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 August 2013 duplicates
1 Lead a Heart but which Heart?
Board 11 Thursday 8 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
North South reach 3NT after an uncontested auction. Even though Hearts have been bid by North from West’s point of view the Heart suit still represents the best chance of defeating the contract. However which Heart should West start with? If Hearts had not been bid then the correct card to choose would be the 10 of Hearts – the top of an interior sequence. However given that North has advertised a minimum of four cards in Hearts it is wrong to lead the 10 because this will lessen the chance of the defence establishing long cards in the Heart suit. Therefore West should open with the 5 of Hearts his fourth highest card. East wins with the Ace and returns the 4 of Hearts. West can win with the King and now because he remains with the 1093 he can continue with the 10 of Hearts to drive out the Queen in the Dummy. Note that if the 10 were the opening lead then West could not continue with the suit because dummy would have Q7 over West’s 953. Declarer will now go one down if he plays on Spades and two down if he takes the Diamond finesse.
In the above example if West was on lead after a similar auction he would start off with the 7 of Hearts to establish three tricks. The Queen of Hearts would not be a success.
2 Using Jacoby 2NT to bid a Slam
Board 8 Thursday 22 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
West opens 1 Heart and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response. This is only in response to an opening one of a major suit and shows at least 12 points with four card support for opener’s major and is the best way to suggest the possibility of getting to a slam and allows a jump to four of the major by responder to show a more distributional hand with fewer points.
The mainstream way of opener responding to Jacoby is to jump to four of the major with a bad hand which is basically telling the Jacoby bidder to forget all about a slam. With a singleton West bids the singleton except that if West has a strong 5-5 with two of the top three honours in his second suit he should jump to the four level in his second suit. If West has a better than minimum hand but with no singleton he simply rebids his suit as the three level. On the above hand it is clearly more descriptive for West to jump to 4 Diamonds rather than show a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs. East cuebids the Ace of Spades (since he is worried that there might be two Club losers) and West goes to slam in Hearts.
What are the approximate odds of this contract making? Assuming that Diamonds do not break worse than 4-2 (84 per cent) the contract will make whenever the Spade finesse is working (A). When the Spade finesse is wrong then it probably needs either a 2-2 trump break or singleton Jack of Hearts if the Diamonds are 4-2 (B) or Diamonds are 3-3 (C).
A Spade finesse working and Diamonds no worse than 4-2
0.84 x 50% = 42%
B Spade finesse not working but trumps favourable and Diamonds 4-2
0.48 x 50% x 52% (40% 2-2 break + 12% singleton Jack) = 12%
C Spade finesse not working but Diamonds 3-3
0.36 x 50% = 18%
Thus the approximate probability of the contract making is the sum of A + B + C ie 72% which is very good odds for a small slam whether at Teams or Pairs.
3 How do I make an overtrick on a trump lead ?
Board 9 Thursday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
North South reach a routine 4 Spades after South makes a game forcing jump to 3 Clubs over 1NT to show a minimum of 18 points and a 5-4 shape in the black suits. I was intrigued to see that Deep Finesse stated that 11 tricks could always be made by South in 4 Spades even on a Spade lead. Some Wests made the opening lead in Hearts leading the middle card from three small. This made it easy for Declarer to score an overtrick because even if East correctly ducked the Queen of Hearts from the Dummy at trick one Declarer would be able to continue with the Ace of Hearts at trick two, followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the 10 at tricks three and four. Then the Jack of Hearts would be played at trick five covered by the King and ruffed. At trick six the last trump would be drawn with the Ace of trumps and the 10 of Hearts enjoyed discarding one of Declarer’s Diamonds losing just to the minor suit Aces. However a much better lead would be a trump. How can Declarer still make 11 tricks now?
The answer is very elegant. The trump lead is won in the Dummy with the 10 of Spades and the Queen of Hearts run from the Dummy. Obviously East does not cover the Queen as this would make it too easy for Declarer to enjoy three Heart tricks. At trick three the continuation is a low Heart to the Ace followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the Ace at tricks four and five. Now at trick six the Jack of Hearts is played which East has to cover and Declarer trumps. At trick 7 the King of Clubs is played to which West has no answer. If he wins the Ace then the 10 of Clubs is an entry to the established 10 of Hearts while if he ducks then a second Club is played at trick eight. West wins but having only Diamonds left has to play the suit establishing the King as the overtrick for South. Unfortunately no West’s found the best lead of a trump and so no Declarer was tested in this way.