MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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Bronze Medal for English Juniors
THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019
This has taken place over 3 sessions
with the final having been played
on Tuesday 9th July.
Congratulations to First Place Winners
Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend
the Second Place team
Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)
Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.
(Full results are bottom right of this page)
Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.
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 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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Points of interest from the May 2018 duplicates
1 West or East for Keycard?
Board 10 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
It ought to be relatively straightforward for East West to reach a Small slam on this hand although astonishingly only three out of eight pairs managed to do so. However none of the eight pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand slam. I believe that this was because the wrong hand used keycard.
After East makes an automatic jump to 3 Clubs with his 16 points and strong six card suit several Wests appear to have made the underbid of the year by signing off in 3NT. Holding three Aces and a King a Small slam is almost underwritten opposite a jump rebid. Accordingly West should raise Clubs which is forcing. East should now cuebid 4 Diamonds. At this point I believe that the three Wests who managed to reach the Small slam then used keycard. Although all the keycards were present West could not be certain that there were more than 12 tricks available and so had to sign off in 6NT. The reason why West was wrong to use keycard is that by so doing he then has to guess what his partner holds in terms of side suit Queens. If on the other hand West lets East do the asking then all of West’s 15 points can be shown in the responses to keycard. The bidding continues:-
West shows three keycards in response to RKCB. East’s 5NT bid confirms that all the keycards are present and asks West to show any side suit King or to bid 7 Clubs with a strong side suit. West owns up to the King of Spades and East can now count thirteen tricks.
2 Bidding lesson for South
Board 17 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
From an examination of the scores on this board it is clear to me that none of the eight Souths who held this hand had an understanding of the correct way in which their assets should be shown.
After East opens 1 Heart South has to decide whether to overcall in Diamonds or to make a takeout double. The correct call is to overcall 2 Diamonds. This is because with such a low point count South cannot Double and then bid Diamonds if North bids Clubs. After South overcalls it is practical for West to jump straight to game in Hearts. This is automatic for those playing five card majors and even for those playing four card majors it seems the sensible choice not vulnerable with the singleton Diamond. When 4 Hearts comes back to South he has the perfect hand to double. THIS IS NOT A PENALTY DOUBLE. Rather it implies that in addition to the six card Diamond suit already shown that South has a very attractive hand on which to compete further with tolerance for both the unbid suits. The most likely shapes for South to make such a bid are 3=1=6=3 or 4=0=6=3 or 4=1=6=2.
For instance if we give North ♠Kx♥xxx♦xx♣KQJxxx then he can bid 5 Clubs which is certain to make. If instead we give North ♠QJ10xx♥xxx♦xx♣Axx then he can bid 4 Spades which is almost certain to make. On the actual hand North is very balanced and is delighted to convert the take out double to penalties by passing 4 Hearts doubled and collecting +300 for North South after the natural lead of the 10 of Clubs. While it is true that on the actual hand 5 Diamonds does make for +400 this is a poor contract as it requires the Diamond finesse as well as split Club honours.
3 Breaking the transfer
Board 7 Monday 21 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach game in Hearts on this hand.
There are two ways in which game should be reached. Although the North hand is within the point range for a 15-17 strong no trump there is a good case for upgrading the 17 point hand with a strong five card suit and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) and treating the hand as if it were 18-19. In this case the bidding would go:-
1 Club 1 Heart
2NT 3 Clubs or 3 Diamonds depending on partnership methods
3 Hearts 4 Hearts
After the jump to 2NT South either bids a natural 3 Diamonds promising five Hearts or an artificial 3 Clubs as a major suit checkback looking for either three card Heart support or four card Spade suit.
Alternatively if North opens the top heavy 1NT then after South transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds if North simply bids 2 Hearts then this will end the auction. Instead North should break the transfer by bidding 2NT. This implies a maximum 1NT with three or four Hearts. South then retransfers with 3 Diamonds and raises 3 Hearts to game.
On the Jack of Spades lead careful play should lead to eleven tricks and a score of +650 to North South.