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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Points of interest from the March 2015 duplicates
1 Cue-bid by opener to create a game force
Board 19 Wednesday 4 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
When East makes a negative double to show Hearts after North’s 1 Spade overcall West knows that his side belong in game at the very least. However he does not know whether the partnership will end up in Clubs, Hearts or Notrumps. Accordingly in such situations West should cue-bid the enemy suit to create a game force.
Over 2 Spades the most descriptive bid for East to make is to jump to 3NT which suggests that he has a double stop in Spades.
Over 3NT West has visions of slam but if partner’s Spades were say only QJxx then no slam would be available. To suggest a strong interest in slam West now continues with 4 Clubs showing a minimum of six Clubs. If East had only QJxx in Spades he would now sign off in 4NT. However he is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades and now West can jump to 6 Clubs which basically only requires the Spade finesse through the overcaller. If of course East had the Jack of Hearts then the slam would be almost certain as on a Spade lead the Ace could be played and after drawing trumps and unblocking the Ace of Diamonds the losing Spade could be discarded on the King of Diamonds.
2 Gilt-edged 7 pointer
Board 1 Thursday 19 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to game in Hearts on this hand. It is likely that the other Wests having made a negative double of the 2 Club overcall by South then decided that they had done enough when East bid 3 Hearts.
However it is clearcut for West to go on to game. Why is this? Although West has only 7 points there are three very good things about his hand. Firstly he has a fifth trump, secondly he has a singleton Club and thirdly the QJ doubleton in Spades the first suit bid by East will be worth their weight in gold.
Say South cashes the Ace of Clubs before switching to the Queen of Diamonds. Declarer wins the Diamond and plays a Heart to the Jack and Ace. Now the winning Spade finesse is taken, the Diamonds are easily established and eleven tricks quickly result, +450 to North South.
3 Splinter eases way to slam
Board 23 Thursday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight got to 6 Diamonds on the above hand from the Swiss Pairs. In fact 7 Diamonds is almost certain to make but is not straightforward to bid. However there is absolutely no excuse for missing 6 Diamonds assuming that you are playing Splinter bids.
When East responds 2 Diamonds after North’s 1 Heart overcall West knows that the partnership is very close to slam. Accordingly having four card support for Diamonds and only a four loser hand West should jump to 4 Spades. This is a VOID SHOWING SPLINTER (since 3 Spades would show a singleton and agree Diamonds). The least that East can do over 4 Spades is to jump to slam in Diamonds as he has good trumps and the partial fit in Clubs is a great asset.
I noted that 7 Diamonds is not straightforward to bid. I think that the only way in which the Grand Slam might be reached is for East to bid 5 Clubs over 4 Spades. If East chooses this option then West can now visualize that any slow Heart loser will disappear on the established Clubs. Accordingly West would then bid 5NT – the old fashioned Grand Slam force. This would ask East to bid 7 Diamonds if he has any two of the top three trump honours (AK, AQ or KQ). Note that here 5NT is clearly the Grand Slam force and not the “Pick a Slam” use of 5NT which we have previously seen in March 2014 Tip No 3 and November 2014 Tip No 2 where more than one possible trump suit had been suggested in the previous bidding. On the hand above the void showing splinter of 4 Spades had unilaterally set Diamonds as trumps.