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Preece RoseBowl 2014
The 2014 Preece Rosebowl, the Ladies Pairs competition staged annually by Blundellsands Bridge Club on behalf of the Merseyside & Cheshire Contract Bridge Association, was held on Sunday 27th April 2014.  On a bright sunny day we enjoyed our bridge in a good natured but competitive contest which was won by Sue Fjortoft and Margaret Ainscough, pictured below receiving the trophy.

The club year started on 1st July 2014

If you have not renewed your subscription please do not delay.

All of last year's competitions have now been finalised and full details can be found on the Honours Board

Table Money

Charges for our regular sessions are presently:-
  • Duplicate - £4 per head for members (£5 for visitors)
  • Rubber - £2.50 per head for members (£3.50 for visitors)

Entry includes free refreshments served at the table.  Additional drinks are available for a nominal charge.

Additional charges will apply for certain events such as Simultaneous Pairs and party nights.

Dealing Machine
Dealing Machine

     Pre-dealt computer generated hands:

Pre-dealt boards are used for our Duplicate Bridge sessions on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  Not only does this relieve players of shuffling and dealing but it means that we can provide full details of the boards that have been played both on our website and in printouts available after play has finished.

The dealing is facilitated by using Dealmaster Pro® software and a Dealer 4® card dealing machine

After dealing, the hands are analysed by a computer program called Deep Finesse which looks at all four hands and calculates with absolute accuracy the outcome from the play of each potential contract from every position at the table.  This analysis is based on knowledge of all four hands (double dummy) and optimum play.  It can be a valuable guide to the hand although it can sometimes produce an answer that is unlikely to be achieved at the table where players do not have the benefit of playing double dummy.

Some players feel that there is a difference between hands that are dealt by hand and those that are computer generated.  We endeavour to ensure that all of our computer generated hands are properly random.  We do not specify any criteria about point counts or hand shapes and, to keep everything random, do not seek to prevent hands that might be passed out.  If there are any differences between our computer generated hands and those that one gets with hand shuffling, it is because they are more properly random.  Hand shuffling is often less thorough than it should be to produce a random deal and in consequence tends to produce flatter hands.


Simultaneous Pairs events
We have a comprehensive page with details about our participation in both forthcoming and previous Simultaneous Pairs competitions

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Clipart Announcement



The English Bridge Union has made significant changes to the scheme of announcements effective September 1st 2022. This only applies to the EBU. So, if you play in any clubs or competitions playing to the EBU rules, you will be expected to use the Alerting and Announcing rules as explained below.

For the latest EBU 2022 Announcement click EBU Announcing and Alerting Rules

Opening Bid Description Announce Alert N/A
Could be on fewer than 3 cards
"May be X” where X is 0, 1 or 2. Extend to "May be X and may have an outside 5-card (Diamond) suit" as appropriate    
Non-forcing, natural, 3 or more    
Other (forcing, strong, artificial)    
1NT Balanced “12 to 14” (or appropriate range) and, if relevant, “may contain a singleton”    
2 Strong, Acol, (Benji Acol, etc)    
Precision “Intermediate”    
2 Weak with diamonds “Weak”    
Strong with diamonds “Strong, forcing”  * or  
“Strong non-forcing” *
Other (Benji, Multi, etc)    
2/ Weak with hearts/ spades “Weak”    
Strong with hearts/ spades “Strong, forcing”  * or 
“Strong non-forcing” *
Other (Lucas, Flannery, etc)    
2NT Strong, balanced    
Other meaning, including two-suited or forcing,    

N/A: No Action, do not alert/announce
*The practice of making strong bids with hands of limited high cards must be clearly disclosed

Responses to 1NT or 2NT openings
Response Description Announce Alert N/A
1NT - 2
2NT - 3
Stayman (asking for 4 card majors, promissory or not) "Stayman"    
5-card Stayman    
1NT - 2 - 2
2NT - 3 - 3
Denies 4 card major    
1NT - 2
2NT - 3
Transfer, showing hearts “Hearts”    
1NT - 2 - 2
2NT - 3 - 3
Completion of transfer    
1NT - 2
2NT - 3
Transfer, showing spades “Spades”    
1NT - 2 - 2
2NT - 3 - 3
Completion of transfer    
1NT - 2/3
2NT - 3/3
Natural, non-forcing    
Other Meaning    
1NT - 2
New in 2022
Natural, non-forcing    
Transfer, showing clubs "Clubs"    
Other meaning, including where clubs is one option    
1NT - 2NT
New in 2022
Natural, non-forcing    
Transfer, showing diamonds "Diamonds"    
Other meaning    


Responses to non-forcing one of a suit – all new in 2022
Response Description Announce Alert N/A
1 - 1 Natural    
Shows Hearts "Hearts"    
Other meaning    
1 - 1 Natural    
Shows Spades "Spades"    
Other meaning    
1 - 1 Natural    
Shows Diamonds "Dianonds"    
Denies 4+ cards in a Majo "No Major"    
Other meaning    
1 suit - 1 NT Non forcing, up to 10 HCP    
Non-forcing, can be > 10 HCP "Up to n points”, or “Up to bad n points”    
1 - 1 NT Forcing, shows clubs "Clubs"    
Forcing, shows diamond "Diamonds"    
1 suit - 1 NT Other meaning, forcing    
1 - 2 Not forcing (with clubs)    
Forcing, showing clubs    
Showing diamonds "Diamonds"    
Other meaning    
1/1/1 - 2suit (not a jump, not a passed hand) Non-forcing    
Natural, forcing, not game-force    
Natural, game forcing "Game Forcing"    
Not natural    



Bids   Alert N/A
above 3NT Artificial suit bids on 1st round of the auction (for this purpose the first round of the bidding is the opening bid and three subsequent calls)  
Other bids  
Action over Opponents’ calls up to and including 3NT
Opponents Call Meaning of their call … If your Double is … Alert N/A
A suit at any level Natural Take-out  
Anything else  
Does not show the suit (i.e. conventional or not natural) Showing the suit doubled  
Anything else  
A suit opening Prepared, Phoney, Short or
Nebulous 1 or 1 opening
Anything else  
No trumps at any level Natural or conventional Penalty  
Anything else  
Opponents Call Meaning of their call … If your redouble is … Alert N/A
Double Any meaning for business, shows strength: partner is expected to pass  
Partner is expected to remove, or some other specific meaning  
Action over Opponents’ calls above 3NT
Opponents Call Meaning of their … Other Actions … Alert N/A
Above 3NT Any meaning Lead directing pass  
Lead directing double for a different suit to the one doubled  
Lightner double of, say 6NT, calling for a specific lead  
Lead directing redouble for a different suit to the one redoubled  
Any other pass, double or redouble  


© The English Bridge Union 2013. Effective 1 September 2022
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