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 April 2015 duplicates
1 Game still possible opposite a passed hand
Board 6 Monday 6 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
East deals and passes and South opens 1 Heart. West cannot take any action holding a singleton Diamond and East now balances with 1 Spade. All the Wests in the Monday duplicate decided that as East was already a passed hand that there was no possibility of game and simply played in a part-score in Spades. However as West has only a six loser hand and the partnership has a nine card Spade fit he should not give up on game simply because East passed as Dealer. West starts by making an unassuming cue bid of 2 Hearts showing good Spade support and logically an interest in game even opposite a passed hand. East should co-operate by bidding 3 Diamonds showing his 5-4 shape because when he balanced with 1 Spade he might have had as few as 7 or 8 points and so could hardly be stronger in view of his original pass. This is all the encouragement which West needs to jump to game in Spades. With the Spade finesse working eleven tricks roll in for a score of 650 to East West.
For West to have an interest in game it is highly likely that his shape is either 4=4=1=4 or 4=5=1=3 or 4=5=3=1 to explain his interest in game opposite a passed hand. East thus knows that with his singleton Heart that the hands will fit together very well. This is because if West had for instance a 4=4=2=3 or 4=4=3=2 twelve count he would not be inviting game knowing that East has only 7 to 11 points.
2 Delayed signs of life
Board 6 Thursday 9 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
The East hand is too strong for a 15-17 No trump holding 17 points plus two 10’s and a five card major. Accordingly East should open 1 Spade. South overcalls 2 Diamonds. West should not bid 3 Clubs because a new suit at the three level is forcing to game and the last thing West wants to hear is for East to rebid 3 Spades.
Accordingly West should pass and East now reopens with a takeout double. What should West now bid ? If he bids only 3 Clubs this will end the bidding since East can hardly continue over a bid which might be made on say just J10xxx and very few points. West should therefore jump to 4 Clubs which suggests that he has a strong 6 or 7 card suit but was not strong enough to force to game on the previous round. Over 4 Clubs East is delighted to go to game. While it is possible to make twelve tricks in Clubs this would mean taking the Spade finesse into the overcaller and would risk making only 10 tricks if the finesse failed. Thus it would be poor play and eleven tricks are guaranteed on a Diamond lead simply by trumping the third Diamond in the dummy.
3 Vacant Spaces improves the odds of making slam
Board 7 Wednesday 22 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
1 Showing a fit for Diamonds.
2 Balanced slam try not keycard
When South opens a 15-17 Notrump North might simply raise to 3NT. However this would be a lazy bid. Although North knows that the partnership does not possess enough points for a Notrump slam there is nevertheless still a chance of there being a slam available in Diamonds as North has a strong 5 card suit with 5 controls (Ace = 2 controls and King = 1 control). Accordingly North transfers into Diamonds by bidding 2NT.
Over a minor suit transfer if opener does not have a fit for the minor suit (a fit is defined as Queen to three or better) then he should bid the next step up ie 3 Clubs over 2NT or 2NT over 2 Spades if responder has shown Clubs. When opener has a fit he bids the minor suit shown directly.
Here South is delighted to show a fit for Diamonds by bidding 3 Diamonds rather than 3 Clubs. North now bids 4NT. This is quantitative showing a balanced slam try with only 5 Diamonds. (If North had an unbalanced hand he would bid a new suit showing shortage in that suit).
When North invites slam by bidding a quantitative 4NT then South’s first inclination might be to pass because he has a minimum 15 points. However in the same way that the North hand was much stronger than 14 points because of having 5 controls the South hand is similarly much strong than 15 points because of having 6 controls. Thus South should jump to slam in Diamonds. Note that a slam has been reached on a combined 29 count with two balanced hands largely because the North and South hands are so rich in controls. (Note that as a generalization you require a minimum of 10 controls to make a suit slam with two balanced hands and on the above hand there are 11 out of the 12 controls present).
The play is interesting. On a Heart lead the best line is to win with the Ace and immediately trump the third round of Hearts with the 10 of Diamonds. Trumps are drawn in three rounds, Declarer discarding a Spade and then Declarer ducks the first round of Spades. Assuming that East wins with the Jack and returns a Spade then Declarer wins the Ace and trumps the third round of Spades in the Dummy discovering that the suit has broken 4-2 as expected.
Declarer should now use the principle of Vacant Spaces to work out which way to take the Club finesse. At this stage Declarer knows that the distribution of the East hand was either 2=5=2=4 or 2=4=2=5. In the former case the odds of the Queen of Clubs being in the East hand are 4 to 3 and in the latter case the odds of the Queen of Clubs being in the East hand are 5 to 2. Thus the Club finesse is through East is not an even money bet but is 57% if East started with four Clubs and 71% if East started with five Clubs.
Refer also to Tip No 3 from September 2014 for another example of reaching a minor suit slam after a transfer with a balanced 5-3-3-2 hand also with good controls.