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 BY MICHAEL NEWMAN
Points of interest from the June 2013 duplicates
1 Watch the pips – especially in the trump suit
Board 6 Tuesday 4 June – Vulnerability East West - Dealer East
If playing 5 card majors then East will open 1 Diamond. South will overcall 1 Heart and West will raise pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds. If West had a full high card raise to 3 Diamonds he would bid 2 Hearts. Over 3 Diamonds North should go straight to game in Hearts because he has three trumps a singleton Diamond a very strong 5 card Spade suit and the Ace in the fourth suit Clubs.
The best defence against 4 Hearts is to play two rounds of Diamonds forcing the Dummy to ruff. A Heart to the Queen and Jack follows. Dummy is re-entered with a Spade to the Ace and the 9 of Hearts is then covered by the 10 and Ace. At this stage the remaining Hearts are:-
It is essential for declarer to realise that his 8 and 5 are equals to drive out West’s King. Say he plays the 8 losing to the King and East perseveres with another Diamond ruffed with the 2 of Hearts. Now finally the 5 of Hearts draws the outstanding 4 and all Dummy’s beautiful Spades can be enjoyed unmolested. Result eleven tricks +450. Isn’t that remarkable how important the 5 of Hearts proved to be.
2 Promoting a trump trick out of thin air
Board 11 Tuesday 18 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
East opens 1 Spade fourth in hand. West raises to 3 Spades and East goes to game. South opens with the King of Hearts and follows with the Ace and Queen. Now at trick four South continues with the 10 of Hearts.
North must not idly discard on the fourth round of Hearts. Instead he should use his 9 of Spades to try and promote a trump trick for the defence. For instance if South’s Spades were originally J107 a trump promotion is guaranteed. Even though in this case the promotion is not guaranteed to work nevertheless Declarer is heavy favourite to go down. Having overtrumped the 9 of Spades with the Ace then if we look at all four hands we can see that the winning play is for East to run the 8 of Spades from hand. However the only occasions on which this is the winning line is when North started with A) Singleton 9, B) Doubleton 9 and 3, C) Doubleton 9 and 2. There are five other occasions where to take a first round finesse will fail namely when North started with D) Doubleton 10 and 9, E) Doubleton Jack and 9, F) Three cards 10,9 and 3, G) Three cards 10, 9 and 2, and H) Three cards J, 10 and 9.
Thus the odds favour not finessing against South for the Jack and 10 and thus the contract goes one down.
If there any keen students of the Principle of Restricted Choice reading this article then note that in H) when North has J, 10 and 9 that a competent declarer will go down even after playing a high Spade on the first round. After playing a Spade to the Queen dropping either the J or 10 from North then following the principle of Restricted Choice (see Terence Reese The Expert Game, 1958 Chapter 3) he will take a finesse against South for the remaining honour on the second round of the suit.
3 Fit Jump by Advancer
Board 20 Tuesday 25 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
A Fit Jump is a bid made in a competitive auction. It can be made either by Responder (the partner of the opening bidder) or by Advancer (the partner of the overcaller).
On the hand above we see an example of a Fit Jump by Advancer.
West deals and passes. While some would open with a weak two in Hearts I am strongly of the Tony Forrester school who frowns on opening a weak two first or second in hand when holding four cards in another major.
North opens 1 Diamond and East overcalls 1 Spade (the hand being too strong for a weak jump overcall). South will probably pass but might bid 2 Diamonds. The spotlight now turns to West. He should jump to 3 Hearts. For those playing Fit Jumps this shows four card support for Overcaller’s Spades and at least five cards in Hearts and a raise to at least the three level in Spades. North passes and now East has to decide whether to sign off in 3 Spades or jump to game. Although East has only 10 points his 6-4 shape has enormous playing strength once partner shows a four card fit for Spades. Accordingly East should jump to 4 Spades. This contract has three top losers and looking at all four hands you can see that it is impossible for the defence to establish a Club trick before East’s King of Diamonds can be enjoyed for a Club discard from the Dummy. On the 10 of Diamonds lead North wins and switches to the Jack of Clubs. East rises with the Ace and immediately discards the Queen of Clubs from the Dummy on the now established King of Diamonds. The play continues Diamond ruff, Ace of Hearts and Heart ruff, Club ruff at trick seven, Heart ruff at trick eight with the 9 of Spades, last Diamond ruffed in the Dummy at trick 9 and only now at trick 10 plays the Jack of Spades. Result +620.