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 September 2012 duplicates
1 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major
Board 6 Tuesday 11 September
If you open 2 Clubs and partner bids 2 Diamonds then a rebid of 2 of a major is forcing to game. Therefore if you choose to jump to 3 of a major then by taking up extra space you are showing a solid suit and setting that major as trumps.
First of all note that although South has only 15 points it is essential to open 2 Clubs because you have about 9 tricks in your hand and you will have great difficulty in describing your hand if you only open 1 Spade. North responds 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional Ace and a King to make a positive response. Now South jumps to 3 Spades to show a solid suit and setting Spades as trumps. Now while it is true that you are missing the Queen of the suit the fact that you do have eight Spades makes it sensible to treat the suit as being solid for all practical purposes.
After the sequence 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major then responder shows an Ace by bidding it at the lowest level. If responder has no Ace then be bids 3NT if he has at least one King. If responder has neither an Ace or a King then he raises to four of the major which is the weakest response.
The bidding now continues:-
2 Clubs 2 Diamonds
3 Spades 4 Diamonds
4 Hearts 4 Spades
5 Diamonds 6 Spades
North cuebids the Ace of Diamonds, South cuebids the Ace of Hearts and at this point North signs off in 4 Spades. However when South now continues with 5 Diamonds showing the King he is directing North’s attention to the Club suit. North knows that he is being asked to jump to slam if he has either the King of Clubs or a singleton.
2 When supporting partner’s overcall always raise to the level of the fit especially when not vulnerable
This means that if you have a known 9 card fit then always go straight to the 3 level (9 tricks) and if you have a known 10 card fit then always go straight to the 4 level (10 tricks). This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to show support by cue-bidding the opposition’s suit which you would usually do if you had 10 plus points.
Board 9 Tuesday 18 September
After 1 Spade from East and a 2 Heart overcall from South, West passes and now North must raise to 4 Hearts knowing of the minimum 10 card fit. This is the best call because it prevents East from either rebidding 3 Spades or making a takeout double if North only bids 3 Hearts.
Against 4 Hearts West leads the Jack of Spades to East’s Ace. Now while it is true that if East switches to the King of Clubs then Declarer has four losers it is far from certain that East will find this play. He is far more likely to either return a Spade hoping that West’s lead was a singleton or to switch to a Diamond which would be the correct defence if South held instead:-
When vulnerable you need to exercise a little more caution when raising to the level of the fit since for instance there is a greater danger that the opposition will double say a bid of 3 Spades for penalties if they do not think that they have game their way.
3 As responder don’t jump the bidding when holding a two suited hand regardless of how strong you are
Board 12 Tuesday 18 September
1 Heart 2 Clubs
2 Hearts 3 Diamonds
3 Hearts 3 Spades
4 Clubs 4NT
5 Clubs 6 Clubs
First of all note that West should open with just 1 Heart. First or second in hand you must never open with a pre-emptive bid if your hand qualifies as a regulation one opener on the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20. The West hand is 21 on this rule (points + number of cards in two longest suits = 10+11 = 21). East has a monster hand but wants to bid both his suits at a reasonably economical level so he simply replies 2 Clubs. West rebids Hearts and now East introduces his second suit. Now West simply shows the Hearts for a third time and East now bids 3 Spades fourth suit forcing requesting more information. At this point some might be tempted to bid 3NT having a Spade stop but a 4=7=0=2 hand is hardly suitable for No Trumps and in any event East is far more likely to be interested in West’s delayed Club support. Roman Key Card Blackwood using the 1430 responses (ie 5 Clubs = 1 or 4 Keycards) is wheeled out and the Club small slam is reached.
In the play if you get a Spade lead you simply trump both Diamonds guaranteeing the contract even if Hearts break 4-1. If you get a trump lead then you draw trumps and play the Queen of Hearts. If they win then you make 12 tricks with seven Clubs, two Diamonds, two Hearts and one Spade while if they duck the Queen of Hearts you revert to Diamonds making 12 tricks with seven Clubs, three Diamonds, one Heart and one Spade.