Some interested readers are asking about bridge basics. So, let’s begin with working out how many high card points you have in your hand. To count your points, you add the honours (picture cards) from your thirteen cards. Four for aces; three for kings; two for queens; and one for jacks. Generally speaking, you need 13 points to open the bidding. You will learn about exceptions as you go. Players bid in turn around the table. If you have to pass on the first round, because you don’t hold enough points, never fear. You can come in and bid on subsequent rounds, until three players pass in a row, putting an end to the bidding.
Look out for more information on bidding in the coming weeks. Or better still, come to the Parkes Bridge Club and find out more.
Best bidders the past week were: Tuesday, 6th April Val Worthington and Helen McQuie; Thursday, 8th April north/south Louise Payne and Peter Quin, east/west Vickie Burke and Dawn Phipps; Monday, 12th April Gary Somers and Greig Ball
We play Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm and Mondays at 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church Hall. Check our page https://www.parkes.bridge-club.org or call Greig Ball 0429621712 or Bev Laing 0418114826.
By Beth Thomas