Bendigo Bridge Club
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Northern Region Bridge Championship - 5th & 6th March  

This will be run as a f2f event (Covid permitting). Arrangements have been finalised - see calendar for details.

Jenny Warren has passed away

We are very sad to announce that long-time member Jenny Warren passed away peacefully early on 21st January, with her children and extended family at her side.  The cancer that claimed her life manifested itself only in mid-December, so (as she was working up to then), some daytime players may never have met her, but she will be sadly missed by members who played at our evening sessions. We’re sure all members will wish to extend their sympathy and condolences to Jenny’s family and to her bridge partner, Ruth.

Jenny’s daughter Robina says:

"I would like to invite everyone who has the ability to come to a celebration of Mum’s life on Friday the 28th of January, at Belvoir Park Golf Club clubrooms, from 2pm till 6pm. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet (your preference) to share. There will be drinks, nibbles, some words shared, and an opportunity for guests to share some thoughts and stories of Mum if they wish."

2021 AGM Rescheduled

The much postponed 2021 AGM has been rescheduled again. The new date is Monday,21 February 2022 at 11am. See calendar for details. 

F2F Bridge - You must be double-vaccinated!

We have been advised by LGCC Committee that City of Bendigo now requires all users of its community facilities to be double vaccinated. This means that unvaccinated persons will be denied entry to LGCC even if they hold a valid medical vaccination exemption certificate.

Please read our updated Covid-safe Conditions of Play Summary - 18 Jan 2022 here.

No more Wednesday Evening Club Pairs  

Due to lack of player interest, Wednesday Evening Club Pairs has been removed from the Club Calendar.

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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.