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Beginning at the club level, the North American Pairs competition is a grassroots effort leading to a national pairs competition at each Spring NABC. New Orleans, LA, will host the contest in March, 2015. This is NOT a contest designed for experts only. It takes place at all levels and continues after you qualify here at the Bridge Center. If you have qualified in Flight B, 0-2500 master points this past summer, you may compete further during the District 11 finals this month in Cincinnati. Held at the Sharonville Convention Center, October 11, Flight B is at 12:00 Noon and 5:00 pm. The top two winning pairs will be invited to represent our area in New Orleans. There is cash compensation given to these players, who make the trip as our District 11 representatives. The same is true for Flights A and C, in which the District final is the following day, Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.




Additionally, there is another competition in our District, the GNT’s (Grand National Teams). There are no club qualifications in our District, therefore, players in all flights, may select their team and participate in the District finals held for two days next January 24-25, 2015. This contest will take place at the Miami Valley Bridge Center. There are a total of four sessions, during this 2-day competition. The top two teams in this District Final receive a cash award for competing in next Summer’s Chicago GNT Finals. Both of these events are lots of fun, so put your pair qualifications to use and move onwards and up. As long as you are a dues-paying ACBL member, you may form your own teams, in your masterpoint category and participate in the GNT final. Pair qualifiers awarded red and black points during the summer. Both sets of finals award gold points.


Congratulations to COBA’s Newest Life Masters!






A Note From Cheryl……


    Beginning August 1, 2014, the fee to play at CBC is raised to $8. Monthly passes are $120.00. We have not increased the card fees at our club for many years, and as you know prices have risen tremendously. As a small gift to you, all the extra NAP games, held in August, will be at no extra charge to you.  We hope all of you will understand and continue to enjoy all the niceties that we try hard to provide to you at your home away from home.


The Ubiquitous Double


Joyce Penn


   All of us are familiar with takeout doubles in bridge. Your opponent opens the bidding, you are “short” in his suit, and you have at least three cards in the other suits. This double asks your partner to bid one of the remaining suits, preferably a major, in which he holds length.


   With negative doubles, your partner opens the bidding, your right-hand opponent interferes and you double to show either both majors or both minors, depending on which suit your partner opened, or merely 4 cards in the unbid major, if he overcalled one of the major suits.

   Similar, yet different, is the responsive double, an “extension” of the takeout double, which occurs when your LHO opens the bidding. Partner makes a takeout double and your right-hand opponent raises his partner’s suit.  Double by you is a special type of double showing two of the unbid suits, with a minimum of 4/4 distribution in them, the desire to compete, and enough high card strength to ask your partner to bid one of them, at the level to which you are forcing her.


   LHO                        Partner       Responder       You  

      1§                        Double              2§                    Double = “responsive” for the

                                                                      the major suits


Your hand:      ªQJ108      ©KJ86     ¨J4    §876


When a minor suit is bid and raised, the responsive double generally shows equal length in both majors and enough values to compete. With 4/3 or 5/3 in the majors, you would instead, bid your longest major.


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            By Joyce Penn

This is a double of an overcall to show four cards in the unbid major suit (s). (By agreement, it can show both of the unbid suits).FACTS:

·      Only a responder can make a negative double;

·      It is a double at responder’s first opportunity to call;

·      Your partner MUST have opened the bidding and your right hand opponent (RHO) must have overcalled;

·      There is no upper limit for point count and practically no lower limit (five or six high card points are sufficient for a low-level negative double, with the correct distribution);

·      The opening bidder, making a rebid, will show the limit of the combined hands; and

·      The responder (negative doubler) will bid the limit of his hand at his opportunity to rebid, or pass with a minimum.

News Flash

Due to the many requests we have had to increase the MP limits for our Monday And Friday limited games we are going to make a change.  Effective immediately we will raise the limit to 750 MP’s.  We will however, reserve the right to ask pairs that seem to be playing below their level to please play in the open game.  It is important as a club to have a game where new players can become active in the bridge world without being overwhelmed by the number of conventions being used.  Our goal is to offer games that  are competitive as well as social and still provide a game for everyone. We all love this game and we should want newer players to love it as much as we do. 


Thursday Morning

Beginning in February we will begin offering a second game in the 11:30 time slot. It will have a 300 MP limit and will be another game for our newer players.  Because there will now be two games the open game will no longer be handicapped.  However, while we are building this game if there is a day when the two games need to be combined, the open game will be handicapped for that day. 


Wednesday Evening

In an attempt to build an evening game that might actually become a MITCHELL movement we are offering as many special games as we are allowed at no expense to you. Beginning in February this game will no longer be considered a mentor game but it WILL still be handicapped.  I think there are many players that would like to play in at least one evening game if they had a partner.  Please call me or catch me at the club if this is of interest to you.  Building a game takes time so I would love to have some people commit to playing most of the time while we make an effort to create a great game.

Game Stratas:


              Sunday afternoon                      0-1500

              Sunday evening                          0-199

              Monday morning                       Open and 0-750

              Monday evening                        0-1500

              Tuesday morning                      Open and 0-1000

              Wednesday morning                Open

              Thursday morning                    Open and 0-300

              Friday morning                          Open and 0-750




Although they have many different meanings, the cuebid is never natural (unless alerted, as natural). It frequently gives evidence of support in partner’s suit (9+ pts). Sometimes your partner knows exactly where to place the contract, once he/she understands the nature of your hand. But other times, your partner will not know how high to bid. Partner has several choices, one of which is to return to your agreed suit at the lowest level. This asks you to pass at your next turn, unless you have more than the expected-9+ to 12 points. Another time your partner may think there could be game IF you hold the right hand. In this case, she will bid another suit that she holds.    Don’t panic and pass!   If partner’s 2nd bid improves the quality of your hand, jump to game. If you do not know what to do, bid another suit where you have strength. Now partner may easily know where to place the contract. What a wonderful vehicle to arrive at the perfect contract!

CUEBIDS [Part I] by Jim Bachelder : continue below for parts II and III  
Many new players will benefit from understanding basic cuebidding. The first thing to learn is the first round, control-type cuebid. For example, in the following auction, with the opponents passing throughout:


            1 S      2NT

            3 C      3 D


Partner has shown a game forcing spade raise by invoking the Jacoby 2NT Convention. Your response of 3 C shows shortness. Partners 3 D bid is a cue bid showing, probably, first round control of diamonds (Ace ?). Holding the following hand, you should cooperate with partner’s slam aspirations by cue bidding 3 H.


 Responder:               S AQ875

                                    H A92

                                    D KJ63

                                    C 4


 But, do you know that you can cue bid a suit that looks like this:   432?


Absolutely!  Let’s say that you hold  S KJ73       H K9     D K1054       C 432


And the auction begins with partner opening 1 Spade and RHO (Right Hand Opponent) overcalls 2 Clubs. What do you bid? Two spades is a gross underbid, four spades is an overbid (not as gross) when partner’s hand is:


                                    S AQ862       H A8        D Q92     C J65


three spades should be reserved for preemptive hands like:

S J10943       H K4       D 107653         C 8


The correct bid is 3 Clubs, a limit raise (or better if you are an unpassed hand). This “cuebid” has nothing to do with clubs and nothing to do with controls.


Bridge is a partnership game. Describe your hand as accurately as you can and let partner share in the decision. Don’t bid your partner’s cards. In the above example, partner, looking at three fast club losers will sign off in three Spades.


CUEBIDS (Part 2)                                                                                        by Jim Bachelder

Last month, I discussed cue bids, but only in a rudimentary way. I promised “invisible cue bids” this month, so here goes. Both of the conventions, “Unusual over Unusual,” and “Unusual over Michael’s,” employ invisible cue bids. Let’s see how they work against the Unusual over Unusual Convention and due to the lengthiness of this discussion, I’ll examine “Unusual Over Michaels,” in October.

Let’s say that your partner opens one spade and your RHO (Right Hand Opponent) bids 2 NT, which shows the minors (5 or more diamonds and 5 or more clubs). As partner of the opening bidder, you hold the following hand. What would you bid?

                                         ªA862       ©K7643              ¨92     §65

Three spades?

and if your hand is?      ªKQ62       ©AJ862            ¨92     §65

Should you respond the same three spades, since this may not be quite enough points for game? Certainly, the first hand is only strong enough for a competitive raise to three. The second hand (which has limit raise values-10-12 HCP), is much stronger than the first, but may not be “game-going.”  Bidding the higher of the opponent’s suits (three diamonds), is an invisible cue bid and shows limit raise or better values, in support of partner’s spade suit. Bidding the lower of opponent’s suit (three clubs) is an invisible cue bid and shows five or more hearts.  An example of this hand is:

                                     ªK2       ©AQJ62            ¨K9     §6543

It is a forcing bid, which partner may not pass. The higher cue bid shows the higher major suit and the lower cue bid shows the lower major suit!

A fourth example hand shows a non-forcing major-suit holding, in the unbid major suit. After your partner opens one spade and your RHO bids 2 NT, the following hand should bid three hearts, a non-forcing bid denying spade support and showing a 6-card (or longer) heart suit.

                                    ªJ6       ©AQ10862    ¨962     §65

or, after partner opens one heart and your RHO bids 2 NT, the following hand should bid three spades:

                                    ªAQ10862      ©J6      ¨962     §65

Both of these are non-forcing bids, demonstrating length in the opposite major and non-support for partner’s major suit. They are competitive bids only and partner may pass or make an appropriate bid, if his hand warrants further bidding.

If you double opponent’s 2 NT bid, you are announcing a hand that has defense against either or both of opponent’s implied suits. The following example demonstrates this, when partner’s suit is spades:

                                    ª7       ©A73               ¨KJ873    §K1093

or, when partner’s suit is hearts:

                                    ªA73       ©7               ¨KJ873    §K1093

Double shows ten or more HCP (high card points), no fit with partner’s major and says: “Partner, the opponents are in deep doodoo (trouble instead?), give me a chance to double their final contract and do not bid anymore of your major suit!”

What about when partner opens a minor suit? One diamond, followed by opponent’s 2 NT bid (showing clubs and hearts)? Here, the invisible cue bid of three clubs shows a limit raise, or better, in diamonds, three diamonds is a competitive raise of partner’s diamonds, and three hearts (cue bid of opponent’s higher suit) shows a hand with five or more spades and limit or better values. Three spades is a competitive, non-forcing bid, with six or more spades.

Remember! When you open the bidding and responder trots out an elegant, sophisticated invisible cue bid….DON’T PASS!


CUEBIDS – Part 3        by  Jim Bachelder


  “Unusual” vs. Michaels bids, is a tool employing Invisible Cue Bids. Below, is my third and final treatise dealing with cuebids. Unlike Unusual vs. Unusual, where both of the opponent’s suits are known, many times only one suit is known with Unusual vs. Michaels. For instance, when partner opens one heart and RHO overcalls two hearts, he is showing spades and a minor. Therefore, your only cue bid is two spades.  Holding this hand:

ª75   ©Q984   ¨AJ52   §K102, bid two spades which promises a limit raise in hearts. With a lesser hand: ª75   ©Q984   ¨KJ52   §Q102, a gentle raise to three hearts is sufficient.


   Similarly, after the auction, one spade by partner, two spades by RHO, bid three hearts with:  ªQ984   ©75   ¨AJ52    §K102, etc. Any bid of three of a minor is natural and forcing, since we don’t know what RHO’s minor is. However, after one spade, two spades, bid three clubs (forcing) with:  ª75   ©Q6   ¨A98,   §AQJ753 with confidence that RHO’s other suit is diamonds.


  When Michaels is employed over partner’s minor suit opening, both enemy suits are known (as in Unusual 2NT) and once again, there are two invisible cue bids available. Therefore, if you hear the auction go, 1C by partner, 2C by RHO, showing both majors, a bid of 2H is a limit raise in partner’s suit, showing a hand like: ªQ87   ©32   ¨A105    §KJ964. Try to have five card support (remember, a one of a minor opening bid frequently is made on a three card suit) and 2S is forcing with five or more diamonds, e.g. ªJ4   ©62   ¨AKJ976  §KQ6. Similarly, after the auction, 1D (pard), 2D (RHO), cuebid two spades with: ªQ87   ©32   ¨KJ964   §A105 and cue bid 2H(forcing with clubs) with: ªJ4   ©62   ¨KQ6   §AKJ896. A simple raise to three diamonds shows something like:

ªJ4   ©652   ¨KJ 543   §K72.


  In all cases, double shows defense against at least one of the implied suits. So, holding: ªAQ95   ©KJ52   ¨98   §J43, double in either 1C – 2C or 1D – 2D auctions. These auctions are complex, yet logical; difficult at first, but rewarding when used effectively. C U at the table and feel free to ask about anything that needs further clarification. Jim B.



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