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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 October 2013 duplicates
1 Lebensohl 2NT followed by 3NT
Board 1 Tuesday 1 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
North opens a routine weak 2 Spades. East doubles for takeout as his Hearts are too weak to overcall at the three level. What should West bid? He cannot jump to 3NT because this would guarantee a Spade stop. Equally if he simply bids 3 Clubs this shows approximately 8 to 11 points (because when holding fewer than eight points it is customary to start off by bidding a Lebensohl 2NT which forces partner to bid 3 Clubs). The solution is for West to start off by bidding 2NT Lebensohl which forces East to bid 3 Clubs unless he has a hand which wishes to force to game opposite a hand with 0 to 7 points. Over 3 Clubs West now bids 3NT. The message which this conveys is that West has enough points for game but has no Spade stop. On this occasion East is happy to pass 3NT because he has Kx in Spades. If East had no Spade stop he would take out 3NT into his longest suit. As you can see 3NT makes 12 tricks but even the Italian Bermuda Bowl winners would be unable to diagnose that two flat 14 point hands produce a slam on 28 points combined.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough that it is absolutely essential to play Lebensohl after your partner doubles an opening 2 Spades. If you were not playing Lebensohl and your longest suit were Diamonds then you would have to bid 3 Diamonds whether you had 2 points or 10 points. The doubler would then be playing Russian roulette rather than Bridge in trying to determine whether to continue. However by always starting off by bidding 2NT when in the 0 to 7 range and reserving immediate bids of 3 Clubs, 3 Diamonds and 3 Hearts for hands in the 8 to 11 range you greatly reduce any subsequent guesswork by the doubler in deciding whether to continue.
2 Transferring at the two level followed by 4NT is quantitative
Transferring at the four level followed by 4NT is RKCB
Board 2 Thursday 24 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
When East opens 1NT (15-17) then West is only really interested in how many Aces East holds. However if West decides simply to transfer at the two level by bidding 2 Diamonds and over the completion of the transfer jumping to 4NT this would be quantitative showing five cards in Hearts and about 15 or 16 points. The solution is to transfer at the four level by jumping to 4 Diamonds. When partner completes the transfer by bidding 4 Hearts a continuation by the transferring hand of 4NT is then Roman Keycard Blackwood. East replies 5 Clubs (1 or 4 Key Cards) and West jumps to a small slam in Hearts. Note that if the final contract is played by West that the contract is at the mercy of the position of the Ace of Spades. However with East the declarer the King of Spades is protected and a Spade lead is necessary to stop the overtrick.
While it is theoretically possible from West’s point of view that both the Ace and King of Spades are cashable the defence have to find the lead with no suits having been bid naturally apart from Hearts and what is certain is that if Spades are not opened then it is guaranteed that at least one of West’s two Spades can be discarded on minor suit winners.
3 Jacoby 2NT pinpoints the way to Slam
Board 18 Tuesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
South opens 1 Spade and North’s fifth trump makes his hand too strong to bid simply 3 Spades while he has too good a hand to jump to game in Spades which will leave insufficient room to explore the possibility of bidding a slam. The solution is for North to jump to 2NT. This is the Jacoby convention whereby after partner opens one of a major a jump to 2NT shows a game forcing raise of the major suit with an interest in higher things if partner should be suitable.
The mainstream way of opener responding is to show a singleton at the three level, to jump to the four level in a minor to show a strong 5-5 hand and to jump to game in the major if opener has no possible interest in reaching a slam.
Accordingly South shows a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs. North then bids 3 Diamonds showing a control in Diamonds which can be either the Ace or King. South now bids 3 Hearts having a control in Hearts and now North bids 4 Clubs which guarantees the Ace opposite known shortage. This is enough for South to launch into Roman Key Card Blackwood. North shows one keycard and South then asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds. North has the Queen of trumps and jumps to slam. (Note that North would also jump to 6 Spades if his Spades were five small knowing of the 10 card fit requiring only a 2-1 trump break for slam to make which is 78%). The play is straightforward and a score of 1430 results. Reaching a slam with only 27 points between the two hands would be almost impossible if not playing Jacoby.