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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 December 2017 duplicates
1 Textbook rectification of the count
Board 24 Thursday 14 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Note that in the bidding as East knows that the partnership possess at least 34 points then no purpose is served in using Stayman.
The above hand is a textbook example of how when you are in a notrump slam with only eleven top tricks that you should lose an early trick in order to subsequently leave the defenders with too much to do in keeping a stop in the key suits. Such a process is technically known as rectifying the count. Here West has eleven top winners with several chances to develop a twelfth trick.
The safest opening lead against the slam is for North to lead the 10 of Diamonds. Against a no trump slam you are not trying to establish tricks but simply trying to avoid giving away a trick. West has eleven top tricks and the only suit in which he can afford to concede a trick without losing the chance of an extra trick is in Hearts. Accordingly after winning the first trick with the King of Diamonds West should play a Heart and duck in the Dummy. South wins with the Jack of Hearts and returns the Jack of Diamonds. West should win with the Ace and now continue with the Ace and King of Hearts discovering that North started with five Hearts. At tricks six and seven the Ace and Queen of Clubs are unblocked from the Dummy. Now three rounds of Spades are cashed from tricks eight to ten leaving:-
West plays the King of Clubs and because North has to discard before East the last two tricks will be won in the Dummy. If North throws his winning Heart then Dummy throws the small Diamond, if North throws a Diamond then Dummy throws the 9 of Hearts. This is a positional squeeze and only works because North has to discard before East. If the North and South hands were reversed then the squeeze would not work.
2 Responder takes charge
Board 8 Monday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.
After a routine start of 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 2 Clubs the East hand is too strong for an invitational bid of 3 Spades and so should use fourth suit forcing to request more information from partner. West is delighted to jump to 3 Spades. Not only does this show three card Spade support in a 3=5=1=4 shape but it also shows extra strength. This is because as previously illustrated (refer to Tip No 1 January 2014 or Tip No 3 August 2012) if opener has a minimum 3=5=1=4 shape in the range 11 to 14 points you must raise the major suit immediately because you are not strong enough to bid two suits and then go back to responder’s first bid suit.
East now knowing that West has a Diamond shortage can take charge. There is no need for him to cue-bid because he does not need the King of Diamonds to make slam. He can immediately bid Roman Key Card Blackwood and jump to 6 Spades on hearing of 2 keycards opposite.
In the play South is likely to lead a Diamond. On winning with the Ace of Diamonds Declarer should not draw trumps but should instead ruff Diamonds twice in the Dummy and then discard his fourth and fifth Diamonds on the King of Clubs and King of Hearts losing only one trick to the King of trumps.
3 King for Count or Unblock, Ace for Attitude
Board 2 Wednesday 20 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
Three of the North South pairs who reached 3NT were allowed to make this contract because on the lead of the King of Diamonds East failed to throw the Queen under it. When you have a very strong suit either AKJxx or AKJ10x you should start off by leading the King. This demands that either partner shows his count in the suit or unblocks by throwing the Queen under the King. For instance if the suit were divided:-
Then on the lead of the King East would play the 9. This would deny the Queen but would make West aware that South had at least three cards in the suit and West would switch suits and hope that East would later on be able to lead through Declarer’s remaining Queen.
When East failed to throw the Queen of Diamonds under the King then West naturally switched to the 10 of Hearts allowing the contract to be made.
If instead West had started off with only four cards AKJx in Diamonds he would lead the Ace for Attitude. Here East would encourage if he had the Queen but discourage if he did not have the Queen. The point being that if the suit is divided:-
Then you do not want partner throwing the Queen under the Ace because now Declarer will make a trick with the 10 on the fourth round.
I understand that at one of the three tables where East did not thrown the Queen under the King that divorce proceedings are now under way !