MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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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 December 2016 duplicates
1 Withhold the Ace of trumps on the first round
Board 25 Wednesday 14 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
1 Showing a bad hand after a reverse. It forces opener to bid 3 Clubs as East may wish to play in 3 Clubs if he has say:-
or 3 Diamonds if he has say:-
or 3 Hearts as on the above hand. Note that an immediate 3 Hearts over the reverse of 2 Spades should be played as game forcing.
The above hand is a very instructive one in the play.
Four out of five pairs correctly stopped in 3 Hearts on this hand. At pairs you should not bid borderline games. Say North opens with the Queen of Diamonds lead against 3 Hearts. South wins with the Ace and continues with a low Diamond. After winning with the King declarer should play the King of Hearts. If North takes his Ace immediately then Declarer can make a tenth trick. He does this by drawing a second round of trumps before playing on Spades. By so doing he is hoping that when the Spades break 4-2 (as expected) that the last trump is in the hand with four Spades. However if North holds up his Ace of Hearts on the first round then Declarer cannot make ten tricks. This is because if he continues with Hearts then North can play a third round preventing Declarer from ruffing the fourth round of Spades in the Dummy. So the moral is:- always be aware of the benefit of holding up the Ace of trumps on the first round on hands where Declarer wishes to draw exactly two rounds of trumps but does not wish to draw a third round.
2 1NT in response to a takeout double is a constructive bid
Board 22 Thursday 15 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
1 The vulnerability makes bidding 2 Spades unattractive. Perfect defence would yield 800 against 2 Spades doubled.
I was mystified why only two out of seven pairs managed to reach 3NT. East should open the bidding with his shapely 5-5 distribution despite the low point count. South has a routine takeout double. North should respond 1NT. This promises a Spade stop and about 7 ½ to 10 points. It is not a dustbin bid. If North held a very weak hand he would have to bid 2 of a suit even with zero points. South then raises to 3NT knowing that the partnership possesses a minimum of 25 points.
In the play on a Spade lead North must hold up the Ace until the third round, discarding Diamonds from the Dummy. Then by playing on Clubs he will make a minimum of 9 tricks and 10 on perfect play.
3 Easy slam missed
Board 8 Thursday 22 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Only one pair out of eight managed to bid to 6 Hearts.
When North overcalls the pre-emptive opening bid South is far too strong to simply raise to game in Hearts. He might consider bidding an immediate 4NT RKCB for Hearts but this might get the partnership too high if for instance North has overcalled on a borderline ♠Qxx♥KJ98xx♦Kx♣Kx when there might be two Heart and one Club losers.
Therefore the correct course of action is for South to cue-bid 4 Clubs which agrees Hearts by inference and asks partner to cue-bid if suitable. North is delighted to cue-bid 4 Diamonds and now RKCB can be wheeled out. South can count 12 tricks in Hearts unless North has a singleton Club.