MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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Bronze Medal for English Juniors
THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019
This has taken place over 3 sessions
with the final having been played
on Tuesday 9th July.
Congratulations to First Place Winners
Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend
the Second Place team
Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)
Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.
(Full results are bottom right of this page)
Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT
THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!
(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)
WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
EBU 6 Jun 2019
During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.
If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am
Link to the full show
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.
CLUB CHAMPION 2019
"She's done it again!"
Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2019 Club Champion.
This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2018 and May 2019.
Well Done Eve!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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Points of interest from the March 2016 duplicates
1 Not the classical shape but correct to double
Board 20 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
I was fascinated to note that seven out of eight pairs played in Spades by East West and the only North South pair who played in Hearts did so only at the three level.
The reason for this is that after East opened 1 Spade it was clear from the scores that all the Souths passed. West raised to 2 Spades and there the bidding ended. However while South’s shape is not the classical shape for a takeout double in that it has length in Spades it is correct to double. This is because the crucial thing is that South has four cards in the unbid major and holding three Aces the hand is far from minimum. It is true that occasionally by choosing to double the partnership may end up in an ungainly 4-2 fit in Clubs but this will happen very rarely. Note that North will always bid a four card Heart suit ahead of a five card minor suit on this auction.
Once South does decide to double then it is easy for North holding an attractive 1=5=2=5 shape and only seven losers to go straight go game in Hearts. With the Heart finesse working then this should make an overtrick with careful play losing just two tricks in Diamonds.
2 Scientific approach not best
Board 25 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
Assume that you open 1 Heart on the East hand and West jumps to 3 Hearts what should you now do as East. The hand has enormous playing potential and if West held ♠AJx ♥Kxxx ♦Qxxx ♣Jx then you are likely to make all thirteen tricks. However at the other end of the scale if West held ♠KQx ♥109xx ♦KQx ♣xxx then if the Clubs do not come in you might make only 10 tricks.
There are thus three possible choices:-
1 Cue bid 4 Clubs hoping to hear West cue-bid 4 Spades.
2 Jump to 5 Diamonds – Exclusion Key Card Blackwood – asking partner to count his keycards excluding the Ace of Diamonds.
3 Simply jump to 6 Hearts.
In the Monday Duplicate only three pairs out of eight bid to slam and only one of these three made the contract. I made further enquiries and discovered that the successful pair simply chose Option 3 and jumped to 6 Hearts. The reason why this was successful is that on this auction South would either lead a neutral Club or his fourth highest Diamond. He would have no reason to lead a Spade which would have defeated the slam.
On the other hand if East chose Option 1 and cue bid 4 Clubs then when West cue-bid 4 Diamonds South would be much more likely to lead a Spade against either 4 Hearts or 6 Hearts. Equally if East chose Option 2 and asked for keycards outside Diamonds then South would definitely not lead a Diamond knowing that the East hand were void in Diamonds.
So the moral is that as the chances of making all thirteen tricks are extremely low the practical choice for East is simply to jump to 6 Hearts which is what he expects to make on the majority of occasions. After all if a Spade is cashable then the opposition may need to lead Spades at trick one and even then if West’s Hearts are Q10xx or Kxxx then the slam is still a good bet.
3 Slam on 24 points
Board 5 Monday 28 March – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
Not a single pair managed to bid to the 90% small slam in Diamonds (only going down on a Heart lead if the trumps break 4-nil).
Having opened 1 Club East is forced to rebid 2 Spades over West’s 2 Diamond bid. Note that this is not a reverse as if South had not overcalled then East would have rebid 1 Spade after West’s response of 1 Diamond.
West should definitely rebid his Diamonds to show a strong six card suit. Now the East hand has become extremely powerful and the most descriptive bid is for East to jump to 4 Hearts as a splinter bid confirming Diamonds as trumps and showing a singleton or void in Hearts. West should now cue-bid 4 Spades and this is enough for East to jump to slam in Diamonds. Note that even if West’s Spades were Axx instead of Ax there is no danger of a third round Spade loser because the Clubs can be established to deal with any slow Spade loser.
On a Heart lead this is ruffed in the Dummy and the King of Clubs played. South wins with the Ace. Declarer can now either establish the Clubs (as long as he wins a Spade switch with the Ace) or he can take a second Heart ruff for 12 tricks.