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 December 2016 duplicates
1 Withhold the Ace of trumps on the first round
Board 25 Wednesday 14 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
1 Showing a bad hand after a reverse. It forces opener to bid 3 Clubs as East may wish to play in 3 Clubs if he has say:-
or 3 Diamonds if he has say:-
or 3 Hearts as on the above hand. Note that an immediate 3 Hearts over the reverse of 2 Spades should be played as game forcing.
The above hand is a very instructive one in the play.
Four out of five pairs correctly stopped in 3 Hearts on this hand. At pairs you should not bid borderline games. Say North opens with the Queen of Diamonds lead against 3 Hearts. South wins with the Ace and continues with a low Diamond. After winning with the King declarer should play the King of Hearts. If North takes his Ace immediately then Declarer can make a tenth trick. He does this by drawing a second round of trumps before playing on Spades. By so doing he is hoping that when the Spades break 4-2 (as expected) that the last trump is in the hand with four Spades. However if North holds up his Ace of Hearts on the first round then Declarer cannot make ten tricks. This is because if he continues with Hearts then North can play a third round preventing Declarer from ruffing the fourth round of Spades in the Dummy. So the moral is:- always be aware of the benefit of holding up the Ace of trumps on the first round on hands where Declarer wishes to draw exactly two rounds of trumps but does not wish to draw a third round.
2 1NT in response to a takeout double is a constructive bid
Board 22 Thursday 15 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
1 The vulnerability makes bidding 2 Spades unattractive. Perfect defence would yield 800 against 2 Spades doubled.
I was mystified why only two out of seven pairs managed to reach 3NT. East should open the bidding with his shapely 5-5 distribution despite the low point count. South has a routine takeout double. North should respond 1NT. This promises a Spade stop and about 7 ½ to 10 points. It is not a dustbin bid. If North held a very weak hand he would have to bid 2 of a suit even with zero points. South then raises to 3NT knowing that the partnership possesses a minimum of 25 points.
In the play on a Spade lead North must hold up the Ace until the third round, discarding Diamonds from the Dummy. Then by playing on Clubs he will make a minimum of 9 tricks and 10 on perfect play.
3 Easy slam missed
Board 8 Thursday 22 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Only one pair out of eight managed to bid to 6 Hearts.
When North overcalls the pre-emptive opening bid South is far too strong to simply raise to game in Hearts. He might consider bidding an immediate 4NT RKCB for Hearts but this might get the partnership too high if for instance North has overcalled on a borderline ♠Qxx♥KJ98xx♦Kx♣Kx when there might be two Heart and one Club losers.
Therefore the correct course of action is for South to cue-bid 4 Clubs which agrees Hearts by inference and asks partner to cue-bid if suitable. North is delighted to cue-bid 4 Diamonds and now RKCB can be wheeled out. South can count 12 tricks in Hearts unless North has a singleton Club.