Mindy's presentation this day was on an aspect of Competitive Bidding. In particular, what to do when your side opens the bidding and the other side Interfers.
The notes are attached below. The first three pages deal with the responses that Mindy recommends, for the partner of the opening bidder. There are different responses depending on what type of hand that partner has.
The next two pages are a quiz, and then there are two pages of answers. Finally, there is a page containing 8 hands where the opponent after the opening bidder will make an overcall or a bid of some sort - and what should happen next, and why. In other words, there are hands, recommended bidding and explainations
We only got to play six of these eight hands. There were about 22 people present at this seminar. And Mindy will be back for more soon.
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.