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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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.)