News from Bristol Bridge

New Year at Bristol

While the rest of Britain coped with the worst storms in twenty years the First for Bridge group were enjoying a cosy New Year bridge break at the Mercure Hotel in Bristol. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the pool or relax with a beauty or spa treatment between bridge sessions. If they wished to venture outside the hotel which is close to St Mary’s Church in the heart of Bristol they could stroll around the refurbished docks area, or take a trip around the SS Great Britain or have a bargain seeking visit to the sales.

The hotel staff were attentive and polite at all times and guests all commented on the delicious New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner with champagne provided by Arena. Allan Sanis gave two excellent seminars on the Lebensohl Convention and Cue Bidding. These were well received by our group and Allan was persuaded to offer a ‘run through the previous evening hands’ talk. This lead to much discussion between partners!
This was the first time Chris and I had hosted a First for Bridge holiday and we loved it! We hope to see again guests we met in Bristol on our next Arena holiday in Turkey in March.
Until then Judith, Allan, Chris and I send you our good wishes for 2014.
Ro & Chris


News From the bridge room

I was pleased to be asked to direct the fourteen bridge sessions offered over the New Year holiday in Bristol. The Mercure Hotel provided us with a lovely bridge room. We had windows all down one side, complimentary coffee and tea and even our own Christmas tree!

The bridge was generally played in good humour and our varied programme was enjoyed by all.

We had pre-dealt hands every evening and hand records to mull over during a drink at the bar after the bridge.

This hand caused much discussion:

The dealer was East with no-one vulnerable.

KILLARNEY Bridge Hand

After 2 passes West had to make a decision.  Many of our guests opened a Benji or Acol 2C followed at one table by North bidding a pre-emptive 3S.  East chose to pass.  Now South who had been to a seminar on bidding to the level of the fit, bid 4 Spades.

Now what should West do? Options seemed to be:  a) 5C  b) 5H c) X  d)4NT (2 places to play? Blackwood?)

West has to make a bid on a valuable 2 suited hand at the 5 level.  He doesn’t know if his partner has any points. Is he missing a slam?  Does he have to make a guess at which game to be in?  It is pairs, so is it important to play in a major suit?

Some of us suggested that he should not have been in that position to start with.  It is often difficult to describe a 2 suited hand after an artificial bid.  How about opening a natural 1C?  It is unlikely to be passed and certainly makes it easier to later bid the heart suit.  It is still true that he might still be a little upset by a spade barrage from N/S.

The power of the pre-empt continues!

Happy New Year!

Judy Sanis

And The Winners Were…

2.Chris with Arthur and Ann Kent – Winners of Open Pairs

2. Chris with Arthur and Ann Kent – Winners of Open Pairs

Chris with Carolyn Fisher and Pat Watson – Winners of the New Years Eve Pairs

Chris with Carolyn Fisher and Pat Watson – Winners of the New Years Eve Pairs

Allan with John Wright, Hazel Drexler, Bob & Margaret Ainsworth  - Winners of Open Teams

Allan with John Wright, Hazel Drexler, Bob & Margaret Ainsworth – Winners of Open Teams

Allan with Patsy Ashford and Alan Fell – Winners of the Cabot Teams

Allan with Patsy Ashford and Alan Fell – Winners of the Cabot Teams

Judy with Janet and Tony Cundy –Winners of Welcome to Bristol Pairs 2

Judy with Janet and Tony Cundy –Winners of Welcome to Bristol Pairs 2