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 March 2018 duplicates
1 Moysian fit is the best game
Board 14 Thursday 8 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
As previously noted in Tip No 1 January 2013 The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit. It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was said to love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.
Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach 4 Spades. After South opens a weak two in Hearts West doubles and East bids 3 Diamonds. This shows 8 to 11 points and denies a four card major. If East held fewer than 8 points with Diamonds he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT bid. West now expects game to be on with 19 points opposite East’s positive bid and accordingly bids 3 Hearts which generally asks partner if he has a stop in Hearts. East has no Heart stop but he does have three good Spades and so bids 3 Spades. West is delighted to raise to game in Spades. Even though this is only a seven card trump fit as long as Spades do not split worse than 4-2 it is certain to make and indeed makes an overtrick when the Club finesse is working. Refer also to Tip No 1 October 2013 for further clarification of how Lebensohl works.
2 Minor suit game missed
Board 4 Monday 12 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Only two pairs out of twelve managed to reach the laydown 5 Diamond contract on this hand.
East has a routine takeout Double of North’s 2 Heart overcall and West is happy to bid 3 Diamonds. East should not pass 3 Diamonds. He has a fifth trump, no wasted honours in Hearts and only 6 losers on the Losing Trick Count. Accordingly he should raise to 4 Diamonds. West is delighted to then go to game because he has a singleton Heart, two Aces and four good trumps.
Assuming that North starts off with two rounds of Hearts the safest way to make 11 tricks is as follows. Ruff the second Heart. Queen of Diamonds wins followed by nine of Diamonds to the King. Ruff a third round of Hearts, discard Dummy’s fourth Heart on the Ace of Spades. Now ruff a Spade, draw the last trump which still leaves a trump in the Dummy and play a low Club to the Ace at trick nine and the 10 of Clubs to the King at trick ten. If you do not play the cards in this order there is a danger of South’s 10 of Diamonds being promoted.
3 Rectifying the count followed by positional squeeze against North
Board 13 Monday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
A nice brief auction. East opens 1NT and West goes directly to 6NT. Opening lead Jack of Spades.
However despite a combined point count of 34 HCPs there are only eleven top tricks and only one declarer out of eight managed to make 6NT.
The Golden Rule in such situations where you only have eleven top tricks is to give up a trick in a suit in which you are certain to lose a trick in order to create a situation where one or both of the defenders may have too much to look after towards the end of the hand. Such a process is called Rectifying the Count. Here Clubs is the suit in which a trick should be lost immediately. Accordingly after winning the Ace of Spades at trick one Declarer plays a Club at trick two and allows South to win the trick with the 9. South continues with Spades at trick three. At tricks four and five Declarer continues with King and Ace of Clubs discovering that North still has a Club winner. The Ace and King of Diamonds are cashed at tricks six and seven followed by three rounds of Hearts from tricks eight to ten. At trick eleven we have reached:-
The Queen of Spades is now played from the Dummy. North is forced to concede the twelfth trick. Knowing that Declarer still has a small Club he discards a Diamond. East now throws his Club and makes the last two tricks in Diamonds.
This is a positional squeeze and only works because East is discarding after North at trick eleven. If the North and South hands were reversed (with North holding length in Spades) the squeeze would not work because South can discard after East plays at trick eleven.