June 2019 English Bridge
later if it looks like a good idea, or perhaps show
both majors over partner's 2NT rebid in whatever
way we have agreed I can.
Hand 2 - This is worth a 2´ bid: it has nine points
and a good spade suit. It doesn't matter that you
don't have the ace of spades; K Q J is plenty.
Hand 3 - The spade suit is not good enough for a
positive response, even though you have seven of
them. The hand is also far too weak in terms of
high card points so you must bid 2t. The fact
that you have a void diamond is irrelevant as 2t
just denies a hand suitable to make a positive.
Hand 4 - This contains plenty of points and a very
good quality diamond suit but you can still only
bid 2t on it, because a 3t bid promises a six card
suit. It is important not to ignore this, even with
such a great suit, as you will run into trouble later
if you misrepresent your hand.
Hand 5 - This is a clear 3® bid. It has an excellent
six card suit and ten points. Don't be put off by
the singleton queen: if partner has length in
hearts it'll be a useful high card and if they don't
have a particularly great heart holding it's still a
singleton. Besides, you have plenty of points
without it. r
SOMERSET CBA 2019 80
WEST OF ENGLAND
Friday to Sunday 4th - 6th October
Includes two Green Pointed events
TOP TEN CLUBS IN
Congratulations to Richmond Bridge Club for
coming top in the list of most popular clubs in
England for the ninth consecutive year. The list is
in order of player sessions over the year April
2018 - March 2019. Well done to Cheltenham
which has climbed two places.
1. Richmond 6. Kenilworth
2. Wimbledon 7. Tunbridge Wells
3. Stamford 8. South Bucks
4. West Midlands 9. Bristol
5. Cheltenham 10. Oxford
A more extensive list can be found on the EBU
website, www.ebu.co.uk/topclubs2019, but it's
interesting to note, as an indication of the
changing face of bridge, that if we had included
our Funbridge games as a club, it would have
been lying 8th!