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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 July 2015 duplicates
1 Transferring with weak 5-5 in the minors
Board 7 Monday 13 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
1 While some would open a weak 2 Hearts this is not ideal holding such a strong four card holding in Spades as a Spade contract might be missed.
When West opens a 15-17 no trump the East hand is very unhappy to play in no trumps holding 5-5 in the minors. Clearly he should transfer into a minor but which minor? East wants to ensure that the partnership end up in a minimum of an eight card fit.
The answer is that when holding a weak 5-5 in the minors you should always transfer into Diamonds by bidding 2NT. The reason is that as explained in Tip No 3 September 2014 when opener has a fit for the minor (defined as Qxx or better) he completes the minor suit transfer by bidding 3 Diamonds over 2NT (or 3 Clubs over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs). If opener does not have a fit for the minor then he simply bids the next step ie 3 Clubs over 2NT (or 2NT over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs). Therefore in this case if opener does not have a fit for Diamonds he will bid 3 Clubs and this will almost certainly result in the partnership playing in at least an eight card Club fit.
The play is straightforward and 10 tricks in Diamonds result when the Clubs split the expected 3-1. (A 2-2 split is 40% and a 3-1 split is 50%).
2 Minor suit Stayman after a 2NT opening
Board 7 Tuesday 14 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
When responding to a 2NT opener if responder has at least 4-4 in the minors and slam-invitational values he should bid 3 Spades as minor suit Stayman asking opener to bid a four-card minor. If opener has a four card minor he bids it. Otherwise opener bids 3NT.
When East hears West bid 3 Spades he immediately knows that the partnership is probably headed for slam. He has a choice between bidding 4 Clubs or 4 Diamonds. You might think that as he has more Clubs that he should set Clubs as trumps. However there is a possibility of a Grand Slam and if opener sets Clubs as trumps he would never be able to find out about the Queen of Diamonds through Roman Keycard. However by setting Diamonds as trumps opener can find out about both the Queen of Diamonds and the King of Clubs.
Responder cue-bids 4 Hearts over 4 Diamonds showing a Heart control (Ace, King or singleton). Opener now bids RKCB for Diamonds. Responder now shows one keycard. Opener now needs to know if opener has the Queen of trumps before looking for a possible Grand Slam. Accordingly he bids the lowest non-trump suit to ask. In this case because trumps are a minor suit the 5 Heart bid has already committed the partnership to a minimum of a Small Slam. If responder does not have the Queen of trumps he would sign off in 6 Diamonds. However because he has the Queen of trumps he bids 5NT. This conveys the message that West has the Queen of Diamonds but no other King. If West had both the Queen of trumps and the King of Clubs he would bid 6 Clubs. If this were the case then East would then be able to jump to the Grand Slam in Diamonds. On this occasion on hearing West bid 5NT then East knows that the King of Clubs is missing and settles for the laydown Small Slam in Diamonds.
3 No room for science
Board 14 Wednesday 15 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
There are times when the opposition crowd the auction to such an extent that there is no room for scientific exploration of possible slam and you simply have to bid what you expect to make.
South jumps to 4 Hearts over 1 Diamond with his strong eight carder and West bids 4 Spades with his strong six card suit. East has no room to explore and if he were to bid 5 Hearts this would be taken as a void showing cue-bid agreeing Spades. However holding eight Diamonds East should surely only want to play in Diamonds. In order for 6 Diamonds to be a good contract East only needs his partner to hold either of the black suit Aces and not to be void in Diamonds. Accordingly he should jump to 6 Diamonds.
Only two out of eight pairs managed to bid the Diamond slam. Moreover the two that did received a naïve Ace of Hearts lead from South and all thirteen tricks were made. The bidding was strongly suggestive of a Heart void in the East hand since East had not used RKCB. Therefore South should lead the unbid suit Clubs against 6 Diamonds rather than fruitlessly trying to cash the Ace of Hearts. This would prevent the overtrick and it is even possible that East West might have two losers in Clubs on some occasions.