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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 next course of bridge lessons  for beginners will commence on Tuesday 26th July 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm and on Thursday 28th July 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

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Hands at the Club #4 by Chris Dibley

July Wednesday Daytime, Board 41, Dealer: N, Vul: EW

Bidding Slams – Asking for specific Kings not number of Kings

An interesting hand from this week shows the importance of having a good partnership system for bidding slams. East-West have 33 HCP and are cold for 13 tricks (needs 3-2 in or a squeeze to work, about 75% chance) but only 2 of 10 pairs bid the grand (Kay and Helen in 7, Michael and Peter in 7NT). Yes, 7 is over 90% chance (top spot in teams) but this was pairs so majors over minors for the match points. Read more…

Hunter Region GNOT Regional Final

The GNOT regional final for the Hunter Region will be held at the Newcastle Bridge Club on Sunday 7th August. Teams from bridge clubs through out the region will be competing for the three positons available to progress to the national finals which will be held at the Tweed Ultimate Resort in Tweed Heads from Friday 25th November to Monday 28th November 2016.

Play will commence 9.30am sharp. The format will be 6 x ten board matches, three before lunch and three after lunch. Lunch will not be provided so players are requested to bring their own.  Drinks and snacks will be provided at the conclusion of play.