Bendigo Bridge Club
Release 2.19q
Key Messages

Relaxed Pairs in 2023

Relaxed Pairs (social bridge) will resume on Wednesday 8th February. Sessions will run from 12 noon until 3pm.  All welcome, bookings not required.
Contact Janet Rogers for further information - 0499 775 735.

2022 Club Awards & Trophies

The winners of our various awards, trophies and prizes were announced at the Xmas Social. To view a full list of the winners, in the Menu sidebar (above) click on 'Membership & Bookings' then click on 'Club Competitions', then scroll down to '2022 Honour Board'. Congratulations to all our winners! 

 

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise

Covid 19 cases are again on the rise in Victoria and, concerningly, several members have recently reported testing positive for the virus.

To keep your fellow members safe from infection, please…

  • Do not come to play if you have any symptoms, go and get tested.
  • Wear a mask when playing. A supply of disposable masks will be available.
  • Sanitise between rounds
  • Wear layers for comfort and warmth – where weather conditions allow we will be opening windows and doors to facilitate natural ventilation.
  • Get vaccinated – 4th doses are available for eligible persons over 50.
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19, apply for access to anti-viral medicines that can help you stay well, or treat the symptoms if you contract COVID-19.

For further information, please visit the DHSS Coronavirus Victoria website.

Monthly Nosh & Natter

MN&N will resume in February. Date, time and venue will be advised after the Xmas break.

News from the VBA

 A link to the December VBA bulletin can be found in the Bridge Musings panel below

Members should be aware that the VBA is relocating and restructuring. On 21 December 2022 they issued the following update...

Move from Poath Road to Dendy Park

... the VBA will be moving to Dendy Park in January.  The new club brings together members of the VBA and the Dendy Park Bridge Club into a united club under a new name. We recently invited members of both clubs to provide input into naming the new entity.  The club will be known as the Victorian Bridge Centre.  We look forward to welcoming you to our new facility soon. 

As part of this change, the group responsible for all state operations will now operate as Bridge Victoria. In the new year, the VBA website will transform into the Bridge Victoria website and will be the first stop for affiliate clubs seeking information and support. 

The process of selling the Poath Road site has commenced, and we will keep you informed as this progresses.

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