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  • KCS Bridge Triumph

    KCS Bridge Triumph


    Congratulations to KCS Wimbledon A Team:

    Kamran Rachlin (Captain)

    Jack Kelly (left)

    Jack Hagger (right)

    Robbie King (not pictured)




    Robbie King with the look of someone who's just bid and made a small slam. 


    Proud and deserved winners of the Surrey Schools Cup held at St Pauls Friday February 5th, the team won with a comfortable margin - 96 imps ahead of the two St Pauls teams (65 and 32 imps)

    Thanks to Dr Gill Bamford (right) and Daniella McBride (left) for their dedicated assistance.

    Congratulations to the B team (Matt Townsend and Joseph Cohen, Max Allenby-Bassett and Leo Hessian), narrowly beaten to a creditable 5th place. 



    It has been a pleasure to continue Natasha Ceron's fantastic work fulfilling the David Davenport Trust's aims of nurturing young bridge talent. Our mission is to inspire those in school to play bridge as a way of enhancing mental faculties while learning and practising a range of invaluable skills.

    Next stop the Schools Cup on March 5th to hopefully challenge Harberdashers astounding monopoly of the Cup over the last umpteen years.


    Robbie King (pictured playing) had to leave before the scoring was complete so is missing from the photo. KCS Bridge club meets this Thursday at lunchtime, so there will be a little celebration and acknowledgement of their achievement (and of course a complete photo). I will be in attendance so would like to invite any new to bridge and willing to learn to come along.


    In total there were 52 players - 7 tables bridge, 6 tables mini-bridge. Auspicious numbers.
    Bridge players played 18 hands, three against each team. I will be analysing one hand a day on this page. Feel free to ask for clarification. 
    Congratulations to 
    Jasmine Nobbs & Aidan Fellows of Weydon School
    Winners of Surrey Schools Minibridge with 75%
    I'm coming to teach your school bidding very soon!
    Full Results can be found here
    Thanks to Trevor Hobson and Surrey Bridge


    HAND 12 - Robbie Does Blackwood

    Showing exceptional promise as the last minute substitute into a very strong team led by Kamran Rachlin, Robbie learnt Blackwood (4NT code bid asking partner how many aces he has) in the taxi ride across from Wimbledon to St Pauls and put it to good use to bid the team's only slam.....

    Look out for more hands tomorrow

    Tomorrow the Grand that got away......adventures in two over one

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    The bidding analysis in italics is more advanced

    Robbie King correctly opened the hand 1S: the first positive bid in the auction in modern bridge promises 11-22 points and occasionally 'opening the bidding' when 10 or even 9 point hands are upgraded with good shape. Conversely good 21 or 22 point hands, especially with a 5-card major are opened 2C as they rebid cheaply after the ubiquitous 2D response from partner. 2D was traditionally a negative response showing 0-7 points. Simple and effective. Experts recommend bidding 2D as a waiting bid on most hands, allowing partner to rebid a major or 2NT, 'right-siding' the contract with the opening lead coming up to the strong hidden hand.

    They had agreed to play "Weak Two Openers" and this hand is not good enough with the singleton King for 2C Game Force.....If you put the King in the club suit the hand is now worth 2C with the strong majors - partner needs just 4-3-3-3 and the Jack of clubs to give you good options - those balck tens are valuable.

    Robbie as East did not need a second invitation when Jack Hagger (second right) responded 3S, (a splinter is possible on this hand but 4-4-4-1 is weak and the singleton ace can mislead when splintered so Jack's 3S is a good choice with a new partnership ) Robbie leapt to 4NT and found the one ace he needed (5D response), and then bid 5H - another code bid asking about the Queen of trumps.... Jack had it so Jack bid the slam - 6S (denying an oustide king en route). Twelve out of thirteen tricks needed.......the pressure was on. 

    Robbie made short work of the play: There are 11 tricks on top (5 spades, 3 hearts, two diamonds and one club) presuming the King of diamonds loses to the ace. So he drew trumps, leaving one remaining in dummy which he used to trump a club in dummy for his 12th trick. He made six spade tricks rather than five throwing the other two clubs on the established QJ of diamonds.

    One West opened the hand 1D which I think is bold but great - vulnerable and all. Those QJs with backup 8s and 9s are better than the sum of their parts. The singleton ace a little bit dubious and the vulnerability more so. Better to do this in 1st seat than second. Few experts would open this as 4-4-4-1 bids and plays badly, but 10 years from now many, many more will. Opening the bidding is such a huge advantage. For instance the mini 1 NoTrump opening bid is a devastating tool not vulnerable - it shows 10-12 points so you are opening some very poor 10 count hands just to dismantle the 1-level options for your opponents, not afraid to lose 50 or 100 points if you go down.

    East mistakenly went to 3NT in response to 1D and that was that. The correct response is 1S - bidding a new suit is unlimited in strength, promising 4 or more cards (of any quality)....5-26 points. That way you allow partner to make a simple rebid (2S on this hand) and East will then drive to slam. There are 12 tricks luckily available in NTs with the thirteenth heart providing a winner in the West hand, provided a club is not led which establishes a second trick for the defence in the King of clubs with the ace of diamonds still unplayed. In teams scoring there is no benefit in trying for the extra 10 points - only in pairs should you bid 6NT.

    NOTE: If you agree with partner to play weak two openings your only strong bid is 2C, so many 21 points such as this have to be opened at the 1-level. The requirements for responding are thus downgraded - most 5 and some four point hands. The trend is to lower requirements radically particularly when not vulnerable. Obstructive bidding is developing fast. 40 years ago you needed 13 points to open the bidding....


    Full Results can be found here: Many thanks to all who supported the day:

    Trevor Hobson (mastermind in chief) - view his efficiency with the set up and scoring here with great support from Barbara

    Bomi (stalwart organiser) - thanks to the many years of running this event so well

    Tom Lyster (St Pauls supremo) - thanks for hosting such a successful event.

    The many others, Tim Warren (Surrey CYO), Deborah CaseySarah O'Connor (who runs the England Under 15s girls squad) Douglas Wright and the mini-bridge team. My apologies if I've left any names out.