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If you know of any member of the club who is unwell please let either Pat Martin or a member of the committee know so that appropriate wishes can be sent on behalf of all members.
The quickest response will be to tell either Pat Martin or any member of the committee at the bridge session then a card can be signed & posted immediately. Alternatively, you can email the secretary.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.

Rules 20 and 26
Rules 20 and 26

Rule of 20

Add the number of cards in the two longest suits to the number of points held.

If the result is 20 or greater the hand is worth an opening bid.


The Rule of Twenty six  (Courtesy of Harold Schogger)

If your partner makes a splinter bid and you add up all your points outside the splinter suit and if it comes to 26 or more you should consider bidding a slam.


For example:

                                  WEST             EAST


SPADES                    AK873             QJ65

HEARTS                    43                   AK652

DIAMONDS               AQ65               K83

CLUBS                      62                    9        


BID                             1 SPADE       4 CLUBS


Then West should immediately add his points outside the splinter suit to a known guarantee of 13-15 points. Since his points total 14 and his partner is promising 13-15, then he knows the total is 26 and he should immediately be interested in a slam as 6 Spades is an easy make. West should therefore make suitable overtures either by cue bidding or Ace asking.


But if the hands are as follows:


                                  WEST             EAST


SPADES                    AK873             QJ65

HEARTS                    43                    AK652

DIAMONDS               Q2                    K83

CLUBS                      KQ62                9  


BID                           1 SPADE          4 CLUBS


The points you have outside the splinter suit are now 9 and added to the guaranteed 13, totals only 22.    So although you have 27 points between the two hands, a slam is impossible and game only is the contract.