Bendigo Bridge Club
Release 2.19p
Key Messages

Bendigo Congress - Players Wanted

Our Congress is coming up this weekend. If you are looking for a partner or want to find a team, contact Paul O'Hare - use directorbendigobridge@gmail.com. Currently looking...

  • Adrian DeZilva needs a partner for the Pairs
  • Elizabeth Close & Danny Murphy want another pair to join them in a team
  • Bob Perkins is available to make up a fourth for a team

Geelong Congress (Sat 25 - Sun 26 June) Flyer

Click on this link for details of the Geelong Congress: 2022 Geelong Congress flyer

Victor Champion Cup (Thu 9 - Sat 11 June) Flyer

The flyer for this highly popular event has landed. Click on this link to read it: Victor Champion 2022 Flyer

News from the VBA

The May VBA bulletin has landed in the Bridge Musings panel below.

The April Monthly Medal Awards have landed!

Click on 'Membership & Bookings', then click on 'Monthly Medal' to find the list of winners and to view the monthly medal reports. Check out the reports - you may find that you and your partner have scored some bonus masterpoints. (Spoiler Alert! Ron Wescott and partners did particularly well this month.)

F2F Bridge - Covid restrictions have changed

The government has announced a significant relaxation of Covid-dafety regulations - players are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination. This does not mean that all all Covid restrictions have been removed.  Please read our Covid-safe COP Summary 220424 for more information.

Bendigo Congress 2022

Our congress is now listed on the Bridgeunlimited website. To make the event a success we need every club member that can play to enter. Double the fun and make up a team for the Sunday Teams event. It'll be a weekend of challenging but fun bridge! Please enter via the Bridgeunlimited website - you can find a link on the 'Useful Links' page. 

Congress dates: May 28-29. For more details click on this link: Bendigo 2022 Congress Flyer

2022 Victorian Restricted Pairs Update

Win a trip to Adelaide! Click on this link for details: 2022 Victorian Restricted Pairs

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