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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 October 2018 duplicates
1 Silence is Golden
Board 1 Wednesday 10 October– Vulnerability White – Dealer North
I believe that if on this hand South passes throughout that it is almost impossible for East West to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs. However if South makes a delayed entry into the auction then it becomes dramatically easier.
Most Souths will not be able to resist the temptation to bid a natural 2 Hearts on the second round of the bidding. However they should live to regret so doing. This allows West to agree Clubs violently by making a splinter bid in opener’s suit and jumping to 4 Hearts. This shows interest in a slam in Clubs and is more likely to be on a void than a singleton given that South is almost certainly showing a 6 card suit. Now the spotlight turns to East. As he has nothing wasted in Hearts opposite West’s shortage, he has excellent trumps and the pointed Queens are certain to be of value he should jump to 6 Clubs.
How should this contract be played on the lead of the King of Hearts ruffed in the dummy? The priority is to see whether a second Diamond trick can be established by playing a low Diamond towards the Queen. Assume that North rises with the King. If North returns a trump everything is plain sailing. East wins with the 8 of Clubs and ruffs a second Heart in the dummy with the 10 of Clubs. Now a Diamond to the Queen is followed by a third Heart ruff with the Queen of Clubs. Finally a low Spade to the Queen allows Declarer to finish drawing the trumps and the remaining Hearts disappear on the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Diamonds. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, three Spade tricks and two Diamond tricks and will make the contract even if trumps split 4-1. If instead North returns a second Diamond then now Declarer wins with the Queen, ruffs a second Heart with the 10 of Clubs, plays a low Spade to the Queen and ruffs a third Heart with the Queen of Clubs and only then draws trumps by playing the 7 of Clubs to the Ace. On this defence Declarer would go down if North had started with four trumps including the 9.
2 Grand Slam available but even Small Slam missed
Board 13 Monday 22 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
North South can make a Grand Slam in Diamonds on this hand. However while the Grand Slam is almost impossible to bid nevertheless it was a pretty poor showing that not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach even 6 Diamonds.
South has choice between making a negative double over East’s pre-emptive 3 Spade overcall or bidding a natural 4 Diamonds. It seems preferable to emphasize the strong six card Diamond suit. When West raises to 4 Spades the spotlight turns to North. It is unlikely that South has much wasted in Spades given that West has raised Spades at Amber. Thus the partnership possess a likely ten card Diamond fit and even if the King of Clubs is not with South then the Club finesse is a heavy favourite to succeed given East’s pre-emptive bid in Spades. Thus the only worry is in the Heart suit. It is thus extremely unlikely that that there are two losers in Hearts and even if South has for instance only Kx in Hearts with something like ♠Axx♥Kx♦AJ10xxx♣xx then a winning Club finesse will take care of the second Heart loser. The moral is that sometimes the opposition bidding has taken away any space to be scientific and you have to make what is likely to be the winning bid in the long run.
3 Poor execution by North
Board 17 Wednesday 31 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
This is a very instructive hand and I noted that only three out of five pairs bid to the automatic 6NT but in each case they planned the play very poorly and went down even though the Declarers were of Division 2 standard in the Manchester League and really ought to have done better.
The bidding playing 5 card majors would go very simply 1 Diamond – 1 Spade – 2NT – 6NT.
East opens with the Jack of Clubs. There are only nine tricks on top with potential extra tricks available in Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. There is no hurry to try the Spades and in any event you might later on get a complete count of the suit. Thus there is a choice between playing Diamonds and Hearts. Hearts is the correct suit to play on because this offers a good chance of making two extra tricks while in the Diamonds you are only likely to get one extra trick unless West started with Qxx exactly. However what is the correct way to play the Hearts? The answer is that you should take an indirect finesse by winning the Queen of Clubs and immediately playing a low Heart towards the QJx in the Dummy. This will allow you to make three Heart tricks not only when the suit breaks 3-3 (36 per cent) but also on all occasions when East has the King and the suit does not break 3-3 (ie half of the remaining 64 per cent). Thus by playing on Hearts in this fashion the total probability of making three Heart tricks is 36 + 32 = 68 per cent. As you can see the lie of the Heart suit does indeed allow three Heart tricks to be made. You now have eleven tricks on top and have plenty of time to first of all try and drop the Jack of Spades in three rounds for your twelfth trick before falling back on the Diamond finesse if necessary.
The declarers who failed crossed to Dummy at trick two in Spades and ran the Queen of Hearts. When this lost to the King and the Hearts did not break they later on took a losing Diamond finesse and deservedly went down.