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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 July 2017 duplicates
1 Slam try after sign-off accepted
Board 1 Tuesday 11 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
After transferring into Spades East then signs off in 3NT. At this point West knows that he is going to play in Spades but rather than lazily bidding 4 Spades it costs him nothing to cue-bid 4 Clubs. This conveys the message “I have three good Spades and a control in Clubs, there might be a slam on if you are maximum for your sign-off”. East now cue-bids the King of Hearts. West bids keycard just in case East has only ♠98xxx♥KQx♦xx♣KQx and the excellent slam is reached. The 4-1 Spade break means that there is a Spade loser. However an opening Heart lead would end any worries about where the Queen of Hearts is. On a Club lead to the Queen, King and Ace, declarer would also have the option of the ruffing finesse in Clubs to generate the 12th trick.
2 Smith Peters solves the problem !
Board 4 Thursday 20 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Not recommended to use Stayman on a 4-3-3-3 shape.
Every single North who declared 3NT on a Club lead was allowed to make the contract. This can only have been because East West were not playing Smith Peters (see Tip No 2 June 2017).
As we saw last month 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 East is able to convey a message to West as to whether he wants Clubs continuing. If East fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit.
North wins the first Club trick with the King of Clubs and plays the Queen of Hearts at trick two. East plays the three of Hearts his lowest card to indicate to West that he has no interest in his original Club suit being returned. If on the other hand East had started off with A9xxx in Clubs he would want Clubs continuing and would therefore play the nine of Hearts his highest card to request a continuation of Clubs. West thus switches to his fourth highest Diamond. East wins the Ace of Diamonds at trick three and continues with the 9 of Diamonds. North can then cash all his Heart and Club winners ending in hand but is forced to take the Spade finesse at trick ten. When this loses West can cash two more Diamond tricks to defeat the contract by one trick (West will probably have discarded one Diamond on the last rounded winner in order to not bare the King of Spades).
3 Scientific sequence to slam
Board 15 Monday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
1 Showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton
2 Where is your singleton?
3 In Clubs
Only three pairs out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on the above hand. It makes when the Hearts are 2-2 or singleton Queen (Total 52.5%). When the Hearts are not favourable it also makes when the Spades are 3-3 allowing the Diamond loser to be discarded from the South hand. Thus we add 36% x 47.5% = 17%. Total probability of making the contract the contract is thus approximately 69.5%. (There would also be the very small probability of the Queen and Jack of Clubs dropping in three rounds allowing a second Diamond to be discarded from the North hand after ruffing a Club.)
The recommended bidding sequence to reach slam is as above. After using Stayman and receiving a positive response a bid at the 3 level in the other major is best played as showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton. South enquires where the singleton is by bidding the next step ie 3NT over 3 Spades when Hearts is the agreed suit or 3 Spades over 3 Hearts when Spades is the agreed suit. North shows a singleton Club. However South is worried about there possibly being two losers in Diamonds so he cue-bids the Ace of Spades. North having control of Diamonds then bids RKCB and hears 3 keycards opposite. He does not enquire about the Queen of trumps with a view to a Grand Slam because he knows that South does not have the King of Diamonds.