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 53

Which of the following hands do you prefer?

 

Jxx

Kxxx

AKx

Jxx

 

Xx

Axx

AJTxx

QTx

 

We will return to the above hands later on but the subject today is the subtle art of upgrading and down grading hands.

 

I will give you two pairs of hands 

 

QJTx

Xx

AKQx

Xxx

 

A9x

AQx

Xx

AKQxx

 

A superb slam with the combined 31 points especially if played by the hand with AQx in hearts.

 

Then 

 

9xxx

KQx

Jxx

Xxx

 

AJxx

Axx

AKx

Kxx

 

A combined 25 points but game is hopeless and if you uncover your spade fit a minus score is guaranteed.

 

So what conclusions may we draw from the above in our valuation of balanced hands?

 

There are three useful additional tests to assist in valuation besides the pure point count 

 

1 Do you have a 5 card suit? Any balanced hand with a 5 card suit of reasonable quality is worth an extra point so for example the 19 count with AKQxx in clubs should upgrade to 20 .I like to upgrade any balanced hand which is maximum in points and includes a reasonable 5 card suit but down grade any minimum hand without a five card suit which is 4 3 3 3.

 

2 Do you have good intermediates nines and tens which give the hand body? A very good example are holdings including the ten such as AJTx or KJTx both are undervalued by the point count .

 

3 Do you have joined up or isolated honours? If you hold contiguous holdings ( like the 48 states of the USA not Alaska or Hawaii) then your hand is better so KQx is a better hand than Kxx  and Qxx in different suits .

 

A 4th factor is shape .The worst shape in Bridge is 4 3 3 3 so this shape should be downgraded so with such a hand and 15 points open 1nt playing weak no-trumps.

 

 

Returning to the two hands we gave at the start the second hand is better than the first despite their respective point counts.

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March

Saturday 9th - Sociable Saturday

Sunday 10th - EBU National Pairs Qualifier

Thursday 14th -  Hockey Cup, Club Mixed Pairs

Tuesday 19th - Everett Cup Qualifier, Club Teams Competition

Sunday 24th - EBU Portland Pairs

April

Saturday 6th - Sociable Saturday

Thursday 11th -  ACBA Mixed Pairs

Sunday 14th - Curtis Cup Round 1 of 2

Saturday 27th - Garden Cities Regional Final

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