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Check below for our upcoming bridge education program for 2018, designed to help round out your bidding system by introducing, refreshing or reviewing your partnership agreements. We also provide details of our supervised sessions.

January Lessons: a review of our basic bidding system & practising Declarer's PLAN - counting winners (NT) & losers (suit contracts)

  • Friday 19 January 9.30-11.30am
  • Monday 22 January 7-9pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 2.30 - 4.30pm

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David Bird outlines fun, easy to follow tips in bite-size chunks.  With 52 tips there is enough to keep bridge players occupied all year - both novices and old hands can develop their game with confidence and see their game improve week by week.

Tips for every occasion - from the age-old adage 'bad players lead from jacks' to the high-risk strategy 'use the dangerous entry first'.  No matter how well or how badly the game is going, there is something to aid and inspire everyone in this guide.


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Your partner East opens with 3S but North doubles and South bids 4H passed out. Partner leads the SA, then SK and finally SQ. Dummy ruffs this third trick with the HJ. What is your plan seeing these cards:

          S J7
          H AQJ
          D KJ4
          C A8752
EAST                WEST (YOU)
S AKQ?              S 96
H ?                 H KT3
D ?                 D T9862
C ?                 C T94
          S 82?
          H ?
          D ?
          C ?

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Everyone can become a better bridge player by improving their memory! Ron Klinger shows how in this book: Improve your bridge memory. Dividing the book into three sections - beginners, intermediate and advanced, he discusses how to remember vital principles of play, which cards are high and how to cause memory problems for your opponents. Learn how memory can improve with age. Klinger discusses how the right mental attitude can make a big difference.

Bidding is also included. We all have either transgressed or experienced when a member of a partnership forgets the system, passes a transfer or leaves the partner to play in a cue-bid. Ron Klinger shows a number of simple ways to avoid these memory lapses. Borrow it now and re-borrow it in 12 months. It will still have something for everyone to take away. The book that keeps on giving!

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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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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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