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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
Tollemache - Manchester Qualify
CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN NOVEMBER........
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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!
You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.
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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Points of interest from the July 2018 duplicates
1 Splinter bid to slam
Board 19 Monday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract on the above hand. It is also a good example of why it is preferable when 4=4 in the minors to open 1 Club rather than 1 Diamond.
Even for those playing 5 card majors North should make a splinter bid of 3 Spades in response to 1 Club showing at least five Clubs and a singleton (or void) Spade. The South hand immediately knows that the hand should not be played in No Trumps as South has only one Spade stop. Accordingly South cuebids 4 Diamonds which leads to North employing RKCB. On learning that one keycard is missing North settles for the small slam. Note that the correct line in 6 Clubs is to win the Spade lead and run the Queen of Clubs losing to the King. East returns a Spade ruffed in the Dummy. Now declarer draws the remaining trump with the Jack, plays the 9 of Diamonds to the Queen and a low Diamond to the King at trick six before cashing the Ace and King of Hearts at tricks seven and eight. Now the three remaining Clubs are run at tricks nine to eleven on which Declarer discards the Jack of Hearts at trick eleven. If either defender started with five Hearts and four Diamonds he will be automatically squeezed. Otherwise declarer has the option at trick eleven of finessing the eight of Diamonds at trick twelve which would be the correct line if West originally started with either 10x or Jx in the suit.
There was a further point of interest in that at four of the twelve tables the contract was 3NT by South. The two pairs who went down on a Spade lead correctly ran the Queen of Clubs losing to the singleton King and so were defeated. However they can console themselves that they played the Club suit correctly. The two pairs who dropped the singleton King of Clubs urgently need to read a book on suit combinations as it is very inferior odds to play for the drop of the King with ten cards. (When the suit is divided 2-1 it is twice as likely that the King is in the two card holding rather than singleton while when we add in the possibility of West having started with three Clubs it becomes even more clearcut to finesse).
2 Intermediate jump overcall in fourth seat leads to game
Board 7 Wednesday 18 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach 4 Spades on this hand which is almost certain to make whenever the trumps split 3-2 (68 per cent). If South opens 1 Heart then a sensible sequence would be:-
In fourth seat jump overcalls should not be played as weak because there is no longer any need to pre-empt the opposition. Rather a jump to 2 Spades should show a strong six card suit with about 6 ½ or 7 tricks with Spades as trumps. West bids 2NT having a good Heart stop. East now bids his second suit and West cannot insist on No trumps because he has no honours in the unbid suit Clubs. Accordingly he jumps to game in Spades as he knows this in an eight card fit.
Alternatively for those North South pairs who are playing a weak Notrump then East West would reach game by employing the excellent Multi Landy defence to 1NT as follows:-
1 Showing a six card major suit
2 Implying a good fit for Hearts
Usually after a Multi Landy bid if responder bids 2 of your major denying a fit the Multi Landy bidder would pass. However as East has a very attractive 6-4 shape he is entitled to make a further bid. When East bids 3 Diamonds he is implying six Spades and four Diamonds since if he held Hearts he would either bid 3 Hearts if minimum or 4 Hearts if maximum. Although West has only 10 points he is delighted to jump to game in Spades as all of his points appear to be working.
3 Minor suit transfer followed by showing shortage
Board 17 Wednesday 18 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract. Several pairs ended up in the ridiculous contract of 3NT which would normally have at least six losers but due to the extremely fortunate blockage in the Spade suit there was no way to defeat this contract.
West transfers into Clubs by bidding 2 Spades. When replying to a minor suit transfer it is important for the opening bidder to be able to indicate to responder whether he has a fit for the minor suit. A fit is defined as Qxx or better. When opener does not have a fit for responder’s minor suit he just bids the next step ie 2NT over 2 Spades or 3 Clubs over 2NT showing Diamonds. Here East breaks the transfer by bidding 3 Clubs. Continuations by responder now show shortage. So 3 Spades by West shows a singleton Spade. East now knows that the partnership cannot play in No trumps and so cuebids 4 Diamonds in case West is interested in higher things. West signs off in 5 Clubs. There was a degree of poetic justice on the score sheet in that the pair who reached 5 Clubs were dubiously doubled by South and this made +550 so getting a better score than the agricultural bidders who ended up in the ridiculous 3NT.