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 July 2014 duplicates
1 The convention with no name !
Board 16 Wednesday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West
Not a single pair managed to bid to 7 Spades on the above hand in the Wednesday Duplicate which has 13 top tricks even discounting the Diamond ruff.
The key to getting there is to have in your armoury a convention which to the best of my knowledge has no name. If your right hand opponent opens 1 Club or 1 Diamond then a jump to the FOUR LEVEL in that minor shows a very strong jump to four in either major.
On this hand South knows that North has Spades and therefore bids RKCB to find out whether partner has two or three keycards in Spades before choosing between a small or a grand slam.
If South had a much weaker hand and was unsure which major suit his partner was showing he would simply bid 4 Hearts as a “pass or correct bid”.
2 Game universally missed
Board 15 Thursday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
South opens 1 Club, West overcalls 1 Heart and North passes. At the favourable vulnerability East has a choice between making an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Clubs showing Heart support and at least 9 HCPs or bidding 4 Hearts. Given the vulnerability it is perhaps more attractive to go straight to game.
Looking at the score sheet all the East West’s were left to play unmolested in Hearts either at the three or four level. However South should not have subsided over 4 Hearts but should instead have doubled for takeout. The reason why the double should be for takeout and not penalty is that over 100 hands it is far more likely for South to wish to compete with a strong hand and not more than a singleton Heart rather than make a penalty double when the opposition have theoretically shown a 10 card Heart fit. On those rare occasions when South does have a penalty double of 4 Hearts he should simply pass.
When South doubles 4 Hearts for takeout then North is delighted to bid 4 Spades as the Double of 4 Hearts guarantees a minimum of three cards in Spades (the unbid major) and usually four. North has no wasted honour in Hearts (whereas if he had for instance Kx in Hearts he might well choose to defend) and his minor honours in Clubs and Diamonds will definitely be pulling their weight.
4 Spades makes comfortably. If the Defence start off with two rounds of Hearts then Declarer can ruff high in the Dummy draw trumps ending in hand then play a Club to the 9 and Jack. Whichever minor suit West now plays only three tricks will be lost.
3 Bidding out the shape to diagnose the perfect fit
Board 13 Tuesday 29 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
5 ♣ or 5 ♦
It is quite unusual to play at the game level in a minor suit with only eight trumps but the above deal is a good example of such a hand.
When North rebids 1 Heart this can be assumed to show at least five Clubs (the only exception to this hypothesis would be if North were specifically 4=4=1=4). South should then jump to 3 Clubs showing around 10 or 11 points with at least three Clubs. Over 3 Clubs North’s first instinct might be to pass but as he has very pure values he should bid out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds. By so doing North is highlighting the fact that he is very short in Spades almost certainly 1=4=3=5. South can now visualize that the hands fit perfectly because as South has no wasted honours in Spades – apart from the Ace any other honours would be completely useless opposite a singleton Spade in the North hand – and should now jump to game in a minor. He could bid either 5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds. 5 Diamonds has a slight edge because on a black suit lead to 5 Diamonds it is possible to make 12 tricks whereas regardless of the opening lead to 5 Clubs only 11 tricks can be made.