MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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 May 2013 duplicates by Michael Newman
1 Western Cue Bid
Board 17 Tuesday 14 May – Vulnerability White Dealer North
North opens 1 Spade with a shapely 5-5 in the majors. East has almost certainly got seven tricks in Diamonds plus the Ace of Clubs. While he could make a regular overcall of 2 Diamonds it is quite likely that if West has a stop in Spades that 3NT will be a good contract. How does East ask West if he has a Spade stop? The answer is by making a Western Cue Bid of 3 Spades. Thus West bids 3NT and if North leads a Spade South will need to switch to a Heart to prevent an 11th trick. While if North decides that a Heart lead is required then 11 tricks are certain.
I believe that the term Western Cue Bid probably arose because they were first played on the West Coast of the USA.
It can be used in all suits by making a double jump over the suit opened. While it normally shows a solid minor suit you could also consider making such a bid over 1 Spade when holding solid Hearts ie:-
2 Game or Part-Score?
Board 24 Wednesday 29 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
After three passes South opens a weak no trump and North employs Stayman. South responds 2 Spades and now North has to decide what to do.
It is not possible to bid scientifically in terms of inviting game when holding a void in a side suit. At teams North should probably jump to 4 Spades and hope that South does not have too many wasted values in Clubs. That would be the right decision on this occasion and ten tricks roll in with the Spades and Diamonds both breaking, Declarer making four Diamond tricks, two Heart tricks and four trump tricks.
However at pairs it is correct to simply pass 2 Spades as it does not pay to bid borderline games at Pairs. To illustrate why suppose we simply give South the King of Clubs instead of the King of Spades ie South holds:-
Now with five points in Clubs opposite the Club void the chances of making ten tricks is significantly less than 50% and so it is clearly right at pairs to stay in a part-score even though South has a maximum 14 points.
3 Suit Preference at trick one when Dummy has a singleton
Board 13 Monday 27 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
I noted with interest that at four of the eight tables that East West played in 5 Diamonds two of the four being doubled.
After 1 Heart from North then East has a choice between 4 Diamonds and 5 Diamonds with the modern trend being for the more aggressive action.
South opens with the Ace of Hearts and North follows with his lowest Heart. As Dummy has a singleton Heart then the low Heart should always be interpreted as suit preference ie requesting a Club rather than a Spade switch.
If South switches to a Club then the contract goes quietly one down. However suppose that South thinks that there is no hurry for a Club switch and instead switches to the Jack of trumps. East can now punish South for his overconfidence. He wins the Jack of trumps with the Queen and deliberately leaves the last trump outstanding. He then plays the 10 of Spades to the 5, Queen and 6. Note that North has to duck the Spade otherwise he is endplayed in both black suits or to give a ruff and discard by playing a second Heart. Now at trick 4 East uses the carefully preserved second trump in the Dummy both to get back to hand and exert pressure on the North hand by running off all his trumps. At trick 10 North has to discard from AJ of Spades and K10 of Clubs. If he discards the Jack of Spades then East exits with a Spade at trick eleven to endplay North in Clubs. If he discards the 10 of Clubs then East drops the King of Clubs at trick 11 since after the opening lead of the Ace of Hearts North is marked with the black suit honours.
So the moral is trust partner’s signal and don’t think that time is on your side. It may not be!