Winter Bridge Seminars can be arranged for Improvers on a monthly basis should there be sufficient interest. These would take place from 1330hrs to 1445hrs on a Thursday prior to Social bridge sessions. Provisional dates are Thu 24 Oct and Thu 28 Nov.
Private lessons are also offered by Richard Woodward at home.
Interested members should contact the Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarum Bridge Club provides competitive and friendly duplicate bridge in pleasant surroundings. It is affiliated to the English Bridge Union and Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association.
Monday evenings are competitive sessions with Master Points awarded. We meet at 1845hrs in readiness for a 1900hrs start.
Social duplicate bridge takes place on Wednesday evening (except 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 1845hrs and Thursday afternoons at 1445hrs.
We meet in the Reading Room, Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury, SP1 3LL. The Reading Room is opposite St Lawrence Church.
The Reading Room is disabled friendly.
New Members and Visitors are always welcome. The club has a stewarding system on a Monday and Thursday, which can be viewed on the Website. If you need a partner it is advisable to check the Website in advance.
For further information about Sarum Bridge Club contact email@example.com
Monday 8th July. Board 22 – Double Trouble
By Colin Jones
This board produced some interesting results and lessons.
After a frisky non-vulnerable weak 2H opening by south, west overcalls 2S.
Now several norths thought they had enough for a penalty double. As you can see from the scores, they didn’t.
Even after AK of clubs and a ruff, north can take no more than 2 further spade tricks, with the contract making exactly.
It is often correct to force declarer on these types of hands, so it appears that an initial heart lead ought to be the best start. Unfortunately not this time: as my partner discovered to his horror, if we don’t take the club ruff, we don’t even get the 5 tricks we deserve. In the end, we conceded the last two tricks, having to lead from SQ7 into declarer’s SKT at trick 12, for a doubled overtrick, for the worst score in the room!
What did we learn? There are a number of lessons here:
If it is wrong for north to double for penalties, what should north have bid instead? Let’s consider the options:
For those of you only interested in declaring, here is your challenge: make 3H* by south:
And for the expert defenders amongst you: did West mis-defend? If so, at what trick did West go wrong, and what should they have played instead?
Any member requiring a partner should advertise their availability by using the "find a partner" option on the left hand menu. This system will supplement and not replace the Club stewarding system.
EBU Spring SIMS Pairs - 1 Apr 19
Congratulations to Brian Johnson and Sue Hands scoring 71.76% at the Club and are 4th Nationally out of 43 Clubs and 709 pairs that took part.
A gentle reminder to ensure that every member of our club has an enjoyable evening/afternoon. Even when concentration and pressure take their toll these simple guidelines should be followed:
1. Greet others in a friendly manner prior to the start of each round.
2. Be prepared to help new players or players who may not understand bidding sequences you may use.
3. Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
4. Do not criticise either your partner or opponents at the table.
5. Ensure that you help make the session an enjoyable time for all - enjoy the company as well as the game!
Club Champions - Georgie Dalton and Sonia Blandy
Mixed Pairs - Pat Ussher and Mike Osullivan
Club Teams - Sonia Blandy, Georgie Dalton, Dave Hale and Paul Wright
Handicap Teams - Breda and Sid Adcock, Jenny Coats and Terry Hillman
Handicap Pairs - Gillian Nolan and David Ward
Mens Pairs - David Clayton and Sid Adcock
Ladies Pairs - Sue Hands and Jenny Coates