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 June 2017 duplicates
1 How to play the trump suit for the overtrick
Board 4 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Although minimum in points any hand with a 5-4-3-1 distribution should almost always accept a game invitation.
Every North who declared this hand on the lead of the 9 of Hearts played it on autopilot without stopping to think about the distribution of the East hand. Ten tricks are certain but in order to make an overtrick it is necessary to diagnose which of the two defenders is more likely to have been dealt the singleton Ace of Spades. Clearly the lead of the 9 of Hearts is either a singleton or doubleton. If East had been dealt a singleton Ace of Spades then this would mean that he would have started with 10 or 11 cards in the minor suits and would presumably have made some noise in the bidding. Therefore the only defender who might have started off with the singleton Ace of trumps is West. Accordingly after winning the first round of Hearts, Declarer should then cross to Dummy by playing a low Diamond to the Ace. Now a low Spade from the Dummy at trick three sees the Ace appear and when East still has to follow suit to the second round of Hearts then an overtrick is made for +650.
2 Which suit to return at trick four ?
Board 20 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
The above is the agricultural sequence. Alternatively South might bid 2NT as an enquiry and then follow with a forcing 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds.
Let us assume that the contract is 3NT and West leads a fourth highest Spade to the Jack and King. Declarer then leads the Queen of Diamonds which wins the trick as East follows low smoothly. Now Declarer plays a second Diamond to the Jack and King. How does East decide whether to return his partner’s suit Spades or switch to another suit (Clubs clearly being more promising than Hearts in view of the shortage in the Dummy).
The answer lies in having agreed with your partner that you are playing Smith Peters. A Smith Peter can be defined as follows: “Against no trumps, a defenders first spot card, unless it is essential to give the count should indicate attitude to the opening leader’s suit”. By petering in the first side suit played by Declarer West is conveying the message to East that he wants Spades continuing. If West fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit. Here in following suit in Diamonds West plays the 3 followed by the 5 to say to partner “Do not return my suit, I want you to switch”. Having interpreted the message conveyed by the absence of a Smith Peter then East knows not to return a Spade. Accordingly he simply has to decide which Club to switch to. Whenever South started with either A10x or K10x it is essential to switch to the Queen of Clubs. With the Dummy now dead East later wins a Heart trick and continues Clubs defeating the contract by two tricks (four Club tricks, one Diamond trick and one Heart trick).
Note that South made a crucial error on the hand. When the Queen of
Diamonds won the second trick then South should have switched to Hearts guaranteeing nine tricks via four Heart tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Club trick.
3 Successfully avoiding 3NT
Board 6 Wednesday 21 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
On the above hand the secret is to avoid playing in 3NT which has no play provided that South is not careless enough to discard a Diamond on the fifth round of Clubs which happened at one table.
Playing 5 card majors West has little alternative but to bid 1NT after the 1 Heart overcall even though one would prefer to have a double Heart stop for such action. East reverses into Spades and West’s 3 Club bid is game forcing having shown 8 to 10 points with his 1NT bid. East now bids out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds to suggest a 4=1=3=5 distribution. With only one Heart stop West now judges well to take out 3NT back into Clubs and the best game is reached.
One pair reached 5 Clubs and easily made 11 tricks. However at another table after the above auction East made an indisciplined raise to 6 Clubs. This was because he assumed wrongly that making 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly. It is true that if 3NT is making 10 tricks then 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly. However East should have considered the significant possibility that 3NT would not make 9 tricks if West had only one stopper in Hearts. Thus he was wrong to raise to slam. However the East in question justified his optimism with first class card play. At first glance it appears that 6 Clubs has no chance of making (unless the Queen & Jack of Diamonds are doubleton or South holds a singleton Quack (a quack is the recognized term for a Queen or Jack). However by reversing the Dummy East was able to create an end position where North was squeezed at trick ten.
The play went as follows:- The King of Hearts was won with the Ace and a Heart immediately ruffed. Then East exited with the King of Spades which South won with the Ace and played back the 10 of Spades at trick four. Declarer now played Ace of Clubs and the 10 of Clubs to the Queen drawing the trumps. At trick seven the third round of Hearts was ruffed with the King of Clubs. At trick eight the Queen of Spades was cashed. Now a low Club was played to the 8 at trick nine leaving the following ending:-
At trick ten the play of the last Club from the Dummy inexorably squeezed the North hand who had to choose between discarding the winning 9 of Spades or discarding a Diamond which would allow Declarer to make the last trick with the 9 of Diamonds. The beauty of reversing the Dummy is that this allowed Declarer to make six trump tricks without having to ruff a Spade in the Dummy. Then because North had started with four Diamonds and at least four Spades he had too much to look after when the last Club was played from the Dummy.