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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 March 2017 duplicates
1 The modern way to play 2C – 2D – 3NT
Board 23 Thursday 9 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Until the introduction of the Kokish convention (which I have covered previously in September 2014 Tip No 2, January 2015 Tip No 1) the sequence 2♣-2♦-3NT showed 25 to 27 points.
However playing Kokish there no need to jump the bidding on such a hand. Rather a jump to 3NT shows a running minor suit. As only one pair out of eight ended up in 3NT on the above hand it would appear that the rest have not taken on board the advantages of Kokish.
Here although West has only 18 points with nine clear tricks it is not unreasonable to open 2 Clubs. After a response of 2 Diamonds from East then West now jumps to 3NT to show a running minor suit in a semi-balanced hand ie 7-2-2-2 or 6-3-2-2.
There are nine tricks on top but after a Heart lead from North if West wins and cashes all his Diamond winners then the North hand is inexorably squeezed on the last Diamond winner and declarer can make an overtrick for +630.
2 Support Double by opener helps to get to sensible contract
Board 4 Monday 13 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Support double showing three card Spade support
2 Takeout suggesting six Diamonds and four Hearts
There were a whole variety of contracts on this deal. However only one East West pair out of eight played in a sensible Club contract making 11 tricks for +150 and a 100% score.
The recommended auction is as shown above.
The key to the auction is West making a support double after the overcall of 2 Diamonds. This shows three card support for responder’s major suit whereas if West raised Spades in competition it would promise four cards. Thus East is not tempted to play in Spades with only a combined seven card fit and instead supports Clubs. South now makes a takeout double of 3 Clubs suggesting 6-4 in the red suits and North goes back to 3 Diamonds. East is happy to bid 4 Clubs with a singleton Diamond. Game in Clubs is actually a reasonable bet needing only the Clubs to come in for no loser (52%) but is almost impossible to bid due to West having nothing wasted in Diamonds.
Support doubles were invented by Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 30 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) in the early 1990’s. Rodwell proposed the use of a double in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for responder’s major suit and 4 card support. This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit. There are 10 situations in which this support double could arise:-
In each of the above 10 cases if West has 4 card support for partner’s major suit he raises the suit immediately. If West has only 3 card support for partner’s suit he doubles.
Refer also to September 2013 Tip No 3 for the use of a Support Redouble in a similar vein.
3 Unusual No-trump overcall points the way to game
Board 24 Monday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Only two pairs out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Diamond contract on the above hand and of these only one was with North the declarer.
After 1 Club from East the South hand is best described by a jump to 2NT showing 5-5 or 5-6 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits. With the exception of the vulnerability being Green I would suggest that this shows a hand with not more than six losers.
West passes and although North only has six points he should jump to 4 Diamonds. This is because he knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Diamonds and the Ace of Spades is sure to be invaluable. South is happy to raise to game with two Aces and only five losers.
Note that when North is the Declarer if East makes a passive Spade lead then the contract should make an overtrick for +420. This is because after the Ace of Spades wins the first trick Declarer then leads the 10 of Hearts. If this wins then a second Heart to the King and Ace follows. Now the Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick four. As West has four Hearts he has to follow helplessly when the remaining Heart winners are cashed and all North’s Clubs disappear on the Hearts.
The contract requires the Heart finesse plus a 2-1 trump split. In view of the opening bid by the East hand the Heart finesse has at least a 70% likelihood of success. Therefore the approximate probability of the contract making is 0.7 x 0.78 (2-1 trump split) = 55%.