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 July 2017 duplicates
1 Slam try after sign-off accepted
Board 1 Tuesday 11 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
After transferring into Spades East then signs off in 3NT. At this point West knows that he is going to play in Spades but rather than lazily bidding 4 Spades it costs him nothing to cue-bid 4 Clubs. This conveys the message “I have three good Spades and a control in Clubs, there might be a slam on if you are maximum for your sign-off”. East now cue-bids the King of Hearts. West bids keycard just in case East has only ♠98xxx♥KQx♦xx♣KQx and the excellent slam is reached. The 4-1 Spade break means that there is a Spade loser. However an opening Heart lead would end any worries about where the Queen of Hearts is. On a Club lead to the Queen, King and Ace, declarer would also have the option of the ruffing finesse in Clubs to generate the 12th trick.
2 Smith Peters solves the problem !
Board 4 Thursday 20 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Not recommended to use Stayman on a 4-3-3-3 shape.
Every single North who declared 3NT on a Club lead was allowed to make the contract. This can only have been because East West were not playing Smith Peters (see Tip No 2 June 2017).
As we saw last month 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 East is able to convey a message to West as to whether he wants Clubs continuing. If East fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit.
North wins the first Club trick with the King of Clubs and plays the Queen of Hearts at trick two. East plays the three of Hearts his lowest card to indicate to West that he has no interest in his original Club suit being returned. If on the other hand East had started off with A9xxx in Clubs he would want Clubs continuing and would therefore play the nine of Hearts his highest card to request a continuation of Clubs. West thus switches to his fourth highest Diamond. East wins the Ace of Diamonds at trick three and continues with the 9 of Diamonds. North can then cash all his Heart and Club winners ending in hand but is forced to take the Spade finesse at trick ten. When this loses West can cash two more Diamond tricks to defeat the contract by one trick (West will probably have discarded one Diamond on the last rounded winner in order to not bare the King of Spades).
3 Scientific sequence to slam
Board 15 Monday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
1 Showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton
2 Where is your singleton?
3 In Clubs
Only three pairs out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on the above hand. It makes when the Hearts are 2-2 or singleton Queen (Total 52.5%). When the Hearts are not favourable it also makes when the Spades are 3-3 allowing the Diamond loser to be discarded from the South hand. Thus we add 36% x 47.5% = 17%. Total probability of making the contract the contract is thus approximately 69.5%. (There would also be the very small probability of the Queen and Jack of Clubs dropping in three rounds allowing a second Diamond to be discarded from the North hand after ruffing a Club.)
The recommended bidding sequence to reach slam is as above. After using Stayman and receiving a positive response a bid at the 3 level in the other major is best played as showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton. South enquires where the singleton is by bidding the next step ie 3NT over 3 Spades when Hearts is the agreed suit or 3 Spades over 3 Hearts when Spades is the agreed suit. North shows a singleton Club. However South is worried about there possibly being two losers in Diamonds so he cue-bids the Ace of Spades. North having control of Diamonds then bids RKCB and hears 3 keycards opposite. He does not enquire about the Queen of trumps with a view to a Grand Slam because he knows that South does not have the King of Diamonds.