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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 August 2015 duplicates
1 Slam universally missed
Board 4 Wednesday 5 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand.
The West hand is too weak to open a weak 2 Hearts at Amber. North opens 1 Diamond and after a 1 Spade overcall from East then South should bid 2 Spades to show a good high card raise to at least 3 Diamonds.
North can now accurately describe his hand and show an interest in slam by making a splinter bid of 4 Hearts. South is delighted to co-operate over the splinter bid because he has no wasted honours (King, Queen or Jack) opposite the splinter. Accordingly South cue-bids in Spades. This could be either the King or a singleton but is more likely to be the King in view of East’s overcall not being supported. North wheels out Roman Key Card to check that South does have one Keycard and jumps to 6 Diamonds over the reply.
For the slam to make it needs either a 3-2 club break (68 per cent) or West having a singleton 10 of Jack of Clubs (two fifths of 14 per cent). Total probability of success is therefore approximately 74 per cent.
2 Roman Key Card in two suits
Board 18 Wednesday 12 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Roman Key Card in Hearts and Clubs
2 How many Queens (in Hearts and Clubs)
Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Clubs on the above hand.
North opens 2NT and South transfers into Hearts. Then after the transfer South bids his second suit which is a slam try showing at least five Hearts and four Clubs. Note that if South had the same point count but with only a 2=5=2=4 distribution then he would bid 3NT over 3 Hearts because it would be too ambitious to be looking for a slam holding ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦xx ♣K10xx. At this point there is a good case for North simply jumping to 6 Clubs with all the Aces and five trumps. However if he wishes to bid the hand scientifically then he should bid 4 Diamonds. As explained in June 2014 Tip No 1 when after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.
South shows one Keycard and now the next step asks how many Queens South has in his two suits (Hearts and Clubs). The first step shows no Queens, the second step one Queen and the third step two Queens.
North signs off in 6 Clubs once South has denied any Queen. In fact in spite of missing the Queen of Clubs 7 Clubs requires only a 2-1 trump split which is a 78% chance. It is extremely difficult to bid a Grand Slam because neither side knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Clubs since from North’s point of view South might have made a slam try on say ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦Kx ♣K10xx and South cannot know that North has five Clubs.
3 Lead the unbid suit !
Board 6 Wednesday 19 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
I was astonished to see that four out of six Wests made the opening lead of a trump on the above auction.
This makes declarer’s life very easy. Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse is taken at trick four. A Club return is won in the Dummy with the Ace and a low Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick six. A second round of Clubs is ruffed at trick seven, the Diamonds are unblocked at tricks eight and nine. At trick ten a second Spade to the King and Ace follows. The third round of Clubs is ruffed at trick eleven and Declarer wins the last two tricks with the Jack of Diamonds and the established 10 of Spades.
There is absolutely no reason not to lead the unbid suit Clubs on this auction. Look how different things would have been on a Club lead in spite of the fact that trumps split 3-2.
Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse follows at trick five. The second round of Clubs is ruffed with Declarer’s fourth trump and the two Diamond winners in the Dummy unblocked at tricks seven and eight. A Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick nine. At trick 10 a further Club lead takes out Declarer’s last trump and the Jack of Diamonds is cashed at trick 11. The Defence now take the last two tricks with the Ace of Spades and a winning Club. One down.