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 September 2017 duplicates
1 No one reaches par !
Board 3 Thursday 14 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
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
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
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.