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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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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the September 2016 duplicates
1 Upgrade to 2 Club opener on 22 points
Board 4 Monday 12 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
This is the identical title as I used for Tip 3 in August but the same principle is at stake and allows a laydown slam in Hearts to be bid with just 28 points between the two hands. The slam was missed at all eight tables.
As in Tip 3 from August while West does have 22 points his hand is simply too powerful for an opening 2NT bid. Holding a huge nine controls (Ace = two, King = one) plus a very strong five card suit this is a further example of a 22 point hand which must be upgraded to a 2 Club opener.
East responds 2 Diamonds. Let us assume in the first instance that South passes. In that case slam is very easy to reach. West rebids 2 Hearts and East now makes a splinter bid of 3 Spades showing four card Heart support and a singleton (or void) Spade. This is enough for West to drive straight to slam. If instead South bids 2 Spades then West bids 3 Hearts. (Note that as West has only one Spade stop that 3 Hearts is a better choice than 2NT). East might be reluctant to splinter at the four level although this is a possibility. Instead he might just bid 3 Spades to say “tell me more”. When West then converts to 3NT then now East can bid 4 Hearts to suggest having a hand which was too strong to just raise 3 Hearts to game. Again this is all the encouragement which West needs to go to slam.
Note that in the play of 6 Hearts on a Spade lead after drawing three rounds of trumps ending in the Dummy that Declarer should play a low Diamond to the Queen and not run the Jack. This is because if the Jack loses to the King and a second Spade comes back that with the Diamonds blocked it would not be possible to enjoy five Diamond tricks. Indeed two of the eight pairs who played in game in Hearts failed to appreciate this danger and thus only made 11 tricks when the Jack of Diamonds lost to the King.
2 Worth a slam invitation
Board 11 Thursday 15 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
Not a single one of the six East West pairs managed to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs on the above hand.
While East would ideally like to defend 3 Hearts doubled it is more practical for him to bid 3NT after the pre-emptive overcall from North since West may not co-operate with a takeout double if he passes.
The spotlight now turns to West. While he may have only 14 points he does have only a 5 loser hand and should make a suggestion of a slam contract by bidding 4 Clubs. If East does not wish to co-operate then East can sign off in 4NT which is unlikely to be at risk given West’s playing strength in the minors. Here East is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades which agrees Clubs as trumps. West wheels out RKCB for Clubs and there are no problems in the play. (The only time there might be a problem would be if South held the King of Spades and a Spade was the opening lead from North at trick one).
3 Fit Jump – the essential tool in a competitive auction
Board 22 Monday 26 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
From studying the results of the above hand I noted that not a single East West pair bid to 6 Spades and indeed two East West pairs defended 6 Clubs making for North South. This can only mean that none of the East West pairs were playing FIT JUMPS.
A fit jump is an extremely important bidding tool to have in your armoury and is a single jump in a new suit which in one bid shows four card support for partner’s suit and a good five card side suit. It can be made in any of the following circumstances:-
a) After the opposition double the opening bid
b) After the opposition overcall the opening bid
c) In response to partner’s overcall
d) Any jump in a new suit by a passed hand is a fit jump even with no intervention from the opposition thus Pass – Pass – 1 Heart – Pass – 3 Clubs would show five Clubs and four Hearts and a raise to at least 3 Hearts.
There are various ways in which the bidding might go but the start should be 1 Spade by East, an overcall of 2 Clubs by South and now despite the low point count West should jump to 3 Diamonds which is a Fit Jump showing at least four Spades and five Diamonds. It would usually imply at least nine points but where there is exceptional distribution this figure can be lowered provided that the quality of the side suit is good. (In other words if West had J10 to six Diamonds and KQ to five Spades he would not make a Fit Jump because the quality of the side suit Diamonds is too poor). North’s best bid after this start is to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing South’s Clubs. At this point East should realise that not only do his side possess a huge double fit in Diamonds and Spades but the opposition almost certainly have a huge double fit in Clubs and Hearts. East should cuebid 5 Clubs and now West can cue-bid 5 Hearts allowing East to bid 6 Spades over North’s 6 Club bid. (East should not in any way be tempted to double 6 Clubs because it is highly likely that one of his Aces will be ruffed as he knows that his side possess a minimum of 10 Diamonds.
Note that the absolute par on the hand is for North South to sacrifice in 7 Clubs against the making 6 Spades. Against 7 Clubs West has to lead the King of Diamonds (the only sensible choice since he knows that his side have at least eleven Spades) to defeat the contract.
Please also refer to July 2016 Tip No 3 for a similar example of a Fit Jump and to June 2013 Tip No 3 titled “Fit Jump by Advancer” which is an example of circumstance c) described above.