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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 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


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.