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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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the August 2018 duplicates
1 The vanishing overtrick
Board 4 Thursday 2 August– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
This hand caught my eye because at first sight it appears easy to make eleven tricks in the routine 4 Spade contract with apparently five Spade tricks, four Heart tricks and two Club tricks. Note that in the bidding East transfers at the four level after West rebids 2NT showing 23-24 points because if he instead simply transfers at the three level and then bids to game in the major suit this should be played as a mild slam try.
However appearances can be deceptive and accurate defence prevents the overtrick.
The most sensible opening lead is the Queen of Clubs. On the lead of the Queen of Clubs South must play the TEN to indicate that he also has the NINE. Otherwise North will be reluctant to continue the suit when he gains the lead. West starts to draw trumps by playing the King of Spades. It is essential for North to duck this trick. He then wins the second round of Spades with the Ace and continues Clubs. Now although Declarer appears to have eleven tricks he has no means of drawing the last trump because the simple action of ducking the first round of trumps by North has severed the link with the Dummy. At trick five Declarer would have to choose between settling for ten tricks by exiting with the King of Diamonds to create a route to the Dummy to draw the last trump or live dangerously in trying to make an overtrick by playing his winning Hearts in the hope that the hand with the last trump held four Hearts. However this would risk the contract being defeated if the third round of Hearts were ruffed.
2 Textbook demonstration of why 4-4 fit beats 5-3 fit
Board 16 Thursday 2 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West
East is forced to bid a 3 card Club suit in response to the opening bid of 1 Spade until the eight card Heart fit comes to light.
If the final contract were in Spades with the 5-3 fit there would be three inescapable losers, one Spade, one Diamond and one Club.
However playing in Hearts with the 4-4 fit provided that the major suits both break 3-2 there is an easy overtrick available. It does not matter which minor suit North elects to lead. Let us suppose that he chooses his fourth highest Diamond. This runs to the 10 and Ace. Trumps are drawn in three rounds and Declarer continues by giving up the first round of Spades. Diamonds are continued and declarer ruffs the third round with his last trump. When the Spades break he now has eleven tricks because two Clubs are discarded from the Dummy on the fourth and fifth round of Spades.
The result is the same if the opening lead is a Club rather than a Diamond the only difference now being that two Diamonds are discarded from the Dummy on the long Spades.
3 Par contract missed at all eight tables
Board 15 Wednesday 15 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
I was astonished that at none of the eight tables did North South reach the par contract of 3 Clubs. This is remarkable because this contract should be reached regardless of whether North South are playing a strong or a weak no trump.
If North South are playing a strong no trump then the bidding should go as follows:
1 Showing Clubs usually a six card suit if weak
2 Denying a fit for Clubs
A fit for Clubs is defined as Qxx or better. Thus when South effectively denies having the King of Clubs then North knows that 3NT will be a poor contract and settles for a part score in Clubs which makes exactly losing just four tricks after the lead of the King of Spades.
If North South are playing a weak no trump with four card majors then the bidding should go as follows:
When 2 Hearts comes back to West he balances with a protective Double. East’s Hearts are not strong enough to risk defending 2 Hearts doubled and so he bids 2 Spades. North is now able to compete further with 3 Clubs which implies six Clubs and three Hearts. South passes because he does not have a fifth Heart and so again North is left as Declarer in 3 Clubs.