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The Chippenham Bridge Club play on Fridays at St Peter's Church, Lords Mead, Frogwell, Chippenham. Early arrival before 6.40pm is necessary for a prompt start at 6.50pm
We also play on Mondays at Chippenham Sports Club, Bristol Rd Chippenham. Early arrival before 1.15pm is necessary for a prompt start at 1.30pm
Players arriving later than 6.40pm on Fridays and 1.15pm on Mondays will not be accommodated.
Both venues are affiliated to The English Bridge Union and have a mid-session break for tea, coffee and biscuits
We play Acol duplicate bridge using tablets for scoring and duplimated boards.
Please come along and meet a group of friendly people, keen to enjoy their bridge in a relaxed atmosphere. If you don't have a partner please contact Irene Button on 01249 653429 who will try to find you a partner.
We are introducing competitions for both Monday and Friday players starting in April 2019. Each competition will run for 12 weeks. Players will need to play at least 8 times to qualify. The top 3 places in each competition will receive money prizes. The positions of the players are determined by the average of the players top 8 scores out of the possible 12 after handicap. The competitions can be found under the competitions menu on the left hand side of the home page. They will become active after the first week of the competition in April.
The hand of the week will be active for a week and then archived into the Hand of the Week Archive page under the Information for Club Members Menu Item. From the 12th April there will be two hands of the week for Friday and Monday respectively on the theme of Andrew Robson's The Next Level
The Next Level - When transfers operate (3c) is the topic of hand 15 this week.
Red suit transfers operate after a 1NT opening; a 1NT overcall; a 2NT opening; and after the sequence 2♣ - 2♦ - 2NT. Each of these opening sequences are limiting the opener's hand : 12-14; 15-19; 20-22; and 23-24 respectively. Playing red suit transfers after each of these allows the partnership to get to the best contract in either NT or a major. Hand 15 is an example of the first type of opening.
West bids 2♥ asking opener to bid 2♠ and then rebids 2NT to show 11-12 balanced with 5 spades. East is minimum and prefers the 5-3 fit in spades to NT and signs off in 3♠.
The Next Level - Unassuming Cue Bid (6c) is the topic of hand 21 this week.
The Unassuming Cue Bid (UCB) is a bid of the opponent's suit by the partner of the overcaller. The requirements for the UCB is having 3 or more cards in the overcalled suit and 10 or more points. It asks the overcaller how good was their overcall. If the overcaller has a good hand 14+ points (or a shapely hand) then the overcaller can bid game. If the overcaller has 12-14 points then a game try can be made. Otherwise the overcaller simply rebids the overcalled suit again at the lowest level.
West overcalls 1♥ which promises 5+ hearts and 8+ points vulnerable (6+ points non-vulnerable). East's bid of 2♦ is the UCB telling West that East has 10+ points and 3+ cards in hearts and asks West how good was their overcall. West has a fabulous 15 points and a known 8 card heart fit so bids game.