The first was "Trial Bids". This is a bidding convention to help you decide whether you and your partner should bid to game when they have gone two of a major suit over your 1 level opening. See notes here ...
and she went into more details about leads and spent some time on how to use the rule of 11, when you know your partner has lead the 4th highest card from a suit. Mindy also discussed the rule of 10 and the rule of 12 for people who want to try "Leading 3rds and 5ths"
On Feb 25th Mindy Wu spent a Saturday afternoon with nearly 40 members. Mindy is a Past President of the Wellington Bridge Club, a person who has played at some of our tournaments, and someone who brought fun and energy to her afternoon with us.
She covered 3 topics
Weak Twos, and the Ogust Convention
How to compete against a 1NT opening bid
Mindy has generously provided her notes, just follow the links below
Mindy created a lot of interest in the topic of opening leads by doing the following: She got each table to play a series of hands in which normal bidding will get most pairs into a game contract. We then played the contracts that we had bid. As it happens, choosing the correct leads in each case will defeat the contract, but most of did not get this right. You too can think about the hands we played because they are hands 1,2,3,7,9 and 10 on the following hand record.
FIRST-LEVEL IMPROVERS BRIDGE CLASSES – Parts 1 to 4
Saturday, 28 July 2018, presented by Alan Grant Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Rd, Thorndon Cost: $50 including the “Competitive Bridge for Improving Players” booklet, a light lunch of a filled roll and some fruit and handout notes on the practice hands. $40 if already have booklet and don’t require a new copy (retail value $20). Approximate timetable in italics, parts 1 and 2: 10:00-11:30am: Part 1: 1/2NT balanced openings & overcalls. Responses and follow-on bidding including: transfer responses to NT openings defensive bidding after a 1NT opening and dealing with interference over 1NT rescue from 1NT doubled. Part 2: Weak 2’s, other pre-emptive bidding, and sacrifices. Briefly, if time allows, on some card-play techniques such as: hold-up plays ducking and avoidance. 11:30am to 1:00pm: Practice hands on Parts 1 and 2. 1:00-1:30pm: Light lunch provided (filled-roll and a piece of fruit). 1:30- 3:00; parts 3 and 4: Part 3: ● More on takeout doubles, negative and responsive doubles Truscott raises and other methods to distinguish between invitational, competitive and pre-emptive raises competitive, pre-emptive and stronger (e.g. invitational) raises of overcalls directional asking bids. Part 4: ● Drawing trumps; when to and when to postpone - trump control Improving your leads, signals and defensive play. 3:30 - 4:55pm: Practice hands on Parts 3 and 4 4:55pm: Expected finish (approximate).