Welcome to Bristol Bridge Club

 

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.

For directions and map, click here.

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Hand of the Week

Week 42

Two hands this week from a recent teams event. The first of which is an interesting play problem. You play in 4h 

 QJx

KJxx

void

AQJxxx

 

AKxx

T98x

xxx

Kx

 

LHO has overcalled 2d and the lead is the DA.  You ruff the lead in dummy and play a spade to hand and a heart up.

Say you run the ten it loses to the HQ on your right and a diamond is returned which you are forced to ruff in dummy leaving you with only the HK in trumps .If you exit a trump LHO wins the ace and puts their partner in with the DQ to collect a club ruff as the full lay out is 

 

xxxx

Axx

AKJxxx

void 

 

xx

Qx

Qxxx

xxxxx

 

certainly unlucky but can you do better? To make the hand you need to play a heart to the king at trick 3 and then a second heart will draw the enemy trumps with the exception of the Ace so a ruff gains nothing for the defence and will leave you safe.

 

Secondly we have a bidding problem 

 

AK

KQTx

xx

AKxxx

 

Qxx

J9xx

AKxx

xx

 

With north as dealer the auction typically went 

 

1c -1h -4h -p  

 

 

I could not improve on the following auction which was the one of the Steves Tomlinson and Turner 

 

1c -1d -2h -4d -4s -5d -6h.

 2h showed a strong hand with longer clubs and shorter hearts and 4d ,4s and 5d were cue bids. Nicely done to bid an excellent slam missed by most pairs.

 

Week 41

This week I have two interesting bidding problems from recent events.

 

Ax

KQTxx

Qx

Axxx

 

KJxxx

Ax

Jx

KJxx

 

North is the dealer and the uncontested auction goes 1h -1s -2c -2d (4th suit) now north has a difficult bid some chose 2nt and were duly raised to 3nt when south thought they were not strong enough to show the club support (3c is game forcing following 2d). Others chose 2s and some souths prematurely bid 4s which like 3nt  was also unsuccessful .

 

1h -1s -2c-2d-2s -3c looks good and now north bids either 3d over which south bids 3h -4h or bids 3h -4h .Note the careful 3c and 3d bids which pave the way to reach the only making game 4h.

 

Secondly a more simple auction

 

AK9xx

x

KQ

QJxxx

 

JTx

xxxx

Axx

Kxx

 

the bidding went 1s -2s -3c -4s.

 

 

A few points of interest .The 2s raise is predicated on the basis that 1s will be a 5 card suit nearly all the time (playing weak no trumps it will only be 4 if 4-3-3-3 provided you open all other strong no trump shapes 1m) and look how easy it makes the later bidding since north knows of the fit they try for game with 3c which is a long suit try and now with 2 known good cards plus the trump holding south bids 4s. A good rule as responder to a game try is to accept the try with 2 or more "working cards" which include the Queens of both trumps and partner's game try suit (clubs here).

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