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 February 2015 duplicates
1 Splinter bid paints the perfect picture
Board 18 Monday 16 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
None of the East Wests covered themselves in glory on this hand from the Monday duplicate. Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract and half the field failed even to reach game !
East opens 1 Heart and South’s 2 Diamond overcall is passed back to him. At this stage the correct bid is Double because East has a shortage in Diamonds and support for both unbid suits. East would be happy whatever West bids even if West had strong Diamonds and chose to pass for penalties. West bids 3 Clubs and now the East hand has become hugely powerful. While West’s 3 Club bid does not promise more than four cards there is a high probability that he has five given that he has denied either four cards in Spades or three cards in Hearts. Accordingly East should now jump to 4 Diamonds as a splinter bid agreeing Clubs and suggesting the possibility of a slam. West is delighted to co-operate as he has a fifth trump and the King of Spades is a key card. Accordingly he cue-bids 4 Spades showing either the Ace or King and this is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to 6 Clubs. There are no problems in the play as after drawing trumps declarer should seek to establish the fifth Heart rather than having to worry about the whereabouts of the Queen of Spades. Result +920 to East West.
2 When a partnership has bid and supported two suits in an uncontested auction then 4NT is Roman Key Card in both suits – ie there are six keycards and two Queens
Board 13 Monday 16 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
North opens 1 Diamond in and South responds 1 Spade. A rebid of 2 Diamonds by North would guarantee a six card suit (because if North has say a 2=4=5=2 distribution he would rebid 1NT). Therefore North’s correct bid is 2 Spades. Note that although the North hand is close to a 3 Spade bid in terms of losers you cannot give a double raise when holding only three trumps.
South now bids 3 Diamonds forcing. At this stage North should now bid 3 Hearts. This conveys two messages. Firstly that North has only three card Spade support and also strongly suggests that his shape is 3=4=5=1. Now South knowing of the likely singleton Club opposite is very close to slam. However because the partnership have bid and supported two suits it is logical that a jump to 4NT Roman Key Card should include the keycards in both Diamonds and Spades. Thus the King of Diamonds and the King of Spades are included in the responses:-
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
3 Asking for a Diamond control
Board 4 Thursday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
North jumps to 2NT showing 18-19 over South’s response of 1 Heart. South now rebids 3 Hearts forcing (as in the modern style if South had a weak hand and wanted to sign off in 3 Hearts he would bid 3 Clubs as prelude to signing off). North now cue-bids 3 Spades and South co-operates in a possible slam venture by cue-bidding 4 Clubs. At this stage all that North is worried about is the Diamond position. Clearly he cannot bid Roman Key Card as if South shows zero keycards North will be none the wiser as to whether the defence can cash the first two tricks in Diamonds (even the first three tricks on a bad day). Accordingly North jumps to 5 Hearts. This asks partner to bid the slam if he has a Diamond control ie either a singleton, the King or the Ace. South is happy to oblige and West has to lead the Ace of Diamonds to prevent the overtrick.
This may be put down in the form of a rule:-
IN AN UNCONTESTED AUCTION AFTER A MAJOR SUIT HAS BEEN AGREED AS TRUMPS AND CUE-BIDS EXCHANGED IN TWO OF THE NON-TRUMP SUITS A JUMP TO THE FIVE LEVEL OF THE TRUMP SUIT ASKS PARTNER TO BID A SLAM IF HE CAN PREVENT THE OPPOSITION FROM TAKING THE FIRST TWO TRICKS IN THE FOURTH SUIT.