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The Cricket Club has a bar close to the bridge room.

The director will call a ten minute break at a convenient time. Please resume play promtly when called by the director.

In January 2022 members will be able join the cricket club (£10.00 per annum) and will then be entitled to a 10% reduction in refreshment costs.

To save time at the break orders can be placed at the bar before the start of play.

Please note that due to Covid, the bar is only accepting payment by card.


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  Improve Your Declarer Play Online

Hi all,

One useful tool online to help with your Declarer play can be found at

Click on 'Bridge Master'

There are 540 declarer play hands ranging from Beginner to World Class (currently on #280).

Each gives you the bidding (In itself a good learning tool), and then you have to make the contract.

It's effectively teams, so you have to make the contract, overtricks are not important.

If you mess it up or get it wrong, you can redeal often as you want, but if you really can't work it out, click on 'Show Solution' and it will take you through the thought process and play of the cards.


Paul Wright

Sarum Web Administrator



Last updated : 13th Aug 2021 12:36 BST
  Defending Against Opening Multi 2D Opening


What is the Multi 2 Diamond opening bid?

The Multi 2d opening bid is normally – but not always as some pairs play it differently – one of these three options:

  1. A weak (6-9) two in a major (which is initially unspecified) – this occurs 90%+ of the time

  2. A very strong 2NT bid – usually 23+ points, or more – occurs a few percent of the time

  3. A very strong minor suit – usually of 9+ playing tricks – occurs a few percent of the time

Therefore, always assume it’s the weak option – a weak two in either Heart or Spades.

The responder to a multi-2D opening will often bid his worst/shortest major, on the assumption that is the opener’s suit. Opener then either passes or corrects to their major, or – rarely – rebids 2N or 3 of a minor.

Examples of multi-2D sequences without your side being involved – if you want to know more, look at this link:

  • 2D-2H-Pass = a weak 2 in hearts and responder has either equal majors, or worse hearts

  • 2D-2H-2S = a weak 2 in spades (ditto)

  • 2D-2S-3H = a weak 2 in hearts, and responder has better hearts than spades

  • 2D-2H-2N = 23+ points, balanced

  • 2D-2S-3C/D = an ACOL opening bid in that minor, often with 9+ tricks.

  • 2D-2N = FORCING, asking opener to describe their hand further.

How to defend against the multi 2D:

  1. In second seat (i.e. immediately over the opener):

  • Double with any balanced 12 – 15/16, or a very strong hand.

  • Bid 2NT with 16/17 – 19 (over 2NT play your normal responses to an opening 2NT)

  • Bid 2H/2S with 11-17, 5 card suit or longer.

  • Bid 3C/3D with 11-17, 6 card suit or longer.

  • Bid 3H/S with good 17+ and good quality 6+ card suit (you do not pre-empt a pre-emptor)

  • Bid 3N with a very good balanced 19-21 (or with less points but with a solid running suit).

  • Hands that don’t fit the above: in some cases, you will have an opening bid but not one that allows any of the above actions. The most common is a three suited hand short in a major (which will probably be their suit). In this case pass initially, and double on the next round if that is the case.

  • With two suited hands, either bid your best suit (always bid a major if possible), or pass and then bid after they stop in 2H/S. This will always imply two suits, as you didn’t bid on the first round. Pass followed by 2NT shows both minors.

b) In fourth seat (e.g. partner passes over the 2D opening and you are in the 4th seat):

  • After 2D – P – 2H/S, double is any balanced 12-15/16, or very strong hand; 2NT is 17-19 with stops in both majors. Suit bids are natural – including 2S over 2H.

c) In sixth seat (e.g. you initially passed over the 2D opening as you could not bid (see above), but now want to):

  • After 2D – P – 2H – P – P (or 2S)- Double is takeout, suits are natural but imply a two suiter (see above)

d) In eighth seat (as previous point, but delayed):

  • After 2D – P – 2H – P – 2S – P – P – Double is takeout, 2NT shows both minors

Responding to partner’s 2nd or 4th seat double

Assume partner has the 12-15 balanced hand.

  • Pass for penalties if you have a good 9+ and both majors!

    • (Unless you are vulnerable and have 13+, in which case you might want to bid 3N).

  • Partner has assumed you have 7-ish points. If that’s all you in fact do have (say you are in the range of 0-9 points), then bid your best suit at the lowest level.

  • If you have a good 10+ points, consider passing for penalties, as above. If you cannot pass for penalties, bid as you would over a normal weak two major.

    • In this case, however, you may have to decide/guess what the opponents’ major is.

  • Remember that if (opponent) responder passes the doubled 2D bid, you get another crack at bidding later on, as their opener must (obviously) convert to his major. E.g.

    • (2D)-X-(P)-? It’s your bid with say KT9x, Axx, QTxxx, x. You do not need to do anything at this stage, since the 2D opener will have to convert to his 6 card major, which you will then double, probably.

  • Similarly, you may get a chance to double opponents later if you hold something like this: QJ98x, xxx, Axx, xx and the bidding goes: (2D)-X-(2H)-P-(2S)-P-(P)-?

    • You didn’t bid anything the first time around as you don’t have enough points/trumps to double 2H, nor do you have a suit of your own to bid.

    • However, now you really do have an opinion, since partner has advertised as a minimum a weak NT type of hand and you have 5 good trumps and an ace, so you will double.

  • Lebensohl is highly recommended, in order to differentiate between responder’s weak and strong hands.

If partner bids on over your response to his ‘balanced’ take-out double, then he is showing 18+ and either an unbalanced hand or very strong hand.

There are many other ways to defend against the multi – just search for it on the internet – but these should get you started.

The multi is not to be feared – just understood!

PS and yes, just very occasionally you will be unlucky and double a strong 2NT or very strong minor opener, but this will rarely cost you much as most good players will be doing the same thing.

Last updated : 29th Aug 2021 15:22 BST
  Online Bridge

Fellow Bridge Nuts

If like me, you're missing you're regular bridge fix, there are a few links on to online bridge sites.

One of these is, , and is very easy ( and free) to register on the site.

1) Click on 'Login/Register'

2) Click on 'Become a member (free!)'

3) Create a username

4) Create a memorable password and confirm password

5) Enter Real Name

6) Leave ACBL Number blank

7) Select Skill Level

8) Select Country: 'Great Britain'

9) Click in box 'I agree to the terms of Service'

10) Click on Register.

Once there you can locate other members from the club. I would suggest using the Find a Partner section on our website to post a message detailing what you want to do and when , ie practice, casual game or event. I have posted an example message so that you can see the sort of things you need to list including your username.

If you are new to the site, I wouldn’t jump straight into an event, but go to a practice room with your partner and play against robots or random people, to get used to the process.

1) Click on 'Solitaire'

2) Click on 'Start a Bridge4 game (free)'

The main difference with online bridge is that you alert your own bids rather than partners bids. These explained alerts are communicated to your opps but not to your partner so they can’t be accused of receiving unauthorised communication.

When you are comfortable, try the EBU Matchpointed Pairs competitions. These occur every evening and start at 19:30 and 21:00. These can be entered up to 1 ½ hrs before start time. But you will need to buy some BBO $.

an event consists of 6 x 2 Board rounds and cost $1 (about 75p) to play, so very reasonable. They do attract masterpoints, but do not affect your NGS.

Be aware though that they are strictly timed. Each 2 board round is strictly limited to 14 mins and if you go over the director assigns an average score regardless of how well you were doing.

Happy playing

Paul Wright

Sarum Club Webmaster

Last updated : 20th Aug 2021 12:12 BST