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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Points of interest from the November 2017 duplicates
1 Too strong for strong no trump
Board 26 Monday 27 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Only two out of eight pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand. I would guess that this may have been because some Souths may have opened a 15-17 No trump and if West intervened to show the majors by overcalling 2 Clubs then North South on several occasions languished in a part score in Diamonds. The South hand with 17 points, three Aces and a five card suit is too strong for 1NT. Accordingly South should open 1 Club. West will overcall 1 Spade and North should bid 1NT. Note that after an overcall 1NT by North is not a dustbin bid but is a constructive bid showing 8 to 10 points (perhaps a good 7 ½) and at least one Spade stop. South then has a comfortable raise to game and even if East finds the best lead of the Jack of Hearts North should have no trouble in making nine tricks after losing one Diamond trick. (Although seeing all four hands the Diamond suit can be picked up without loss Declarer has no reason to play for East having started with K10x and so in practice will lose a Diamond trick, making four Diamonds, two Clubs, two Hearts and one Spade for +600.)
2 Slam on 24 points
Board 11 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of six managed to reach the laydown 6 Diamonds.
After the 2 Spade overcall South is strong enough to bid 3 Clubs which should be played as Game forcing. North emphasises his Diamonds showing a minimum of six cards. Now South has a choice. While he might be tempted to rebid his Hearts to show six it is much more sensible for him to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing Diamonds since Qx is excellent support opposite a minimum of six cards in the North hand. Now North has an easy RKCB bid and on hearing either a response of 5 Hearts or 5 Spades can bid the slam with confidence.
3 Slam universally missed
Board 14 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
None of the six tables managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract. I suspect that this may have been because East rebid his Hearts over North’s 3 Club bid. Having opened on just 10 HCPs East is best advised to pass the 3 Club bid since West will bid again if strong enough. When West bids 3 Diamonds at his second bid then again East should not rebid his Hearts because holding J9 of Spades having not supported Spades on the previous round is excellent support. The point to appreciate is that if for instance West’s distribution had been say 5=2=5=1 or 6=2=4=1 then he would probably have reopened the bidding with a double rather than showing his second suit so he is less likely to have two cards in Hearts.
Over 3 Spades West cue-bids 4 Clubs and East should cuebid 4 Hearts which should definitely show the Ace opposite known shortage. Now West can bid the slam with confidence because the Diamond finesse is a heavy favourite to work on the bidding after South’s overcall in Clubs. On the Jack of Clubs lead Declarer should ruff and then play a Heart to the Ace. He then finesses the Jack of Diamonds, cashes the Ace of Diamonds and ruffs a Diamond. When the King drops 12 tricks are assured and now trumps are drawn making all 13 tricks when the Queen of trumps falls. Even if the King of Diamonds had not appeared on the third round then Declarer could have ruffed another Club before trumping the fourth round of Diamonds in the Dummy again making the contract.