MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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 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.
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 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.
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
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Points of interest from the June 2016 duplicates
1 Balanced slam try after Stayman
Board 1 Monday 13 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
1 Have you got the Queen of Spades
2 Yes and the King of Hearts
Only one pair out of seven managed to bid to the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.
After using Stayman and discovering a fit exists how should responder continue? Well a jump to 4NT would be quantitative not Roman Key Card Blackwood. Thus it is recommended that a jump to 4 Clubs should be Roman Key Card Blackwood while a jump to 4 Diamonds shows a balanced slam try (15-17 HCPs) with four card support for opener’s major suit but no shortage.
Over 4 Diamonds although the North hand has only 15 points he does have reasonable trumps so he bids 4 Hearts as a forward going move. This is sufficient encouragement for South to then bid RKCB leading to the excellent slam. Against 6 Spades it is quite likely that East may open with a passive Heart which immediately yields the 12th trick. If instead the opening lead is a Spade then Declarer should aim to ruff two Diamonds in the South hand prior to drawing the last trump making five trump tricks, three Clubs, two Hearts and two Diamonds.
2 How to show a strong raise of opener’s minor after 1 Heart – Pass – 1NT – Pass – 2 Minor – Pass
Board 20 Monday 13 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
None of the seven tables managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand which has nearly a 76 per cent chance of making depending on the exact lie of the trump suit.
After 1 Heart – 1NT – two of either minor, a bid of 2 Spades by responder is an artificial bid showing a strong raise of opener’s minor suit and nine or ten points. 2 Spades has to be artificial since responder’s 1NT bid has denied holding four Spades. Therefore in this sequence if responder instead of bidding 2 Spades raises his partner’s minor to the three level this shows a weaker raise with fewer than 9 points.
The 2 Spade bid is music to North’s ears. With only four losers, a powerful 5-5 distribution and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) North goes straight to Roman Key Card Blackwood. When South shows one keycard it does not matter which black suit King South has since either way there will be no loser in Clubs. The contract of 6 Diamonds is an excellent one and just needs the trump suit to behave for one loser which is approximately 76 per cent.
Note that the best percentage line in the trump suit is to take two finesses. While it is true that this will lose two tricks if East has KQ bare it is far more likely that West has KQx or KQxx.
3 Six Five shape come alive
Board 1 Thursday 23 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
1 While West does have 9 points his Spade stop is rather poor to bid 1NT, he cannot double because he only has a doubleton Heart so it is probably best to pass although he might bid 2 Clubs.
Only two pairs out of twelve bid to the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand. North raises his partner’s overcall to the three level to show four trumps and fewer than 9 points. East has to decide whether to take any further action. It might seem that it is dangerous for him to bid 4 Hearts. However a 6-5 distribution is very powerful and when one considers that as little as Queen to four Hearts in the West hand makes a 4 Heart contract almost a certainty to make then it is definitely correct for East to show his 6-5 distribution in this way. West corrects to 5 Clubs and the contract simply needs the trump suit to come in for no losers. The probability of this is just over 57 per cent. (2-2 break is 40%, singleton Queen is 12.5% and 4-nil with North having all four Clubs is 5%).