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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 October 2014 duplicates
1 Exclusion Key Card + Asking for 3rd round Club control on same hand !
Board 26 Monday 27 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
North East South West
1 Heart Pass 2NT
Pass 5 Diamonds Pass 5 Spades
Pass 6 Clubs Pass 7 Hearts
Pass Pass Pass
Only one pair managed to even reach a small slam on the above hand and nobody reached the Grand Slam which is effectively 100%.
Although East has a very powerful hand with only four losers on the losing trick count it is still best to start off with a simple 1 Heart opener as the chances of the bidding dying at this level are very remote. West has a routine Jacoby 2NT response showing four card Heart support and at least the values for game.
At this point it is pointless for East to use ordinary RKCB as he has a void in Diamonds. Consequently East should jump to 5 Diamonds. As previously illustrated in Tip 1 April 2014 this inexplicable jump to the five level shows a void in that suit and asks partner to show how many key cards he has OUTSIDE that suit. With 0 or 3 keycards he bids one step up – 5 Hearts – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 5 Spades.
Here West responds the second step showing one keycard. At this point East might gamble on 7 Hearts but if partner’s Clubs are three small this would be a poor contract. In such circumstances when all the keycards are present (the Ace of Diamonds not being required in this instance) the bid of a new suit at the six level asks responder “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of this suit”. Over 6 Clubs West is delighted to jump to 7 Hearts. Refer to Tip 2 March 2014 for another example of this.
2 Jumps to 3 of a Minor after partner opens 1NT
Board 5 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
7♦ or 7NT
1 Sets Diamonds as trumps
2 RKCB for Diamonds
The above hand is a great example of playing the modern three level responses to 1NT which I first learnt in 2005 when I started studying five card majors as played by the American Steve Robinson.
After a 1NT opening a jump to 3 Clubs shows 5-5 in the minors invitational ie 7 – 9 points. A jump to 3 Diamonds shows 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam.
Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT. If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades. The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed. Here South goes straight to RKCB for Diamonds and on hearing of three Keycards opposite then bids 5NT to announce that all the keycards are present. North bids 6 Hearts to show the King of Hearts. Thus North has shown 14 of his 15 points through Keycard. South has a choice between playing in 7 Diamonds or 7NT. If North only has two small Clubs there might be some advantage in playing in Diamonds rather than No Trumps so one might bid 7 Diamonds at teams but gamble on 7NT at pairs.
The odds of the Grand Slam making are approximately 85% (all 3-2 breaks = 68% plus 4-1 breaks with either ♦Jxxx or ♦xxxx or ♦J on right = 16.8%)
Only one pair out of eight reached the Grand Slam in the Wednesday Duplicate.
3 Easts hang your heads in shame
Board 10 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Four pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand but all four misplayed it and so went down.
Note that despite having 17 points East should only rebid 2 Clubs because a jump to 3 Clubs would be game forcing and East is not strong enough to insist upon game when partner has only promised 6 points.
As West has a good 8 points he gives a false preference to 2 Diamonds to allow for East being strong enough to make a third bid. When East now bids 3 Clubs this shows a strong 5-5 (at least 16 points) and an interest in game. West should now co-operate but cannot bid 3NT as he has no stop in Spades the unbid suit. Accordingly he bids 3 Spades to which East is happy to bid 3NT.
The opening lead is the 5 of Spades. East must win the first trick because a switch to Hearts would be most unwelcome. In addition it is important to appreciate that even if South has craftily led his 5th highest Spade from KQ875 that the presence of the 9 in the Dummy means that the suit is certain to be blocked and the defence will be unable to take four Spade tricks.
Declarer has a choice between playing on Diamonds or Clubs. It is correct to play on Clubs for two reasons. Firstly you have an eight card fit rather than a seven card fit and secondly if the Diamonds are breaking they will still be breaking if you are forced to revert to Diamonds later in the play.
At trick two the Ace of Clubs is cashed in case South should have a singleton Queen. Then Dummy is entered with the Ace of Diamonds and a Club finesse of the Jack taken which wins. However although a 4-1 break is disclosed this is of no concern provided that when Declarer continues with the King of Clubs at trick five and another Club at trick six he must be careful to discard a Heart and not a Spade from the Dummy. The defence continues with Spades but even if Spades are 5-2 they cannot cash four Spade tricks as previously observed and so 9 tricks are made with four Club tricks, three Diamond tricks and the major suit Aces.
I would strongly recommend that those Easts who failed to distinguish themselves should buy copies of two excellent books written by the American author Eddie Kantar titled Take All Your Chances at Bridge published in 2009 and Take All Your Chances at Bridge 2 published in 2011. Each book has 100 hands which give excellent advice on how declarer should combine his chances to best effect to maximize the chances of success.
By playing on Clubs you will only do down if Declarer’s LHO has Queen to four Clubs and the Diamonds do not break 3-3. The odds of the Clubs coming in for four tricks are:-
3-2 break = 68%
4-1 onside = half of 28% = 14%
Singleton Queen onside = 1/5 of 14% = 2.8%
Total Probability of Clubs coming in = 84.8%
When Clubs do not come in then if the Diamonds are 3-3 you will also make ie 15.2% x 36% = 5.4%
Thus the total probability of making the contract is 90.2%.