MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT "JOG"
"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog). This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham). There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!). The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."
The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).
In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.
EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne
Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.
The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.
Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.
The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.
This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.
Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.
The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.
The Welsh Cup is now a double elimination knockout leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
Stanza Greens: not only do you get Green Points for winning a match but you get Greens for any stanza you win which usually means you get something even when you lose a match.
Double elimination: you are guaranteed two matches and you can get to the final even if you lose one match.
Click here for details.
The Cambria Cup is now a double elimination mixed pivot aggregate knockout (similar to the Hubert Phillips) leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
There has to be at least one woman and one man playing and they play one-third of the boards with each other team member.
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
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 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
September 2019 until the end of December 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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Points of interest from the April 2016 duplicates
1 Wrong contract at all 12 tables !
Board 20 Monday 11 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Pass or 2NT
Not a single North South pair ended up in the correct contract which is either 1NT or 2NT with South Declarer.
After West opens 1 Heart North has a routine takeout double. East passes and South should bid 1NT. This denies four cards in Spades and is a constructive bid usually showing 7 to 10 points with a good stop in Hearts. At teams North would probably raise to 2NT but at pairs he might go for the more conservative action of passing 1NT. North has no reason to believe that 2 Clubs will score better than 1NT. Indeed assuming that 1NT makes seven tricks then Clubs will need to make nine tricks to gain Match Points.
Even if West finds the best lead of the King of Diamonds Declarer can make eight tricks by winning the second Diamond and cannot be prevented from making two tricks in the major suits in addition to five Club tricks and the Ace of Diamonds.
2 Splinter by both North and South leads to Grand Slam
Board 12 Thursday 14 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West
This hand is a great Grand Slam to reach with only 29 points between the two hands. Seven pairs out of twelve reached the Small Slam but no pair reached the Grand Slam.
After North opens 1 Club and South responds 1 Spade North jumps to 3 Diamonds. This is a mini-splinter and shows a raise to at least 3 Spades with a singleton or void in Diamonds. The South hand is extremely powerful and South knows that the partnership is definitely heading for at least a small slam. However because of South’s Club holding it would be inappropriate for South to bid RKCB at this point. Rather he should paint a picture of his own hand and let North do the asking. Holding such strong Spades the best second bid by South is to likewise make a splinter bid of 4 Hearts over 3 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Hearts and implying strong Spades.
North can now invoke RKCB and South shows 3 Keycards (cannot be zero in view of the splinter bid). North now bids the next step (not in trumps) asking for the Queen of trumps and South jumps to 6 Spades to confirm the Queen of trumps is present but that he has no other King to show. North can then bid the Grand Slam holding AKQ in Clubs.
13 tricks roll in provided that Declarer trumps Diamonds twice in the Dummy prior to drawing trumps.
3 Minor suit slam is best
Board 3 Wednesday 27 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Not a single pair managed to bid to the excellent 6 Club contract on the above hand. They should have taken a leaf from Boris Schapiro who more than 35 years ago in one of his Sunday Times bridge columns advised that after a quantitative bid of 4NT if you are non-minimum you should offer a suit at the five level.
South opens 2NT and North bids Stayman. South responds 3 Hearts and now North bids 4NT quantitative. Note that 4NT is always quantitative on this auction. If North wishes to agree Hearts he bids the other major at the cheapest level in this case 3 Spades, a bid which has no other useful meaning since if North simply had five Spades he would have started proceedings off with a transfer bid.
South has 21 points with excellent controls but rather than gamble on bidding 6NT he should show his other four card suit by bidding 5 Clubs. North is delighted to raise to 6 Clubs.
Assuming the lead of the Queen of Hearts against 6 Clubs note that South should not take the Club finesse but should instead play the Ace and King of Clubs. This guarantees the contract against a 3-2 Club break. On the actual hand the Queen drops and now Declarer makes 13 tricks if he guesses which defender possesses the Queen of Spades. However even if the Queen of Clubs does not drop Declarer simply abandons trumps and makes 12 tricks on a cross ruff (discarding a Spade on the King of Diamonds) with 2 Spade tricks, 2 Heart tricks, 3 Diamond tricks and five trump tricks.
In the Wednesday Duplicate the one pair who played in 6NT duly went down as they were not blessed with second sight on the lie of the black suit Queens.