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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
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Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!
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Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.
In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.
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!
MCBA Player of the Year
20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth
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 five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.
2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017
2018 / 19 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from
May 1st 2018 until the end of April 2019
2018 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from
September 2018 until the end of December 2018
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the June 2018 duplicates
1 Game inexplicably missed
Board 9 Thursday 7 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
Not a single East West pair out of the ten tables managed to bid and make a contract of 4 Spades on this hand which is quite extraordinary.
If North overcalls 1 Diamond then the auction is very quick and simple:-
East doubles to show both majors. When South raises pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds then it is important for West to jump to game in Spades since if he bids only 3 Spades on his six loser hand and powerful five card Club suit then it would not be clear for East to go to game as West would feel able to bid a major at the three level with any 4=3=1=5 shape even if minimum points.
If instead North passes then the bidding will take a more nuanced route:-
By bidding in this fashion West is showing a good 4=3=1=5 hand. As we have previously noted in this column (see in particular August 2012 Tip No 3) if you have a minimum 4=3=1=5 hand you must raise Hearts immediately rather than go via the slow route if you are in the 11 to 14 range. (Refer also to January 2014 Tip No 1).
2 Nul points for West in Milton’s and his Defence !
Board 13 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
This hand caught my eye because at five of the twelve tables North South reached an excellent 6 Club contract which should always go one down but astonishingly it would appear that in each case they were allowed to make the contract because each West despite having no points discarded in a suicidal way allowing the contract to make.
A possible bidding sequence would be:-
East leads the King of Spades (King for Count). West shows five Spades by playing low. East then switches to the Jack of Diamonds won by Declarer with the Ace.
The outstanding trump is drawn and Declarer runs off five more rounds of trumps knowing that he needs either for the Diamonds to break 3-3 or for the Heart finesse to be taken (total probability of success 68 per cent). (Note that the last trump cannot be cashed as this would squeeze the Dummy). Declarer then tests the Diamond break before falling back on the Heart finesse. One of the Golden Principles of defence when discarding is always to keep the same length in a suit as the Dummy. Here as long as West keeps all his Diamonds then Declarer will eventually have to take the Heart finesse and go quietly one down. However each of the five Wests feeling sorry for themselves at not having been dealt any points must have discarded a Diamond on one of the first six rounds of trumps letting the contract succeed, no doubt to much gnashing of teeth from East.
3 Only 33% of the field reach routine slam
Board 17 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
This should be a very routine slam to reach but again only four pairs out of twelve managed to get there.
There are two possible routes to get there:-
West transfers into Hearts at the four level and then bids Roman Keycard Blackwood. On hearing of three keycards opposite he bids 6 Hearts.
However it could be argued that there is perhaps a 5 per cent chance of East only having one Ace if he has something like:- ♠KQJx♥Ax♦KQ10♣Jxxx
For this reason it is perhaps safer to simply use Gerber:-
(The responses to Gerber are 4 Diamonds = No Ace, 4 Hearts, = one Ace, 4 Spades = 2 Aces, 4NT = 3 Aces).