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.
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Which of the following hands do you prefer?
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
A superb slam with the combined 31 points especially if played by the hand with AQx in hearts.
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.
Weeks 2 and 1
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
Saturday 6th - Sociable Saturday
Thursday 11th - ACBA Mixed Pairs
Sunday 14th - Curtis Cup Round 1 of 2
Saturday 27th - Garden Cities Regional Final
Tuesday 30th - Everett Cup Final