Release 2.19p
Address of this website

President — Mary Blundell

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Your Committee

Chairman — Gavin Wilson 

Treasurer — Rowena Austin 📧

Secretary — Fay D'Abo

Membership — Pauline Harris 📧

Refreshments  Julie Minards 📧

Refreshments  Vicky Bevan 📧

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The Director team

The Director team comprises:

  • Rowena Austin
  • Gavin Wilson
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The Scorer team

The Scoring Team comprises:

  • Gavin Wilson

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Claygate now uses a wireless scoring system called BridgePal, which runs on smartphones and tablets.  The implementation team today consists of Gavin Wilson and Carol Wildig, but more volunteers are very welcome.  We will provide as much help and training as each North needs to enter the scores into the handset.

Further information about BridgePal can be found here.

PAIR: Kay & Gavin
Our Two-level Opening Bids

Bolted on to our one-level opening system (which is Acol), we use a variant of Lucas Twos. It is compliant with the EBU's Level Two (for novice events) but is not well-known.  We have found it crops up roughly twice an evening in a session of 24 boards.

2♠  is our strong, artificial bid, which promises either 23+ points balanced or a hand of 4 losers or fewer.  It says nothing about our spade holding.  2NT is our relay response, whatever responder holds.

2♣ , 2  and 2  are all weak, natural openings, promising 4+ cards in the suit bid and 5-9 HCP and either a second suit or 6 cards in the suit opened.  If opener has a two-suited hand, his second suit may be longer or shorter than the suit opened, but he will have 9+ cards in the two suits.  

  • Responses: 2NT is a strong and forcing. On the other hand, the next bid up — i.e. 2♣:2, 2:2,  and 2:2♠  is a non-forcing weak response promising 3+ cards in the suit bid. 

We call these two-level openings 'antispades' because you cannot immediately show a normal Weak Two in spades.

One possible defence to the three weak opening bids is as follows:

  • Double with 16+ points and any shape, or 11-15 points and tolerance for each of the other three suits.
  • 2 of a New Suit shows a good 6+ card or very good 5-card suit, along with 7 losers or fewer.
  • 2NT shows a two-suited hand in any of the three unbid suits, 6 losers or fewer.
  • 3 of a New Suit shows a good 6+ card suit or very good 5-card suit, along with 6 losers or fewer.

Gavin and Kay 8-SEP-17