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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
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 December 2012 duplicates from Michael Newman
1 Visualise the distribution and always bear in mind the principle of vacant spaces
Board 22 Wednesday 5 December – Vulnerability East West
East South West North
3 Hearts Double Pass 4 Spades
Pass Pass Pass
East’s opening lead is the Jack of Diamonds. As it is extremely unlikely that East would lead from KJ10 of Diamonds rather than from a known 7 or 8 card Heart suit you should rise with the Ace. At trick two we unblock the Ace of Hearts and then at trick three we cross to the King of Spades, both defenders following but the Queen does not appear. Before playing a second round of Spades we then cash the King of Hearts at trick 4 discarding a Diamond. At trick 5 you have to decide whether to play for the drop of the Queen of Spades or finesse through West. The answer is that you should finesse through West ignoring the mantra “eight ever nine never” which as a generalization means that when you have nine trumps then other things being equal you should play for the Queen to drop. However other things are not at all equal in this instance. East is known to have at least seven Hearts while West has a maximum of three Hearts. Therefore if the Hearts are 7-3 then outside the Heart suit there are six unknown cards or vacant spaces in the East hand and ten unknown cards in the West hand. Therefore the odds are 10 to 6 that any particular card (in this case the Queen of Spades) will be in the West hand. If in fact the Hearts are 8-2 (which is quite possible at the prevailing Red vulnerability) then the vacant spaces odds are actually 11 to 5 (because East now has 5 unknown cards outside the Heart suit and West has 11). Thus at trick 5 we successfully run the Jack of Spades and East now shows out. At trick 6 taking advantage of being in the Dummy we temporarily abandon trumps and play a low Club to the Queen on which East discards a Heart ! We now at trick 7 draw the outstanding trump and pause to visualize the distribution of the two defenders hands. As East has only one card in the black suits his distribution must be 1=8=4=0 which correspondingly means that West must be 3=2=2=6. Thus we now know that West’s King of Diamonds must now be bare. We play a low Diamond ducking in the Dummy and West is now endplayed from his King of Clubs round to Dummy’s Jack and 12 tricks are the result for +480.
2 As a Defender always be alert for playing second hand high when it important that you get the lead
Board 23 Wednesday 12 December – Vulnerability Amber
1NT (15-17) 3 NT
Note that North does not waste time with Stayman when holding a 3=4=3=3 shape.
Say West leads the 7 of Clubs (second highest from a poor suit). Declarer should win in the Dummy with the King or Queen and then play a low Spade. Let us see what happens if East dozily plays second hand low. West will probably win with the Ace and continue with Clubs but the horse has already bolted. Declarer drives out the other Spade honour and emerges with 11 tricks for +660. However look what happens if East rises with the King of Spades on the first round. He then switches to a low Diamond. If Declarer tries the Queen he risks being defeated so to give himself the best chance of making the contract he is forced to play low and the 8 of Diamonds forces the Ace. Now when West wins the third round of Spades (he should hold up to get a better count of South’s hand) he knows that South must have the rounded Aces in order to have 15 points and accordingly cashes the King of Diamonds to restrict Declarer to ten tricks and +630.
How does East know that it is correct to rise with the King of Spades? The answer is that he knows it cannot do any harm since as the Dummy has only small cards in Spades Declarer can always take a finesse if required. However East does know that if Declarer’s Diamonds are either Qx or Qxx then it is essential for the Diamond lead to come from East’s side of the table. Morever it has to come from the East hand before Declarer’s Spades are established. So it cannot cost to rise with the King and is highly likely to gain.
3 Deciding on the best way to compete after your RHO opens with a pre-emptive bid
Board 17 Tuesday 18 December – Vulnerability White
You pick up:-
What would you bid if:-
Your RHO opens 1 Club
Your RHO opens 3 Clubs
a) Over an opening 1 Club you would overcall a simple 1 Spade. This shows at least 5 Spades and a hand between 8 and 17 (occasionally 18) points. Thus your hand is the strongest possible for such action. Should your LHO raise Clubs to the two or three level and this comes back to you then you will re-open with a double to show a strong overcall with tolerance for the two unbid suits.
b) Over an opening 3 Clubs the best call is double and not 3 Spades. Why is this? The reason is that at the three level an overcall of 3 Spades is too unilateral putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak and lessens the chances of playing in either Hearts or Diamonds.
The full deal:- xxx
Over an opening 3 Clubs if you make the mistake of bidding 3 Spades then an astute West, realizing that North South almost certainly have game on will pass rather than bidding 4 Clubs. North will almost certainly pass 3 Spades with only four high card points and game will be missed.
However if you double 3 Clubs then West will probably bid 4 Clubs. North will make a disciplined pass but you will now re-enter the bidding with a second double to show a strong take out. North with a six card Heart suit will be very happy to bid 4 Hearts which will make comfortably.