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 November 2013 duplicates
1 Grand Slam with only 28 points
Board 14 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
1 Having previously bid 3 Diamonds then 4 Clubs is now completely game forcing.
East deals and although some might open with a weak two in Hearts the quality of the suit makes this somewhat unattractive. South opens 1 Club and West makes a weak jump overcall of 2 Spades. North bids 3 Diamonds and East bids 3 Spades. South passes at this stage awaiting further information from North. North supports Clubs and now the key bid is for South to cue-bid 4 Diamonds. In a situation like this the cue-bid should always be the Ace or King and not a singleton in partner’s suit. North return cue-bids in Spades and now South bids RKCB. North responds 5 Diamonds showing zero or three keycards (clearly three in this instance) and now South can jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs because he envisages making six Club tricks at least five Diamonds and the major suit Aces.
There are no problems in the play and effectively South has 15 winners.
2 Supporting responder’s minor suit
Board 22 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
Playing strong no trump East opens 1 Heart and West responds 2 Clubs. North is likely to pass as his strongest suit is Hearts and therefore it is unwise to suggest a sacrifice. East rebids 2NT showing 12 to 14 balanced and now West rebids 3 Diamonds. What should East now say at his third bid ?
The immediate reaction might be that since East has a Spade stop that he should bid 3NT. However this would be wrong for three reasons. Firstly as East only has one Spade stop and Spades are certain to be opened then the defence are likely to establish at least four Spade tricks immediately if the suit is divided round the table 4=2=5=2. Secondly as eight of East’s 13 points are in the two suits which West has bid then this is not suggestive of playing in no trumps. Thirdly West’s bidding is almost certain to show at least 6-4 in the minors since if West had a 2=2=4=5 shape he would almost certainly raise 2NT to 3NT rather than bidding 3 Diamonds. Therefore East should give preference to 4 Clubs with two Club honours and the excellent Diamond support. West should then express an interest in slam by cue-bidding 4 Spades holding a singleton Spade. This is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to 6 Clubs. The play is straightforward and after drawing trumps ending in hand the Jack of Diamonds is played. North does not cover and eventually makes the King on the fourth round to prevent an overtrick from being made. Result +1370 to East West and slam on only 25 points between the two hands.
3 Breaking the transfer with only three trumps
Board 18 Tuesday 19 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
South opens 1 Diamond and West has a routine 1NT overcall showing 16 to 18 points with a good Diamond stop. North passes and East makes a transfer bid of 2 Hearts. West now has to decide how to respond. When responding to a transfer bid after an opening bid of 1NT it is recommended that you should only break the transfer when holding four trumps. However on this occasion there is a strong reason for going against this mantra. West has very strong three card Spade support and it is highly likely that East has a shortage in Diamonds. The fact that West has only one point in Diamonds opposite this shortage (compared to for instance a holding of KJx) means that the hands are likely to be fitting well. Therefore West should jump to 3 Spades in spite of only having three trumps. East is happy to accept the invitation as he has a sixth trump by going to game.
Against 4 Spades the opening lead is the 10 of Diamonds. South wins the Ace and switches to a low Heart. West wins the Heart and plays the King of Spades. South wins the Ace of Spades at trick three and plays a second Heart at trick four. At trick five the Queen of Spades draws the remaining trumps and now West has to decide how to continue. One possibility is to play South for King doubleton Club. Although this works on this occasion there is a 100% alternative. West has a perfect loser on loser play of the Jack of Diamonds at trick six discarding a low Club from the Dummy. South wins the Queen but now West has the 98 of Diamonds as winners to deal with the remaining Club loser in the dummy. Thus 4 Spades makes losing only the Ace of trumps and two Diamond tricks.