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A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

Current Competitions

2019 / 20 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2019 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

Seniors Trials

Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) took place from 14-15th December in Solihull. 

Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won comfortably and will represent England in the event in Ireland in MayCONGRATULATIONS!

Results are on the EBU web site.

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS RESULTS

 

Twenty five pairs took part in this prestigious competition last Sunday and enjoyed a great festive occasion and fabulous buffet.

Congratulations to 

ANDY BROCKLEHURST & JEFF MORRIS

First Place

RESULTS

MICHAEL FAY & CATHERINE DRAPER

2nd Place

GILLIAN McMULLEN & ROGER HOPTON

3rd Place

SALLY BRAY & GEORGE LEIGH

Intermediate First Place

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

CLUB CHAMPION 2019
CLUB CHAMPION 2019

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! 

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WIN A FREE SESSION!

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Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

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If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"! 

Alternatively please phone David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

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Thankyou.

Tips for September 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2017 duplicates

 

1       No one reaches par !

 

Board 3 Thursday 14 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

AJ9xxx

Qx

Kx

xxx

 

Qxx

J842

xxx

KJ9

 

None

AK9xx

AQJ10xx

Qx

 

K10xx

10x

xx

A10xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

 

4 Diamonds

Double

Pass

 

 

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

5 Hearts

 

There were an astonishing NINE different contracts at the eleven tables on this board but not one of them reached what I consider to be the par contract of 5 Hearts plus one for East West.

 

After two passes North is most likely to open a weak 2 Spades.  While he is too strong for such an action at Green if first or second in hand it is perfectly in order to have 10 points for a third in hand weak two because you know there is no chance of game for North South after partner has passed but equally with very little defence outside Spades a weak two best describes the hand.

 

East is now able to use a convention called LEAPING MICHAELS.  By jumping to four of a minor over a weak two in a major you are showing at least 5-5 distribution in the other major and the minor suit in which you have jumped.  South takes advantage of the vulnerability to bid 4 Spades knowing that he can afford to go three down doubled for -500.  West should pass because he is too flat to bid 5 Hearts voluntarily.  When 4 Spades comes back to East he should double to show a very strong Leaping Michaels hand.  At teams West should probably take the money from 4 Spades doubled which is 500 but at pairs he expects to make 5 Hearts on the majority of occasions holding four trumps to an honour plus the high Club honour so he should bid 5 Hearts.

 

5 Hearts makes if either the trumps come in (52%) or the Diamond finesse works (50% of the remaining 48%) – total probability of success 76%.  On this occasion both are favourable and +680 results.

 

One other point to note is that if East West do choose to defend 4 Spades doubled they need to defend accurately to take +500 rather than +300.  East will make the opening lead of the King of Hearts (King for COUNT).  West plays the 8 (second highest from four cards).  Now East continues with the Ace of Hearts.  The Heart that West plays on the second round will determine which suit East switches to at trick three.  If West held the King of Diamonds he would play the Jack of Hearts on the second round asking partner to switch to the higher ranking suit (ie Diamonds rather than Clubs).  On this occasion West will play the 2 of Hearts on the second round which categorically denies a top Diamond honour and accordingly East will switch to the Queen of Clubs ensuring that the Defence take the maximum penalty available of 500.

 

 

2       Game universally missed

 

Board 27 Monday 25 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

Qxxxx

Kxx

10xx

Kx

 

x

xx

AJxxx

AQ10xx

 

A109x

Ax

KQxx

Jxx

 

KJx

QJ10xxx

x

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

 

Double

5 Diamonds

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

4NT

Pass

 

All of the eight East West pairs who played this hand failed to reach the laydown game in Diamonds.

 

South has a routine 2 Heart opener.  West has to pass because he is too weak to take any action at the three level.  North should raise to 3 Hearts because he knows that East West must have at least a ten trick contract available in one of the minor suits (or possibly even 3NT).  As neither side is vulnerable it is fairly safe for East to make a takeout double of 3 Hearts.

 

The spotlight now turns to West.  Having passed with 11 points and 5-5 in the minor suits it is a near certainty that East West can make game in a minor.   Accordingly he should jump to 4NT to convey the message “please pick game in either minor suit”.  East duly obliges.  In fact this hand is one of the rare breed called a 5 or 7 hand.  That is because on a Heart lead against 5 Diamonds just 11 tricks will be made if the Club finesse fails but all 13 tricks will be made if the Club finesse succeeds as the Heart loser will disappear on the long Clubs.

 

 

3       Two different auctions to game

 

Board 17 Thursday 28 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J10

Q10xxx

xx

KQ10x

 

AQx

x

AK98xxx

Jx

 

xx

J98xx

Q10x

Axx

 

Kxxxxx

AK

J

9xxx

 

 

How should East West get to game on the above hand after:-

A)        South opens 1 Spade after two passes?

 

B)        South opens 2 Spades after two passes?

 

In case A West should overcall 2 Diamonds generally showing a six card suit and 10 to 16 points.  North will double to show Hearts and East should raise to 3 Diamonds.  South passes and now West should bid 3NT.  West knows that the Diamonds are almost certain to run for 7 tricks since even if East’s Diamonds are three small the probability of the missing 3 Diamonds breaking 2-1 is 78%.  While it might appear that it is dangerous for West to bid 3NT with no stop in Hearts on further examination of the bidding this is not so.  This is because North is unlikely to have more than five cards in Hearts as he did not open a weak two and equally South can hardly have more than three cards in Hearts as he would otherwise have bid 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds following North’s negative double of the 2 Diamond overcall.  Accordingly East must have a minimum of four cards in Hearts which is highly likely to include at least one honour.  Therefore West can bid 3NT with every confidence that at least nine tricks will be forthcoming via seven Diamond tricks and two Spade tricks.

 

In case B West should jump to 3NT over a 2 Spade opener.  This may at first sight seem wild with only fourteen points.  However as North has already passed as dealer it is probable that East has in the region of 7 to 10 points given that South has implied a maximum of 10 points for his weak two.  Note that on this occasion it is perfectly OK for South open 2 Spades at White opposite a passed hand despite having eleven points as he knows that there is very unlikely to be a game on for North South.  If over a weak 2 Spades West chose to just bid 3 Diamonds it would be extremely difficult for East to take any action with just seven points and game in Diamonds looking a very tall order.