Bendigo Bridge Club
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New "Let's Delve Deeper - October 2021"

This month's delve features Eddie Kantar's "Introduction to Defense". Check it out on our Library page.

ANC Australian Butler Pairs - November 13-16

This year this event is being run as an online RealBridge event. There will be Open and Restricted sections.  See calendar for details. 

New Club President

At our Management Committee meeting on September 21st, Janet Rogers formally tendered her resignation from her position as Club President. The Committee would like to express our most sincere thanks to Janet for her excellent service in the two years she was at the helm. They were a particularly difficult two years with several complex issues needing to be managed - not least the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and the need to offer on-line bridge alternatives to our members.  Janet has worked tirelessly and efficiently to ensure the club continues to thrive in these challenging times.

At the same meeting Ken Simpson was unanimously chosen as our new Club President. Welcome to the chair, Ken!

F2F Wednesday Evening Club Pairs Off Again

The issues surrounding f2f play and the vaccination status of players are complex. In the absence of clear guidelines from the government (these will doubtless emerge as the details of the roadmap out of lockdown are fleshed out) the club is endeavouring to develop its own policy on these matters. However, as things stand, we have reluctantly decided that the return of Wednesday evening f2f play is premature and should be postponed.

Our apologies to those players who had booked to play. We hope to have a resolution soon.

NRBA GNOT Final Results

This year's NRBA GNOT final was held as a RealBridge online event on Sunday 10 October. See calendar entry for results.

Sunbury Congress on BBO - October 24

Sunbury BC have moved their congress online this year. See calendar for further information.

Club farewells two long-standing members

The club extends its deep condolences to the families of two of our staunchest members.

June Hayes passed away at Bendigo Hospice on September 8, aged 85 years. June had been a member of the club since 2008. Her funeral service can be viewed at www.williamfarmer.com.au. Go to their tribute-centre page.

Wim Van Der Eynden passed away on Sunday, September 12 at Bendigo Base Hospital, aged 91 years. Wim joined the club in 2005. Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted when they come to hand.

Both June and Wim will be sadly missed by their bridge playing friends.

Lockdown eased but no F2F play - yet!

The lockdown of Regional Victoria (#7) was eased with effect from Friday 10th September. However, the devil is in the detail and there is now a 20 person per venue limit on community facilities. Whilst we could run 5-table sessions within those restrictions, we feel it would better to continue BBO sessions (where numbers are not limited) rather than have to turn people away from F2F sessions.

So, until further notice, F2F bridge will not be resuming. BBO events will continue as replacements for our Monday and Friday Club Pairs sessions. See calendar for details.

 And, as always, the Covid regulation situation remains very fluid. Please regularly check this web site for updates to our playing schedule and conditions.

AGM 2021 Postponed

Due to the extension of the current Covid lockdown, our AGM, scheduled for Monday 6th September, has been postponed. A new date will be advised shortly.

AWOP Postponed

The Australia-wide Open Pairs event, originally scheduled for 27 August, has been postponed to 29 October.

Our Covid-safe playing conditions can be read here.

210605 Covid-safe Play Instructions.pdf

Book a COVID vaccination

 

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