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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 December 2017 duplicates
1 Textbook rectification of the count
Board 24 Thursday 14 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Note that in the bidding as East knows that the partnership possess at least 34 points then no purpose is served in using Stayman.
The above hand is a textbook example of how when you are in a notrump slam with only eleven top tricks that you should lose an early trick in order to subsequently leave the defenders with too much to do in keeping a stop in the key suits. Such a process is technically known as rectifying the count. Here West has eleven top winners with several chances to develop a twelfth trick.
The safest opening lead against the slam is for North to lead the 10 of Diamonds. Against a no trump slam you are not trying to establish tricks but simply trying to avoid giving away a trick. West has eleven top tricks and the only suit in which he can afford to concede a trick without losing the chance of an extra trick is in Hearts. Accordingly after winning the first trick with the King of Diamonds West should play a Heart and duck in the Dummy. South wins with the Jack of Hearts and returns the Jack of Diamonds. West should win with the Ace and now continue with the Ace and King of Hearts discovering that North started with five Hearts. At tricks six and seven the Ace and Queen of Clubs are unblocked from the Dummy. Now three rounds of Spades are cashed from tricks eight to ten leaving:-
West plays the King of Clubs and because North has to discard before East the last two tricks will be won in the Dummy. If North throws his winning Heart then Dummy throws the small Diamond, if North throws a Diamond then Dummy throws the 9 of Hearts. This is a positional squeeze and only works because North has to discard before East. If the North and South hands were reversed then the squeeze would not work.
2 Responder takes charge
Board 8 Monday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.
After a routine start of 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 2 Clubs the East hand is too strong for an invitational bid of 3 Spades and so should use fourth suit forcing to request more information from partner. West is delighted to jump to 3 Spades. Not only does this show three card Spade support in a 3=5=1=4 shape but it also shows extra strength. This is because as previously illustrated (refer to Tip No 1 January 2014 or Tip No 3 August 2012) if opener has a minimum 3=5=1=4 shape in the range 11 to 14 points you must raise the major suit immediately because you are not strong enough to bid two suits and then go back to responder’s first bid suit.
East now knowing that West has a Diamond shortage can take charge. There is no need for him to cue-bid because he does not need the King of Diamonds to make slam. He can immediately bid Roman Key Card Blackwood and jump to 6 Spades on hearing of 2 keycards opposite.
In the play South is likely to lead a Diamond. On winning with the Ace of Diamonds Declarer should not draw trumps but should instead ruff Diamonds twice in the Dummy and then discard his fourth and fifth Diamonds on the King of Clubs and King of Hearts losing only one trick to the King of trumps.
3 King for Count or Unblock, Ace for Attitude
Board 2 Wednesday 20 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
Three of the North South pairs who reached 3NT were allowed to make this contract because on the lead of the King of Diamonds East failed to throw the Queen under it. When you have a very strong suit either AKJxx or AKJ10x you should start off by leading the King. This demands that either partner shows his count in the suit or unblocks by throwing the Queen under the King. For instance if the suit were divided:-
Then on the lead of the King East would play the 9. This would deny the Queen but would make West aware that South had at least three cards in the suit and West would switch suits and hope that East would later on be able to lead through Declarer’s remaining Queen.
When East failed to throw the Queen of Diamonds under the King then West naturally switched to the 10 of Hearts allowing the contract to be made.
If instead West had started off with only four cards AKJx in Diamonds he would lead the Ace for Attitude. Here East would encourage if he had the Queen but discourage if he did not have the Queen. The point being that if the suit is divided:-
Then you do not want partner throwing the Queen under the Ace because now Declarer will make a trick with the 10 on the fourth round.
I understand that at one of the three tables where East did not thrown the Queen under the King that divorce proceedings are now under way !