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The double is the most flexible bid in bridge, and can help you and partner find some excellent contracts. Use it wisely, and understand when it’s good to enter the bidding with double, and when NOT to.

Come to our learning workshop on Tue 17 October (click the link for all the details) led by ABF Teaching Coordinator, Joan Butts, and gain comfort with the ways you use the double to improve your bridge success.

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Check the details below of our bridge education program designed to help round out your bidding system by introducing, refreshing or reviewing your partnership agreements for using the Stayman Convention (October). We also provide details of our ongoing supervised sessions.

October:  The Stayman Convention -  when Partner opens 1NT and you have a 4 card major.

  • Fri 27 Oct 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 31 Oct 2.30-4.30pm

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Developed by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) the content was originally written in 1986 by Audrey Grant and recently updated to more accurately convey the latest duplicate bridge ideas and philosophy.

After defending a deal do you and your partner wonder “Could we have defeated the contract?” In this book you will learn how to defeat contracts that the declarer would make if you don’t defend carefully.

Guidelines are given for handling specific situations on defence: opening leads, third-hand play, second-hand play and signals and lots more. This book has lots of examples and easy to follow explanations.

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The Impact of Opening Leads Against Notrump Contracts – How to Take More Tricks on Defense by Audrey Grant.

This book looks at defending against no trump contracts. It focuses on the opening lead and how it can affect the subsequent defence.

It covers opening leads such as 4th highest from longest and strongest . . .; when to lead partner’s suit; what to lead from a sequence; when it’s time to take the tricks and run and lots more.

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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.

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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.

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Who can use the library?

All members of the Peninsula Bridge Club have access to the bridge library books and other resources. Follow this guide to read some great bridge books.

How to borrow a book?
1 Select your book from the glass cupboard.
2 Write it up in the Red hard-covered diary.
3 Enjoy the book.
4 Return the book to the library chute below the Suggestion Box in the Library area.
5 Write up the date you returned the book in the Red hard-covered diary.

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The 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge are now available for reading. The Library has acquired the 2017 edition of the Laws of Bridge 2017 from the World Bridge Federation for you to read. If you are interested, you can Google these changes to look at what has been reviewed and altered. For many of us it is just good to know we have the most up-to-date information available at our Club!

Also we have the latest 2017 edition of Director is Called by John Mcilrath. This publication discusses the most frequent instances when a Director is called and how directors might handle the issues according to the Laws. Recently modified to reflect the new 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge. Available in the library now.


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