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 September 2016 duplicates
1 Upgrade to 2 Club opener on 22 points
Board 4 Monday 12 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
This is the identical title as I used for Tip 3 in August but the same principle is at stake and allows a laydown slam in Hearts to be bid with just 28 points between the two hands. The slam was missed at all eight tables.
As in Tip 3 from August while West does have 22 points his hand is simply too powerful for an opening 2NT bid. Holding a huge nine controls (Ace = two, King = one) plus a very strong five card suit this is a further example of a 22 point hand which must be upgraded to a 2 Club opener.
East responds 2 Diamonds. Let us assume in the first instance that South passes. In that case slam is very easy to reach. West rebids 2 Hearts and East now makes a splinter bid of 3 Spades showing four card Heart support and a singleton (or void) Spade. This is enough for West to drive straight to slam. If instead South bids 2 Spades then West bids 3 Hearts. (Note that as West has only one Spade stop that 3 Hearts is a better choice than 2NT). East might be reluctant to splinter at the four level although this is a possibility. Instead he might just bid 3 Spades to say “tell me more”. When West then converts to 3NT then now East can bid 4 Hearts to suggest having a hand which was too strong to just raise 3 Hearts to game. Again this is all the encouragement which West needs to go to slam.
Note that in the play of 6 Hearts on a Spade lead after drawing three rounds of trumps ending in the Dummy that Declarer should play a low Diamond to the Queen and not run the Jack. This is because if the Jack loses to the King and a second Spade comes back that with the Diamonds blocked it would not be possible to enjoy five Diamond tricks. Indeed two of the eight pairs who played in game in Hearts failed to appreciate this danger and thus only made 11 tricks when the Jack of Diamonds lost to the King.
2 Worth a slam invitation
Board 11 Thursday 15 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
Not a single one of the six East West pairs managed to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs on the above hand.
While East would ideally like to defend 3 Hearts doubled it is more practical for him to bid 3NT after the pre-emptive overcall from North since West may not co-operate with a takeout double if he passes.
The spotlight now turns to West. While he may have only 14 points he does have only a 5 loser hand and should make a suggestion of a slam contract by bidding 4 Clubs. If East does not wish to co-operate then East can sign off in 4NT which is unlikely to be at risk given West’s playing strength in the minors. Here East is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades which agrees Clubs as trumps. West wheels out RKCB for Clubs and there are no problems in the play. (The only time there might be a problem would be if South held the King of Spades and a Spade was the opening lead from North at trick one).
3 Fit Jump – the essential tool in a competitive auction
Board 22 Monday 26 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
From studying the results of the above hand I noted that not a single East West pair bid to 6 Spades and indeed two East West pairs defended 6 Clubs making for North South. This can only mean that none of the East West pairs were playing FIT JUMPS.
A fit jump is an extremely important bidding tool to have in your armoury and is a single jump in a new suit which in one bid shows four card support for partner’s suit and a good five card side suit. It can be made in any of the following circumstances:-
a) After the opposition double the opening bid
b) After the opposition overcall the opening bid
c) In response to partner’s overcall
d) Any jump in a new suit by a passed hand is a fit jump even with no intervention from the opposition thus Pass – Pass – 1 Heart – Pass – 3 Clubs would show five Clubs and four Hearts and a raise to at least 3 Hearts.
There are various ways in which the bidding might go but the start should be 1 Spade by East, an overcall of 2 Clubs by South and now despite the low point count West should jump to 3 Diamonds which is a Fit Jump showing at least four Spades and five Diamonds. It would usually imply at least nine points but where there is exceptional distribution this figure can be lowered provided that the quality of the side suit is good. (In other words if West had J10 to six Diamonds and KQ to five Spades he would not make a Fit Jump because the quality of the side suit Diamonds is too poor). North’s best bid after this start is to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing South’s Clubs. At this point East should realise that not only do his side possess a huge double fit in Diamonds and Spades but the opposition almost certainly have a huge double fit in Clubs and Hearts. East should cuebid 5 Clubs and now West can cue-bid 5 Hearts allowing East to bid 6 Spades over North’s 6 Club bid. (East should not in any way be tempted to double 6 Clubs because it is highly likely that one of his Aces will be ruffed as he knows that his side possess a minimum of 10 Diamonds.
Note that the absolute par on the hand is for North South to sacrifice in 7 Clubs against the making 6 Spades. Against 7 Clubs West has to lead the King of Diamonds (the only sensible choice since he knows that his side have at least eleven Spades) to defeat the contract.
Please also refer to July 2016 Tip No 3 for a similar example of a Fit Jump and to June 2013 Tip No 3 titled “Fit Jump by Advancer” which is an example of circumstance c) described above.