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 May 2018 duplicates
1 West or East for Keycard?
Board 10 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
It ought to be relatively straightforward for East West to reach a Small slam on this hand although astonishingly only three out of eight pairs managed to do so. However none of the eight pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand slam. I believe that this was because the wrong hand used keycard.
After East makes an automatic jump to 3 Clubs with his 16 points and strong six card suit several Wests appear to have made the underbid of the year by signing off in 3NT. Holding three Aces and a King a Small slam is almost underwritten opposite a jump rebid. Accordingly West should raise Clubs which is forcing. East should now cuebid 4 Diamonds. At this point I believe that the three Wests who managed to reach the Small slam then used keycard. Although all the keycards were present West could not be certain that there were more than 12 tricks available and so had to sign off in 6NT. The reason why West was wrong to use keycard is that by so doing he then has to guess what his partner holds in terms of side suit Queens. If on the other hand West lets East do the asking then all of West’s 15 points can be shown in the responses to keycard. The bidding continues:-
West shows three keycards in response to RKCB. East’s 5NT bid confirms that all the keycards are present and asks West to show any side suit King or to bid 7 Clubs with a strong side suit. West owns up to the King of Spades and East can now count thirteen tricks.
2 Bidding lesson for South
Board 17 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
From an examination of the scores on this board it is clear to me that none of the eight Souths who held this hand had an understanding of the correct way in which their assets should be shown.
After East opens 1 Heart South has to decide whether to overcall in Diamonds or to make a takeout double. The correct call is to overcall 2 Diamonds. This is because with such a low point count South cannot Double and then bid Diamonds if North bids Clubs. After South overcalls it is practical for West to jump straight to game in Hearts. This is automatic for those playing five card majors and even for those playing four card majors it seems the sensible choice not vulnerable with the singleton Diamond. When 4 Hearts comes back to South he has the perfect hand to double. THIS IS NOT A PENALTY DOUBLE. Rather it implies that in addition to the six card Diamond suit already shown that South has a very attractive hand on which to compete further with tolerance for both the unbid suits. The most likely shapes for South to make such a bid are 3=1=6=3 or 4=0=6=3 or 4=1=6=2.
For instance if we give North ♠Kx♥xxx♦xx♣KQJxxx then he can bid 5 Clubs which is certain to make. If instead we give North ♠QJ10xx♥xxx♦xx♣Axx then he can bid 4 Spades which is almost certain to make. On the actual hand North is very balanced and is delighted to convert the take out double to penalties by passing 4 Hearts doubled and collecting +300 for North South after the natural lead of the 10 of Clubs. While it is true that on the actual hand 5 Diamonds does make for +400 this is a poor contract as it requires the Diamond finesse as well as split Club honours.
3 Breaking the transfer
Board 7 Monday 21 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach game in Hearts on this hand.
There are two ways in which game should be reached. Although the North hand is within the point range for a 15-17 strong no trump there is a good case for upgrading the 17 point hand with a strong five card suit and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) and treating the hand as if it were 18-19. In this case the bidding would go:-
1 Club 1 Heart
2NT 3 Clubs or 3 Diamonds depending on partnership methods
3 Hearts 4 Hearts
After the jump to 2NT South either bids a natural 3 Diamonds promising five Hearts or an artificial 3 Clubs as a major suit checkback looking for either three card Heart support or four card Spade suit.
Alternatively if North opens the top heavy 1NT then after South transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds if North simply bids 2 Hearts then this will end the auction. Instead North should break the transfer by bidding 2NT. This implies a maximum 1NT with three or four Hearts. South then retransfers with 3 Diamonds and raises 3 Hearts to game.
On the Jack of Spades lead careful play should lead to eleven tricks and a score of +650 to North South.