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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
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 February 2018 duplicates
1 Spotlight on North and West
Board 4 Monday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
This hand caught my eye for two reasons.
The first reason it caught my eye is that only one East West pair out of eight judged correctly to sacrifice in 7 Clubs against 6 Spades by North South.
The above is what I consider to be a sensible auction. When North having opened 2 Clubs finds that the bidding is at the five level he has a choice between bidding 5 Spades and 6 Spades. The reason why 6 Spades is a practical choice is because if South has as little as Q10xxx in Hearts then the Spade slam is almost certain to make. If this were the case and North bid only 5 Spades then South would hardly find a raise to the six level on such a hand. When 6 Spades comes back to West it is fairly clear to sacrifice. This is because North’s bidding strongly suggests a void in Clubs and in addition West knows that it is impossible for the cost of the sacrifice to be greater than the score from 6 Spades making. In other words the target is only eight tricks in 7 Clubs Doubled. A further point of interest is that against 7 Clubs Doubled after North cashes his three Aces that he should then lead a low Spade at trick four which promotes South’s Queen of Clubs into a fourth defensive trick and a score of +1100 to North South.
The second reason it caught my eye is that for the seven pairs who played in Spades they all made only 12 tricks. You might think that with the Diamond finesse wrong that North has to lose to the King of Diamonds but that is not the case. After ruffing the opening lead of the Ace of Clubs North should draw trumps and then play out every remaining Spade discarding six of the seven Diamonds in the Dummy. Now at trick nine Declarer cashes the Ace of Hearts and continues with Hearts at tricks ten and eleven. The last Heart forces East to bare his King of Diamonds because the Queen of Clubs in the Dummy is a threat. Now at trick twelve Declarer plays a Diamond to the Ace dropping the King from East making all thirteen tricks. The bidding makes it a near certainty that East has the King of Diamonds because he has made an overcall at Amber at the three level which is most unlikely on just AKxxxx and a bust.
2 Minor suit game missed
Board 26 Monday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the laydown 5 Club contract on this hand. (In fact a small slam in Clubs is available but that is very tough to bid).
When East raises West’s opening bid in Diamonds the best bid for South to make is Double. This implies that he has values in the unbid suits and almost certainly denies three cards in Hearts. The spotlight now turns to North. What should he say after the value showing Double? Although North has only 14 points his hand has improved dramatically. It is almost certain that game is available in one of the black suits. If for instance South has as little as ♠A10xx♥xx♦Qxx♣QJxx then four Spades is a near certainty to make while if South has ♠Axx♥xx♦Qxx♣QJxxx then 5 Clubs is unbeatable. Accordingly North should cuebid 3 Diamonds. This conveys the message “we are going to game partner but the strain is not yet known”. South bids 4 Clubs which suggests that he has 5 or 6 Clubs but only 3 Spades since he would bid Spades in preference if he held 4 Spades. North then goes to game in Clubs. Indeed if North were feeling super optimistic he might even repeat cuebid with 4 Diamonds which might lead to the unbreakable 6 Club contract being reached.
3 14 top tricks
Board 16 Thursday 22 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West
The East West bidding on this hand was truly woeful. At the eleven tables only two tables managed to reach 6 Spades and not a single one managed to get to a Grand Slam which has 14 top tricks.
West jumps to 3 Spades over 2 Clubs which is game forcing after a two level response and promises a minimum of six Spades. It would be very lazy for East to just raise to game in Spades as he knows that a slam is quite likely and so continues with 4 Clubs as a cuebid agreeing Spades. West now cuebids 4 Diamonds and East cuebids 4 Hearts. Roman Keycard Blackwood is now wheeled out. East’s response of 5 Diamonds can only be showing 3 keycards since it is not possible for him to have zero given his earlier cuebid. At this point West knowing that all the keycards are now present is now only concerned with the quality of East’s Clubs. Accordingly he cuebids 6 Clubs to ask “have you got third round Club control (the Queen). East confirms that he has by bidding 7 Clubs and West can thus count a minimum of 13 tricks (14 actually with East’s sixth Club).
It is true that at a couple of tables North may have made a Weak Jump Overcall of 3 Hearts given the favourable Green Vulnerability. While this would make it difficult for East West to bid a Grand Slam there is absolutely no excuse for their missing a Small Slam.