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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 March 2018 duplicates
1 Moysian fit is the best game
Board 14 Thursday 8 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
As previously noted in Tip No 1 January 2013 The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit. It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was said to love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.
Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach 4 Spades. After South opens a weak two in Hearts West doubles and East bids 3 Diamonds. This shows 8 to 11 points and denies a four card major. If East held fewer than 8 points with Diamonds he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT bid. West now expects game to be on with 19 points opposite East’s positive bid and accordingly bids 3 Hearts which generally asks partner if he has a stop in Hearts. East has no Heart stop but he does have three good Spades and so bids 3 Spades. West is delighted to raise to game in Spades. Even though this is only a seven card trump fit as long as Spades do not split worse than 4-2 it is certain to make and indeed makes an overtrick when the Club finesse is working. Refer also to Tip No 1 October 2013 for further clarification of how Lebensohl works.
2 Minor suit game missed
Board 4 Monday 12 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Only two pairs out of twelve managed to reach the laydown 5 Diamond contract on this hand.
East has a routine takeout Double of North’s 2 Heart overcall and West is happy to bid 3 Diamonds. East should not pass 3 Diamonds. He has a fifth trump, no wasted honours in Hearts and only 6 losers on the Losing Trick Count. Accordingly he should raise to 4 Diamonds. West is delighted to then go to game because he has a singleton Heart, two Aces and four good trumps.
Assuming that North starts off with two rounds of Hearts the safest way to make 11 tricks is as follows. Ruff the second Heart. Queen of Diamonds wins followed by nine of Diamonds to the King. Ruff a third round of Hearts, discard Dummy’s fourth Heart on the Ace of Spades. Now ruff a Spade, draw the last trump which still leaves a trump in the Dummy and play a low Club to the Ace at trick nine and the 10 of Clubs to the King at trick ten. If you do not play the cards in this order there is a danger of South’s 10 of Diamonds being promoted.
3 Rectifying the count followed by positional squeeze against North
Board 13 Monday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
A nice brief auction. East opens 1NT and West goes directly to 6NT. Opening lead Jack of Spades.
However despite a combined point count of 34 HCPs there are only eleven top tricks and only one declarer out of eight managed to make 6NT.
The Golden Rule in such situations where you only have eleven top tricks is to give up a trick in a suit in which you are certain to lose a trick in order to create a situation where one or both of the defenders may have too much to look after towards the end of the hand. Such a process is called Rectifying the Count. Here Clubs is the suit in which a trick should be lost immediately. Accordingly after winning the Ace of Spades at trick one Declarer plays a Club at trick two and allows South to win the trick with the 9. South continues with Spades at trick three. At tricks four and five Declarer continues with King and Ace of Clubs discovering that North still has a Club winner. The Ace and King of Diamonds are cashed at tricks six and seven followed by three rounds of Hearts from tricks eight to ten. At trick eleven we have reached:-
The Queen of Spades is now played from the Dummy. North is forced to concede the twelfth trick. Knowing that Declarer still has a small Club he discards a Diamond. East now throws his Club and makes the last two tricks in Diamonds.
This is a positional squeeze and only works because East is discarding after North at trick eleven. If the North and South hands were reversed (with North holding length in Spades) the squeeze would not work because South can discard after East plays at trick eleven.