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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.

The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU), via the Avon Contract Bridge Association (ACBA).

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.

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Hand of the Week

Week 50

My apologies if I feature rather too many slam hands in this column but they generally make interesting reading (next week we will feature part scores!)

 

KQTxx

Txxx

A

KJx

 

You hear two no trumps from partner and must plan the bidding .Do you start with a transfer or stayman and does it make any difference which version you play straightforward or five card puppet ?

 

It is clearly a slam going hand which may play best in one of your suits so you could bid three hearts transfer and then what? Is a bid of four hearts thereafter correct is it only a four card suit and is it forcing? Should you bid five hearts following the spade transfer? Deep waters I think.

 

I have always played four hearts as five five in the majors and non forcing i.e. weak and a jump to five hearts as invitational with five hearts.

 

Therefore we go via three clubs with this hand and playing simple stayman there is no difficulty since we can bid three spades over three diamonds to show five. The problem is if we play any of the variants of five card or five card puppet we need a method to allow opener to show three card spades having denied a major since when opener rebids three diamonds they merely deny a five card major and we now probe for a four card fit.

 

This was another trap which partner and I failed to solve since the other hand was 

 

AJx

QJ

KQJ

AQxxx

 

 

So we had two heart losers but the defence had to cash them.

 

Then 

 

AKxxxxx

Jxx

Q

Xx

 

Qxx

KQ

AKJxx

Axx

 A fine slam contract I hear you say and I bet that almost every man or woman and their dog will reach six spades which we did so a good effort. Virtue had to be its own reward since hearts were 7 -1 so it failed with a ruff although 6 no trumps is cold because the diamonds are so good. Any suggestions as to reaching that contract please send to me on a postcard.

Week 49

The splinter bid is my favourite convention and I give two hands this week highlighting its value.

 First you hold

 

AK

QJxxx

Xxx

QJx

 

The bidding is uncontested and goes 1d from partner 1h from you and 4h from partner?

 

Your values suggest you may be in the slam zone but lacking a club control the only possible way to proceed is by making a spade cue bid and if partner bids 5d in response you bid 5h pinpointing the club problem. Partner holds 

 

Qx

AKxx

AKQJx

Xx

 

So 5h is the limit.

 

The negative aspect of the hand is partner did not bid 3s or 4c to show shortage in either suit so we know they  will be balanced and thus there will be 2 potential club losers or else a loser there and another in diamonds ( 3 small cards in a suit partner has bid is a dreadful holding )

 

Our next hand is as follows

 

X

KQJxx

AQxxx

Kx

 

Axx

Xx

KJxxx

Axx

 

The bidding starts 1h 2d?

 

The north hand is now huge following the 2d response and we can rebid either 4d or 5d but much better is to show our fit and the spade shortage with a splinter bid of 3s .This will excite partner a lot holding the spade ace facing a singleton spade and we will bid the cold 6d with ease.

 

A splinter is an unnecessary jump bid where the level below is natural.

 

So 1h 1s 4c or as above 1h 2d 3s.

 

It is one of the best methods presently available for evaluating fits for game and slam purposes and is highly recommended.

Week 48

The hand this week is complicated in both the bidding and play and cropped up in an afternoon session at the club.

Axxx
Xx
Qx
AQxxx

Void
AKTx
AKTxxx
KJx

With north the dealer the bidding  typically began 

1c 1d
1s 2h

North now had an awkward choice and the choice is 3c or 3D I prefer the latter since the sequence by opener already normally shows 5-4 distribution.

Now the south hand knows a slam or indeed grand slam is in the frame and might bid either 4c or 4d ( note that 4th suit forcing is game forcing here and the easiest way to play the method is game forcing throughout )

What is the best contract here ? either 7 c ,7d or 7nt are all possible the latter requires both minors to come in or some magic ( more of that shortly ) whereas 7c just needs trumps to break 3 -2 and 7d similarly just needs the trumps not to produce a loser .So 7 of either minor are both around 70 percent and 7nt a little less.

Anyway 7c fails as we shall see and 7d is cold but 7nt is a fantastic card play hand 

The other hands are as follows 

Kxxx
Qxx
Jx
JT9x

QJTxx
Jxxx
Xxx
X

So with clubs not breaking we have 6 diamond tricks 3 clubs 2 hearts and 1 spade .

If we cash 6 diamonds and also 3 clubs we reach the following end position :

                Ax
                X
                 X

                AKTx


Dummy has Ax spade together with a heart and a club loser and south has 4 hearts .

LHO retains 

H jxx
CJ

RHO holds

S QJ

H Qx 

So now declarer cashes the SA and lho is forced to discard a heart from jxx since they must keep the CJ so now declarer scores 3 heart tricks to make the no trump grand slam .

The position is quite an unusual squeeze since each opponent has been squeezed rho in spades and hearts and lho in hearts and clubs .It is therefore a variety of double squeeze with neither opponent able to guard the hearts.

Week 47 46 and 45

Week 44 and 43

Week 42 and 41

week40 and 39

 

Week 38 and 37

Week 36 and 35

Week 34 and 33

 

Week32 and 31

 

Week 30 and 29 

 Week 28 and 27

Week 26 and 25 

Week 24, 23 and  22

Week 21, 20 and 19

 

Week 18 and 19

 

Week 16 and 15

 

Week 14 and 13

 

 Week 12 and 11

 

Week 10 and 9

 

Week 8 and 7

 

Week 6 and 5

Week 4 and week 3

 

Weeks 2 and 1

 

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