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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 December 2014 duplicates
1 Textbook elimination not recognised
Board 10 Thursday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Only 3 pairs out of 8 managed to bid to 6 Spades and those that did failed to appreciate that the presence of the 9 of Hearts in the East hand made the contract 100% once nobody had trumped the opening Club or Diamond lead.
Normally when responder makes a splinter bid the opener would sign off if he also held a singleton in the splintered suit. However as East has 17 points he is strong enough to use RKCB because in the unlikely event of West only having one keycard if he has say ♠AJxxx ♥KJx ♦x ♣J10xx you can still stop safely at the 5 level. Here when West bids 5 Diamonds it is clearly 3 keycards rather than zero and so bidding a slam is marked.
Assuming a neutral ie non-Heart lead then trumps are drawn, Diamonds and Clubs are eliminated from the two hands ending in the Dummy. This just leaves trumps in both hands and the Heart suit of xxx in the Dummy opposite AQ9. At this point Declarer can lay down his cards and claim the contract. Why is this? The answer is that the 9 of Hearts makes it impossible for the Defence to make two tricks in Hearts provided that when a small Heart is played from the Dummy East simply covers the card that North plays. Assuming that North plays low then East plays the 9 of Hearts losing to South’s 10. At this point South can either return a Heart from the King into East’s Ace Queen or he can conceded a ruff and discard with the same result of 1430 to East West. Alternatively if North plays second hand high with the Jack then East plays the Queen and South on winning with the King is now endplayed from 10x into Declarer’s A9. Note that it is correct defence for North to rise with the Jack of Hearts on the first round. This is because if East’s Hearts were only AQ8 (giving South K109) then this would prevent East from ducking the first round cheaply to South and would defeat the contract.
2 Asking for third round control
Board 13 Thursday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
West has a routine 2 Club opener because even though he only has 20 points he can almost guarantee game in his own hand. East could bid 2NT as a positive response but the modern style is to start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds on all hands without a strong 5 card suit even if you do have an Ace and a King.
West now introduces his Heart suit and East sets Hearts as trumps. West cue-bids 3 Spades and East cue-bids 4 Diamonds which following the Italian style of cue-bidding denies holding either the Ace or King of Clubs. West bids RKCB and on hearing of 2 Keycards opposite in now only interested in whether East has third round control of Diamonds. The way to find out this information is by bidding 6 Diamonds. This asks East to jump to the grand slam if he has either the Queen of Diamonds or a doubleton Ace. East does not have either of these two holdings so he signs off in the small slam. Please also refer to March 2014 Tip No 2 for another example of asking for third round control.
In the play after drawing trumps declarer has a pure guess as to which defender has the Queen of Diamonds in order to see whether he makes an overtrick.
3 Delayed co-operation
Board 3 Tuesday 30 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
When North makes a splinter bid of 3 Hearts this agrees Diamonds and shows a singleton or void in Hearts with a possible interest in slam. At this point if North is showing a singleton in Hearts then South’s hand is not very suitable for slam because the King Queen of Hearts is not a good holding for slam purposes opposite a singleton and South’s Heart stop is reasonable to play in no trumps. In addition as South has such poor Diamonds he cannot envisage a slam at this stage.
However when North bids 4 Hearts over South’s sign off of 3NT this now confirms that the splinter bid was a void rather than a singleton and South now has to reconsider. As he has already discouraged by bidding 3NT he must now co-operate in North’s slam ventures by cue-bidding 4 Spades. As North holds the King of Spades he knows that South is cue-bidding the Ace. This is all the encouragement which North needs to jump to slam in Diamonds. North should not investigate the possibility of a grand slam because he knows that South’s Diamonds are probably quite weak.