Mindy's Visit - 6th July 2019

For this visit - Mindy focused on "Team Tactics", playing for IMPS rather than for Match Points.


Here are her notes

Team Tactics

Mindy's 28th July visit.

Mindy discussed two topics.


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 ...

Trial bids

 Most of us get our first bid pretty much right, but knowing what to do for our 2nd bid can sometimes be a challenge.  Mindy offers some help.

Opener's rebids  

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"


Mindy's 2nd Session, 10th March 2018.

This time the focus of the session was on

  • Doubles
  • Slam Bidding; and
  • Defensive signals


The Notes from the afternoon are here  

The Notes from Mindy's 2nd session.

Mindy Wu's Visit

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

  1. Opening Leads
  2. Weak Twos, and the Ogust Convention
  3. How to compete against a 1NT opening bid

Mindy has generously provided her notes, just follow the links below


Weak twos, including Ogust

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.


Hand records


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).

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