MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
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 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.