1st May 2020 13:59 BST
BORROWING A KING

BORROWING A KING

The first in an occasional series of more technical notes.

Please feel free to contribute and give feedback if this item is welcome or useful

Ever heard of borrowing a king?

Also know as “balancing” I think.

Assume for example you are sitting North , East opens a weak 1NT and there are 2 passes, should you bid?

Let’s assume you have no artificial defence available and you are not strong enough to double or bid on your own. Let’s say you have 10 points

Yet you know that on average the opposition will have may be 18 points between them . West will have between 0- 11 points.

Your partner will have on average 12 points.

In this situation , borrow a king, 3 points and see whether you feel like bidding, quality of suit is important here but with an artificial 13 points you may often feel like bidding.

As partner of a player in this “balancing” situation , South in the illustration, you have to be careful. Knock a  King off mentally to measure your response.

The same applies in the situation , 1of a suit followed by 2 passes, but bear in mind there is a bigger point range for opener and you may be reopening and giving  him or her a second bite at the cherry.

philip@thompsonsonline.net

19 April

Last updated : 30th Apr 2020 09:15 BST

Do me a favour. Take a few minutes off from playing online bridge. Love Games, Best Games, Games To Play, Play Bridge, Bridge Game, Cool Games Online, Play Online, Dragon Games, Charades

Last updated : 23rd Apr 2020 22:42 BST
PUZZLE

Malcolm Young contribution

7

+

?

/

?

=5

+

 

x

 

x

 

?

+

?

+

?

=8

-

 

-

 

-

 

?

+

9

-

?

=7

=4

 

=7

 

=9

 

Replace the question marks by each of the remaining digits 1-9 in this grid to make the sums work. You have been given digits 7 and 9 to start you off.

Peter has it already and so has Mick

17 April

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Last updated : 20th Apr 2020 09:45 BST
PUZZLE

Angie's contribution

Puzzle 1 : January =717;   February = 8216;  March = 5315;  May 3515;  June = 4624;  April = 5420 (number of letters in the month X order of the month)

Puzzle 21234 = 0;  6213 = 6;  2155 =1;  5424 = 3;  9274 = 4 (the difference between the sum of middle and extreme numbers)

16 April

Answers to: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 17th Apr 2020 13:56 BST
PUZZLE
PUZZLE

solution

1 shoe = 5

1 man = 5

1 cone = 2

If you look carefully at the man in last row he is now wearing shoes and carrying 2 cone. (may be specsavers)

Therefore the last row is:

1 shoe + [(1 man + 2 shoes + 2 cones)] x 2   

that is   

 5 + [(5 + 10 + 4)] x 2 = 43

Angie Matan Puzzle

11 April

Answers to: natasha.romaine@btinternet.com

Last updated : 13th Apr 2020 16:53 BST

Angela and Craig want to know how to bid this hand to arrive at the best contract.

The simplest way to bid this hand would be 1NT by N raised to 3NT by S. Whatever is led you can play the 9 winning tricks on top and when the Q doubleton drops you make 3 overtricks.

Although in theory you can always make 12 tricks if you take the right view you would never bid the slam with so few points.

Malcolm

7 April

Yes the contract should be 3NT but if as Malcolm suggests N takes the first 7 tricks then plays the A Clubs then a small Club Yes the Q will drop and be won by S with the K but S can't get back to N to play the rest of the Clubs and will only make 11 tricks.  N can't try a Club finess once their other winners  have been taken because of the same problem. Ian Roxburgh

10 April

If you are in 3NT and have found diamonds to split 3-2 giving you 7 tricks from AS , AH and 5 diamonds you only need 2 club tricks in order to make a total of 9 and do not need to risk a finesse. At that stage the best way to play the clubs is to play KC then JC ( with no intention of running it but planning to play AC on it even if not covered by QC ). As the cards lie you make 12 tricks when the Q drops - on another day you might make 12 tricks because JC is covered by a hand holding Q to 3 clubs. Malcolm

11 April

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Last updated : 13th Apr 2020 16:48 BST
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


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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 08:16 BST
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 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
BEAUREPAIRE
BEAUREPAIRE

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

Last updated : 19th Aug 2018 08:26 BST
AGM & PRIZEGIVING
AGM & PRIZEGIVING
Last updated : 19th May 2018 05:56 BST
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

 

Last updated : 7th Apr 2018 08:02 BST

Image result for agm 2016

Our 50th Anniversary celebrations continue

13 tables enjoyed last nights cake and festivities