Peninsula Bridge Club News
- Written by David Farmer
This Week in Bridge (TWiB) from Adventures in Bridge this week focuses on "Establishing length in dummy".
This provides a solid and useful treatment for all improver levels - captured in just three and a half pages.
So far I have been very impressed with this large collection of reference articles/lessons. It is an American source and 2 over 1 seems to be common but most of the articles are very relevant to our club's players. Readers might enjoy exploring this resource.
- Written by sarah young
August has been a busy month on the Congress and competition front. Coffs Harbour was well attended and all had a good time. Well done to Peter Clarke and Hans Van Weeran (representing NSW) as well as Cassandra Mitchell and Clare Filmer Ramsay for a competing at the 2017 Australian Restricted Championships in Canberra. Congratulations to Cath Whiddon for winning the NSW State Individual Tournament. Well done to David Farmer and Viv Eldridge for winning the Charlie Mitchell Shield.
Most importantly, well done to everyone who has managed to avoid the awful winter flu!
On an organisational front, Robin Ho, our new administration assistant, is doing a wonderful job of helping with the finances and the membership process. The Committee has been getting ready for the transition to GST status, and I am happy to report that everything is in good order. A special thanks goes to Bob Whiddon and Max Patterson for all the work that they are doing behind the scenes.
- Written by Peninsula Guru
Terry H asked: When a responder changes suit, it is forcing on opener to rebid. However what happens if opener’s rebid changes the suit again? Is this forcing on responder to bid again?
PG replied: It is normally forcing when a responder changes suit provided they are not a passed hand. It is normally not forcing when opener changes suit unless it is a jump bid or a reverse bid (where the new suit at the two level is higher ranked than opener's first suit and responder's bid was at the one level). So 1C - 1H - 1S would not be forcing, while 1C - 1S - 2H is a reverse bid and is normally forcing for at least one round.
Terry H also asked: What if opener’s bid is passed by responder, but opener rebids and changes the suit. Is this forcing on responder to bid?
PG responded: No it is not normally forcing unless opener bids the opponent's suit. However it does show a stronger or more distributional hand and so responder may now choose to bid to compete with the opponents.
- Written by Peninsula Guru
Terry H asked: When assessing your hand to open, you need 12+ opening points to open one of a suit, provided you have 5 or more cards in a major suit, or less for minors. Opening points are a combination of HCPs and length points. Length points are one point for a 5 card suit, two points for a 6 card suit etc. Then, when you find a fit with partner you can include shortage points (1 for a doubleton, 3 for a singleton and 5 for a void).
This raises 4 questions on points:
- Written by Peninsula Guru
Terry H asked: When you are declarer in a suit contract, you count your losers, then work out a plan to achieve your contract. (In a no-trump contract, you count your winners.) What is the best way to count your losers? Is there a quick way to do this? Or is it just practice?
PG replied: There is a fairly standard way to calculate your losers during the bidding once you have found a fit. For the first 3 cards on every suit count one loser for each trick you would lose of the suit were played from the top. So an A singleton, any void and AKQ would be no losers, Ax and Kx would be 1 loser, Qx and Qxx would both be 2 and JTx would be 3. Don't count any cards beyond the first three in any suit as losers. This is a tough approximation but generally quite good.
When you are assessing your hands as declarer you can be more precise. You can take into account information that the opponent bids or opening lead indicates. You can also combine dummy's and declarer's holdings. Holding Qx opposite KJx would be 1 loser, Ax opposite Kxx would be no losers provided you have trumps to ruff with.
Planning the play is about maximising your chances while minimising your risks. And that certainly takes practice well as thinking it through.
- Written by Cath Whiddon and David Farmer
TH asked: If you open with 1C – and you play 1C as showing minimum of two clubs – how many clubs does responder need to bid 2 clubs?
Cath W answered: Peninsula's Standard System is to open “Better Minor”, in which case 1C would promise a minimum of 3 (and a “fit” is 8 so you can do the math). Responder's priority is to bid four card suits “up the line” (but with a minimum one bid hand, responder should bypass diamonds and show a four card major).
David F added: Even though an opening 1C may only promise 2 clubs (if playing a "short club" or 3 if playing "better minor") opener will quite often have four. So on some hands responders may choose to bid 2C without the certainty of an eight card fit, if there is no other good bid.
- Written by Cath Whiddon
TH asked: To open the bidding, you can add length points to your HCPs to get to 12+ . Length points are 1 point for a five card suit, 2 for a six card suit and 3 for a seven card suit etc. Isn’t this misleading responder because he/she expects you as opener to have 12+ HCPs - whereas in reality you may have only 10 HCP as the other 2 points came from length points? If responder had 13 HCPs and his partner opened, then responder would assume a minimum of 12 HCPs – add the two together to get 25 and therefore you bid to game – however in reality the total is only 23 HCP and you fail your game contract.
- Written by Bob Whiddon
Members are reminded that, with GST being recognised from the beginning of September:
- Table money will rise to $7 for members, and $12 for non-members
- Sets of 10 Prepaid Vouchers (PPVs) will cost $65
- Members will be able to use existing PPVs and yellow and pink vouchers at sessions and from 1 September at supervised sessions.
- From now until 1 September there is a purchase limit of 10 PPVs per member per day.