Bridge Newsletter and 2020 Event Calendar - Cruises and Adventures
 
January 2020 Quarterly Bridge Newsletter from 2019 Teacher of the Year - Jim Ricker and National Champion/Master Teacher
Kevin Wilson
 
 
 
Join an ADVENTURE - LOVE the BRIDGE
 
 
One of Jim Ricker's favorite topics is Losing Trick Count (LTC) for Novice and Intermediate players - click the link for a brief video where Jim explains how to calculate LTC.
 
What is Losing Trick Count - Video
Jim Ricker is the 2019 American Bridge Teachers Association Teacher of the Year - this link is an interview about the award.
 
 
 
Jim Ricker's Teacher of the Year Video Interview
 
 
2020-2021 Events Calendar
  • January 23-24, 2020 Novice/Intermediate Bridge Clinic – Willow Creek Golf Course Clubhouse - Knoxville, TN
  • March 12-13, 2020 Intermediate Bridge Clinic – Willow Creek Golf Course Clubhouse - Knoxville, TN
  • April 28, 2020 – Family Friendly Bridge Club – Arlington, Massachusetts (Greater Boston Area)
  • May 8-15, 2020 Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort)
  • August 16-21, 2020 Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Advanced Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort)
  • September 6-11, 2020 Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort)
  • September 22, 2020 – The Bridge Academy - Durham, North Carolina
  • October 8-20, 2020 Regent/Seven Seas Bridge SPIRITUAL WONDERS CRUISE (Athens to Barcelona) 12 Nights
  • January 15–30, 2021 Regent/Seven Seas Bridge TROPICAL BLISS CRUISE (Honolulu to Tahiti) – 15 Nights
  • February 15-23, 2021 Regent/Seven Seas Bridge SOUTH AMERICAN SHORES CRUISE (Miami to Miami) – 8 Nights
 
See Event details below.
 
 
Opener’s Rebid Quiz -
 
Opener’s rebid is the time in the auction for opener to show additional distribution and to narrow his high card point range. South has opened the bidding in the following auctions and now it is South’s turn to make a second bid. You are asked to choose which hand (A, B, or C) fits the auction. Assume that nobody is vulnerable and that you’re playing pairs (Matchpoints). Then choose what bid you would make with the rest of the examples before reading on.
 
Which hand most closely resembles the auction for South?
 
 
Bidding Commentary
The hand that best meets the auction is Hand B. Opener has shown about 11-21 for the opening 1bid. Opener wants to narrow that range for responder and also wants to show the spade fit at the same time. Opener has three basic bidding choices to accomplish both goals. Opener raises spades to show the fit, but opener can raise spades to 2♠, 3♠, or 4♠. A raise to 2♠ shows about 12-15 and includes upgrades for distribution and support points since a fit has been discovered. A jump raise to 3♠ shows about 16-18 support points and a jump to game shows 19-21. Responder may have as few as 6 points for the 1♠ response so the jump to game must have enough strength that makes ten tricks a reasonable prospect. While hand B has only 13 high card points, the trick taking ability of this hand has been bolstered by the addition of a trump fit! The extra diamonds and value of the singleton club are enough to invite game even though partner may have only 6 high card points.

Hand A isn’t quite strong enough for a jump to 3♠. This hand has 14 high card points and one additional point for the double club. An experienced player will like the married (touching) honors in diamonds and spades and will also appreciate the intermediate cards in his long suits. That still isn’t enough to invite game opposite a minimum response. The correct bid is 2♠.

Hand C has 19 high card points and a doubleton club. This hand is too strong to only invite game. The correct rebid with these cards is 4♠. The chance for ten tricks is too great to pass up. You may not always make 4♠ but responder will also be better able to evaluate when a slam is possible as well. Remember that while partner only promises about 6 points for a response, partner is still unlimited and may bid again over your 4♠ bid.

Scroll down for the next example
 
Novice/Intermediate Bridge Clinic at Willow Creek Golf Course Clubhouse- Knoxville, TN
 
January 23-24, 2020 - The cost is $185 and includes 4 hot meals
 
Session 1 - Bidding: Smolen and Major Transfers
Session 2 - Defense: Rule of 11
Session 3 - Declarer Play: Crossruffs
Session 4 - Handling NT Interference
 
For Inquiries and Registration, contact Jim Ricker at DiamondBooksPublishing@gmail.com
Intermediate Bridge Clinic at Willow Creek Golf Course Clubhouse - Knoxville, TN
 
 March 12-13, 2020 - The cost is $185 and includes 4 hot meals
 
Session 1 - Defensive Play: Coded 10s & 9s
Session 2 - Bidding: Splinter bids
Session 3 - Declarer Play: Elimination Plays
Session 4 - Bidding: Fast/Slow Arrival (with LTC)
 
For Inquiries and Registration, contact Jim Ricker at DiamondBooksPublishing@gmail.com
Bridge Clinic - Family Friendly Bridge Club – Arlington, Massachusetts (Greater Boston Area)
 
April 28, 2020 – The cost is $60 for both sessions including lunch.
  
Session 1 - Bidding: Targeted Invitations Using Losing Trick Count
Session 2 - Play of the Hand: Picking up the Clues
 
For Inquiries and Registration, contact Kim Gilman at kgilman11@gmail.com
Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort
 
May 8-15, 2020 - The cost is $999 including 5 Nights lodging, meals and entertainment
 
Session 1 - Defense: Opening Leads
Session 2 - Defense: Third Hand Play
Session 3 - Defense: Second Hand Play
Session 4 - Bidding: Hand Evaluation using Losing Trick Count
Session 5 - Declarer: Tips to take more tricks
Session 6 - Bidding: Targeted Invitations
Session 7 - Declarer: Suit Establishment
 
Road Scholars Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic Registration
 
Bridge Basics: Opening the bidding with a balanced hand

One learns early in bridge lessons that opening 1NT shows 15-17 high card points and a balanced hand. A great concept to think about as the opener is to think about your rebid (your second bid) before making your first bid. This habit will help you understand how to narrow your high card point range with your rebids and will help you and your partner bid to a reasonable level with a great chance to make your contracts. When you open on the one level, you have between 11-21 high card points, which is a wide range that isn’t particularly useful to partner. You may have a very distributional hand such as one with seven cards in spades, four in hearts, three in diamonds, and no cards in clubs. You will much more frequently have a more balanced hand. A balanced hand is one that has no singletons or voids and not more than one doubleton. This chart should make it easy to handle your balanced hands depending on your high card point strength. These rebids assume that opener doesn’t have a fit for the suit in which partner responds.
 
 
  • 12 – 14 Open on the one-level in a minor and rebid 1NT
  • 15 – 17 Open 1NT
  • 18 – 19 Open on the one-level in a minor and rebid 2NT
  • 20 – 21 Open 2NT
  • 22 – 24 Open 2♣ and rebid 2NT
  • 25 – 27 Open 3NT
  • 28 – 29 Open 2♣ and rebid 3NT
  • 30 – 31 Open 2♣ and rebid 4NT
 
Adding additional ranges are so rare that you need not study anything more than 31 high card points.
 
- Kevin Wilson
 
Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Advanced Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort
 
 August 16-21, 2020 - The cost is $999 including 5 Nights lodging, meals and entertainment
 
Session 1 - Bidding: Introduction to 1430 and Slam Bidding
Session 2 - Bidding: Slam Bidding Continued
Session 3 - Bidding: Jacoby 2NT
Session 4 - Bidding: Slow Arrival/Fast Arrival (Using Losing Trick Count)
Session 5 - Declarer Play: Tips to take more tricks
Session 6 - Declarer Play: Using an Elimination Technique
Session 7 - Defense: Using a Forcing Defense
 
Road Scholars Intermediate/Advanced Bridge Clinic Registration
Road Scholar Event: Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic - Campton, KY (Red River Gorge – Cliffview Resort
 
September 6-11, 2020 - The cost is $999 including 5 Nights lodging, meals and entertainment
 
Session 1 - Defense: Opening Leads
Session 2 - Defense: Third Hand Play
Session 3 - Defense: Second Hand Play
Session 4 - Bidding: Hand Evaluation using Losing Trick Count
Session 5 - Declarer: Tips to take more tricks
Session 6 - Bidding: Targeted Invitations
Session 7 - Declarer: Suit Establishment
 
Road Scholars Intermediate/Novice Bridge Clinic Registration
Bridge Clinic - The Bridge Academy Durham, North Carolina
 
September 22, 2020 - The cost is $75 including lunch
 
 Session 1 - Bidding: Targeted Invitations Using Losing Trick Count
Session 2 - Bidding: Slow Arrival/Fast Arrival Using Losing Trick Count
 
For Inquiries and Registration contact Henry Meguid at henry@bridgeacademync.com
 
Opener’s Rebid Quiz - continued from above
 
Which hand most closely resembles the auction for South?
 
 
Bidding Commentary:
The hand that most closely resembles a 3♥ bid is Hand D. Hand D has an extra heart and that is enough to compete to 3. The problem for South with Hand D is that South doesn’t want North to interpret the 3bid as game invitational and bid on to 4. This is a key difference between a competitive auction where the opponents are bidding and a non-competitive auction when the opponents are silent. In a competitive auction, South must name a new suit to invite game! Bidding 3shows the desire to play in 3but not any higher. Defending against 2♠ with a known nine-card heart fit and about half of the high card points is a long-term losing action.

Hand A may want to play in 3but it also wants to consider the potential for game. Ten tricks are easy to imagine opposite as little as theKQ7. I could envision taking five hearts, four diamonds, and a club for ten tricks and the nice 300 point bonus they pay for bidding game! A better bid to make would be to invite game in hearts by bidding 3♣. This will help partner know which missing honors will fit best with your hand.

Hand B is not a 3bid because it is a balanced minimum. The likely best bid with these cards is to pass 2♠. If your side is to compete to 3, it should be partner who makes the decision. Your partner may have a fourth trump, a singleton, or some other reason to bid again. Your pass of 2♠ will not necessarily end the auction. Partner gets another turn and additional input of the final decision.

Hand C is too strong to bid only 3. I think you should bid game with Hand C and expect to make it most of the time. Your three-card spade suit suggests that partner has two or fewer and that you can trump a spade loser in the shorter trump hand. I think you can take ten tricks opposite theA52 and theJ! You can trump one spade in the dummy to collect seven hearts, one spade, and two diamond tricks. 
 
- Kevin Wilson
 
Scroll down for another article
 
Regent Seven Seas Bridge Cruises
 
Regent Seven Seas ships are all about luxury.  These ships only hold 700 passengers and every room is a suite.
 
The Bridge activities on the Regent Cruises are an exclusive part of either Jim Ricker's and Kevin Wilson's bridge package or Barbara Seagram's and Alex Kormel's bridge package.  There is no charge for the bridge but to participate you must register though Vision Travel.
 
ALL CRUISES – For Jim and Kevin's Cruises - There will be a full lesson every morning the ship is at sea. Except for the first and last day of the cruise, there will be a bridge game every afternoon from 3:00-6:00 including a short lesson before the game, the game will come with Hand Records with commentary on a few of the hands, and a short post-mortem. Our entire bridge group is welcome to participate in all bridge activities and we will guarantee partners. You can skip any bridge activity at your convenience. After the bridge game everyone can go to dinner together or separately.
 
For all sailings, the rates are per person double occupancy, airfare is included from select gateways only, charges apply for secondary gateway cities.
 
 
Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel's Last Organized Bridge Cruise - Regent Seven Seas
 
April 29-May 17, 2020 - Transatlantic Bridge Boot Camp - 18 Nights - Rome to Miami
 
For Inquiries and Registration contact
Paola Shaw at Vision Travel -
Paola.Shaw@VisionTravel.ca
 
Costs start at $10,699 USD or $13,549 CAN
 
Includes Business Class Air, unlimited (66) free shore excursions, bridge, beverages, gratuities, transfers and WIFI - EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED
 
Includes $200 USD shipboard credit per suite
 
 
BE A PUPPET MASTER

The Negative Double convention is one of the most powerful conventions in bridge. As Responder, SOMETIMES you can be somewhat tricky.  SOMETIMES you simply want a specific piece of information.
 
 
In the hand above, you are North and your partner (Opener) bids 1♣ then your RHO bids 1.  What are your options?  Can you bid NT?  You certainly have the opponent’s suit covered but while you certainly have a stopper in Spades if Opener is short in Spades you might not enjoy your 3NT contract.

Let’s look at what a Negative Double (X) would be saying:
  • You have at least 6 HCP to Double when partner can still bid at the 1‐level
  • You don’t have support for Clubs (or at least you would rather find the Major fit)
  • You are asking Opener if he likes either Spades or Diamonds.
 
You can’t really tolerate Spades can you?  What would you do, however, if you doubled and your partner picked Diamonds, or your partner rebid Clubs?  Either of those choices would be easy to support. What if your partner bid Spades?  You cannot tolerate Spades.  But isn’t Spades your only worry in bidding 3NT?  Just thinking back to WHY WE CHOSE TO MAKE A Negative Double, with this hand you can turn ANY ANSWER into a positive result. You just have to remember to ask the right QUESTION
 
- Jim Ricker
 
 
 
Jim Ricker's and Kevin Wilson's SPIRITUAL WONDERS CRUISE
 
 October 8-20, 2020
 
12 Nights - Athens, Greece to Barcelona, Spain
 
For Inquiries and Registration contact
Paola Shaw at Vision Travel - 
 
Cost starts at $11,299 USD
 
Includes Business Class Air, unlimited (66) free shore excursions, bridge, beverages, gratuities, transfers and WIFI - EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED
 
Specials:  50% Single Supplement is available for select catagories
 
Early Booking Incentive:  Book by December 30, 2019 for $600 USD shipboard credit per suite
 
 
 
Jim Ricker's and Kevin Wilson's
TROPICAL BLISS CRUISE
 
 January 15–30, 2021
 
 15 Nights - Honolulu to Tahiti
 
For Inquiries and Registration contact
Paola Shaw at Vision Travel -
Paola.Shaw@VisionTravel.ca
 
This Bridge Cruise is not available for booking yet, BUT PUT IT IN YOUR PLANNING CALENDAR.
 
Cost starts at $10,799 USD
 
Includes Business Class Air, unlimited (43) free shore excursions, bridge, beverages, gratuities, transfers and WIFI - EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED
 
 
 
Jim Ricker's and Kevin Wilson's SOUTH AMERICAN SHORES CRUISE
 
February 15-23, 2021
 
 8 Nights - Miami to Miami
 
For Inquiries and Registration contact
Paola Shaw at Vision Travel -
Paola.Shaw@VisionTravel.ca
 
This Bridge Cruise is not available for booking yet, BUT PUT IT IN YOUR PLANNING CALENDAR.
 
Cost starts at $4,799 USD
 
Includes Roundtrip Air, unlimited (55) free shore excursions, bridge, beverages, gratuities, transfers and WIFI - EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED
 
 
This email was sent to bmcbroom@gmail.com
You received this email because you are registered with FantasticBridgeCruises
 
 
SendinBlue
 
 
© 2019 FantasticBridgeCruises