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.
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 November 2017 duplicates
1 Too strong for strong no trump
Board 26 Monday 27 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Only two out of eight pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand. I would guess that this may have been because some Souths may have opened a 15-17 No trump and if West intervened to show the majors by overcalling 2 Clubs then North South on several occasions languished in a part score in Diamonds. The South hand with 17 points, three Aces and a five card suit is too strong for 1NT. Accordingly South should open 1 Club. West will overcall 1 Spade and North should bid 1NT. Note that after an overcall 1NT by North is not a dustbin bid but is a constructive bid showing 8 to 10 points (perhaps a good 7 ½) and at least one Spade stop. South then has a comfortable raise to game and even if East finds the best lead of the Jack of Hearts North should have no trouble in making nine tricks after losing one Diamond trick. (Although seeing all four hands the Diamond suit can be picked up without loss Declarer has no reason to play for East having started with K10x and so in practice will lose a Diamond trick, making four Diamonds, two Clubs, two Hearts and one Spade for +600.)
2 Slam on 24 points
Board 11 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of six managed to reach the laydown 6 Diamonds.
After the 2 Spade overcall South is strong enough to bid 3 Clubs which should be played as Game forcing. North emphasises his Diamonds showing a minimum of six cards. Now South has a choice. While he might be tempted to rebid his Hearts to show six it is much more sensible for him to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing Diamonds since Qx is excellent support opposite a minimum of six cards in the North hand. Now North has an easy RKCB bid and on hearing either a response of 5 Hearts or 5 Spades can bid the slam with confidence.
3 Slam universally missed
Board 14 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
None of the six tables managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract. I suspect that this may have been because East rebid his Hearts over North’s 3 Club bid. Having opened on just 10 HCPs East is best advised to pass the 3 Club bid since West will bid again if strong enough. When West bids 3 Diamonds at his second bid then again East should not rebid his Hearts because holding J9 of Spades having not supported Spades on the previous round is excellent support. The point to appreciate is that if for instance West’s distribution had been say 5=2=5=1 or 6=2=4=1 then he would probably have reopened the bidding with a double rather than showing his second suit so he is less likely to have two cards in Hearts.
Over 3 Spades West cue-bids 4 Clubs and East should cuebid 4 Hearts which should definitely show the Ace opposite known shortage. Now West can bid the slam with confidence because the Diamond finesse is a heavy favourite to work on the bidding after South’s overcall in Clubs. On the Jack of Clubs lead Declarer should ruff and then play a Heart to the Ace. He then finesses the Jack of Diamonds, cashes the Ace of Diamonds and ruffs a Diamond. When the King drops 12 tricks are assured and now trumps are drawn making all 13 tricks when the Queen of trumps falls. Even if the King of Diamonds had not appeared on the third round then Declarer could have ruffed another Club before trumping the fourth round of Diamonds in the Dummy again making the contract.