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Continuing the theme of trying to improve your scores without learning any new darned conventions, Andrew has prepared 3 new seminars to keep you warm this winter.

The cost is £49 per person for members and £65 per person for visitors, which includes lunch, tea, filter coffee and the course notes.

If you book all three, you will receive a 15% discount!

 Saturday 18th November 2017 from 11am till 3pm

DECLARING AT DUPLICATE

In ye olde supervised /rubber bridge / teams formats your task as declarer was relatively straightforward, to make your contract, whether that contract was good, bad or indifferent.

At duplicate, it’s a different story. When should you risk your contract for an overtrick, when should you play safe? How can you tell and why? If you want the answers, this seminar is for you.

 

Monday 27th November 2017 from 11am till 3pm

RAISING 1 MAJOR

Finding major suit fits is the crux of your constructive bidding. If only it were straightforward...

Two, three or four? Jacoby or splinter? When to raise with three cards. When not to. You have done the lessons – make sure you are getting the most out of them. We will be having a long look at the ‘problem’ hands that don’t fit in with the textbooks (or your notes), but which you seem to always pick up!

 

 Sunday 3rd December 2017 from 11am till 3pm

HAND EVALUATION AND CARD READING

A two-pronged mental challenge, this one.

In the morning we will have deeper look at how to improve your bidding. Again without learning any more conventions! Do you have a good, bad or indifferent hand? And why does the same hand’s worth vary depending on the context?

After lunch we’ll move on to the dark art of card reading. Like Sherlock, we will have a go at becoming “a practitioner of the science of deduction, of using the known facts in a case to unveil the unknown”.

Nothing but an enquiring mind and a healthy imagination required.

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Back of the Pack Part 2

Back of the Pack Part 2

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B Player

Perspective is a curious thing. Partner, for example, clearly regards himself as intelligent, creative, well-informed and dynamic. Something not unlike this, in fact:

Whereas to me he is equally clearly dull, pedantic, ill-taught and lack-lustre; to whit:

But perhaps the most alarming feature of Partner’s play is not his evident lack of flair, as captured above, but his inability to apply the simplest rules with consistency.

Take last night, for example, when opened 1 Diamond with a maximum 19 points and a six-card Diamond suit to the AK. Partner passed and, on laying down his hand as dummy with its 11 points and three diamonds, said he’d not bid because he felt his hand was “a bit flat”. Thereby missing a slam and scoring one of our distressingly regular bottoms.

I consulted the Club Psychotherapist about Partner’s problem with this sort of thing recently (her of the pronounced Austrian accent and compulsive twitch) rather expecting her to suggest an unresolved relationship with his mother or a mis-directed sex drive. But in fact her professional diagnosis was “No, he’s just useless,” so we are no further forwards.

Returning to the missed 6 Diamonds, my position last night was evidently hopeless. Unless Mrs Overbid on table 7 had one of her turns again, and went down in 7NT, 0% was inevitable. So my choices were:

  1. claim the lay down slam in Diamonds, fix Partner with a Hard Look, and hope that the shock had a therapeutic effect on the synaptic connections in his grey matter, or
  2. throw a couple of tricks, make only 4 Diamonds, commend him on his astuteness, and thereby bolster his self-confidence in the interests of the Greater Good.

A very close call indeed. Suggestions by email to the Club Manager, please.

Another rule with which Partner struggles is that of “third hand high”. Now, I am not speaking here of such advanced stuff as the “lowest equivalent card” or “keeping a high card to beat dummy”, but rather a total inability to do the right thing.

For example, when I led the 4 of Clubs last night from KJ9x against 3NT, and Declarer won with the Queen, there were a number of possibilities:

  • Partner did not have the Ace
  • Partner had the Ace, but it was hidden behind the 8 and he hadn’t spotted it yet
  • Partner was keeping the Ace to regain the lead once his “long suit” (in this case five spades to the Jack) had been established
  • Partner had decided that it was a good plan to “keep Declarer guessing”
  • none of the above.

Which of these pertained in this case (the third, in fact) only became clear once Declarer had pounced thankfully upon the opening and had run off all seven of his long suit in dummy to go +2.

And so, last night as on so many nights, the evening slid onwards towards its inevitable conclusion, once again bright hopes evaporating as dew in a Saharan dawn. Once again it was a case of shuffling furtively towards the results screen, hoping against hope that the Fates would allow our actual names would be up in lights. Once again the inevitable disappointment.

Never mind, said Partner, the eternal optimist. He’d heard about this new convention (multi-twos or Landy or some such) that would surely make all the difference. I have my doubts, but perhaps that will inform the topic of my next dispatch from the bottom of the pile...

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