Bendigo Bridge Club
Release 2.19p
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F2F play back again!

DHHS have advised the VBA that the 10 person group size rule does not apply to bridge club sessions (and similar non-commercial indoor events). This means that - provided we continue to adhere to our other current Covid contraints - F2F play can resume.

In another development, the NRBA GNOT Heat has been been rescheduled for Sunday 12 Sep.

In light of these changes…

  • The BBO event scheduled for Monday 2 August will go ahead as planned. Subsequent substitute BBO events are cancelled.

  • F2F Club Pairs events will resume from Wednesday 4 August.

  • Our GNOT Monday and Friday Heats have been rescheduled yet again. The Friday GNOT Heats will now be held on 6/8 and 13/8 and the Monday GNOT Heats on 9/8 and 16/8. If you had a booking for these events, that booking has been carried over to the new dates. Please check your diary to make sure you are able to play.

As the above demonstrates, the Covid regulation situation is very fluid. Please regularly check this web site for updates to our playing schedule and conditions.

GNOT Heat Gold point events!

Friday heats now scheduled for 13/8 & 20/8.

Monday heats now scheduled for Monday 16/8 and (please note) Wednesday 18/8.

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


Improver's Corner

Counting cards during play

Learning to count the cards is vital for effective play to make your contract as declarer, and also to defend effectively.

Beginning players try to keep track of 13 cards in each of 4 suits.  This is difficult for 1 suit and nearly impossible for 4 suits (most players only have 10 fingers - don't laugh it is poor etiquette).

Every player can see dummy.  A common method is to count the cards you have in each suit, add the number in dummy, and subtract that number from 13.  Now you only count the cards you CANNOT see in each suit, these are in the two concealed hands.

This is a good situation for declarer, if she has a 5-3 fit in the 2 hands in trumps, she knows that the defenders have 5 trumps between them.  The question now is the distribution, i.e. one of 5-0, 4-1, 3-2.

As declarer you should start counting in the trump suit and then apply the same principle to the other suits according to their importance in the contract. 

It is a little trickier for the defenders because one of the hands with missing cards is friendly, the other is the enemy.  You use the same strategy to count cards in your partner's hand and declarer's hand.

As players advance in skill they learn to signal through the cards they play to communicate the length and strength of their suits to their partner.

Unassuming Cue Raise

One of the most powerful bids that one can add to the bidding armoury is the Unassuming Cue Raise.

It is used by Responder at their first response to partner's opening bid after an intervening overcall.  It is also used by an Advancer over any call by the Responder.

In both instances it tells your partner that you have 10+ total points and a fit (3+ cards) in their suit.

The Responder makes the call by bidding the Overcaller's suit at the next lowest level.

The Advancer makes the call by bidding the Opener's first bid suit at the next lowest level.

Responder's options when the intervening Defender makes a Takeout Double of the opening bid

With 10+ pts Redouble.  It does not show support of the opening bid, so Opener should pass when it is their turn to bid and wait for Responder's second bid.  It does show overwhelming strength opposite an opening hand, and this tells the Opener that any subsequent double by Responder of a bid by the Advancer or Overcaller is for penalties.

With 6-9 pts bid as though the double was not made.

With a very weak hand and a long suit consider a preemptive bid or weak raise of partner's suit, otherwise pass.

How should I compete over a preemptive opening by the opponents?

A simple strategy is to bid your own suit (5+) with an opening hand, or double for takeout with 16+HCP.

Your hand needs to be slightly stronger to double a 3 level preempt than a 2 level preempt because you may be forcing your partner to bid at the 4 level.

Over 4H/S 4NT asks partner to choose game in a minor.

Always be prepared for your partner to convert your takeout double into a penalty double.