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Castle success at Killarney Congress

Congratulations to Vivienne Cosgrave and Margaret McConville who finsihed 2 NS in the main Intermediate Pairs in Ireland's first ever virtual congress held in "Killarney".  Sixty eight pairs competed in the event.

Earlier in the week Bernie Murray and Vivienne finished 2 EW with Blanaid Nally and Margaret finishing 4 NS in the opening Intermediate Pairs event. 

Well done ladies.  Great success.

Bridge at Castle

Bridge at Castle is played in the Clubhouse on Monday evenings from mid-September to mid-April.  Play begins at 7:30pm.  Players are requested to be seated by 7:20pm to facilitate the organisation of the game.  All adult members of the Club are welcome to play.  Spouses of adult members are also welcome.

Etiquette & Procedures
Basic Playing System

At the start of every round each pair must inform their opponents of their basic system (e.g. strength of no trump opening, 4 or 5 card major, forcing club) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.

Announcements

Announcements in the following 3 instances should be made each time the bid is made:

1.  When partner opens 1NT you state the range e.g. "12-14“
2.  When partner opens a "short" or "prepared" minor, you say "could be short".
3.  When partner responds 2D or 2H as a "Transfer" - you say "Transfer".
Alerting

The purpose of alerting is to advise your opponents that your partner's call has a special meaning.


The alert is made by the partner of the person making the alertable call. It is the responsibility of the alerter to ensure the opponents are made aware that an alert has been made.
 

Alert any call of your partner which you believe to be alertable even if you can't explain its meaning.
 

During the bidding no call above the level of 3NT is to be alerted unless it occurs on the first round of bidding. Calls above the level of 3NT after the first round of the auction are to be alerted at the end of the bidding. The dummy or declarer alerts the defenders before the opening lead. The defenders alert after the opening lead has been made but before it is faced.
 

The correct way to ask for information following an alert is to say "Please explain" You may only enquire when it is your turn to call.