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Director: Derek Sanders
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Carlton
Director: Derek Sanders
Scorer: Derek Sanders
No fears BBO pairs
BBO
Director: Derek Sanders
BBO Sunday evening pairs tournament at the Carlton 7:00

Hazel runs the Carlton BBO Sunday pairs tournament. Its great fun and very friendly $4:00 per person entry fee, 24 boards. Everybody welcome and you can bring along a friend to play. For more info see the Carlton website.

Release 2.19q
Relaxed and friendly Bridge
No fears bridge over Xmas.

The online Tuesday Tournament will continue throughout the festive 🥳 period.smiley

Tuesday BBO online tourneys:

Tuesday 6th, Thursday 8th, Tuesday 13th (Goulash event), Tuesday 20th, Tuesday 27th, Tuesday 3rd January.

Thursday live event at The Carlton will take place on:

Thursdays 1st, 15th and 22nd December and resume again on the 5th of January 2023.

NOTE: there will not be a live event on Thursday 8th December because the Carlton Xmas party is on. Instead, i will be offering an online tourney on BBO.

The Live 6:45 Thursday No Fears!
The Live 6:45 Thursday No Fears!

The 'live' Thursday No Fears pairs is a relaxed tourney held weekly in room 1, Carlton Bridge club. Jane Mawdsley our hostess, is keeping things going at the club and provides excellent catering. Please note its the usual 6:45 start time. If you are running late, just phone and i will reserve a table. Everybody welcome, please come along and let me know if you need a partner its, great fun!! 

Meanwhile if you fancy some online bridge its on BBO every Tuesday 7.00! See below for more details.

Please contact me if you fancy playing the online BBO No Fears or private classes.
Please contact  me if you fancy playing the online BBO No Fears or private classes.
Edinburgh No fears help line phone 07930144819,
or use the form belowsmiley.
Guidelines and rules for the Edinburgh No Fears Bridge club Tuesday 7:00 BBO tourney.

This relaxed tourney is twenty-four boards of 8 three board matches with an estimated run time of about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Everybody who have attended my council classes, private classes, all Bronze players and anyone who has played in the live No Fears are welcome to join in the fun ($4:00 buy in).

1) Please announce your system, for example '12-14 NT, five card spade suit, 3 weak 2's, rev attitude and standard count' is fine.

2) a) If you make a misclick in bidding or play no probs..its easily done and it is right and proper to correct your bid or play. Just request an undo. Note: You are not allowed an undo if you change your mind about an action or lose concentration. When your opponents ask for an undo, you should generally accept. If you are not sure, please call mesmiley and i will give a ruling. It keeps everybody happy. 

b) If you feel an opponent is slow, please be patient. Should the clock start running down, just call me and request extra time.

This is not an SBU event, and Edinburgh No Fears bridge club rules apply. 

3) Please alert and explain conventional bids. You explain your own bids, partner cannot see the explanation.  For example, transfers, the Landy convention and Stayman. 

4) Edinburgh No Fears bridge club system limitations: 

 a) The Multi 2D is not permitted.

 b) If you open 1C you must have at least 3 clubs. 

c) Apart from strong 2C and Benji Acol all two-level opening bids must be natural and single suited.

5) Please, as a courtesy to your opponents display your name on personal details. Its nice to know whom you are playing! 

6) The main thing is to have fun and be kind to your opponentssmiley

Note: Sometimes we get a half table so you will need to wait a minute or two. This allows me to substitute in No fears late comers, a player on standby or friends that fancy playing a few boards. Sorry if you start off against a pair of 'Pesky Robots' crying but it gives me flexibility to add players who would normally miss outsmiley

Also, if you get disconnected from BBO and can't get back for a while to keep things going i may ‘sub in a robot’. Anyway, if you are subbed by a robot, don't worry, just hang in there and on your return, you will be reseated to the table for the next dealwink.

 

Tuesday 22nd November 2022 BBO results summary!

Six tables this evening and the winners were Colin and Stephen, runners up Daphne and Ann , with 3rd spot going to Jim and Irene with Clare and Maurice taking fourth place! A very well done them!

Meanwhile the live No Fears is on every Thursday 6:45 at the Carltonsmiley. Anybody who does the doublecool, that is... winning the Tuesday BBO No Fears and then the Thursday live No Fears in the same week will receive a 'jackpot' prize🍾🍾🥂! Well done last weeks winners Jim and Irene who went onto to win the Thursday at the Carllton and claim the jackpot prize!!!

BBO master points are awarded to those finishing in the top places. This means that you get a number next to your username which goes up as you pick up more points. Please let me know if you would like a couple of No Fears pens🖋🖊, they have conductive nozzles great to use on touch screens📱. smiley

Gerber garbled!

Board six was a sequel to last week's hand but this time it was twenty-one points opposite a 1NT opener. The winners had no problem and when Colin opened the weak NT hand, Stephen with the good twenty-one points clicked the 6NT button. After a ♠J lead Colin set about the club suit and when Nanna took her ♣ A that was twelve tricks and a top equal boardyes.

Meanwhile at one table after east opened 1NT, west 'wheeled' out the rarely used Gerber convention. This is a direct response of 4♣ to a 1NT or 2NT opener and asks partner how many aces they have. Unfortunately, east got into a muddle with the Blackwood convention and responded 4 indicating one ace (5 after Blackwood shows two aces). West thinking, they were missing two aces signed off in 4NT and that was two overtricks.

See how West got the maths wrong with twenty-one points in hand and twelve in partners. The total of thirty-three points meant they could not be missing two aces and ergo no need for the Gerber convention in the first place. Never mind it's a long time since I have seen Gerber in action, definitely a blast from the pastwink.

The Gerber convention was devised by the Swiss pair William Konigsberger and Win Nye in 1936. John Gerber of Texas introduced it to North America in 1938 and got its name (Wiki). Like the Blackwood convention it asks for aces but uses 4 instead. Gerber is best applied after no-trump openings and for this reason rarely makes an appearance since the 4NT quantitative slam invite is far more frequent.

Unlucky board 13

The cards did not lie well on Board 13 and infact it was a deal where its better to play from the weaker of the two hands!

A few easts were distracted by the solid looking heart suit and opened 1. This ended up with them playing in suit contracts resulting in a couple of positive scores. But typically, most easts with the balanced 20 points opened a more orthodox 2NT. Not unreasonably west with the good eleven points and 5-5 in the minors felt they were worth a little more than a raise to 3NT and bid 4NT. This is a quantitative bid and asks partner to pass with a minimum and push on to 6NT with a maximumenlightened. East with the minimum passed. South lead ♠ 4 and with north holding the ♠ AQ over the doubleton ♠K the defence took the first four trickscrying. See how if south leads ♠10 the defence can prevent spades from becoming blocked and take the first five tricks!

Meanwhile Anne and Daphne found their way to an unlikely 4 contract and after a diamond lead emerged with eleven tricks and second top. Board 13 not so unlucky for themwink.

 

2022 Bronze bidding Challenge November!

You are kindly filling in as a last-minute substitute in a Teams match.

You play the SBU Standard system: weak no-trump, weak 2s in ♦♥
You are West. 
What is your call?

Entries by 25th November with SBU number to:  liz.mcgowan@blueyonder.co.uk

Results and top scores will be published on December 1st.

Problem 1       Teams            All Vul             Dealer South

♠J2

QJ2

K98

♣AKJ94

West

North

East

South

-

-

-

1 

?

 

 

 

 

Problem 2       Teams:           All Vul            Dealer East

♠AKT753
AJ5
AKQ5
♣-

West

North

East

South

-

-

Pass

1

Dbl

Pass

1 

Pass

?

Problem 3       Teams:           EW Vul          Dealer East

♠A42
Q975
AKJT9
♣Q

West

North

East

South

-

-

1 

Pass

?

 

 

 

Problem 4       Teams:              None Vul    Dealer East

♠86532

 8

KQ73

♣K43

West

North

East

South

-

-

1NT

Dbl

?

 

 

 

 

               

Calendar
29th Nov 2022
No fears BBO pairs
BBO 7:00
Director: Derek Sanders
1st Dec 2022
Live No fears pairs
Carlton 6:45
Director: Derek Sanders
6th Dec 2022
No fears BBO pairs
BBO 7:00
Director: Derek Sanders
8th Dec 2022
Live No fears pairs
Carlton 6:45
Director: Derek Sanders