Bendigo Bridge Club
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Lockdown extended - No F2F play until Wednesday 28 July!

The snap 5-day lockdown has been extended to 11.59pm Tue  27th July. The F2F bridge events affected by this have been cancelled or rescheduled - see calendar for details.The Friday GNOT Heats, originally scheduled for 16/7 and 23/7 have been rescheduled for 30/7 and 6/8. The Monday GNOT Heats, originally scheduled for 19/7 and 26/7 have been rescheduled for 2/8 and 9/8.

BBO online events have been organised for Fri 23rd and Mon 26th.

The Covid-regulation situation is very fluid. Please regularly check this web site for updates to our playing schedule and playing conditions. 

GNOT Heat Gold point events!

Friday heats now scheduled for 30/7 & 6/8.

Monday heats now scheduled for 2/8 and 9/8.

These are Gold point events. Places are limited - get your bookings in.

See calendar for details.

New ABF Promotions!

See centre panel

Library News

We have a new Delve Deeper article detailing new additions to the library, and our Librarian (Kaye Parker) now has her own special librarian email address you can contact her on. See the Library page in the Education section for details.

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