A new course will be starting in October on Wednesday afternoons andMonday evening. Details
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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This week, a couple of bad boards from a recent event.
First you pick up this big hand
You start with double since the hand is too strong to bid 3s or 4s. (Systemically I could have bid 4d) LHO passes and partner bids 4h. You continue with 4s which shows a strong hand and partner bids 5d showing a first round control. You try 6c another cue bid and partner bids 6d so what does he have?
The grand slam is good opposite many hands although the heart bid is a downside for the hand. If partner has a no loser diamond holding singleton ace then seven may be good. I concluded he had this and boldly bid seven but partner held
And the contract went off.
Then, a play problem, which was interesting.
You play in 3nt on a club lead. In order to make this one you will need tricks from both red suits. You play low in dummy and the nine forces your king. You try a heart to the jack which holds so now what?
It appears as if the heart ace is on your left, so you try a diamond and lho wins the queen with the king and plays a second club. You finesse but the queen wins on your right and a third club is returned. You now play another heart and rho wins the ace and plays a spade. The long club is on your left so you try the king but the ace is on your left so you are two off. Fine defence ducking the heart ace and a losing board since the contract succeeded in the other room.
A subject about which not much is written or taught is protective bidding. There are two common situations .
First when a one level bid is passed around to fourth player. The basic premise is that partner of fourth player will have a considerably better hand than right hand opponent who holds five or less points for the pass and so fourth player may bid a king lighter than in second seat.
Imagine it has gone one heart pass pass and we hold any of these hands
Double is clear and I would double with as little as eight points here if shape suitable.
A bid of 1 nt shows 11 to 15 so this hand is fine. Notice the difference in the range compared to second seat.
Again 1s is fine and you might even bid this in second seat.
The other protective situation is where the opposition auction stops at a low level for example 1 h p 2h or 1s 1nt 2d 2s .
There is a fundamental difference between balancing when the opposition have shown a fit and when they have not. The first auction is a fit and the second is not so in the first case we should strain to double for takeout or bid spades whereas in the second where they are probably in a seven card spade contract we should mostly let them play.
Weeks 2 and 1
Sunday 22nd Curtis Cup round 2 13.15
Saturday 5th Sociable Saturday
Thursday 10th - EBU Simultaneous Pairs
Tuesday 15th - Spielman Cup Qualifier
Saturday 9th Sociable Saturday
Thursday 14th -ACBA Mens & Ladies Pairs
Tuesday 19th - Spielman Cup Final