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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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Points of interest from the March 2014 duplicates
1 Extreme care needed
Board 8 Thursday 20 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Four pairs bid to a contract of 4 Hearts on the above hand but none of the four were successful in making the contract. West opens 1 Diamond as he is far too strong for a pre-emptive opening especially not vulnerable. North overcalls 1 Heart and East bids 1 Spade showing a five card suit. South makes an unassuming cue-bid showing at least nine points with Heart support and North should now jump to game with his strong 6-4 shape and only five losers.
The opening lead is a Diamond. Declarer’s priority is clearly to discard the Diamond loser on a Spade winner in the Dummy. Accordingly the Ace of Diamonds is played at trick one followed by the Ace of Spades unavoidably crashing the King, followed by the Queen of Spades discarding the second Diamond.
With the Diamond loser now attended to Declarer has to keep the losers in the rounded suits (Hearts and Clubs) to three. In such situations it is nearly always correct to play the side suit (Clubs) before the trump suit (Hearts) as it may be necessary to trump a Club in the Dummy.
Accordingly at trick four a low Club is played to the King which wins. This is very illuminating because now if Declarer takes the trouble to count the points outstanding he knows that the Heart finesse must be wrong ! Why is this? Well as East bid 1 Spade he is likely to have five points and yet it looks as if he has no points in Diamonds and only the Jack of Clubs. Therefore he must have the King of Hearts in order to begin to justify his 1 Spade bid. Therefore at trick five Declarer plays the Queen of Hearts from hand (just in case West has the singleton Jack). East must win with the King and he continues with a second Diamond which is trumped. Now at trick seven Declarer plays a second Heart towards the 10 in the Dummy. East can win the Jack but the 10 of Hearts is now a crucial entry in order to cash the Jack of Spades and then play a second Club from the Dummy and thus lose just only one Club trick and two trump tricks.
The moral is that it is absolutely essential to plan the play on the basis of the bidding (or lack of it) as it will often indicate that a key finesse cannot possibly be working.
2 Asking for third round control
Board 5 Tuesday 25 March – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
After North passes and East opens 1 Diamond some Souths overcalled 2 Diamonds as a Michaels cuebid showing at least 5-5 in the major suits. As North South were vulnerable and North was already a passed hand the words of the great Terence Reese come to mind with his oft used expression “Careless talk costs lives”. The chances of North South buying the contract were extremely low and by making a Michaels cuebid it is actually much easier for East West to reach the Grand Slam in Diamonds.
The most descriptive bid for West to make over 2 Diamonds is to jump to 4 Hearts. This cannot possibly be natural after South has advertised at least five cards in Hearts but is a splinter bid suggesting a void or singleton Ace of Hearts. As East has control of Spades he can go straight to 4NT RKCB. West now bids 5 Diamonds (0 or 3 keycards) clearly 3 in this instance. East knowing that all the keycards are present is now only interested in whether West has third round control of Clubs. Accordingly be bids 6 Clubs which says to West “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of Clubs”. Third round control can either be the Queen or a doubleton. West is happy to oblige and jumps to the Grand Slam with the play presenting no problems.
Without the overcall of 2 Diamonds it is much harder to reach the Grand Slam since a jump to 4 Hearts opposite a 1 Diamond opener would be natural if South does not advertise having both majors and East West might well settle for reaching 6 Diamonds.
3 Slam in three suits
Board 30 Thursday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
East opens 1 Spade playing strong notrump. West having 5-5 in the minors should first of all bid his higher ranking suit 2 Diamonds. East rebids 2NT showing 12 to 14 and now West has a choice between showing his second suit Clubs and bidding 3 Spades to show three card Spade support. It is better to show the second suit as the Spade support can be shown later. Over 3 Clubs East clearly cannot bid 3NT as he has no Heart stop but equally he does not want to raise to 4 Clubs because it takes the bidding beyond 3NT if partner has half a stop in Hearts so he should temporize with a bid of 3 Diamonds. Now West introduces his three card Spade support and East can now support the Clubs. The West hand has now become incredibly powerful. As East does not have a Heart stop and has shown support for both Diamonds and Clubs a Small Slam is likely to be a very good bet. However West has no idea whether the slam should be in Spades, Diamonds or Clubs. In such circumstances a jump to 5NT without going through 4NT says to partner “We are going to slam but I am not sure in which denomination it should be played. Our previous bidding has suggested playing in more than one denomination. Please pick a slam” On this occasion East should bid the slam in Clubs which is the safest proposition although at pairs there is also a case for gambling on playing in Spades on the 4-3 fit. Happily the fortunate lie of the North South cards means that all thirteen tricks are made whether playing in Spades, Diamonds or Clubs. I have calculated the probability of 6 Clubs making as being approximately 68 per cent and would be even higher if the 10 of Clubs were present in the East hand.