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2020
CONGRESS CANCELLED Duplicate sessions to continue

The spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is of great concern to us all. With this in mind our congress scheduled for the 4th and 5th April has been cancelled. This is most unfortunate for our club, but with attendees coming from various parts of the country, the risk is too great, and we must avoid the possibility of transmission if it were to proceed. 

However, after due consideration, it has been decided to proceed with running duplicate events at our club rooms, subject to the conditions below.

Of course all members should consider their personal circumstances. Particularly, older members and those with heart or lung conditions may wish to refrain from attending bridge for a period of time.

 

The committee arrived at this decision because club numbers are currently less than forty five, and there have been no confirmed cases of infection on the Far South Coast of NSW. To further minimise the possibility of local transmission, we ask that:

  • Anyone who has been to areas of infection (for example Sydney or Melbourne) to stay away from the club for 14 days; and
  • Anyone who has been in regular contact with visitors from the above areas, should stay away from the club for 14 days.

To comply with social distancing rules, the maximum number of people allowed in our club room is 30.

Hand sanitizers will be provided in the club rooms and we encourage its use as much as possible.

This decision will be reviewed continually.
And finally; if you are unwell, please do not come to bridge!

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NINETEENTH ANNUAL CONGRESS

Our 2020 Congress is being held on Saturday, 4 April and Sunday, 5 April.

The event is being held at Club Sapphire, 119 Main St, Merimbula NSW.  Ample parking is available.  

The events are:

Swiss Pairs:     Saturday 4 April commencing at 12 noon. Cost $80 per pair.

Swiss Teams: Sunday 5 April commencing at 9.30 am. Cost $160 per team.

Register online at the NSWBA site by clicking here

Pay in advance by:
  • By direct deposit to National Australia Bank: BSB 082697 ACC 254940019 (Please include your surname In the bank transfer reference field).
  • Cheque to the Club at PO box 588, Merimbula, 2548)
Pay at the door is also OK. 

Prizes (including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and restricted) for the Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams will be presented at the conclusion of Sunday's Swiss Teams event. 

Snacks will be provided at the break on Saturday, and lunch will be provided on Sunday. Coffee and tea is available throughout.

Please contact Lewis Seychell at lseychell2@gmail.com or on (02) 6495 2605 for assistance or any query regarding the 2020 Congress.

To view or download the brochure, click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: The following accommodation centres offer 10% to bridge participants.

  • Pelican Motor Inn
  • Town Centre
  • Sapphire Waters

We look forward to catching up in April.  In the meantime, Happy Bridging. 

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 7 Feb '20

Congratulations to our new committee:

Lewis Seychell (Pres.)
Colin Manley (Vice Pres.)
Dianne Hinde (Secretary)
Heather York (Treasurer)
Making up the rest of the committee are: Colin Frecklington, Beata Denkiewicz, and Stephanie Litchfield
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Bridge Base Online Teams Tournament

It took 5 weeks of our social isolation time, but now it’s all over.

Congratulations to Lewis, Colin, John and Dorothea for their clear win of 100.28 VPs out of a possible 120.

Well done to Team Green (Nanette, Andrew, Helen and Margaret) for their fine 81.07 VPs, just eclipsing Team Yellow (our ‘country’ members from Canberra Anita, Liz, Belinda and Jenny) on 78.1 VPs.

And a big hand of appreciation for Joe, who set up every one of the 21 matches played.

And finally, a big thankyou to all 28 of you who made this tournament possible, hopefully with enjoyment and perhaps learning something of the Bridge Base Online resource which is so important to the world bridge community at this time.

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Hand of the Week 04/03
  • Here's a challenge from 4th March...
  • After an auction not suitable for publication in case children see it, West is in 6 hearts after South has shown a 5-card diamond suit.
  • Plan the play following a small  lead from North.

Draw trumps? Down two tricks...

  • You have 5 side suit winners, regardless of the location of the club King. You therefore need 7 trump tricks.
  • Take the diamond lead with the Ace and run the club Queen. It wins.
  • Now, ruff a diamond, cash the black aces, come to the spade King, ruff a diamond with dummy's last trump, and ruff a black card with the heart seven - if the club King has not fallen yet, you know North still has it, and should therefore lead a club for this ruff.
  • You have now made nine tricks. Lay town the top three hearts and claim!
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On 28/2 this hand was played five times in 4 by East. The results were 9, 10, 10, 10 and 11 tricks.

What difference did the lead make? How big a range of result do you think there was (0% = unique bottom, 100% = unique top)?

In match point play:

9 tricks = 6%
10 tricks = 69%
11 tricks = 94%

What a difference a trick or two makes! Especially an overtrick that other pairs don't make.

Its also interesting to note that the lead of A (an unsupported A!) is the only lead to hold E to 9 tricks, the contract that double-dummy analysis says is makeable. The leads of A♠ (twice), 2♣ and 6♣ all happened to allow E to make the contract. Of course we don't know what the bidding sequence was, which might well have influenced the choice of lead.

Note that in IMP scoring, vulnerable game is 12 IMPs, and making the 11th trick is still 12 IMPs. No difference! But scoring 9 tricks (vulnerable) is -3 IMPs, a difference of 15 IMPs. That's why making game (especially vulnerable) is so important in IMP-scored events.

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Hand of the day

Here's hand 4 from the IMPs event of 24th February. The contract got to 4♠ by W at two tables.
As N on lead, what do you choose to lay on the table?

Double-dummy analysis shows the best makeable contract to be 3♠ by either W or E.

Being IMP scoring, two pairs pushed on to game in ♠ to make that vulnerable game bonus so important in IMP scoring.

Against 4♠ by W, one N decided to lead to lead 3♣ . You might consider 5 (4-th best), or 4♣ (top of a doubleton), but 3♣ it was. Result: 8 tricks by W, -200.

At another table, N decided to lead A  - an "unsuported A". Where have you read about that? What does that give W with KQ to play with in dummy?

The result:
on 3♣ lead, 8 tricks, minus 200, -6 IMPs for EW
on A lead, 10 tricks, plus 620, +11 IMPs for EW

So that's a difference of 17 IMPs, largely attributed to the lead.

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Local and Regional Events

 

Batemans Bay Congress 14, 15 March

GNOT CQE 1: Friday 24 April
GNOT CQE 2: Friday 1 May
GNOT Regional Final: Sunday 6 September

Club Pairs Championship
Qual: Fri 21 August
Round 1: Friday 28 August
Round 2: Friday 4 September

Mollymook Congress: 19, 20 September

Bairnsdale Congress: 17, 18 October

Club Teams & Norma Gowing Trophy
Round 1: Thursday 5 November
Round 2: Thursday 12 November

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