Hotel Plesnik works with some of the biggest European bridge clubs. The first international bridge tournament took place at the hotel in February 2011.
The Plesnik Bridge Club was established in 2012 and the official opening was marked by a tournament.
Bridge players and clubs are very welcome to visit us, to organise bridge courses or simply to play bridge in our hotel. There are many possibilities that can be combined with playing bridge: recreational activities such as cycling, horse riding, hiking, fishing etc.
On request, we can also organise various entertainment programmes, music evenings, concerts etc..
Gourmet Bridge (2.-4. november 2018)
VIII. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (2.-4. Februar 2018)
Bridge Gourmet (3.-5.11.2017)
VII. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (3.-5. februar 2017)
Bridge Gourmet (11.-13. November 2016 )
VI. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (5.-7. Februar 2016)
Bridge Gourmet (November 2015)
V. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (Februar 2015)
Bridge Gourmet (November 2014 )
IV. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (7.-9. Februar 2014)
Bridge Gourmet (8.-10. November 2013 )
III. Mednarodni bridž turnir Plesnik Open (7.-10. Februar 2013 )
Bridge Gourmet (November 2012)
Otvoritev Bridž kluba Plesnik (17. in 18. avgust 2012)
II. Mednarodni bridge turnir Plesnik Masters (3. - 5. Februar 2012)
I. Mednarodni bridge turnir Plesnik Masters (Februar 2011)
Information and registration:
Phone.: +386-3-839 2300
Fax: +386-3-839 2312
Plesnik Bridge Club
The Plesnik Bridge Club was established on 18 August 2012 in the Logar Valley. The president of the club is Mrs Martina Plesnik.
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What is Bridge?
Bridge is by far the greatest card game of all, and it can provide immense challenge and enjoyment for the rest of your life. This lesson is intended for the complete beginner, one who knows nothing, or almost nothing, about bridge. If that is you, read on.
Where to begin? Bridge is more complicated than other card games, and beginners are sometimes discouraged by this. Relax! After this lesson you will understand the card play involved and be well on your way to becoming a bridge player. Take your time! There is no hurry. And have a deck of cards handy.
A few basics
The game of bridge has two main parts: the Bidding (also called the Auction) and the Play. You should learn the play first because it will give you a better sense of what the bidding means. In fact, learning the bidding first is a mistake and can be a turnoff to new players.
Bridge is a partnership game requiring four players. Each player sits opposite his partner at a card table (in this age of computers the concept could be a simulated).
Bridge is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. One of the players deals all of the cards, 13 to each player, in clockwise rotation, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer.
One way to determine the partnerships and the first dealer is to draw cards. The two highest cards are partners against the two lowest, and the highest card deals. In the case of a tie (e.g., two aces) it is broken by the suit rank. Partnerships can be prearranged if desired and just draw to see who deals first.
In bridge there are four suits, and they are ranked: spades (highest), hearts, diamonds and clubs (lowest). The ranking is for bidding purposes only. In the play all suits are equal, unless one suit has been named as trumps, then it beats all the others. Suits are sometimes shown as symbols, or abbreviated: S, H, D, C.
The cards of each suit are ranked from the ace (highest) through the two (lowest). The exact order, using common abbreviations, is: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Note that the ace is always high, unlike some card games, such as poker or gin rummy, where it can be low.
Ethics and etiquette
Bridge enjoys immense popularity partly because of the high standards of ethics and etiquette which are observed by the players who are expected to conduct themselves in a highly civilised manner. Violations of proper etiquette are quite common from inexperienced players, either through ignorance or inadvertence. A well-mannered opponent who is the victim of a violation by such a novice player will, if comment is considered necessary, be at pains to make it clear that the comment is intended to be helpful and will never make a newcomer feel ill-at-ease.
Bridge is an extremely ethical game. All good players strive to ensure that their bridge ethics are impeccable and no more serious charge, other than outright cheating, can be made than to accuse a player of bad ethics. Unlike poker in which all sorts of mannerisms, misleading statements and bluff tactics are part and parcel of the game, bridge is played with a 'pokerface'! Beginners are, of course, excused for their lapses and in social games nobody minds very much, but in serious competition your bridge demeanour must be beyond reproach.
Tactics in pairs events differ from those in rubber bridge. Careful declarer play and defence are the order of the day. Every overtrick and every undertrick could be vital. They make the difference between good scores and bad scores. In rubber bridge, declarer's aim is almost always to make the contract and the defence's aim is to defeat it. At pairs the aim is to obtain the best possible score which may mean from declarer's viewpoint that making the contract is a secondary consideration while from the defenders' viewpoint, the possibility of giving away an overtrick in trying to defeat the contract may be unwarranted.
Being extremely competitive in the bidding is essential. Almost always force the opposition to the three-level on partscore deals. Be quick to re-open the bidding if they stop at a very low level in a suit. In pairs events, re-opening the bidding occurs ten times more often than at rubber bridge.
Minor suit contracts at the game zone, should be avoided. Prefer 3NT to 5C or 5D, even if 3NT is riskier, since making an overtrick in 3NT scores more than a minor suit game. On the other hand, it is not necessary to bid borderline games or close slams. The reward for success is not so great in pairs events as to justify 24 point games or 31 point slams. You should be in game or in slam if it has a 50% or better chance. If less, you will score better by staying out of it.
What counts at duplicate pairs is how often a certain strategy will work for you, not the size of the result. If a certain action scores 50 extra points 8 times out of l0, but loses 500 twice, it is sensible at duplicate but ridiculous at rubber bridge. Penalty doubles are far more frequent at pairs since players are anxious to improve their score. The rule about a two-trick safety margin is frequently disregarded since one down, doubled, vulnerable, may be a top-score while one down, undoubled, vulnerable, may be below average.
Safety plays which involve sacrificing a trick to ensure the contract almost never apply in pairs, unless the contract you have reached is an unbelievably good one.
In the tournament world you will encounter a remarkable number and variety of systems and conventions and gradually you will come to recognise them. A most important point to remember is that a bidding system is not some secret between you and your partner. You and your partner are not allowed to have any secret understanding about your bids. That is cheating. A bidding system is not a secret code. The opponents are entitled to know as much about what the bidding means as you or your partner. If they ask you what you understand by a certain bid of your partner's, you must tell them truthfully. Of course, partner's bid may be meaningless and if you cannot understand it, all you can do is to be honest and tell the opposition that you do not know what partner's bid means.
Similarly, if you do not understand the opposition's bidding, you are entitled to ask. When it is your turn to bid but before you make your bid, you ask the partner of the bidder 'Could you please explain the auction?' You may ask during the auction or after the auction has ended, when it is your turn to play. Unless it affects your making a bid, prefer to wait until the auction is over. After all, the opposition might not understand their bidding either and when you ask, they may well realise their mistake.
If an irregularity occurs at the table, do not be dismayed if the Director is called. That is a normal part of the game and it is the Director's job to keep the tournament running smoothly and to sort out any irregularities.
The main kinds of competitive bridge are pairs events and teams events. Bridge is played internationally. In each odd-numbered year there are the Bermuda Bowl (World Open Teams) and the Venice Cup (World Women's Teams) in which 16 teams representing different geographical zones compete. Every four years in the 'Bridge Olympiad' a far greater number of teams compete. In recent years, more than sixty countries have been represented at these Olympiads. In the other even-numbered years there are the World Pairs Championships (open pairs, womens pairs, mixed pairs) as well as the Rosenblum Cup (another World Open Teams).
Each country conducts national championships and many tournaments of lower status. There are also tournaments to select the players who will represent their country.
Many clubs conduct an Individual Championship once a year. In pairs and teams events, you keep the same partner for each session and usually throughout the event. In an Individual each competitor plays with every other competitor for one, two or three deals. Individuals are not considered serious events since partnership understanding tends to be minimal. A calm temperament is a prerequisite to surviving an Individual.
In general, pairs events are more common than any other type of event. The advantage of tournament bridge is that the element of having good cards or bad cards is reduced to a minimum, since all players play exactly the same deals. Another advantage is that you can compete against the top players merely by playing in the same tournament. In few other sports could a novice play against a world champion in a tournament. Tournament bridge also improves your game, since hand records are available to check afterwards where you may have gone wrong.