A new course will be starting in October on Wednesday after noons or Monday evening. Brochure
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.
The Xmas tree is up and all Xmas decorations in place... The club is ready... read more...
Mike and Jane, winners of the Curtis cup, today at Bristol Bridge club.,... read more...
Two hands this week from a recent teams event. The first of which is an interesting play problem. You play in 4h
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
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
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.
This week I have two interesting bidding problems from recent events.
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
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).
Weeks 2 and 1
Sunday 16th 13.15 - Christmas Swiss Teams
Wednesday 19th - Afternoon Party