By Peter Rhead
Gambling Three No-Trump
This week’s convention is called the “Gambling Three No-Trump (3NT)”. No, it has nothing to do with our casinos. In fact the convention comes from across the pond. In London, England, there is a Bridge club called Acol Bridge Club. First a little background.
Originally called the Acol Road Bridge Club it had its modest beginnings on Acol Road in the 1930s. The creative and dedicated players in the Club turned Acol into a world-wide phenomenon and the basis of the current British Bridge system. Today on a different street and bigger location, the Acol Bridge Club retains its name and character. The Acol system competes with the American Standard system which is more familiar to North American Bridge players. Both systems are played on the world stage.
Two of the most notable differences between these systems are first that American Standard opens five-card majors whereas Acol opens four-card majors. Second, American Standard opens 1NT with 15-17 points whereas Acol opens the weak 1NT with 11-14 points.
This week’s Gambling 3NT is one of Acol’s early inventions. We have talked before that some conventions are for defense and some are for offense. This week’s convention is a fun convention for both offense and defense. You and partner have agreed to play the Gambling 3NT. Partner opens 3NT. Partner has a hand with seven solid Clubs or seven solid Diamonds and nothing else – AKQJ0xx– seven sure tricks if he can get in. If opener has anything extra, then his hand is too strong and should open just One Club or One Diamond, not 3NT. Likewise, if he has seven solid Hearts or Spades, it is better to try for a game in the major…just open One Heart or One Spade.
Your hand will be the dummy hand. It needs to take only two tricks plus stop the opponents from getting more than four tricks. When your dummy hand does its job, partner has his 3NT contract! So, how do you confirm to opener the correct dummy hand?
Next week we will explore your requirements to respond to partner’s Gambling 3NT.
For more information, read Gambling 1NT in Barbara Seagram’s 25 More Bridge Conventions, page 47.
If you wish to promote an activity in your Bridge group or ask a Bridge question, send the information to email@example.com and I will try to include it in this column.
CFUW MUSKOKA BRIDGE FOR BURSARIES FUNDRAISER
WINTER LUNCH AND BRIDGE/CARD/GAMES PARTY, ALL WELCOME
12 NOON FOR LUNCH Friday, Feb 21, 2020 $25 per person
South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, 10 Golf Course Road, Bracebridge
A great opportunity for all to enjoy companionship and to support young women in Muskoka for college or university. Arrange your foursome and bring supplies for your table of four. To register, please provide four names to: Mary 705-646-8881 firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol 705-646-2567 email@example.com
SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
AT THE SUMMIT CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LIVING, THURSDAYS 7PM
In the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre)
Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club for the winter are Monday afternoon 1pm at the Port Carling
Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.
For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 email@example.com
Results for Monday, Feb 3, 2020 1. Susan & Ted Daglish 3250 points; 2. Enid Powell & Joan Frost 2970 points; 3. Karen Atkin and Mary Jane Rogers 2580 points
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games are Tuesday 1pm Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For partnerships and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The game has changed to 1pm Tuesday for the Winter.
The following winners are for Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 with 10 pairs playing a Mitchell Movement. Gerry VanLierop and Ron Groulx are to be congratulated for their 74% game. North-South 1. Gerry VanLierop and Ron Groulx; 2. Mary Simonett and Garry Fraser; 3. Beryl Clayson and Paul Clayson; East-West 1. Gail Lederer and Don Evans; 2. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell; 3. Helen Pearson and Jim Smith
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time. For information contact Brian at 705-645-5340 email@example.com
The following winners are from Monday, Feb 3, 2020 with 7 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1/2. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 1/2. Gail Lederer and David Bryce; 3. Jim Smith and Don Evans; 4. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst
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