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EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
 
 
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
 
 
 
Full results are on the EBU web site.

 

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2019

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

Congratulations to the winning team

EVE LIGHTHILL. BOB COOKE,

IAN KANE, HOWARD KAY,

DAVID SARABOWSKI & STUART SHALOM

(Full results bottom right of this page)

2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS
2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS

Congratulations to

JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD

Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 

Update Friday - Seniors reach Final in Wuhan!

The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.

They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.

The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.

The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.

Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.

The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!

....AND FINALLY

In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
 
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
 
Seniors
 
Women Bronze


The teams are:

Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn
 

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.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

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.

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! 

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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2019 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 2019

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WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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

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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.