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Hi there, we are David and Liz and we started out as two everyday bridge players that over time have become Bridge directors, teachers and occasional holiday organisers. We currently give intermediate lessons on an 'as and when' basis on a Monday evening at the United Reformed Church Hall adjacent to Waitrose car park in Bishop's Stortford. Car parking is widely available in Waitrose car park for those attending and lessons start at 7.30. Please see this website for details of when lessons are taking place.
Our next holiday is 28th September - 1st October at the Links country park hotel, West Runton, Norfolk. it is hoped to run a Bridge and Golf holiday next June so watch this space.
The English Bridge Union has made minor changes to the scheme of announcements from August 1, 2013. Updated August 1st 2017. This only applies to the EBU. So, if you play in any clubs or competitions playing to the EBU rules, you will be expected to use the Alerting and Announcing rules as explained below.
ANNOUNCING AND ALERTING SUMMARY
Could be on fewer than 3 cards
“May be X” where X is 0, 1 or 2. Extend to "May be X and may have an outside 5-card (Diamond) suit" as appropriate
Natural, 3 or more
Other (strong, artificial)
“12 to 14” (or appropriate range)
and, if relevant, “may contain a singleton”
Strong, Acol, (Benji Acol, etc)
Weak with diamonds
Strong with diamonds
“Strong, forcing” * or
“Strong non-forcing” *
Other (Benji, Multi, etc)
Weak with hearts/ spades
Strong with hearts/ spades
Other (Lucas, Flannery, etc)
“20 to 22” (or appropriate range)
Responses to 1NT or 2NT openings
1NT - 2
2NT - 3
Simple Stayman (promissory or not)
[Note: 5-card Stayman is alerted].
1NT - 2 - 2
2NT - 3 - 3
Denies 4 card major
1NT - 2 - 2
Completion of transfer
Bids above 3NT
artificial suit bids on 1st round of the auction (for this purpose the first round of the bidding is the opening bid and three subsequent calls)
*The practice of making strong bids with hands of limited high cards must be clearly disclosed
Opponents Call …
Meaning of their call …
If your Double is …
A suit at any level
Does not show the suit (i.e. conventional or not natural)
Showing the suit doubled
A suit opening
Prepared, Phoney, Short or Nebulous 1 or 1 opening
No trumps at any level
Natural or conventional
for business, shows strength: partner is expected to pass
Partner is expected to remove
Action over Opponents’ calls above 3NT
Lead directing pass
Lead directing double for a different suit to the one doubled
Lightner double of, say 6NT, calling for a specific lead
Lead directing redouble for a different suit to the one redoubled
Any other pass, double or redouble
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The next holiday is 6th - 10th September 2019 at the Links Hotel
Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. The EBU is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity. It considers it a fundamental principle that anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person.
This guide serves as a brief reminder of how to behave at the bridge table. We are sure that all players naturally follow this code of conduct but there are times when concentration and pressure can take their toll and it is for these situations that we issue this as a reminder.
Remember that it is rude to criticise your partner or opponents in public, to be less than polite at the table, to gloat over good results or object to a call for the tournament director or to dispute or argue about a director’s ruling, or generally to make any personal and disparaging remark.
As in all games that are governed by rules and regulations, bad behaviour will be penalized ….
If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately. Annoying behaviour, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties. This can include immediate disciplinary board penalties and may lead to disqualification from the current event. In addition any violation may result in a disciplinary hearing where player(s) future participation in tournaments will be considered.
English Bridge Union
The results from the holiday are below, well done to everyone.