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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........
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Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!
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Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.
In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.
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!
MCBA Player of the Year
20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth
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 five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.
2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017
2018 / 19 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from
May 1st 2018 until the end of April 2019
2018 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from
September 2018 until the end of December 2018
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the October 2016 duplicates
1 Thoughtless opening lead
Board 9 Thursday 13 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
At 7 out of 9 tables North South reached a contract of 5 Clubs (doubled at 3 of the 7 tables). However 6 of the 7 Norths were allowed to make the contract because East made a thoughtless opening lead. Clearly North has a very good distribution to jump to 5 Clubs over 3 Spades by West. Therefore North will not have more than one Spade. One danger of leading the Ace of Spades is that the King might be in the Dummy and immediately become established for the discard of a loser in one of the red suits. On this occasion the Spade lead allows Declarer to ruff and immediately play the King of Hearts to establish a Heart winner to deal with the Diamond loser prior to drawing trumps. Accordingly the correct opening lead is the Ace of trumps. On looking at the Dummy East will know that Declarer is void in Spades given West supporting Spades in the bidding. It is then completely clear to switch to a Diamond at trick two which leads to one down. While it is true that an opening Diamond lead at trick one would also defeat the contract that is very much the second best lead since a Diamond lead could easily allow Declarer to discard a loser on a different layout for instance:-
Where a Diamond lead allows Declarer to win with the Ace and then finesse the Jack before discarding his singleton Spade on the King of Diamonds.
2 North’s shape an open book at trick six
Board 15 Monday 17 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only one of the eight East West pairs managed to bid and make 4 Spades on this hand.
East opens 1 Diamond in fourth seat and South overcalls 2 Clubs. West is too weak to speak and now North should make a Fit Jump bid of 3 Hearts. As previously explained (refer to June 2013 Tip 3, July 2016 Tip 3 and September 2016 Tip 3) this shows four card Club support and five Hearts. East doubles 3 Hearts for takeout showing a very strong hand almost certainly with four cards in Spades. South goes to game in Hearts despite his low point count because of his singleton Spade and knowing that his side possess a double fit in both Hearts and Clubs. Note that to defeat 4 Hearts the defence would need to take a Club ruff which would dictate either a Club or Heart lead so that West can later gain the lead with the King of Diamonds to give East a Club ruff which is a somewhat unlikely defence.
West is delighted to now emerge from his slumbers with a bid of 4 Spades because he expects that his side have a nine card Spade fit and the Diamond holding of K10x will be of great value.
Against 4 Spades North should lead the King of Hearts (note that to lead the singleton Diamond would make things very easy for Declarer). Let us assume that Declarer allows the King to win the first trick and a second Heart is won with the Ace. Now the King of Spades is played from the Dummy and North wins with the Ace. A third Heart is then ruffed in the Dummy and the play of the Queen of Spades at trick five shows that North still has a trump winner. West should now build up a picture of North’s shape. The Fit jump bid of 3 Hearts showed five Hearts and four Clubs. North also has three Spades, therefore he has a singleton Diamond in a 3=5=1=4 shape. Accordingly Declarer cashes the Ace of Diamonds and then plays a low Diamond to the 10. North can win his 10 of Spades whenever he wishes but that is the third and last trick for the Defence.
3 Sharp pairs double would bring in +300.
Board 14 Thursday 27 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
After South initially passes when West’s opening 1 Spade bid returns to him he can safely make a protective double with 10 points and only two cards in Spades. West might think that it is safe for him to bid 2 Spades but if he does so then North should double this for penalties at pairs. The fourth trump in North’s hand makes it highly likely that North can score a ruff as well as two natural trump tricks. The double should be penalties because the opposition have not found a fit. While at teams there would be an element of risk to this bid at pairs it is absolutely clear-cut because you expect to take a penalty of approximately 300 at least four times out of five and it is the frequency of gain which is important.
In order to achieve +300 North will probably open with the 4 of Clubs lead to South’s King. South then has a choice between playing the Queen of Diamonds or a trump. He should switch to a trump because he knows that West has three Clubs and in order for the Defence to later enjoy a third Club trick should North have the Queen then the trump must be removed from the Dummy. Declarer probably finesses the Queen losing to the King. Now North should then switch to Ace and another Heart. Declarer can win the second Heart and continue with Ace and another Spade. However North wins with the Jack of Spades, plays a second Club to South’s Ace in order to receive a Heart ruff with his last trump before cashing a third Club trick for +300.