A new course will be starting in October on Wednesday afternoons andMonday evening. Details
Fast Track Bridge is a course for complete beginners who want to learn to play and get started quickly. It will also suit people who have learnt before but need to refresh their knowledge and anyone who cannot commit to a longer course of weekly lessons. The pace is more intensive than my longer beginners courses so it may suit faster learners.
Fast Track is a new course which is part of the National Learning Programme of English Bridge Education and Development CIO*. (which the *charitable organisation for bridge education)
For more details see http://www.bridgeclassbristol.
In mid 1950's Graham Griffith, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and W. Morley Burry used to play bridge in a house on 41 Oakfield Road, just off Whiteladies Road. It was run by a lady as a business. She was charging them too much for the use of the premises. So they moved, with many others, to Aces Bridge Club.
Graham Griffith was the driving force behind the BBC being formed. He, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and others loaned or donated money to the new club and subsequently bought the lease for the new premises on The Promenade in Clifton (close to the Mayor's residence) and registered it as Bristol Bridge Club. Graham was the first chairman of the club 1958-1960.
In the early 80's, they were approached by the landlords to see if they would sell the lease as they had a buyer for the whole building. The lease still had 7 years to run so they were in a strong position to get a good deal. After finding new premises it was put to the members at an EGM. Only a few did not like the idea mainly because it was "Hotwells " and not Clifton. They raised extra money by way of loans/ gifts from members and a bank loan.
After many months searching for new premises and further negotiations, they bought the lease of the present building in March 1981. Many members gave their time to get the building in shape. It took around six month to get the place ready to be used as Bridge Club. So in November 1981 they moved from The Promenade to Grenville Hall, Oldfield Road, our present premises (this was done over one weekend).
This building was previously used as a printing works, and store for printing materials.
Bristol Bridge Club aims to provide facilities and opportunities for all its members to enjoy playing and learning bridge, no matter at what level. Beginner or international.
We are a large club and are able to offer playing sessions that suit all levels of ability. Non-members are always welcome.
The club has its own premises and we are situated near the centre of Bristol in Hotwells. The club consists of a large playing room with a smaller area for classes and a licensed bar that also offers light refreshments.
The club plays duplicate bridge on most days of the week, usually with a qualified director.
BRISTOL BRIDGE CLUB is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1167959.
There is car parking close by.
For directions and map, click here.
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I prefer not to write about specific matches or plays good or bad made by particular players but the last set of a recent match saw some amazing boards crop up. The match was practically even after 40 boards and we sat down for the last set
6h is circa 50% but not bid in either room.
a cold 6h with seven making on the trump finesse missed in the other room by the opposition but bid by our team for 11 imps in.
Then you hold
2s from partner weak first in love all 5h a toy called exclusion Key Card Blackwood collected 5nt ( SA ) so we went for the jackpot !
So you test clubs which are 4-2 and then fall back on the diamond finesse to score up the grand slam for a flat board.
Another grand slam, the 3rd of the set.
It went 1h (4s) dbl -p 5h 6h and in the other room they reached 7nt which made on the double squeeze. Lose 13 imps. 7h is rather more straight forward !
1s -2c -3d (short) -3nt -4c -4h -6c was the auction in our room. Declarer was known to hold good diamonds and 4h might be diversionary so a diamond from Axxxx looked unattractive so a heart was led for 1 off and team mates scored +400 in 5c.
I guess if you have been counting you will realise the outcome of the match by now
Two hands this week.
First something rather special.
You play in 4h on the following lay out on the lead of CQ. You win and note you have a loser in each minor together with at least one trump so it appears as if the HK needs to be onside with the suit 3 -2.
You cash the HA at trick two and LHO follows with the king .So the trumps are 4 -1 with RHO holding 2 winners in the suit. You still have a chance if RHO has 3 or more spades since you can cash 3 rounds and then discard the club loser on the 4th round of the suit when RHO is ruffing in and thereby hold yourself to two trump losers and the DA.
You therefore play on spades but RHO ruffs the second round of spades and cashes the CK and you find you must lose the DA and a trump trick to West!!
The layout of the other hands was
LHO followed to the HA with the HK holding KJT the effect of which was to throw declarer off beam in the belief that the trumps are breaking badly. This play was truly brilliant and the reason for the play was that West knows the trumps are favourably placed and they only have one trick in the suit so chuck a curve ball to declarer and see what effect it has.
Our second problem is a lead which I faced recently.
1c 2d 2nt 4nt 6nt was the auction. Opponents were playing strong NT and 5 card majors and 1c may be two cards. 2d was strong.
What is your selection?
Do you go passive on the basis that it is two balanced hands and if so which suit do you choose? A heart could damage partner as could a club and a diamond is probably the most neutral selection. The alternative is to attack with a spade playing partner for a high card in the suit. Either approach could be correct but the diamond bid suggests five or Six tricks in that suit in the dummy and so it is not a case of two balanced hands and thus the reason for a spade lead is stronger here than it would be if the bidding had gone say 1nt 4nt 6nt. A spade was needed and of course I duly failed but did at least strongly consider that option.
Weeks 2 and 1