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The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.
Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.
First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.
This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:
For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.
The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
Preston Blue Point Pairs
Teltscher Trophy Result
The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.
Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.
AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
Sunday 7th April 2019
Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.
Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"
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.
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!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 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 November 2012 duplicates
1 Always try and count up the points which a defender has shown up with during the play – sometimes this will tell you where an outstanding Queen is
Board 20 Tuesday 6 November – Vulnerability Amber
West was the dealer and the bidding proceeded:-
West North East South
Pass 1 Diamond Pass 1 Spade
Double 1NT Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass
West’s delayed double implied 9 cards in Clubs and Hearts.
East’s opening lead was a low Heart to the Ace and West returned 4th highest Club to the 9 and Jack. East now returned a second Club to the 10 and King.
Declarer cashed three rounds of Spades and found that the Jack was still outstanding in East’s hand. To make the contract Declarer now needed to work out who had the Queen of Diamonds. The odds overwhelmingly favour playing East for the outstanding Queen. Why is this? The answer lies in the fact that originally West passed and yet has already turned up with:-
AQ10xx (by inference)
If West had been dealt the Queen of Diamonds he would have almost certainly opened the bidding. Therefore come to hand with the King of Hearts and play a Diamond to the Jack making 11 tricks when as expected the finesse works.
It may seem a great effort at first but the rewards of counting points soon become evident.
2 After 4th suit forcing a jump to 4NT is natural not keycard since a trump suit has not been agreed
Board 1 Wednesday 28 November
1 Spade 2 Hearts
2 Spades 3 Clubs
3 Diamonds 4NT
After South bids 3 Clubs forcing to game North should bid the 4th suit 3 Diamonds as he has no Diamond stop and xx in Hearts is hardly good enough for delayed support. South who has 17 points and very good controls now jumps to 4NT. This cannot be asking for keycards since no trump suit has been agreed. Rather it shows a strong hand which is very close to slam.
It is not clear whether North should accept the invitation since the only reason why a 6NT slam makes is because East has all the outstanding strength and is mercilessly squeezed on the run of the Spades. 6 Spades would however be quite a good contract because the long Heart can be established but is difficult to reach.
The play is interesting. Assuming that West leads the Jack of Clubs against 4NT. It would be poor play to cover with the Queen in dummy since West should be looking for a safe lead against opposition who are close to a slam. South wins with the Ace and cashes the Ace of Hearts. He now runs six tricks in Spades on which he discards his remaining three Clubs, the Jack of Diamonds and a low Heart. It is clear from East’s discards that he is under pressure. If East discards three Diamonds and keeps all his Hearts at trick 9 a low Diamond to the King and Ace is followed by the nine of Diamonds overtaken with the 10 at trick 10 and the 8 of Diamonds at trick 11 on which East now comes down to the bare Queen of Hearts. Result all 13 tricks and 520.
3 Always be on the lookout to upgrade a hand with good intermediates
Board 19 Wednesday 28 November – dealer South EW Vulnerable
If we assume that you are playing a weak no trump on this hand then the South hand is a routine 1NT opener especially not vulnerable. Yes it only has 11 points but is has a strong 5 card suit with three honours plus the 10 of Diamonds. North employs Stayman and over a 2 Heart response North should jump to 3NT. The reason why North jumps to game with only 12 points is because North has a very good 12 points with the 10 of Spades and three nines. Indeed the nine of Hearts is a crucial card allowing three Heart tricks to be established even though the Hearts break 4-2. The nine of Clubs is equally crucial. On a Club lead the only problem is whether to play the Jack hoping that the lead is from AQ or the 9 hoping that the lead is from Q10. Assuming that you guess right by playing the 9 then nine tricks cannot be prevented and the most that the defence can score is two Hearts, a Club and a Diamond. Indeed if when West wins with the Queen of Hearts he fails to switch to a Diamond then 10 tricks and 430 will result.
Of course for those playing a strong no trump then likewise the South hand is opened 1 Heart and when North responds 1 Spade South rebids 1NT and North again goes straight to game.
It is interesting to note that four of the six North South’s failed to appreciate the significance of the intermediate cards and played in 2NT either because South failed to open the bidding or because North mistakenly stopped in a part-score.