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August 2017 English Bridge

www.ebu.co.uk

A few examples:

Partner opens 1NT (12-14) at

unfavourable vulnerability and

RHO overcalls 2® showing

both majors. At this vulnerability

going for a penalty is

risky, particularly as it may

make it hard to investigate a slam in a minor when

that is right. Here you can bid 2™ showing clubs,

then follow up with 3t not only showing both suits

but also suggesting a good 5-4-2-2 as you haven't

bid 3™/´ over 2®. Opener should complete the

transfer with some fit, or bid 2NT even if not

holding stoppers in both suits. 3™/´ next from

either player is stopper showing.

Change the hand slightly to:

Now over 2® you can bid 3´,

showing this type of hand.

One more:

1NT from partner (12-14), 2®

on your right showing the

majors. No need to gamble on

3NT and sail off when it is

wrong. Just bid 3® invitational

and let partner decide! r

´ 4 3

™ 7 5

t A K J 8

® A K Q 8 3

´ 4

™ 7 5 3

t A K J 8

® A K Q 8 3

´ 7 2

™ Q 3

t A 3

® K J 9 8 7 6 2

MASTERPOINTS FOR INDIVIDUAL

FUNBRIDGE TOURNAMENTS

Starting on 2 September, the EBU will be running

robot games with masterpoints each Saturday and

Sunday on Funbridge - a French online bridge

provider that already runs similar games for the

French Bridge Federation (FFB) and the Swiss

and Norwegian federations. Don't worry about its

French provenance though - there are already

12,500 players from the UK, the robots speak

good English and they will even play four-card

majors and weak NT if you ask them to!

Signing up for Funbridge and downloading the

necessary software is free and it can be done on all

common platforms - Windows, Mac, tablets,

smartphones. There are daily tournaments and

Series tournaments (in which you are put in a

group depending on your current results and

compared with others in the same group) as well

as Challenges that you can issue to other players

and practice sessions you can use to improve. A

number of boards each month are allowed for free

to use in these events, with some opportunities to

earn more free boards when you first sign up.

The EBU events will be charged at €2 for each

20 board tournament. The games can be played

between 8am and 10pm. You can even play a few

boards and then come back to them later if that

suits you - or if the signal on your smartphone is

interrupted!

You play with a robot partner and against robot

opponents. You are really being measured against

the other humans who have the same hands, same

partner and same opponents as you do, and this

makes it a good measure of skill. There will be

more than 20 boards in play and you won't

necessarily play all the same boards as everyone

else or in the same order as them - this is a

security feature.

If you are interested, go to www.funbridge.com

and sign up ready to practise with the robots and

become familiar with the interface in preparation

for the launch in early September.

Cutthorpe Friendly Afternoon BC,

Derbyshire

Tues & Thurs 1-4pm, Sim Pairs and 'full day'

events, Cutthorpe Village Hall

See www.bridgewebs.com/cutthorpefriendly

Friends Bridge Club, Middlesex

Sim Pairs over the summer and regular

sessions starting September, Hatch End.

See www.bridgewebs.com/friendsbridge

Market Harborough BC, Leicestershire

Reaffiliated with the EBU.

Mondays, 7.15pm, Angel Hotel

See www.bridgewebs.com/marketharborough

Visitors are welcome at all the clubs. For

more details please see their websites.

WELCOME TO THREE NEWLY

AFFILIATED CLUBS

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