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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 August 2017 duplicates
1 Opening lead critical
Board 8 Monday 7 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Several North South pairs allowed 4 Spades doubled to make on the above hand when South made a poor opening lead.
South initially made a negative double after East’s 1 Spade overcall and then doubled 4 Spades for penalty having two Aces and eleven points. Those South’s who made the opening lead of a Diamond were soon to regret it. Declarer wins the Diamond with the King and continues with Ace of Diamonds and a Diamond ruff at trick three. He then plays the 8 of Hearts from Dummy, low from North, low from East, won by the Queen with South. Belatedly South switches to a Spade at trick five won with the King in the Dummy. Now a second Heart is played from the Dummy. North has to rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps. However Declarer wins in hand and draws the last trump at trick eight. At trick nine East now applies the Coup de Grace by playing the Jack of Hearts, pinning North’s 10 and promoting the 9 of Hearts as the 10th trick.
While it is not generally recommended to lead a singleton trump here the indications were that it was the correct lead on this occasion. North South clearly had the balance of the high card strength while East must surely have a six card Spade suit and a very shapely hand to go straight to game after the single raise from West. Therefore the only way in which East West were likely to have a chance of making 4 Spades doubled would be if Declarer were able to score two ruffs in the Dummy. Note the difference which an initial trump lead makes. This has to be won in the Dummy and Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds and Diamond ruff follows. Now when a Heart is played from the Dummy at trick five North can rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps. The difference now is that the remaining Hearts are 10x in the North hand, J96 in the East hand and AQ5 in the South hand. Declarer has to make the second lead of Hearts from his own hand and thus the 10 of Hearts is certain to make a trick so Declarer loses four tricks for +100 to North South.
2 Superior Grand Slam
Board 21 Tuesday 8 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
1 Cue-bid agreeing Clubs
When North opens 2NT South knows that the partnership is heading for a minimum of a small slam as he holds 14 points and the partnership therefore possess a minimum of 34 points. However in order to give the partnership a chance of reaching a Grand Slam he should start off by bidding 3 Clubs, Stayman. North denies a major suit and now South rebids 4 Clubs showing a slam try in Clubs with at least a five card suit. If North did not like Clubs he would sign off in 4NT. Thus when North bids 4 Diamonds this is a cue-bid agreeing Clubs as trumps. South return cue-bids in Hearts. Now North wheels out Roman Key Card and on hearing that all the keycards are present bids 5NT asking if South has any extras. Holding the King of Diamonds and 14 points South is happy to bid 6 Diamonds and this is sufficient for North to gamble on the Grand Slam in Clubs.
7 Clubs is a significantly better contract than 7NT. This is because let us assume that the defence lead either a Heart or a Club (since a Diamond or Spade lead would immediately concede the thirteenth trick). On say a Club lead, trumps are drawn in three rounds followed by the unblocking of the Ace of Hearts. Now the King and Ace of Diamonds are cashed at tricks five and six followed by cashing the King of Hearts at trick seven on which the third Diamond is discarded from the South hand. Now the third round of Diamonds is ruffed at trick eight. When the Queen appears we now have the thirteenth trick. Only if the Queen has yet to make an appearance would we have to rely on the Jack of Spades dropping.
3 Fourteen top tricks
Board 15 Monday 28 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach 7 Clubs on the above hand and not a single pair managed to reach 7 Notrumps despite there being 14 top tricks (16 given that the Spades are 3-3).
The best way for East to start to describe his hand after West opens a 15-17 Notrump is to transfer into Clubs. Over the 2 Spade bid West has a choice between bidding 2NT and 3 Clubs. In previous issues I have recommended that by opener bidding the minor directly this promises a fit for the minor which is defined as Qxx or better. If West did not like Clubs he would bid 2NT.
East should then bid 3 Hearts which as previously explained in Tip No3 September 2015 shows a singleton in that major. West might then bid RKCB but it is better for West to cue-bid 3 Spades. The reason for this is that by waiting for East to bid Roman Key Card West is able to show where 14 of his points lie. Thus in responding 5 Diamonds to show 3 keycards, East knows that all the keycards are present plus the King of Spades shown on the previous round of bidding. Thus there are a minimum of 13 tricks (6 Club tricks, three Diamond tricks, three Spade tricks and one Heart trick).