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 January 2018 duplicates
1 Elementary Grand Slam
Board 3 Thursday 11 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach what is really a very easy Grand Slam to bid.
After East responds 1 Spade to the West’s opening 1 Club bid West should make a mini-splinter of 3 Diamonds. As previously explained in June 2015 Tip No 1 this shows the values for at least 3 Spades with a singleton in Diamonds. East how cue-bids 4 Diamonds which shows the Ace as there would be little point in cue-bidding the King opposite shortage. Now West can bid RKCB. East responds 5 Spades to the RCKB bid. This is not a misprint. When you know that the partnership possesses a 10 card trump fit you respond to Keycard as if you have the Queen of trumps. West can now count 13 tricks as long as East has three cards in Diamonds (six Spades, two Clubs, two Hearts, the Ace of Diamonds and two Diamond ruffs). Only if East had started off with precisely Ax of Diamonds would West need either the Club finesse or for East to have the Queen of Clubs or the Queen of Hearts.
2 Minor suit game missed
Board 19 Monday 15 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eleven managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand.
After a 2 Heart overcall from North East has a perfect hand to make a negative double which implies at least four cards in each minor suit and approximately 8 plus points. When South raises to 3 Hearts it would be very timid for West to only bid 4 Clubs with a very attractive 5-5 distribution, three Aces and only five losers. Accordingly he should jump to 5 Clubs.
While it is possible to make 12 tricks in Clubs by finessing in Diamonds it is safest to play the hand on a cross ruff and make just 11 tricks for +600 to East West.
3 Poor Judgment by East
Board 19 Monday 22 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
This hand caught my eye because at eight of the twelve tables East showed extremely poor judgment by choosing to defend 5 Clubs instead of bidding 5 Diamonds.
South should open just 1 Club because if he opens 5 Clubs first or second in hand there is too great a risk of missing a slam. West does best to make a weak jump overcall of 2 Diamonds. While he does have a seven card suit the Red vulnerability makes the suit quality too poor to jump to the three level. North passes and the spotlight turns to East. First of all there is a high likelihood that West has a seven card Diamond suit given that East has AQ10x in support and the vulnerability is red. Secondly whenever West has a singleton Spade it is almost certain that the Spades can be established in a 5 Diamond contract. Thirdly if West has either rounded King (Hearts or Clubs then 5 Diamonds is almost certain to make). This is because if West has the King of Clubs then on a Club lead the King will immediately become established to deal with any possible Heart loser. Finally if for instance West’s Hearts were originally Qxx then on a Club lead to South if the King of Hearts is in the South hand the defence will not be able to attack Hearts before the Spades are established.
Had the eight East pairs correctly judged to bid 5 Diamonds then South would need to bid 6 Clubs which East would of course double and take the absolute par of +300 to East West.