MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
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 October 2015 duplicates
1 The 8 of Diamonds saves the day
Board 20 Thursday 9 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract above.
West opens 1 Club and East responds 1 Diamond. Note that you never jump as responder when you have a two-suited hand. West rebids 1 Heart and now East bids 4th suit forcing. Now West should jump to 3 Clubs to show the strong six card suit and extra values. East repeats his Diamonds to show a good six carder and now West can bid 3NT with a stop in Spades. East is still interested in slam and continues with 4 Diamonds which implies that his suit is self supporting and can play opposite a singleton or void. Although West has a void in Diamonds it costs nothing to cue-bid 4 Hearts showing the King or Ace of Hearts (East knows that it is the King as he has the Ace). That is all the encouragement East needs to jump to 6 Diamonds. South has a difficult lead and is hardly likely to lead a Spade from Kx. Say he leads a Club Declarer should trump in hand and immediately play Ace of Diamonds followed by Queen of Diamonds. Although the Diamonds are 5-1 fortunately North has the singleton 9 of Diamonds so on a Club continuation Declarer wins in the Dummy discarding a Spade plays a Heart to the Ace and draws the rest of the trumps with the 8 of Diamonds proving the crucial card. Finally Declarer crosses to the King of Hearts and discards his remaining Spade losers on Dummy’s winning Clubs.
The odds of the Diamonds coming in are 3-3 break (36%) + 4-2 break (48%) + 5-1 break with the singleton being the 9 (1/6th of 15% = 2.5%). Total probability of success = 86.5%.
2 Breaking the Transfer with 2NT
Board 6 Thursday 15 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 4 Spade contract. Some pairs reached 3NT which would always be defeated on the lead of the fourth highest Heart from East but which should make if East makes the more normal lead of the Jack of Hearts. (On the Jack of Hearts opening lead North’s 9 of Hearts becomes a third guard in the suit and provided Declarer plays Spades to keep West off lead the contract cannot then be defeated).
However back to the bidding. When South transfers into Spades if North simply bids 2 Spades this will (or should) end the bidding. South should definitely not make a game try with a poor eight points at pairs and ten tricks would result for +170. However while most readers are familiar with the idea that when opener has four card support for responder’s major he should break the transfer by jumping to 3 of the major it is perhaps less well known that when you have a maximum 17 points with three card support and good controls in a balanced hand you should break the transfer by bidding 2NT. South now knowing that North has a maximum with three card Spade support wants to be in game but he first of all retransfers by bidding 3 Hearts and then raises 3 Spades to game.
4 Spades makes if:-
a) Trumps break 3-2 and the Clubs break 3-3
68% x 36% = 24%
b) Trumps break 3-2, Clubs do not break 3-3 and the Diamond finesse is working
68% x 64% x 50% = 21%
c) East may sometimes lead a Diamond at trick one from a holding which includes the Queen as with only Spades having been bid naturally he would have three suits to choose from and might not have a Heart holding which looks safe to lead from.
d) Either East of West has 109 of Clubs doubleton.
So in practice whenever Spades break 3-2 you want to be in game.
3 6 Diamonds – the play’s the thing
Board 21 Monday 26 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
Only four out of 12 pairs managed to reach 6 Diamonds on the above hand. However of these four pairs three of them played it so carelessly that they failed to make the contract.
I will give two bidding sequences depending on whether West makes a WJO in Hearts.
With West silent
With West bidding
Note that where West is silent that North should jump in Clubs not Diamonds because it keeps the bidding at a lower level. As 3 Clubs is game forcing South should simply bid 3 Diamonds which shows at least a 5 card suit and denies either three Spades or four Clubs. When North hears South bid Diamonds his hand is absolutely enormous. Rather than simply raise Diamonds he should jump to 4 Hearts which is almost certainly a void showing splinter showing either a 6=0=3=4 shape or 5=0=4=4 shape. With South holding a singleton Spade, good Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs (not forgetting his Ace of Hearts) this is all the encouragement which he needs to jump to the slam.
Where West makes a weak jump overcall then North doubles for takeout. South bids Diamonds and North cue-bids showing a hand too good to simply raise to game in Diamonds. Again for the reasons in the first auction South jumps to slam.
Let us assume that West makes the opening lead of the King of Hearts. South has three losers in Hearts and no losers in any other suit. Accordingly South needs only to ensure that he trumps two Heart losers in the Dummy in order to make 12 tricks. Let us go through the play trick by trick in order to see how 12 tricks are guaranteed with maximum safety. In fact as we shall see correct play actually leads to all 13 tricks being made on a squeeze against West.
Trick 1 – King of Hearts ruffed in the Dummy.
Trick 2 – The Ace of Diamonds is cashed to check that Diamonds are not 4-0.
Trick 3 – Low Diamond to the Jack (trumps are 3-1 the most likely break).
Trick 4 – Trump the second round of Hearts in the Dummy with the King of Diamonds.
Trick 5 – Low Club to the Queen.
Trick 6 – Cash the Queen of Diamonds discarding a Spade from the Dummy.
Trick 7 – Spade to Ace.
Trick 8 – Trump the second round of Spades.
Trick 9 – Low Club to the King.
Trick 10- Trump the third round of Spades.
On this trick West is squeezed. He is still to discard in the following position:
If West throws a Club then South cashes the Ace of Hearts and makes the last two tricks with Ax of Clubs for 13 tricks. If West throws the 10 of Hearts then now South has two Heart winners and makes the last trick with the Ace of Clubs.