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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
4 Mar 2019
This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.
Eric Howarth Cup
Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.
(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)
Green Point Pairs
The Cantor Cup
26 Feb 2019
The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!
(Full details on the EBU website)
21 Feb 2019
John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.
John, who has won the competition on six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699.
John also topped the Gold Point list.
18 Feb 2019
For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.
In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.
In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.
Congratulations to both teams.
(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)
EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!
31 Jan 2019
EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.
In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.
CLUB CHAMPION 2018
Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2018 Club Champion.
This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2017 and May 2018.
Well Done Eve!
2018 / 19 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2018 until the end of April 2019
2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy
This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from
January 2019 until the end of April 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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Points of interest from the January 2016 duplicates
1 Dubious balancing severely punished
Manchester Congress Teams – Session Two
Board 11 Sunday 3 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
After two passes my partner in the Congress Teams Final opened a slightly off centre weak 2 Hearts. While this might seem rather dangerous it is a common tactic third in hand at Green or White and is also attractive when holding two cards or fewer in the unbid major. When this came back to West he rather unwisely chose to balance with a takeout double. I consider this unwise because holding 10x in Hearts it was extremely unlikely that East held a penalty double of 2 Hearts in which case he would be able to convert the takeout double to penalty by passing.
East decided to bid his four card Diamond suit and as South I smelt blood. While it would be possible to construct hands where 3 Diamonds is making I expected that on at least four out of five occasions I would get a penalty of 300 or more by doubling. It was quite likely that my partner was not minimum 5 or 6 points in view of West having already passed. According I doubled for penalty. After a low Heart lead partner won with the King and immediately switched to his doubleton Spade. I won with the King and continued Spades. This resulted in partner being subsequently able to trump the third round of Spades. Declarer could have escaped for three down -500 but no doubt flustered by the turn of events he lost a further trick and went four down -800 giving our team a gain of 12 IMPS on the deal.
Note that East holding such a flat hand would have been much better advised to bid 2 Spades on Axx rather than 3 Diamonds in response to the balancing double. This is because West by doubling as a passed hand was guaranteeing four cards in Spades. Had East chosen 2 Spades rather than 3 Diamonds this would have been passed out and the contract would have gone a quiet one down for 50 to North South.
2 Well judged by North
Board 26 Sunday 3 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
My partner in the Congress Teams Final judged the bidding very well on this hand to accept my game try.
Playing 5 card majors North opened 1 Club fourth in hand. East having already passed now made a takeout double showing 9-11 points. I bid 1 Heart and West bid 1 Spade. North raised to 2 Hearts which guaranteed four card support as with only three Hearts North would have made a Support Double (invented by Eric Rodwell in the early 1990’s). East bid 2 Spades and now I made a game try of 3 Clubs.
In deciding whether to accept my game try my partner attempted to build up a picture of my distribution. It was almost certain that the opposition only held an eight card Spade fit since if West held five Spades he would have jumped to 2 Spades to crowd the auction. Furthermore in order to make a game try as a passed hand I must have an unbalanced hand with either five Hearts and four Clubs or four Hearts and five Clubs. Accordingly my distribution must be either 3=5=1=4 or 3=4=1=5. In either case as my partner held no wasted Diamond honours opposite my likely singleton the hands were fitting extremely well together and thus the game try was accepted by jumping to 4 Hearts.
In the play West opened with the Jack of Spades which was covered with the Queen and King. I let the opposition win the first trick and they switched to Diamonds and I ruffed the second round of Diamonds. It was important to establish the side suit Clubs before drawing trumps and so I ran the Queen of Clubs which lost to the King at trick four. Now I was home whatever East did at trick five provided that the trumps split 3-2 since even on a trump return I could draw three rounds of trumps and Dummy’s third Diamond will eventually be discarded on the fifth Club.
The reason why it is important for the Ace of Spades to be held up at trick one is that suppose East held a 4=3=5=1 distribution with the singleton King of Clubs he would be able to reach his partner’s hand with the 10 of Spades and obtain a Club ruff had I won the first trick. By holding up the Ace of Spades this possibility was avoided.
My partner’s good judgment in the bidding won our team 10 IMPS.
3 Minor suit game missed
Board 1 Thursday 28 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
Only one pair out of nine managed to reach game in Clubs on this hand.
With seven and a half tricks South is obliged to jump to 3 Clubs following North’s response of 1 Heart to his opening bid. What should North say over that? He cannot rebid the Hearts because that would promise a six carder and it would be a gamble to bid 3NT with no Diamond stop. Accordingly North should rebid 3 Spades even though he only has three cards in the suit. By bidding 3 Spades North is showing that he has a stop in Spades and more often than not it implies five cards in Hearts. (Note that there is no danger of South raising Spades since he has denied holding four cards by bidding 3 Clubs over 1 Heart). South then knows that 3NT is not sensible because he only holds Qx in Diamonds. Accordingly he signs off in 4 Clubs. However North holding two Aces plus Jxx in Clubs has enough to believe that 5 Clubs will have a play. The Defence should start off with Ace of Diamonds and another Diamond (the correct defence because the bidding has told the world that North South do not have a Diamond stop). Assuming a trump switch at trick three Declarer then draws trumps in two rounds leaving the Jack in the Dummy. He can then establish the Hearts even assuming the most likely 4-2 break. Should the defence switch to a Spade at trick three then Declarer should only draw one round of trumps before establishing the Hearts (because if he draws two rounds he will lack the entries to reach the long Heart on the likely 4-2 break in Hearts).