MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB.,
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CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS
Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.
This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
It's that time of year again when
your annual membership payment is due.
The fees are the same as for last year (again!),
so it's £50 for Single Membership,
£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.
Membership runs from January through to December each year.
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3 Jan 2019
This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould
For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain
The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.
Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.
11 Dec 2018 | Internationals
This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.
Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett
The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.
Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.
For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:
17 Dec 2018 | Internationals
The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.
The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.
The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist
with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place
and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third
Full results details are bottom right of this page.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly. The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Senior World Championship
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 April 2018 duplicates
1 Slam only biddable with Kokish
Board 8 Thursday 12 April – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Playing traditional methods there would be no way to reach 6 Spades on the above hand. South would open 2 Clubs, North would respond 2 Diamonds and South would jump to 3NT showing 25 to 27 points. This would end the auction.
We have previously seen in September 2014 Tip No 2 and January 2015 Tip No 1 how the Kokish relay allows very powerful balanced hands to be bid. The problem with jumping to 3NT to show 25 to 27 points is that it makes life very difficult for responder if he has modest values which cannot be described at the four level.
The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish. After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S. After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points. The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT. He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT. Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.
Here after opener finally rebids 2NT responder shows a five card Spade suit by bidding 3 Hearts. As we are in a game forcing situation there is no need for South to jump in Spades so he simply contents himself by carrying out the transfer request. North now rebids 3NT showing that he is balanced or semi-balanced. South now bids 4 Clubs. The message this conveys is that South has at least three good Spades and is highly suitable for slam. North now cuebids 4 Hearts showing the King of Hearts. South can now count 12 tricks in Spades because as long as the King of Hearts is in a three card holding it does not matter in which minor suit North has a doubleton as the King of Hearts will provide a parking space for one of South’s minor suit losers. In other words if North has a doubleton Club then we will discard the Diamond loser on the King of Hearts. If North has a doubleton Diamond then we will discard a Club loser on the King of Hearts. Note that as North South are known to have a 10 card Spade fit that there is no need to ask for the Queen of trumps since the odds of a 2-1 split are 78% and as we have the Jack of Spades the odds of bring in the suit with the Queen of Spades missing rises to 89% when Qxx in the East hand can be easily picked up.
2 25 point slam universally missed
Board 26 Wednesday 25 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
1 Responds to RKCB as if he has the Queen of trumps because he knows that the side possess a 10 card fit.
None of the seven North South pairs managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract. As we so often see on low point count slam hands the key to getting to slam is through the use of a Splinter bid which at one go gets across the singleton and excellent trump support.
Although South only has 13 working points (ignoring the Jack of Diamonds) his huge support for Clubs warrants him making a splinter bid of 3 Diamonds when North bids 2 Clubs. Now the focus shifts to North. While North has “only” 11 points the splinter bid has dramatically increased the potential of his hand. A Diamond holding of Axxx opposite a singleton is ideal for slam and equally crucially he has the golden King of Spades opposite a five card suit in the South hand. Accordingly he goes straight to RKCB. Note that North does not need to worry about there being two losers in Hearts because as a general rule when the opener makes a splinter bid in the third suit he promises high cards in the fourth suit.
I will try and quantify the odds of 6 Clubs making. It always makes when Clubs break 2-1 (78 per cent). When Clubs are 3-nil (22%) on half of the occasions you will guess wrong which way to play the Clubs. In addition when Clubs break 3-0 you will in practice need Spades to break no worse than 4-2 (84 per cent). Thus the total odds of 6 Clubs making are:-
78% plus 11% x 0.84 = 78% plus 9% = 87%
3 North South go back to school
Board 2 Thursday 25 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Denying four Spades
Only one of the nine North South pairs managed to reach game on this hand which is truly woeful and the other eight North South pairs should hang their heads in shame.
When East opens 1 Club South has a routine overcall of 1NT despite his shape being semi-balanced. 1NT shows 16 to 18 points ideally with a double Club stop. What better description could there be of the South hand. At teams North should go straight to game. At pairs he might err on the side of caution by using Non-promissory Stayman to invite game. South is delighted to accept the invitation with 17 points, a double stop in Clubs and a five card suit.
In the play assuming the lead of the Queen of Spades you should win the second round of Spades and cross to dummy by playing a low Heart to the Ace. Then lead the Queen of Diamonds. When the finesse is successful you now have nine tricks on top. You then cash the King of Hearts dropping the Queen for 10 tricks and run the rest of the Diamonds before safely finessing the Club at trick eleven making two overtricks for +660. (It is impossible for the Club finesse to not be working in view of the opening 1 Club from East.)