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.
Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who won the three session pairs at Harrogate on 20-21st August by a good margin. Results are on the EBU web site.
Congratulations to Jason Hackett and teammates for winning the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett).
Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final.
In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer,
Green Point Teams
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019
This has taken place over 3 sessions
with the final having been played
on Tuesday 9th July.
Congratulations to First Place Winners
Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend
the Second Place team
Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)
Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.
(Full results are bottom right of this page)
Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.
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 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 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 June 2017 duplicates
1 How to play the trump suit for the overtrick
Board 4 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Although minimum in points any hand with a 5-4-3-1 distribution should almost always accept a game invitation.
Every North who declared this hand on the lead of the 9 of Hearts played it on autopilot without stopping to think about the distribution of the East hand. Ten tricks are certain but in order to make an overtrick it is necessary to diagnose which of the two defenders is more likely to have been dealt the singleton Ace of Spades. Clearly the lead of the 9 of Hearts is either a singleton or doubleton. If East had been dealt a singleton Ace of Spades then this would mean that he would have started with 10 or 11 cards in the minor suits and would presumably have made some noise in the bidding. Therefore the only defender who might have started off with the singleton Ace of trumps is West. Accordingly after winning the first round of Hearts, Declarer should then cross to Dummy by playing a low Diamond to the Ace. Now a low Spade from the Dummy at trick three sees the Ace appear and when East still has to follow suit to the second round of Hearts then an overtrick is made for +650.
2 Which suit to return at trick four ?
Board 20 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
The above is the agricultural sequence. Alternatively South might bid 2NT as an enquiry and then follow with a forcing 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds.
Let us assume that the contract is 3NT and West leads a fourth highest Spade to the Jack and King. Declarer then leads the Queen of Diamonds which wins the trick as East follows low smoothly. Now Declarer plays a second Diamond to the Jack and King. How does East decide whether to return his partner’s suit Spades or switch to another suit (Clubs clearly being more promising than Hearts in view of the shortage in the Dummy).
The answer lies in having agreed with your partner that you are playing Smith Peters. A Smith Peter can be defined as follows: “Against no trumps, a defenders first spot card, unless it is essential to give the count should indicate attitude to the opening leader’s suit”. By petering in the first side suit played by Declarer West is conveying the message to East that he wants Spades continuing. If West fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit. Here in following suit in Diamonds West plays the 3 followed by the 5 to say to partner “Do not return my suit, I want you to switch”. Having interpreted the message conveyed by the absence of a Smith Peter then East knows not to return a Spade. Accordingly he simply has to decide which Club to switch to. Whenever South started with either A10x or K10x it is essential to switch to the Queen of Clubs. With the Dummy now dead East later wins a Heart trick and continues Clubs defeating the contract by two tricks (four Club tricks, one Diamond trick and one Heart trick).
Note that South made a crucial error on the hand. When the Queen of
Diamonds won the second trick then South should have switched to Hearts guaranteeing nine tricks via four Heart tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Club trick.
3 Successfully avoiding 3NT
Board 6 Wednesday 21 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
On the above hand the secret is to avoid playing in 3NT which has no play provided that South is not careless enough to discard a Diamond on the fifth round of Clubs which happened at one table.
Playing 5 card majors West has little alternative but to bid 1NT after the 1 Heart overcall even though one would prefer to have a double Heart stop for such action. East reverses into Spades and West’s 3 Club bid is game forcing having shown 8 to 10 points with his 1NT bid. East now bids out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds to suggest a 4=1=3=5 distribution. With only one Heart stop West now judges well to take out 3NT back into Clubs and the best game is reached.
One pair reached 5 Clubs and easily made 11 tricks. However at another table after the above auction East made an indisciplined raise to 6 Clubs. This was because he assumed wrongly that making 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly. It is true that if 3NT is making 10 tricks then 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly. However East should have considered the significant possibility that 3NT would not make 9 tricks if West had only one stopper in Hearts. Thus he was wrong to raise to slam. However the East in question justified his optimism with first class card play. At first glance it appears that 6 Clubs has no chance of making (unless the Queen & Jack of Diamonds are doubleton or South holds a singleton Quack (a quack is the recognized term for a Queen or Jack). However by reversing the Dummy East was able to create an end position where North was squeezed at trick ten.
The play went as follows:- The King of Hearts was won with the Ace and a Heart immediately ruffed. Then East exited with the King of Spades which South won with the Ace and played back the 10 of Spades at trick four. Declarer now played Ace of Clubs and the 10 of Clubs to the Queen drawing the trumps. At trick seven the third round of Hearts was ruffed with the King of Clubs. At trick eight the Queen of Spades was cashed. Now a low Club was played to the 8 at trick nine leaving the following ending:-
At trick ten the play of the last Club from the Dummy inexorably squeezed the North hand who had to choose between discarding the winning 9 of Spades or discarding a Diamond which would allow Declarer to make the last trick with the 9 of Diamonds. The beauty of reversing the Dummy is that this allowed Declarer to make six trump tricks without having to ruff a Spade in the Dummy. Then because North had started with four Diamonds and at least four Spades he had too much to look after when the last Club was played from the Dummy.