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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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Points of interest from the October 2017 duplicates
1 Remarkable trump promotion
Board 5 Tuesday 3 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
This hand caught my eye when I realized that it is possible for East West to make a third trump trick with the eight of Hearts following a remarkable trump promotion.
In the bidding North is not quite strong enough to bid 2NT over South’s rebid of 2 Diamonds especially in view of his poor intermediates and so contents himself with simply giving a preference to Hearts.
West is not keen to lead the unbid suit Clubs as it is headed by the Ace and so instead leads the top of his doubleton Spade. East wins with the King and returns a Spade won in the South hand with the Queen. South now starts to draw trumps (he does not need to ruff a Diamond because after trumps have been drawn the losing Diamond will be discarded on a Spade winner in the Dummy). Say South leads the Queen of Hearts at trick three. West wins with the King and continues with Ace and another Club at tricks four and five. East wins the second round of Clubs with the King and plays a third round of Spades. South ruffs with the nine and following general principles in these instances West discards a minor suit because he sees the possibility of the eight of Hearts becoming significant. At trick seven South continues with the Jack of Hearts. West wins with the Ace and now applies the coup de grace by playing a third round of Clubs. East ruffs with the vital 7 of Hearts which South overruffs with the ten but abracadabra the eight of Hearts is now a master ! Result one down for plus 100 to East West.
2 Trump suit bid for the first time at the six level !
St Titus League Match
Board 4 Wednesday 4 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Sets Clubs as trumps
The above hand had a textbook bidding sequence to 6 Clubs by Byrne/Newman as East West in a recent league match.
As previously explained in Tip No 2 October 2014 a jump to 3 Diamonds over 1NT should be played as showing at least 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam. Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT. If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades. The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed.
After agreeing Clubs by rebidding 3 Hearts East then cue-bid in Spades and West cue-bid in Diamonds. Finally when East bid cue-bid 4 Hearts (doubled by South) West knew that there was no danger of there being two losers in Hearts and so was able to bid RKCB for Clubs reaching the excellent slam with just a combined 25 points. North opened with a Heart lead but there were no problems in the play and a score of 1370 to East West resulted. (Note that in the play of the trump suit it is important to start off with the Ace in case North started with J10xx which would arise 5 times in 100). The amusing thing about the auction was that the final bid was the first time that the trump suit had actually been bid!
3 Par not achieved at any table
Board 2 Wednesday 25 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
At the six tables where this board was played not a single one ended in what I consider the par contract of 5 Hearts doubled minus one for 100 to North South.
At the favourable vulnerability West has an ideal hand for an overcall of 2NT showing at least 5-5 distribution in Hearts and Clubs. North should pass as he only has four points and three of these are in a suit held by West. East should now jump to 4 Hearts because in addition to being not vulnerable he knows that his side possess a nine card fit in both Hearts and Clubs. South makes a take out double of 4 Hearts and North is delighted to bid 4 Spades because South should have a minimum of three Spades in addition to a strong hand to make such a bid. The spotlight now returns to East. It is extremely unlikely that 4 Spades will not make but what is absolutely certain is that the penalty for going down in 5 Hearts doubled cannot possibly be greater than the value of the opposition making 620 or 650 in 4 Spades.
South now makes a forcing pass over 5 Hearts and North should unquestionably double 5 Hearts. Although it is possible to make 5 Spades seeing all four hands the correct bid is definitely double because holding the King of Hearts opposite a singleton in the South hand does not make it attractive to bid on.