MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.
Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.
First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.
This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:
For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.
The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
Preston Blue Point Pairs
Teltscher Trophy Result
The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.
Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.
AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
Sunday 7th April 2019
Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.
Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"
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.
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!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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Points of interest from the November 2016 duplicates
1 Jump Overcalls are STRONG after weak opposition opening bids
Board 21 Thursday 10 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
Only two pairs out of seven managed to reach 4 Spades by East on this hand. Assuming that North opens with a weak 2 Hearts what should East bid? His hand is too strong to simply overcall 2 Spades with the attractive 6-4 shape and about 7 ½ tricks. Equally while one might consider doubling were South to raise to 4 Hearts East is not comfortable about bidding Spades at the four level.
Accordingly the correct call for East to make is to jump to 3 Spades. Note that YOU NEVER MAKE A WEAK JUMP OVERCALL AFTER A WEAK OPENING BID. Here 3 Spades implies a strong hand with at least six Spades. South bids 4 Hearts (only one down) and West can comfortably bid 4 Spades with the KJ of Spades and the King of Clubs. (The prevailing vulnerability prevents North South from sacrificing in 5 Hearts doubled because two down is 500 and in Eurovision Song Contest speak nul points.) The contract of 4 Spades needs either a 3-2 Club break or a singleton Queen, Jack or 10 in the North hand. Approximate odds of success = 68% + 3/5 of 14% = 76%.
2 24 point slam
Board 25 Wednesday 16 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
Only one of the five East West pairs managed to reach the laydown slam on this hand.
After a 2 Club opening from East although West has an attractive hand he should start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional requirements for a positive response of an Ace and a King. When East bids 2 Spades then now the West hand is enormously powerful. The most descriptive bid is to jump to 4 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Diamonds and four card Spade support. Now East cuebids 4 Hearts and West cuebids 5 Clubs. This is bound to be the King rather than a singleton in view of the earlier splinter in Diamonds. East jumps to 6 Spades and South needs to lead a Heart to prevent the overtrick.
3 Good game but don’t get too greedy for an overtrick
Board 12 Monday 28 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West
Only one pair out of six managed to bid to 5 Diamonds.
When South raises his partner’s overcall the North hand has enormous playing strength. In such circumstances when the opposition have bid 2 suits North bids the suit in which he has a high honour to express an interest in game.
South is delighted to accept the invitation holding a singleton Spade, the Ace of Hearts and a high Diamond honour.
(As the cards lie North South can actually make 3NT. This is because the club pips are such that the suit is blocked in that only East can win the fourth round of Clubs. However it would be rather wild for South to try 3NT with such poor Clubs.)
Assuming the lead of a singleton Heart Declarer wins with the Ace and then plays Ace of Spades followed by trumping a Spade low in Dummy. He should then return to hand with a low Diamond to the King and trump the third Spade with the Queen of Diamonds making exactly 11 tricks for +600. Even if West does not peter in Spades it would be extremely unwise to try and ruff three Spades in the Dummy. This is because East West have only 19 points between then and yet East has bid freely at the two level in a higher ranking suit than opener with a hand which cannot contain more than 9 points. This would be hard to justify without six Spades. If South does get greedy and try to ruff three Spades in the Dummy then West will overruff the third round of Spades and can then underlead the Ace and King of Clubs so that East can play a trump resulting in only one ruff being taken in the Dummy for one down.