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Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
Board 3 Saturday 27th June

Today sinteresting hand. South clearly has a 2♣ opening bid.
North should always make a "Waiting Bid" of 2 .
Now we come to the critical moment.
Should South bid 2NT to show 23-24 balancedish or should they bid 2 ?
Route 1. 2NT rebid then North should bid 4NT which is a "Quantitative Bid"
It says to partner "If you are minimum please Pass, if you are maximum please bid 6NT"
You need to do this in case we only have 32 HCPs missing two Aces.

Route 2 South rebids 2 . North should now bid 2NT as a second waiting bid to see if
South has another suit. Much to North surprise South bids 3♣ .
At this point North visualises 6♣ /7♣ /6NT/7NT.How do we get there?
There is a fairly new convention known as Minorwood. When a minor suit has been agreed
a bid of four of that minor asks about the Five "Aces", the K♣ is the fifth Ace.
4 =1 or4  4 = 0 or 3  4♠ = 2 or 5 without the Q♣  and 4NT would be 2 or 5 with Q♣ 
It is extremely rare that South will have all five "Aces" but it happened today.
After South bids 5♠ North can ask for Kings by bidding 5 (its 5 because 4N and 5♣ would be to play)
South now bids 5 to say "I either have K  or the other two Kings" North now knows it is K  as they have ♠ K.
We now eliminate 6♣ and 7NT as possible contracts. 6NT is now safe and will score better than 6♣ .
7NT is unlikely as we are missing  K. We know partner has  AKxxx at least. Two of our losing Diamonds can go
on  AK  If partner has J we can make 7♣ , if partner has a 6 card Heart suit they can set up winning Hearts.

Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLUB

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SUNDAY 19th JULY  11am - 5pm

  TEAMS OF FOUR on BBO -  TWO SESSIONS  

between 32 and 36 boards, with break between sessions.

Entry is £24 per team, payment by BACS (details will be sent when you enter)

   25% of the Entry Fee will be returned in Prize Money 

Entry by email please to Bernie Hunt at firstclassbridge@btconnect.com

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Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLUB

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Relaxed Bridge (12 boards, 9 min/board) on BBO

every Thursday 9.30am

Your first one is free

If you have not done so yet register with BBO and then let us have your BBO names by sending us the Form in the box below.

Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLUB

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

Sessions will run on BBO (Bridge Base Online)

Tuesday 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am, 18 boards,

NEW. Thursday 9.30am     £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.

Board 13 Tuesday 5th May

Partner opens 1       What should you bid?

The answer is, surprisingly 1 .
The hand, because it has less than 11HCPS is only worth one bid.
If you respond 1♠ and partner bids 2 you are not strong enough to bid 2 as that would show 11+HCPs and is "forcing"

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

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

Mid Essex Bridge Club Members

We are sad to announce the death of 

Brian Moreton 

We will miss him as a good friend, a  great bridge player, an amazing bridge teacher and a wizard when it came to setting up the smartboard.  Our thoughts are with his family.

 

Any condolence cards should be sent to Brian's daughter

Eleanor Jackson, 9 Sibthorpe Road, Welham Green, Herts, AL9 7PH

 

In Memoriam by Bernie Hunt

 

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
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
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Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Scorer: IDM / CC
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Scorer: IDM / CC
Calendar
3rd Jul 2020
Really Easy Club
Barleylands 10:30
3rd Jul 2020
Friday Duplicate Pairs (Butler Scoring) - Advanced
Barleylands 19:30
4th Jul 2020
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 10:30