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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........
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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!
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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
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the May 2017 duplicates
1 Ruff & Discard is the correct defence !
Board 7 Wednesday 3 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Several North South pairs were allowed to make 4 Hearts Doubled because East failed to recognize that the correct defence is to concede a ruff and discard at trick three.
Assuming the 9 of Diamonds lead East wins the first two rounds of Diamonds and then has to decide what to do. Given that East has 16 points it is almost certain that South has 1=5=2=5 distribution rather than 2=5=2=4 because it would be somewhat dubious to accept the invitation to game if South only held ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx. By playing a third round of Diamonds the presence of the 8 of Hearts makes it 100% certain that East will win two Heart tricks. If Declarer ruffs in the Dummy then after two rounds of Hearts have been played (East splitting his honours on the second round) East will remain with ♥Q8 and South with ♥9xx, thus guaranteeing two Heart tricks for East. Alternatively if Declarer ruffs in Hand then after two rounds of Hearts the Dummy will have ♥10, East ♥Q8 and South ♥9x. Now if South plays a third round of Hearts then East will continue with Diamonds and the contract will go two down. Note that even if South has aggressively bid to game on the example above of ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx then giving a ruff and discard will also guarantee two trump tricks even though the Spade loser now disappears from the South hand.
2 Game on 21 points
Board 1 Wednesday 17 May– Vulnerability White – Dealer North
Only one pair out of six managed to reach the excellent 4 Heart contract. In fact none of the other pairs even managed to play in Hearts ! ! !
When North doubles the overcall of 2 Clubs it is a good idea for East to redouble. This is best played as showing a tolerance for Clubs typically Honour x but may be two small since to overcall at the two level in a minor suit almost certainly guarantees a six card suit. West now bids 2 Hearts. Even though East has only seven points he is delighted to raise the Hearts because all of his points are working. West with his five loser hand goes to game.
On the lead of Ace and another Diamond, Declarer ruffs and then plays Ace of Hearts and a Heart to the Jack expecting the Hearts to be 4-1 after the negative double of the 2 Club overcall. It is important not to continue with a third round of Hearts at this point as otherwise Declarer will eventually run out of trumps later in the play. Declarer continues at trick five by playing Clubs. North ruffs the third round of Clubs at trick seven with the 10 of Hearts overtrumped with the King of Hearts in the Dummy. This leaves:-
Now a Spade from the Dummy at trick eight ensures that the Defence can only take two more tricks. (If South rises with the Ace of Spades to continue with Diamonds, Declarer simply ruffs with his last trump and continues with Clubs).
3 Looking for an alternative to 6NT
Board 4 Tuesday 30 May– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Many years ago Boris Schapiro writing in the Sunday Times Bridge Column recommended that after the auction starts 1NT – 4NT or 2NT – 4NT that the opener if he is non-minimum but with two four card suits should bid his lowest four card suit with a view to reaching slam in a suit contract rather than in notrumps.
The above hand is an excellent example of why this is a good idea. If the contract is 6NT then this either needs a 3-3 Club break or for East to have Jx or 10x in Clubs and for Declarer to finesse on the third round. However a contract of 6 Diamonds is excellent and almost certain to make as long as the Diamonds are not five nil (4%). Thus after the 4NT quantitative raise from South, North bids 5 Clubs showing at least four cards in Clubs, South bids 5 Diamonds and North raises to 6 Diamonds.
Should no 4-4 trump fit come to light then the partnership can sign off in 5NT. In other words if North’s second suit were in Hearts then the bidding would continue 5 Clubs – 5 Diamonds – 5 Hearts – 5NT – Pass.