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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 January 2018 duplicates
1 Elementary Grand Slam
Board 3 Thursday 11 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach what is really a very easy Grand Slam to bid.
After East responds 1 Spade to the West’s opening 1 Club bid West should make a mini-splinter of 3 Diamonds. As previously explained in June 2015 Tip No 1 this shows the values for at least 3 Spades with a singleton in Diamonds. East how cue-bids 4 Diamonds which shows the Ace as there would be little point in cue-bidding the King opposite shortage. Now West can bid RKCB. East responds 5 Spades to the RCKB bid. This is not a misprint. When you know that the partnership possesses a 10 card trump fit you respond to Keycard as if you have the Queen of trumps. West can now count 13 tricks as long as East has three cards in Diamonds (six Spades, two Clubs, two Hearts, the Ace of Diamonds and two Diamond ruffs). Only if East had started off with precisely Ax of Diamonds would West need either the Club finesse or for East to have the Queen of Clubs or the Queen of Hearts.
2 Minor suit game missed
Board 19 Monday 15 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eleven managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand.
After a 2 Heart overcall from North East has a perfect hand to make a negative double which implies at least four cards in each minor suit and approximately 8 plus points. When South raises to 3 Hearts it would be very timid for West to only bid 4 Clubs with a very attractive 5-5 distribution, three Aces and only five losers. Accordingly he should jump to 5 Clubs.
While it is possible to make 12 tricks in Clubs by finessing in Diamonds it is safest to play the hand on a cross ruff and make just 11 tricks for +600 to East West.
3 Poor Judgment by East
Board 19 Monday 22 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
This hand caught my eye because at eight of the twelve tables East showed extremely poor judgment by choosing to defend 5 Clubs instead of bidding 5 Diamonds.
South should open just 1 Club because if he opens 5 Clubs first or second in hand there is too great a risk of missing a slam. West does best to make a weak jump overcall of 2 Diamonds. While he does have a seven card suit the Red vulnerability makes the suit quality too poor to jump to the three level. North passes and the spotlight turns to East. First of all there is a high likelihood that West has a seven card Diamond suit given that East has AQ10x in support and the vulnerability is red. Secondly whenever West has a singleton Spade it is almost certain that the Spades can be established in a 5 Diamond contract. Thirdly if West has either rounded King (Hearts or Clubs then 5 Diamonds is almost certain to make). This is because if West has the King of Clubs then on a Club lead the King will immediately become established to deal with any possible Heart loser. Finally if for instance West’s Hearts were originally Qxx then on a Club lead to South if the King of Hearts is in the South hand the defence will not be able to attack Hearts before the Spades are established.
Had the eight East pairs correctly judged to bid 5 Diamonds then South would need to bid 6 Clubs which East would of course double and take the absolute par of +300 to East West.