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 April 2017 duplicates
1 Good game on 24 points missed
Board 23 Thursday 13 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Not a single one out of the nine East West pairs managed to reach 3NT by West on the above hand.
The East hand is too strong in playing strength to open 1NT as well as the shape being somewhat off centre. After opening 1 Diamond and then receiving preference to Diamonds (which could show anything between 6 and 9 points) East should make a game try by bidding 3 Clubs. Despite West having only seven points he should accept with such a strong Club holding and the Queen of Diamonds is sure to be extremely valuable.
Strangely enough this bidding sequence has actually “wrong-sided” the contract. By this I mean that on a Heart lead from North if the Dummy plays low and South manages to diagnose to play the 10 then now North South will take five tricks. If East is the Declarer the contract is unbeatable.
However the natural lead on the North hand is to lead Dummy’s second suit Spades as North’s holding in the fourth suit (Clubs) is not very attractive from which to lead. On a Spade lead Declarer simply wins in the Dummy and immediately plays the Jack of Clubs to drive out the Ace. Now North needs to switch to a low Heart to stop the overtrick.
2 Too strong to overcall
Board 5 Friday 28 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
1 Cannot sacrifice at Red as this will cost 500.
All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 4 Spade contract which requires only the Heart finesse to make.
After North opens 1 Club note that South should respond 1NT. This shows 8 to 10 points with four Clubs. If South has Club support with only 5 to 7 points he would respond 2 Clubs.
While West could overcall 2 Hearts he is too strong for this action with his powerful 6-4 shape in the majors and only four losers on the losing trick count. Accordingly he starts off with a double. When East bids Spades West goes straight to game since as little as the Queen of Hearts in the East hand is enough for game to be laydown. If instead East were to bid Diamonds then the West hand is strong enough to bid 2 Hearts showing a minimum of 18 points with at least five Hearts.
Assuming South leads the Ace of Clubs and then switches to a Diamond, East can win the second Diamond in the Dummy, draw two rounds of trumps ending in hand and play a Heart to the Jack and Ace for +420.
3 West accepts the second invitation
Board 18 Friday 28 April– Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract which is cold against Spades 2-1 (78 per cent).
East reverses at his second bid with 2 Diamonds showing a minimum of 17 points with at least five Clubs and four Diamonds. West owns up to having at least five Spades by rebidding the suit. East now makes a splinter bid of 4 Hearts showing a singleton or void in Hearts and agreeing Spades with a strong interest in slam. At this stage West cannot co-operate as his King of Hearts is of dubious value and so he signs off in 4 Spades. East now makes a second slam try of 5 Hearts confirming that his shortage in Hearts is actually a void. Now West must accept the invitation since his Spades might have been as weak as J109xx rather than the actual Q109xxxx.
Note that if North were to lead his singleton Club that West should take the precaution of discarding his second Club by cashing the Ace and King of Diamonds before starting to draw trumps by playing a low Spade from the Dummy. Now even if South had the singleton Ace of Spades and North started off with Jx then there would be no danger of running into a Club ruff because West could ruff the second Club with the Queen of Spades and draw the outstanding trump.