MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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 February 2017 duplicates
1 Don’t concede the contract with the opening lead !
Board 10 Thursday 9 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
I was astounded to see that all seven North South’s who played in 4 Spades were allowed to make the contract. In three cases South was the Declarer and in four cases North was the Declarer.
South would be the Declarer after opening a strong no-trump and North transferring into Spades. For South to make the contract West must have started with a low Heart which is a very poor lead from Kxxx into a strong no-trump. He should start off with a Diamond as the safest lead (preferably the middle card MUD – middle up down). In fact on any lead other than a Heart South must lose four tricks.
When North was the Declarer East must have made the opening lead of a Diamond. While this is not such a bad lead as a Heart from West nevertheless the safest lead is for East to lead the suit in which he has a run of two honours, namely the Jack of Hearts. After the Jack of Hearts from East then North must again lose four tricks.
Strangely enough the eighth pair managed to arrive in 3NT which cannot be beaten making nine tricks on any lead.
2 Don’t be a slave to showing your shape if it is not the most descriptive rebid available
Board 3 Thursday 16 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
I was fascinated to note that nine pairs out of ten played in Hearts (six in partscore and three in game) and only one pair correctly played in Spades although they still failed to reach game.
The only explanation for this outcome is that having opened 1 Heart and received a 1 Spade response from East that all the Wests must have rebid 2 Diamonds. While it is true that this shows the 5-4 shape it is not a very sensible choice for several reasons. Firstly West’s Hearts are so weak that he does not particularly want to end up in a 5-2 Heart fit. Secondly only five of West’s thirteen points are in his two suits. Thirdly having A10 in each of the black suits it only needs Jxx in Clubs and 9xxx in Spades in the East hand for each suit to have a second stop for notrump purposes. Therefore despite the 5-4 shape the sensible rebid for West is to rebid 1NT. This makes East’s second bid easy as assuming that West has at least two Spades then 4 Spades is highly likely to make and even if West were to have made an off centre rebid with say the singleton Queen of Spades then the contract would still be playable.
Note that in the defence the Club suit is what is termed a “frozen suit”. That is to say neither defender can lead the suit without surrendering a trick. Therefore on a neutral Diamond lead Declarer can win, draw trumps and play Hearts at every opportunity to make an overtrick for +650.
3 Don’t invite game with points in the short suits
Board 5 Thursday 23 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
South opens 1NT and North has to decide whether to take any action. While he might be tempted to invite game due to holding eight points one should not push for borderline games at pairs and in any event it is not good for your points to be in your short suits. If the majority of the eight points were in the long suits then it would be acceptable.
Six of the eight Norths wrongly invited game and four of the six Souths who received the invitation then went on to game. On competent defence this contract has absolutely no chance of making.
Note that on the lead of the fourth highest Heart from West to the Queen winning in East’s hand that on the return of the 8 of Hearts that West must duck in order to keep communication with his partner. West can tell from the return of the 8 of Hearts that South originally started with J109.
When South wins the second trick with Dummy’s King of Hearts he has quite a dilemma at pairs. He can either run for home with four Diamonds, two Clubs and a Heart or he can play a Spade to the King hoping that the Ace of Spades is in the East hand thus making eight tricks. However note that if he plays a Spade and the King loses to the Ace should West have been dealt this card then now South will not even make 1NT because he will lose four Heart tricks and three Spade tricks.