This is board 26 from last night's teams. Five pairs languished in 4♠ [including partner and myself], two were in 6♠, one in 6NT. Every declarer made 12 tricks.
Question is how to bid and should you be in a slam?
At our table, East opened 1♠ and West responded 2NT [game-forcing Jacoby]. Spotlight on East who has the crucial decision as to whether he/she regards his/her hand as minimal [rebids 4♠] or better-than-minimum [for us we'd rebid 3♣ to show a reasonable-quality second suit of at least four cards]. This East took the wimp approach, largely based on the stiff ♥K.
West has an awkward initial response: even though our opening spade bid shows at lease five, the Jacoby response should still show at least 4-card support. But what else can West respond? The only 4-card suit is hearts, but 2♥ would promise at least five. Maybe West can respond with a temporising 2-minor bid, knowing that he/she can convert to spades if opener gets too excited.
I was favoured with a heart lead, which helped not one jot if your goal was 12 tricks. Once the spade suit has behaved itself, it's fairly clear from the outset that squirm as one might the point will come where declarer has to lead a club from dummy towards K10. As it happens both ♣A and ♣Q are with North, leaving even this declarer no opportunity to fail to make 12 tricks.
Did I make the wrong decision with my initial rebid? Well, if I'd employed the mirror-on-the-long-stick technique to tell me that the missing club honours were favourably placed and the trumps were behaving, I'd have taken a different view. But having left my m-o-t-l-s at home, I'm not castigating myself: for a slam to be worthwhile in teams it has to be at least a 50% chance, and this was less than that, so I'm prepared to take it on the chin.
The 29th annual team-of-24 match took place last evening [Thursday 15th August] between Ascot and Burnham.
Home advantage didn't prevail as our team of stalwarts regained the trophy. This is primarily a social event, very much enjoyed by all who take part. Still, coming home with the trophy adds a layer of icing to the cake.
The match details may be seen in the Results area on the right of this page.
Charles Chisnall will be discussing "responding to partner's overcall".
So, you have overcalled and partner bids a new suit - is it forcing, invitational or to be passed?
What about if partner jumps in a new suit - forcing, invitational or to be passed?
What about if partner bids the opponents' suit - UCB or something else?
What if the opener's partner bids - does that change any of the above for your bid now?
Then we have the question of Vulnerability to consider ...........
The seminar will be in the Garden Room at SBBC, starting at 18:45 and finishing in time for bridge. The seminar is open to all (you don't have to be a member of Burnham) and free of charge. If you wish to stay on and play in our duplicate session afterwards, you will be most welcome. We offer a host for all our duplicate sessions, so you don't need to come with a partner.
We'll be fielding three teams again in the upcoming season, the 'A' and 'B' teams playing in Berks and Bucks divisions 1 and 2 respectively, and the 'C' team playing in the Chiltern League.
Our aim is to provide the opportunity for all interested members to play in one or other team. The team captains are Nigel Marlow [A], Graham Dickens [B], and Nigel Lancaster [C].
Note that the 'C' team, being outside of the Berks & Bucks system, can accommodate members also playing in Burnham or other clubs' B&B teams.
Those members whose vacation or other commitments limit their availability are nonetheless welcome to play an appropriately restricted part.
Two teams-of-4, drawn from those members who played for the victorious Burnham C team in the Chiltern Bridge League-of-8 tournament in the 2018-19 season, played in the Summer Teams-of-4 event at Reading Bridge Club last night [10 July]. Nine teams took part: the Lancaster/Gore/Dickens/Patel team finished 3rd, but congratulations go to the Godbold/Black/Flintoft/Coleman team who won the event.
Click the heading above for a link to the event results.
Our standard organisation for Monday evening is that we start play promptly at 7:30, play 26/27 boards, and finish at 10:45. In order for the Director to be able to start play at 7:30, the movement must have been entered into the computer, and boards[/movement cards] distributed, so he/she needs to know the number of participating pairs/teams by 7:25. If you know you won't arrive by 7:25, please notify either the Centre or your partner that you're on your way and your expected arrival time.
Club policy as validated by the recent members' vote is that 3-board sit-outs for pairs events are to be avoided and so, with a half-table, our standard movement will be based on 2-board rounds. Our Directors have been instructed that, once the movement for the evening has been selected, it should not be significantly changed to accommodate unnotified late arrivals, particularly where this might prejudice the prompt commencement of play.
This year's AGM and annual prize giving was held on June 10th.
Competition Winners 2018-19
Chrys Poole &
David Killick &
Bob Holder &
Teams of Four
Gwen Stoneham Trophy
League of 8
Peter Hall Trophy
Addis Page Trophy
Most Master Points Won
Most Improved Pair
Raymond Worral Trophy
Sue Dickens &
Brenda Vitty &
The Chiltern League Elimination Pairs Final was held at the Reading Cricket & Hockey Club in Sonning on Wednesday 1 May. We had 4 pairs qualifying for the final from our Club heat on 1 April. Bob Holder & Nigel Marlow finished 3rd, Nigel Lancaster & Steve Gore 6th closely followed by John Coleman & Marilyn Murtagh in 7th, Alec Black & Colin Godbold were 19th. This is a very pleasant venue in which to play bridge, although the Rebellion beer visible through the tightly-shuttered bar was a little tantalising.
The Club is intending to enter a team-of-8 into the Chiltern League again in the new season. Please talk to Nigel Lancaster if you'd like to be involved - you'd be very welcome.
The team completed its inaugural year in the Chiltern League with a 13-7 win away to Newbury A, leaving Burnham at the top of the division. Loddon Vale weren't able to manage the 20-0 victory needed in their final match to upset things [they lost 5-15].
Things have worked out pretty much as we'd hoped, providing opportunities for members who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to represent the Club to take part. Some 15 members played for the team, with Colin Dale taking the role of administrative captain.
Thanks to all who've supported the Club in this venture: we hope that as many of you as possible will take part in the Chiltern Elimination Pairs heat at the Club on April 1st [see below].
Burnham members have already featured in the initial Berks & Bucks CBA competitions of the 2018-2019 season:
Forthcoming competitions are:
We have twice weekly sessions of good standard Duplicate Bridge at the very attractive South Bucks Bridge Centre - a purpose-converted 16th Century barn in its own grounds, between Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Slough
Our main session is at 7.30 every Monday evening, when we play Pairs, except Teams of Four on the third Monday each month except when this is a bank holiday. A host is available to play with anyone without a partner on Pairs evenings.
We use Bridgemates, for instant scoring, with current scores displayed on a large screen. Hand records and results print-outs are available within a few minutes of the end of every session.
Several teams from the Club compete in the Berks and Bucks League of 8, with the A team in the first division. We also encourage less experienced players and hold monthly free seminars before the start of an evening session.
A host is available for all Monday evening Duplicate Pairs sessions,
so anyone coming along without a partner is guaranteed a game. This service may be used by any player not more than 6 times in a calendar year.
This does not apply for teams evenings or special events- check the calendar