MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the May 2016 duplicates
1 Stopping the tenth trick
Board 10 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
At all eight tables every single East player woodenly allowed declarer to make a tenth trick in Hearts whether the contract was 3 Hearts or 4 Hearts.
For those playing a weak no trump by East West the auction is more likely to end in 3 Hearts:-
West transfers into Spades and North bids his Hearts at the three level. It is then difficult for South to know whether he has enough for game and at pairs he is likely to pass.
For those East Wests playing a strong no trump then North South are more likely to get to game via:-
The opening lead should be the King of Clubs (KING for COUNT). West plays low to show an odd number of Clubs. Every single East has then woodenly cashed the Ace of Clubs at trick two and then looked around for inspiration. But the horse has already bolted. When partner plays a low Club at trick one there is a very high risk that Declarer started with Q10 Doubleton in Clubs and the danger of the Jack of Clubs being established for a discard should be blazingly obvious. It is essential that East must switch at trick two. With the Jack of Spades in the Dummy it is not very attractive for East to switch to a Spade at trick two holding Qx and accordingly he should instead choose a low Diamond which sets up the defensive Diamond trick before the Ace of Clubs is dislodged keeping the contract to nine tricks.
2 Too strong for just game
Board 17 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
Only one pair out of eight bid to 6 Hearts making all thirteen tricks when the Heart finesse works.
What should North say when having opened 1 Heart the bidding is suddenly at the four level when he next has a chance to speak. To simply bid 4 Hearts is far too cautious with a hand containing only three losers. Equally if North cue-bid 5 Clubs then this would agree Diamonds. North must therefore either make a wild leap to six Hearts or more sensibly should invite slam by jumping to 5 Hearts. How does South know that he has suitable cards for slam. Well he has three trumps, the Ace of his own suit and the King of Spades with partner certain to have some length in Spades (given that North is unlikely to have more than one Club and has not shown interest in playing in Diamonds).
In 6 Hearts on a Club lead Declarer should cross to the Ace of Diamonds at trick two and play a low Heart to the Jack. He then ruffs the third round of Spades and repeats the Heart finesse making all thirteen tricks.
3 Monster three pointer
Board 12 Monday 30 May – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West
Only one pair out of six bid to the excellent 5 Diamond contract on this hand.
South has a routine overcall of 1 Diamond after East opens 1 Club. North has four card trump support and at Green or White it is always best to raise immediately to the level of the fit (ie bid to the three level with nine trumps and the four level with ten trumps). However the Red vulnerability means that some caution is in order and accordingly North just gives a single raise to 2 Diamonds. East doubles 2 Diamonds for takeout with a singleton Diamond and sixteen points outside Diamonds. South now bids 2 Hearts showing a very strong overcall and an interest in game despite North’s very weak bid. What should North bid over 2 Hearts. Well although he only has three points he has a fourth trump and the singleton Heart is worth its weight in gold. Accordingly he jumps to 4 Diamonds and South is delighted to go to game.
If West leads Clubs, his partner’s opening suit then game is easily made as it is easy for Declarer to trump three Hearts in the Dummy. However if West opens with the best lead of a trump then Declarer has to be careful. On winning the first trick with the Ace of Diamonds he has to maximize the chances of West being unable to lead a second round of trumps. In other words it is essential that East has the Ace and King of Hearts. Accordingly Declarer leads the Queen of Hearts from hand at trick two and the defence cannot play a second round of Diamonds so there are then no problems in being able to trump all three losing Hearts in the Dummy before finally drawing the outstanding trump.