MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.
Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.
Club Membership includes EBU Registration."
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.
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.
Blue Point Teams
The 2018 Manchester Congress
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 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.