NEW VENUE, NEW DATES!
15th - 17th November 2019
This Autumn the 2019 Porthcawl Congress will take place in the Hi-Tide Inn on the sea front at Porthcawl. West Wales' friendly yet competitive Congress commences on Friday 15th of November and runs until Sunday the 17th of November. There are competitions for Improvers, Mixed Pairs, Ladies' Pairs, Men's Pairs and Teams. For full details - view or print the prospectus and entry form by clicking HERE.
The draws and results are shown on the WBU results website. Click on this box to go there.
Double elimination knockout so you have to lose twice to be eliminated. Before the finals day all matches for South Wales teams will be against other South Wales teams with Stanza Greens so you will usually get Greens even if you lose! There will be a finals day in August 2020 in Mid Wales.
How to enter is in the menu called Welsh and Cambria Cups.
Click on this box to go there.
Mixed Pivot Double elimination knockout so you have to lose twice to be eliminated. Each team member plays with each other member in every match and there must always be a woman and a man playing. Before the finals day all matches for South Wales teams will be against other South Wales teams with Stanza Greens so you will usually get Greens even if you lose! There will be a finals day in August 2020 in Mid Wales.
Looking for something to do on Saturday evenings?
Swansea Bridge Club now holds a 'Dragon' night on the 1st Saturday of the month at 7p.m. All are welcome - £4 with prizes.
This page has hints, tips and information about play, conventions, ethics and etiquette of playing Bridge. Contributions will be greatly appreciated.
The nine of diamonds playing card is often referred to as the "Curse of Scotland" There are a number of reasons given for this connection:
1. It was the playing card used by Sir John Dalrymple, the Earl of Stair, to cryptically authorise the Glencoe Massacre. Certainly there is a resemblance between the nine of diamonds and his coat of arms.
2. The Duke of Cumberland is supposed to have scribbled the order for "no quarter" to be given after the Battle of Culloden on a nine of diamonds playing card..
3. It has also been suggested that it is a misreading of the "Corse of Scotland" ie the "Cross of Scotland" or St Andrew's Saltire. There is a resemblance between the pattern of the nine of diamonds and the Saltire.
4. Nine diamonds were at one time stolen from the crown of Scotland and a tax was levied on the Scottish people to pay for them - the tax got the nickname "The Curse of Scotland".
The first two explanations are the ones most commonly given.
Now it seems to be the Curse of Wales, or at least the WBU as well!
The first issue of WBU playing cards had an incorrect Jannersten Bar Code on the nine of diamonds making them impossible to deal in a Duplimate machine. Richard Edward the card printers has reprinting the offending card and these will be distributed as soon as possible."
A contract of 6 Hearts by South and West leads a spade . Reading this as a singleton Declarer played the Ace and, sitting East Jean Besse the top Swiss player dropped the King! under it without hesitation.Of course Declarer now assumes that this is the singleton. He also believes that he cannot afford to take the Heart finesse in case West wins and gives East a ruff so he plays the Ace and another heart.
Jean Besse wins the trick and plays a spade for Partner to ruff.
THESE PEOPLE PLAY A DIFFERENT GAME!
Another one below -
Bill Nicholls, of MUMBLES DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB, comments on an issue that has come up during play at the Club over the last few weeks.
Thanks to Bill Nicholls for these contributions.
Setting: it is the final of the Spingold, the prestige knockout teams event at the American Summer Nationals. The starting field included most of the world's top teams. After 50 boards and with 10 to go, it couldn't be much closer 75 imps versus 73 .
2♦ was the American Multi, a weak two in either major; 2♥ pass or correct, 4♥ was ???
I had planned a more modest effort of my own for this feature but I can't compete with this ( Suggestions / contributions welcome, send to the Secretary or Chairman )
At the table 4♥ was passed out. When the dust settled 4♥ was -5 with a quiet 4♠ making in the other room. 15 imps changed hands and the championship was lost.