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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........
(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2018")
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!
You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.
I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.
She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.
The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm
Jeff Morris 5th November 2018
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS
Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage
Manchester Bridge Club
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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
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the January 2017 duplicates
1 Learn your safety plays !
Board 22 Monday 9 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
Three pairs out of eight bid to the best contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand. However they went down because they failed to play the trump suit correctly.
Assuming the Queen of Clubs lead the only danger to the contract is losing two trump tricks. Accordingly after cashing the Ace of trumps on the first round you should then continue with a low Heart towards the Jack. This restricts East to only one trump trick when he started with Q10xx. The odds of East having started with such a holding are 14 per cent – one half of the 28 per cent odds of a 4-1 trump split.
While it is true that by playing the trumps in this way you give up any chance of making all thirteen tricks nevertheless in a modest field you are almost certain to score above average whenever you bid and make a slam contract in a major suit (with 6 Hearts making scoring better than 6 Diamonds plus one).
2 Landy or Multi-Landy to reach game
Board 15 Thursday 19 January – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only one pair out of nine managed to reach the laydown 4 Spades on the above hand. Whether you play the simple Landy defence or the more comprehensive Multi-Landy defence to 1NT reaching game should not be a problem.
By overcalling 2 Clubs East is showing at least nine cards in the majors (some authors recommend making the bid not vulnerable with only eight cards) and a point count in the range 9 to 16. What should West respond? Well knowing of the minimum nine card Spade fit and holding a side suit Ace he should jump to 3 Spades to invite game. East holding only six losers and a non-minimum hand (even if the Queen of Diamonds does prove to be wasted) is delighted to accept the invitation.
Even against those pairs playing weak no trump who open 1 Heart on the North hand it is still possible to reach game. When 1 Heart comes round to West he should bid 1 Spade not vulnerable even though he only has 7 points as he has an Ace and a King and it is quite likely that East has passed the opening bid on account of Heart length. East has a comfortable raise to 4 Spades because assuming that West has at least three Diamonds the hands are likely to fit extremely well together.
3 Slam missed at nine out of ten tables
Board 15 Thursday 26 January – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only one pair out of ten managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract on this hand although they they failed to play it correctly and went down.
Note that although West has 17 points his correct rebid is just 2 Clubs rather than 3 Clubs. This is because a jump to the three level in a new suit is 100% game forcing and as East’s response of 1 Heart might have as few as 6 points this would be completely unsound. Thus a rebid at the two level in a lower ranking suit than opener’s can be anywhere in the range 11 to 18 points.
After East then jumps to 3NT showing 13 to 15 points with a good Spade stop West is worth a slam try of 4 Clubs showing a strong 5-5 and knowing that if the East hand is unsuitable for slam (ie with poor controls) that East can sign off in 4NT. However here East is delighted to cuebid 4 Spades. RKCB is wheeled out and 6 Clubs is the final contract.
The play is interesting. Say North opens with a low Heart. Declarer wins with the Ace in the Dummy and immediately takes a Club finesse. If North wins to return a second trump the appearance of the 9 of Clubs from South on the second round means that it is relatively safe to leave the last trump outstanding and instead ruff the third round of Diamonds in the Dummy with the 7 of Clubs. Then you can return to hand with the King of Spades, draw the last trump and two Diamonds left in Declarer’s hand disappear on the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts.
However alternatively suppose that North defends more strongly and allows the first Club finesse to succeed. Declarer should now turn his attention to Diamonds. As North does not have the nine of Clubs it does not help him to ruff the third Diamond in front of the Dummy and so after ruffing the third Diamond in the Dummy, Declarer now repeats the Club finesse. Even though the second Club finesse loses Declarer is still safe because North having no more Diamonds cannot cash the Defence’s Diamond winner and later on Declarer’s two remaining Diamonds disappear on the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts.