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CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS
Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.
This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.
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Blue Point Teams
The 2018 Manchester Congress
3 Jan 2019
This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould
For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain
The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.
Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.
11 Dec 2018 | Internationals
This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.
Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett
The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.
Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.
For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:
17 Dec 2018 | Internationals
The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.
The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.
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 June 2015 duplicates
1 Mini-Splinter points the way to slam
Board 10 Thursday 11 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
None of the five North South pairs managed to reach the excellent slam contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand. After North responds 1 Heart to South’s opening bid of 1 Club South has to decide what to say. While he might bid 3 Hearts showing 16 to 18 points including shape as he has 14 points with four card Heart support plus a singleton Diamond for which we should count 3 points once a trump fit has been found (total 17 points) there is a much more descriptive bid available. That bid is to make a MINI SPLINTER of 3 Diamonds.
A mini-splinter is where responder’s major suit is agreed by the opener jumping to the 3 level after a 1 Heart or 1 Spade response to the opening bid of 1 Club or 1 Diamond in a higher ranking suit to the one opened.
Opener promises either:-
1 A raise to at least the three level of partner’s with a singleton in the mini-splintered suit.
2 A raise to the three level with a void in the mini-splintered suit but insufficient points to splinter at the four level.
There are four such sequences:-
A 1 Club 1 Spade
B 1 Club 1 Spade
C 1 Club 1 Heart
D 1 Diamond 1 Spade
They are called mini-splinters because in each case responder can sign off in 3 of the major if he is minimum or has a bad holding in the mini-splintered suit. For instance in the above hand if North held ♠xxxx ♥Q10xx ♦KJx ♣Jx then he would sign off in 3 Hearts and the bidding would end in a part-score.
When South makes a Mini-Splinter of 3 Diamonds the North hand has enormous playing strength. However North cannot bid Keycard because he has a void and in any event there might be two losers in Spades if South has for instance:-
♠QJxx ♥Axxx ♦x ♣AKxx
Accordingly North bids 4 Diamonds as a cue-bid showing the Ace (since it would be completely pointless to cue-bid a King opposite the known shortage in the South hand). South then cue-bids in Spades and North can then jump to slam in Hearts. Thus slam is reached on only 23 points between the two hands and even then the King of Clubs is superfluous to its success.
On a passive Jack of Hearts lead North should win in hand and then trump three Diamonds in the Dummy using Club ruffs as a means of transport each time. Even though the Diamonds split 5-3 the fourth Diamond is trumped with the Ace of Hearts and 12 tricks roll in : +1430 to North South.
2 Agreeing opener’s major suit after a 2NT opening
Board 15 Wednesday 24 June – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to the excellent 6 Spade contract on the above hand.
After the bidding starts 2NT – 3 Clubs – 3 Spades, responder holding four Spades has to be able to set Spades as trumps and investigate slam. FOUR HEARTS, THE OTHER MAJOR, IS AN ARTIFICIAL SLAM TRY SETTING SPADES AS TRUMPS. IF RESPONDER BIDS ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOUR HEARTS, EXCEPT A NON-SLAM TRY RAISE TO FOUR SPADES, RESPONDER DENIES FOUR-CARD SPADE SUPPORT. The use of the other major in this sequence is not needed as a natural bid.
When South shows a four card Spade suit in response to Stayman then the North hand is definitely worth a slam try with five trumps, a singleton, an Ace and nine points opposite a 2NT opener. The way to express this is to bid the other major at the lowest level ie 4 Hearts over 3 Spades. (If South had shown a four card Heart suit in response to Stayman then similarly 3 Spades by North would agree Hearts).
South holding a maximum with eight controls bids keycard and over the 5 Club response showing one Keycard asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds. North holding the Queen of trumps then jumps to 6 Spades as he has no other King to show. There are no problems in the play and a score of +1460 to North South is soon entered.
3 Minor suit game missed
Board 19 Monday 29 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on the above hand.
After South responds 1 Heart to the 1 Club opener West is too weak to make an overcall in Spades at red. North rebids 2 Clubs and South having a maximum pass bids 2NT implying a good 10 or 11 points.
North is very unhappy with notrumps and so he should now bid 3 Diamonds. This implies a very unbalanced hand but one which is limited by the failure to reverse earlier. In fact it is highly likely that it shows six Clubs and five Diamonds. This is because there would be an element of risk in bidding a higher ranking suit over 2NT with only a 6-4 shape because it would commit to playing in Clubs if South’s shape were exactly 4=5=2=2.
Over 3 Diamonds the South hand now looks very promising for playing in a Club contract. There is a known nine card fit in Clubs; South’s honour in Clubs will be of great value; Kx in Diamonds is a great holding in partner’s second suit since if North is missing the Queen South will be able to ruff the third round and finally the Ace of the unbid suit is ideal opposite shortage in the North hand (whereas KJ in Spades would be a very bad holding).
Accordingly South should jump to 5 Clubs. In the play if East opens with the King of Spades North would win with the Ace in Dummy discarding his losing Heart. A trump is then played to the nine and Ace. Spades are continued and declarer ruffs the second Spade. At this point Declarer should continue with King of Diamonds, Ace of Diamonds and ruff a Diamond with the Queen of trumps. This is in case the trumps are splitting 3-1 and one of the defenders originally held Jxxx in Diamonds. On this particular occasion the precaution is unnecessary but the technique is important.