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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 August 2017 duplicates
1 Opening lead critical
Board 8 Monday 7 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Several North South pairs allowed 4 Spades doubled to make on the above hand when South made a poor opening lead.
South initially made a negative double after East’s 1 Spade overcall and then doubled 4 Spades for penalty having two Aces and eleven points. Those South’s who made the opening lead of a Diamond were soon to regret it. Declarer wins the Diamond with the King and continues with Ace of Diamonds and a Diamond ruff at trick three. He then plays the 8 of Hearts from Dummy, low from North, low from East, won by the Queen with South. Belatedly South switches to a Spade at trick five won with the King in the Dummy. Now a second Heart is played from the Dummy. North has to rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps. However Declarer wins in hand and draws the last trump at trick eight. At trick nine East now applies the Coup de Grace by playing the Jack of Hearts, pinning North’s 10 and promoting the 9 of Hearts as the 10th trick.
While it is not generally recommended to lead a singleton trump here the indications were that it was the correct lead on this occasion. North South clearly had the balance of the high card strength while East must surely have a six card Spade suit and a very shapely hand to go straight to game after the single raise from West. Therefore the only way in which East West were likely to have a chance of making 4 Spades doubled would be if Declarer were able to score two ruffs in the Dummy. Note the difference which an initial trump lead makes. This has to be won in the Dummy and Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds and Diamond ruff follows. Now when a Heart is played from the Dummy at trick five North can rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps. The difference now is that the remaining Hearts are 10x in the North hand, J96 in the East hand and AQ5 in the South hand. Declarer has to make the second lead of Hearts from his own hand and thus the 10 of Hearts is certain to make a trick so Declarer loses four tricks for +100 to North South.
2 Superior Grand Slam
Board 21 Tuesday 8 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
1 Cue-bid agreeing Clubs
When North opens 2NT South knows that the partnership is heading for a minimum of a small slam as he holds 14 points and the partnership therefore possess a minimum of 34 points. However in order to give the partnership a chance of reaching a Grand Slam he should start off by bidding 3 Clubs, Stayman. North denies a major suit and now South rebids 4 Clubs showing a slam try in Clubs with at least a five card suit. If North did not like Clubs he would sign off in 4NT. Thus when North bids 4 Diamonds this is a cue-bid agreeing Clubs as trumps. South return cue-bids in Hearts. Now North wheels out Roman Key Card and on hearing that all the keycards are present bids 5NT asking if South has any extras. Holding the King of Diamonds and 14 points South is happy to bid 6 Diamonds and this is sufficient for North to gamble on the Grand Slam in Clubs.
7 Clubs is a significantly better contract than 7NT. This is because let us assume that the defence lead either a Heart or a Club (since a Diamond or Spade lead would immediately concede the thirteenth trick). On say a Club lead, trumps are drawn in three rounds followed by the unblocking of the Ace of Hearts. Now the King and Ace of Diamonds are cashed at tricks five and six followed by cashing the King of Hearts at trick seven on which the third Diamond is discarded from the South hand. Now the third round of Diamonds is ruffed at trick eight. When the Queen appears we now have the thirteenth trick. Only if the Queen has yet to make an appearance would we have to rely on the Jack of Spades dropping.
3 Fourteen top tricks
Board 15 Monday 28 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach 7 Clubs on the above hand and not a single pair managed to reach 7 Notrumps despite there being 14 top tricks (16 given that the Spades are 3-3).
The best way for East to start to describe his hand after West opens a 15-17 Notrump is to transfer into Clubs. Over the 2 Spade bid West has a choice between bidding 2NT and 3 Clubs. In previous issues I have recommended that by opener bidding the minor directly this promises a fit for the minor which is defined as Qxx or better. If West did not like Clubs he would bid 2NT.
East should then bid 3 Hearts which as previously explained in Tip No3 September 2015 shows a singleton in that major. West might then bid RKCB but it is better for West to cue-bid 3 Spades. The reason for this is that by waiting for East to bid Roman Key Card West is able to show where 14 of his points lie. Thus in responding 5 Diamonds to show 3 keycards, East knows that all the keycards are present plus the King of Spades shown on the previous round of bidding. Thus there are a minimum of 13 tricks (6 Club tricks, three Diamond tricks, three Spade tricks and one Heart trick).