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 November 2016 duplicates
1 Jump Overcalls are STRONG after weak opposition opening bids
Board 21 Thursday 10 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
Only two pairs out of seven managed to reach 4 Spades by East on this hand. Assuming that North opens with a weak 2 Hearts what should East bid? His hand is too strong to simply overcall 2 Spades with the attractive 6-4 shape and about 7 ½ tricks. Equally while one might consider doubling were South to raise to 4 Hearts East is not comfortable about bidding Spades at the four level.
Accordingly the correct call for East to make is to jump to 3 Spades. Note that YOU NEVER MAKE A WEAK JUMP OVERCALL AFTER A WEAK OPENING BID. Here 3 Spades implies a strong hand with at least six Spades. South bids 4 Hearts (only one down) and West can comfortably bid 4 Spades with the KJ of Spades and the King of Clubs. (The prevailing vulnerability prevents North South from sacrificing in 5 Hearts doubled because two down is 500 and in Eurovision Song Contest speak nul points.) The contract of 4 Spades needs either a 3-2 Club break or a singleton Queen, Jack or 10 in the North hand. Approximate odds of success = 68% + 3/5 of 14% = 76%.
2 24 point slam
Board 25 Wednesday 16 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
Only one of the five East West pairs managed to reach the laydown slam on this hand.
After a 2 Club opening from East although West has an attractive hand he should start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional requirements for a positive response of an Ace and a King. When East bids 2 Spades then now the West hand is enormously powerful. The most descriptive bid is to jump to 4 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Diamonds and four card Spade support. Now East cuebids 4 Hearts and West cuebids 5 Clubs. This is bound to be the King rather than a singleton in view of the earlier splinter in Diamonds. East jumps to 6 Spades and South needs to lead a Heart to prevent the overtrick.
3 Good game but don’t get too greedy for an overtrick
Board 12 Monday 28 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West
Only one pair out of six managed to bid to 5 Diamonds.
When South raises his partner’s overcall the North hand has enormous playing strength. In such circumstances when the opposition have bid 2 suits North bids the suit in which he has a high honour to express an interest in game.
South is delighted to accept the invitation holding a singleton Spade, the Ace of Hearts and a high Diamond honour.
(As the cards lie North South can actually make 3NT. This is because the club pips are such that the suit is blocked in that only East can win the fourth round of Clubs. However it would be rather wild for South to try 3NT with such poor Clubs.)
Assuming the lead of a singleton Heart Declarer wins with the Ace and then plays Ace of Spades followed by trumping a Spade low in Dummy. He should then return to hand with a low Diamond to the King and trump the third Spade with the Queen of Diamonds making exactly 11 tricks for +600. Even if West does not peter in Spades it would be extremely unwise to try and ruff three Spades in the Dummy. This is because East West have only 19 points between then and yet East has bid freely at the two level in a higher ranking suit than opener with a hand which cannot contain more than 9 points. This would be hard to justify without six Spades. If South does get greedy and try to ruff three Spades in the Dummy then West will overruff the third round of Spades and can then underlead the Ace and King of Clubs so that East can play a trump resulting in only one ruff being taken in the Dummy for one down.