MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
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 June 2014 duplicates
1 When after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.
Board 7 Thursday 12 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
When West bids 4 Diamonds he is making a slam try showing five cards in Spades and at least four cards in Diamonds. Over four-of-a-minor, opener needs to be able to sign-off, support responder’s major, bid keycard for responder’s major and bid keycard for responder’s minor. There is only one method to accomplish all of the above. After responder bids four-of-a-minor, opener with a minimum, bids four of responder’s major to show three or four-card support or bids five of responder’s minor with support for the minor. Opener bids 4NT to deny a fit for either of responder’s suits. Opener bids the lower off-suit (non-trump suit) as keycard for BOTH of responder’s suits. Since there are two trump suits, there are six keycards, four Aces and two Kings. There are also two Queens.
The responses are:-
1st step 1 or 4 keycards
2nd step 0 or 3 keycards
3rd step 2 keycards no Queen of Diamonds or Spades
4th step 2 keycards plus one Queen
5th step 2 keycards plus two Queens
Thus in the example West responds to the keycard bid of 4 Hearts by bidding 5 Clubs the third step to show 2 keycards and no Queen. This is sufficient for East to bid 6 Spades.
In the play let us assume that the opening lead is a low Club to the Queen. Declarer plays a low Spade to the Jack and Ace at trick two and North returns a trump at trick three. The last trump is drawn at trick four. Declarer should then seek to combine his chances in the red suits by trying to ruff out the Queen of Hearts. Accordingly at trick five he plays a low Heart to the King and cashes the Ace of Hearts at trick six. At tricks seven and eight the King and Ace of Clubs are cashed discarding one Heart and one Diamond from the Dummy. At trick nine the third round of Hearts is ruffed in the Dummy but the Queen has not yet appeared. Now the last trump is cashed at trick ten on which Declarer discards his low Diamond. This actually squeezes South who in order to keep the Queen of Hearts is forced to come down to only two Diamonds. In the three card ending the Dummy has AJx in Diamonds while Declarer has K10 of Diamonds and the Jack of Hearts. A low Diamond to the King at trick eleven and a second Diamond at trick twelve then shows up the Queen. However note that even if South had started off with 9xxx in Diamonds rather than Q9xx then Declarer would drop the Queen of Diamonds offside at trick twelve because he knows that South’s last card is the Queen of Hearts.
2 Using Dummy’s long suit as a substitute for drawing trumps
Board 11 Thursday 26 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
East’s bid of 3 Hearts is a “fit jump” showing four card Diamond support and at least five Hearts. While South might be tempted to double 6 Hearts holding two Aces he should respect the fact that East has bid 6 Hearts freely and almost certainly has a void to bid the slam. East opens with the Ace of Diamonds and continues with a second Diamond reducing the Dummy to three trumps. At tricks three and four Declarer plays Ace and another Club to establish the long suit in the Dummy. At trick five East plays the Ace of Hearts which is ruffed with the Jack of Spades in the Dummy. At trick six the Queen of Spades is cashed. On this trick the three nil trump break is disclosed. South is left with only the Ace of trumps while West still has two trumps. However Declarer now uses the now established Clubs as a means of drawing trumps. As soon as West trumps one of the established Club winners North will overtrump and then draw the last trump by playing a low Spade to the Ace in the Dummy to then enjoy the remaining Club winners. Alternatively if West refuses to trump the winning Clubs then all of Declarer’s losers in the red suits will be discarded. Thus the contract goes just one down for minus 100 which is a terrific result against 6 Hearts making.
3 Slam universally missed
Board 27 Monday 30 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
Not a single North South pair out of the ten tables managed to bid to a slam in Diamonds on this hand. In fact a Grand Slam is makeable but I doubt that the odds would justify bidding the Grand.
South rebids 2 Clubs guaranteeing a six carder and North shows his second suit Spades. At this point I can only guess that all the Souths in question foolishly bid No trumps at this stage. However as North has shown a strong hand with at least five Diamonds and four Spades it is much more important for South to show the excellent Diamond support holding two honours in the suit. North now bids the 4th suit and now South bids No trumps to admit to a Heart stop. North is still interested in a slam and takes 3NT out to 4 Diamonds. Now South cuebids four Spades showing either the King or a singleton. Over 4 Spades North could probably jump to 6 Diamonds but he goes through the motions of RKCB to check that partner has one keycard before doing so.