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Newcastle Bridge Club holds seven sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. On Tuesdays and Fridays a standby player will be in attendance so anyone without a partner can simply walk in and get a game. The venue is close to Broadmeadow railway station and is also serviced by bus routes. There is disability access and off street parking is available. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the table fees which are $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The Club will help arrange a partner if required.

The latest course of bridge lessons  for beginners commenced on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm and on Thursday 25th February 2016, 10 am – 12 noon. The lessons will be such that people can switch between the day and night sessions.  
For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599  or  Home 02 4962 1816

For Hunter Interclub Details click here

Friday Graded Pairs

Commencing Friday 29th April a new event will be introduced to the Club’s programme, the Friday Graded Pairs Event.  Every session played on the 4th Friday of each month until November will be split into 2 grades, an A Grade and a B Grade.  The grade in which a pair will play is to be determined by the combined total of their MP’s.  Players with a combined total of 600 or more MP’s will play in A Grade a while players with a combined total less than 600 MP’s will play in B Grade.

The winners of either grade will be determined from the best aggregated scores from 6 of the 8 weeks. Substitutes are permissible.  A prize pool for the event will be generated from an entry fee of $5 per player increased by an additional $5 per player from the Club.  All money will be returned as prizes.

Playing in a split field is a new concept for Club members. To assess whether the concept is acceptable to members, a closing date for entry nomination has been set as 3:00pm on Wednesday 27th April.  Entry forms have been posted on the notice board.

For an explanation of the Rules attached to entry and participation click Fri Graded Pairs Regulations

Hands at the Club #1 by Chris Dibley

Thur Pairs 24/3/16 (Board 27, Dealer: S, Vul: Nil)

What a hand!!

Imagine picking up this superb 2 loser hand to the right. But before you can even think about what to bid, the auction goes 1♣ on your left and then Pass by both partner and other opponent. How do you bid this hand?? 7
AKQJ865
AKQJ
7

Think about what you would do before looking at the solution Michael Seldon came up with – Read more…