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Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLCUB

!!!  PLAY  ONLINE  WITH  MID  ESSEX  CLUB  ON  BBO  !!!

We had a very successful Starter Session with 12 tables (Results)

  THANK YOU 

  to Nicole for setting it all up, and to all the players who joined us.

Next session will be today - Tuesday 7/4: Registrations is open now

#2321 Pairs Firstclass Bridge - Mid Essex Tuesday

£3 per session per player, Bernie will invoice end of each month

Please note the new start time 9.30am

New players: register on BBO and let us have your BBO name (details see box below)

   See you all Tuesday !!   

PS: you are invited to play 24 bds on Friday 10 April at 12.30pm --> Search STJ in All BBO tournaments.

Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLCUB

!!!  PLAY  ONLINE  WITH  MID  ESSEX  CLUB  ON  BBO  !!!

Sessions will run on BBO (Bridge Base Online)

Tuesday 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am, 16-18 boards, £3ps

1) Register on BBO (click here for detailed information)

2) Send Bernie your BBO name via the form (see below)

3) On morning of session at 9am go to:

BBO  Competitive  All Tournaments  Mid Essex  

4) Register, Invite Partner or Find a Partner (partnership desk)

5)  Enjoy the virtual game in our Club 

    See you at the virtual table - Everyone welcome    

If you need help please contact Bernie on 07973-925315 or firstclassbridge@btconnect.com

or Petra on 07990-512386 or petra.bromfield@talk21.com

FORM
FIRST BOARD SATURDAY MORNING WOW!!

There is a convention called Kokish. Using this you can show any balanced hand with 23-34 HCPs:

23-24 Open 2C. Partner relays with 2D and you immediately rebid 2NT.
25-26 Open 2C. Partner relays with 2D and you bid 2H alerted, which is either Hearts or a big balanced hand. Partner must then bid 2S relay. You now bid 2NT to show 25-26 after the second relay.

27-28 Open 2C. Partner relays with 2D and you immediately bid 3NT to show 27-28.
29-30 Open 2C. Partner relays with 2D and you bid 2H, again either Hearts or a big balanced  hand. Partner relays with 2S and this time you bid 3NT to show 29-30 after the second relay.

31-32 Open 2C. Partner relays with 2D and you immediately bid 4NT to show 31-32.
33-34 2C 2D 2H 2S 4NT   .... and that's why this game is so easy.  If you are not sure about this, when we get back to real life there will be a slam bidding seminar.

Bidding Quiz No.4

This hand is from the 1996 World Championships.

Hong Kong were playing for the last time before becoming part of China.

What did the Hong Kong South wrongly bid, and more importantly what should the Hong Kong South bid?

I will publish the answer in a few days time.

The correct bid is 7 Clubs even though you have none in your hand

There is a daily bulletin at these events. The Hong Kong South bid 7NT.
The editor of the bulletin very kindly wrote:

The Hong Kong South "showed a lack of experience with this convention".

Bidding Quiz No 3

You are South and Dealer

You pick up this hand what is the correct bid?

The textbook bid in Acol or Standard English is 3NT 
It is known as the 'Gambling 3NT

The rules for opening 3NT bid
1  A solid 7 card MINOR 
2  No 4 card major on the side
3 No Ace or King in any other suit

It says to partner "Look at your hand, if you have cover in the other three suits please pass'

If you don't please bid 4 Clubs ( even if you know my suit is Diamonds)
I will then Pass or Correct

More information on this bid in the next few days

A detailed analysis on a similar hand can be found on the ECBA website - Quiz 1 - click here 

CLUB NOW CLOSED

UNFORTUNATELY WE NOW HAVE TO CLOSE

I WILL TRY TO PUT STUFF ON THE WEBSITE TO KEEP YOU INTERESTED, 

BIDDING QUIZZES , PLAY TESTS, OPENING LEADS

this will take a few days to set up

 

If you have any queries please feel free to ring Bernie on 07973-925315

!!! WELL DONE !!!

Well done Team Mid Essex !!

Team Mid Essex BWinners Ray Cornell Trophy

(Simon Moorman & Paul Mollison, Sandy Riach & Jacek Lapszys)

Team Mid EssexWinners Ray Cornell Prize

(Simon Moorman & Paul Mollison, Sandy Riach & Jacek Lapszys, Richard Register & Robert Elliott, Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner)

smiley   Team Mid Essex will represent Essex in the Garden Cities Competition   smiley

Results

First Class Bridge Academy and Club

Welcome to the website of First Class Bridge

Now the 31st biggest club in the country. 

 

There is bridge played at Barleylands every day from Monday to Saturday catering for every level from complete beginners to the very highest echelon of bridge players. Most sessions are hosted so you can just turn up and play without a partner.

There are regular starter courses for complete beginners and a number of supervised bridge sessions for those wishing to go to the next level.

First Class Bridge Academy and Club
Club Sessions

Monday Evening 7.30    Teams of four

Tuesday Afternoon  1.30 Improvers

Thursday Morning  10.00  No Fear/Improvers

Thursday Evening 7.30 Improvers

Friday Morning    10.30  Really Easy

Friday Evening 7.30  Advanced

Saturday Morning 10.30  Improvers

Supervised Play

Supervised play is a great way to improve your game in a relaxed environment. Come along on your own or with a partner. Either shuffle and deal or play hands from an earlier session.

Tuesday  10.30    Ann and Jon

Wednesday  10.30  Ann and June

Friday Afternoon 1.30  Terry and Brian

2019-20 BASIC COURSE

THE CURRENT BASIC COURSE WILL CONTINUE ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS AT 1.30 pm as soon as we are allowed

THE NEXT BASIC COURSE WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS AT 3.30pm as soon as we are allowed 
 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS 1.30pm

For those of you who want to refresh, this is also a good time for you!

Next lesson

Transfers Part 2:

Looking for a game contract

And then

4441 hands

Getting started with this notoriously difficult hand shape

The 2020-21 Course will start as soon as we are allowed

YOUR FIRST TWO LESSONS ARE FREE

After that £8pp per class. Pay as you go, all inclusive.

Those that have done a basic course with me are more than welcome for a free refresher.

 

Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Results
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Mid Essex Bridge Online trial game
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Calendar
8th Apr 2020
Basic Course
Barleylands 13:30
9th Apr 2020
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
9th Apr 2020
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30