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 March 2017 duplicates
1 The modern way to play 2C – 2D – 3NT
Board 23 Thursday 9 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Until the introduction of the Kokish convention (which I have covered previously in September 2014 Tip No 2, January 2015 Tip No 1) the sequence 2♣-2♦-3NT showed 25 to 27 points.
However playing Kokish there no need to jump the bidding on such a hand. Rather a jump to 3NT shows a running minor suit. As only one pair out of eight ended up in 3NT on the above hand it would appear that the rest have not taken on board the advantages of Kokish.
Here although West has only 18 points with nine clear tricks it is not unreasonable to open 2 Clubs. After a response of 2 Diamonds from East then West now jumps to 3NT to show a running minor suit in a semi-balanced hand ie 7-2-2-2 or 6-3-2-2.
There are nine tricks on top but after a Heart lead from North if West wins and cashes all his Diamond winners then the North hand is inexorably squeezed on the last Diamond winner and declarer can make an overtrick for +630.
2 Support Double by opener helps to get to sensible contract
Board 4 Monday 13 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Support double showing three card Spade support
2 Takeout suggesting six Diamonds and four Hearts
There were a whole variety of contracts on this deal. However only one East West pair out of eight played in a sensible Club contract making 11 tricks for +150 and a 100% score.
The recommended auction is as shown above.
The key to the auction is West making a support double after the overcall of 2 Diamonds. This shows three card support for responder’s major suit whereas if West raised Spades in competition it would promise four cards. Thus East is not tempted to play in Spades with only a combined seven card fit and instead supports Clubs. South now makes a takeout double of 3 Clubs suggesting 6-4 in the red suits and North goes back to 3 Diamonds. East is happy to bid 4 Clubs with a singleton Diamond. Game in Clubs is actually a reasonable bet needing only the Clubs to come in for no loser (52%) but is almost impossible to bid due to West having nothing wasted in Diamonds.
Support doubles were invented by Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 30 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) in the early 1990’s. Rodwell proposed the use of a double in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for responder’s major suit and 4 card support. This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit. There are 10 situations in which this support double could arise:-
In each of the above 10 cases if West has 4 card support for partner’s major suit he raises the suit immediately. If West has only 3 card support for partner’s suit he doubles.
Refer also to September 2013 Tip No 3 for the use of a Support Redouble in a similar vein.
3 Unusual No-trump overcall points the way to game
Board 24 Monday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Only two pairs out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Diamond contract on the above hand and of these only one was with North the declarer.
After 1 Club from East the South hand is best described by a jump to 2NT showing 5-5 or 5-6 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits. With the exception of the vulnerability being Green I would suggest that this shows a hand with not more than six losers.
West passes and although North only has six points he should jump to 4 Diamonds. This is because he knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Diamonds and the Ace of Spades is sure to be invaluable. South is happy to raise to game with two Aces and only five losers.
Note that when North is the Declarer if East makes a passive Spade lead then the contract should make an overtrick for +420. This is because after the Ace of Spades wins the first trick Declarer then leads the 10 of Hearts. If this wins then a second Heart to the King and Ace follows. Now the Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick four. As West has four Hearts he has to follow helplessly when the remaining Heart winners are cashed and all North’s Clubs disappear on the Hearts.
The contract requires the Heart finesse plus a 2-1 trump split. In view of the opening bid by the East hand the Heart finesse has at least a 70% likelihood of success. Therefore the approximate probability of the contract making is 0.7 x 0.78 (2-1 trump split) = 55%.