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.

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Fast Track Poster

Cancelled but If you would like to join our next Fast Track bridge course later in the year, please email bridgeclassbristol@gmail.com to register your interest.

 

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Up and Coming Events

 

February:

Tuesday 20th - Mens and Ladies Pairs

Saturday 24th- Charity Bridge Day

Sunday 25th - ACBA Pairs Final

 

Hand of the Week

Week 3

 

A knowledge of squeeze play is considered the preserve of the expert.

 Try your hand at the following grand slam 

 

North

Qxx

KQxx

xxx

xxx

 

South 

AKJTxx

Ax

AKJ

AQ

 

there are 12 top tricks ( 6 spades ,3 hearts,2 diamonds and the CA ) 

One declarer thought he could combine his chances by drawing trumps cashing the DA & DK and if no DQ dropped he could fall back on the club finesse .

 

I give you the full hand 

 

West

x

JT9x

xxx

JTxxx

 

East

 

xxx

xxx

Qxxx

Kxx

 

So both the CK and DQ lie favourably so it is impossible  to fail in 7s surely ?

Consider an alternative line of play if you run 6 rounds of spades 2 top diamonds  plus CA you reach the following 4 card end position:

KQxx

Ax

J

 

What will the defence do? One hand will be forced to retain 4 hearts to guard the 4th round in the dummy and if the hand with the four or more  hearts ( either hand ) holds either DQ or CK it will be squeezed to concede the grand slam so this line of play succeeds 75% of the time when either defender holds 4 hearts and one of the crucial minor suit honours whereas the other line is a tad over 50% .

Here the superior line fails and  the poorer line succeeds which is one of the charms of bridge and possibly the reason why  we always come back for more.

 

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