Duplicate Bridge results and tip: Useful conventions worth learning, part one

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By Val Rhead

Weak Two Bids

What is a Bridge convention?

According to the Encyclopedia of Bridge, Page 157, 7th Edition, “a Convention is a call or play with a defined meaning that may be artificial.”  For example, an opening Two-Diamond bid, Two-Heart bid, or Two-Spade bid means specifically that the opener has a six-card suit with two of the top three cards or three of the top five cards in that suit. The strength of the suit may be determined by high-card points only (according to David Lindop) or by high-card points plus length-points counted together (Barbara Seagram.) The method used is established by partnership agreement. Of course, an opening Two-Club bid has an entirely different meaning and describes a 22-point or larger hand.

The point-count of the opening Weak-Two hand may range from 5 to 11 points. It is important that Weak-Two bids do not exceed 11 points. The reason for this stipulation is that opening a 13 or so point hand with a Weak-Two bid unfairly, thus illegally, would make it more difficult for the opponents to enter the bidding.

The responses for the Weak-Two bids are also laid out in the convention. Remember that the opening bid is a weaker than a normal opening bid. That’s why it is called a WEAK-Two bid. Therefore, the responder must have more than just a normal opening hand to head for game. If however, the responder has three cards or more in the opener’s suit, she may raise the opening suit even if she doesn’t have many points.  The opening Two-bid was a preemptive bid, so the responding bid is extending the preempt. This objective is to make it legally more difficult for the opponents to bid their hands.  Also, a contract with lots of trump may make with relatively few high-card points.  Even if he goes down one or two tricks, especially if he isn’t vulnerable, the Weak-Two opener can get a good score.

If the responder does not have at least three of the opener’s suit, she does not bid unless her hand contains at least 16 points.  If she has those points, she may proceed to game, most likely in opener’s suit.  The major problem, in responder changing to a different suit or to No-Trump, is that the opener’s hand may not have an entry for responder to get to opener’s long suit. But responder can ask the opener to name an entry outside his long suit by bidding Two No-Trump.  If opener doesn’t have another entry, he just rebids his long suit.

One of the challenges of modern Bridge is that some conventions evolve over the years.  In the past, all opening Two-bids showed a strong hand.  Some players may play certain conventions differently.  When new partners play with each other for the first time, they must make sure that they both play conventions the same way.

If you wish to promote an activity in your Bridge group or ask a Bridge question, send the information to [email protected] and I will try to include it in this column.

REMEMBER Come to Orillia for the 7th annual The Longest Day fundraising event.  Event day is Wednesday, June 19, 2019.  There will be three games at 9:30am 12:30pm and 3:15pm.  Join us for one, two or all three games with prizes and refreshments all day long.  There are extra points for the winners.

Show the world how our fun game may help slow the onset of Alzheimer disease.  No reservation is necessary but please arrive with your partner at least ten minutes before game time.

The Longest Day events will be held at:
ORILLIA MASONIC TEMPLE 24 James St E, Orillia, ON, L3V 1L1 on June 19, 2019.
For more information, go to www.orilliabridge.com

NEW SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
Games are at the Active Living Centre on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room on the second floor (elevator) at the back entrance of the Canada Summit Centre. Just come – with or without a partner. For information, please contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or [email protected].

For now, 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 are Monday afternoon 1 p.m. 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 protected]

Monday, June 10, 2019 results
1. Peter Rhead & Els Vandenberg; 2,760 points; 2. Kathy & Jim Haller; 2,590 points
NOTE: For the summer, we are now evening sessions, starting at 7 PM.

HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games are Tuesday 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church 33 Main Street.  Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.  For partners and information call Liz Graham (705) 789-7187 or email at [email protected]

The following winners are for Tuesday, June 11, 2019 with 16 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Kelly Andresen and Kel Andresen; 2/3. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2/3. Vern Foell and Rod Dixon; 4. Mary Hogarth and Albert Eatock; East-West 1. Art Insley and Jim Smith; 2. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 3. Julianne Guselle and Gail Znebell; 4. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts

MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays at 7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road.  Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time.

The following winners are from Monday, Jun 10, 2019 with 15 pairs playing a Howell movement.  1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 3. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 4. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith; 5. Art Insley and Don Evans; 6. Mary Mitchell and Susan Maddocks; 7. Gwen Jocelyn and Heidi Bates; 8. Mary Lou Erb and Sue Kidd

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