Bendigo Bridge Club
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Club Team Championships - October 2022 

The Club Team Championships are returning after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus. This year we will be running two events, a Monday and a Friday Team Championship, each running over two weeks. Click on this link for more details, including how to enter: Club Team Championships 2022 - Conditions of Play  

Monthly Nosh & Natter

All members are invited to come along for a social dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club on Thursday, 22 September at 6pm. This is an informal social event, a chance for members (and their spouses / partners) to have a friendly natter about... anything really, over some good pub food and drink. Given sufficient interest, this will be a regular social event. 

Need more details? Contact Graeme Hegarty on 0428 380 180.

Membership Fees ($30)

Your club membership fees for 2022/23 may now be paid. Click here to find out how to pay: Options for paying Annual Membership fee. 

Mini-lessons News

More pre-reading for Intermediate players: Negative Doubles Handout 1

Kerry has revised the How to count Losers - Losing Trick Count (Rev) handout to clarify when not to use this technique.

Here is the handout for the Improvers Mini-lesson on the Simple Overcall 

For more information about the mini-lessons program click on this link: Mini-lessons Aug 2022

New July 2022 Delve Deeper available

“Many games provide fun, but Bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but Bridge prevents the rust from forming.”        – Omar Sharif

In this month’s Delve Deeper there are eleven new texts to help prevent ‘the rust from forming’.  Ranging from Improving your Bridge memory, Multi 2’s, Playing 2/1, counting to Slam Bidding, there is something for everyone. Want to know more? Go to Education > Library > Delve Deeper July 2022 and click on the link.

Tuesday evening sessions

From 7th June our Tuesday evening sessions transitioned from ‘Mentored Play’ to ‘Supervised Play’. Sessions are open to all club members. If you wish to play, please click on this link to read important ‘Conditions of Play’ information.

News from the VBA

The July VBA bulletin has landed.  You can find it in the Bridge Musings panel below - check it out.

AWOP 2022 Provisional Results

Beginners
Beginners Corner

Opening the bidding with 1NT.

If you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand ALWAYS open 1NT.  If you have a second suit to rebid, you may open 1 of a suit.  If you open 1NT with a 5 card Major, learn the conventions for managing that situation.

The risk in not opening 1NT with 15-17 HCP is that you can miss a 3NT game if partner has 8-9 HCP, because when you rebid 1NT with 15 HCP but without a second suit, partner will pass.  You will be left in a 1NT contract making 9 tricks for a bottom board!

Some people think that they need to have all suits stopped, but that is wrong thinking.  When you open 1NT your partner has a complete picture of your hand in one bid. 

Remember you only need 7 tricks in 1NT.  Even if the opposition run the first 5 tricks in a long suit, you can still make your 7 tricks. 

If you can't make your 7 tricks it usually means you have stolen the contract from your opponents and should end up with a fair result anyway.

Advancing partner's overcall

If you do not have sufficient points for game over partner's minimum point overcall, consider passing as your first option.

If you must bid, a good rule of thumb is to subtract 2 from your hand value and then consider bidding as though your partner opened.

If you Advance with 1NT it should tell your partner that you have an opening hand with stoppers in the oponent's suit(s), but without a fit in partner's suit.

Only bid your own suit over partner's overcall if you have good point count, are short or void in partner's suit, and have a long suit of your own.

 

Development Tutorials

The Director / Etiquette / Laws & Code of Conduct 

What is my partner's bid telling me?  1C, 1D, 1H, 1S openings and responses

1NT opening and responses - excluding Stayman

Alerting & Announcing

Stayman

Limit Bids

Strong 2C openings and responses

Weak 2 openings & responses (pre-emptive bidding)

Stronger NT Openings (with 18-19 HCP, 20-22 HCP, 23-24 HCP, 25-26 HCP)

Overcalling and when to advance

Double - review takeout X and penalty X

Slam bidding (Blackwood/Gerber)

Sacrificial bidding

Make an opening lead against a suit contract (Ref) (for further information)

Make an opening lead against a Notrump contract (Ref.) (for further information)

The Finesse - a mini lesson

Scoring