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THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2019
SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION
Congratulations to the winning team
EVE LIGHTHILL. BOB COOKE,
IAN KANE, HOWARD KAY,
DAVID SARABOWSKI & STUART SHALOM
(Full results bottom right of this page)
JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD
Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs
The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.
They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.
The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.
The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.
Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.
The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!
The teams are:
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.
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.
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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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the September 2018 duplicates
1 Game inexplicably missed
Board 7 Monday 3 September– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach 3NT on the above hand which I found quite remarkable. At four of the eight tables West played in 4 Diamonds plus one. 3NT should be reached regardless of whether South opens a weak 2 Hearts or passes because he is vulnerable and considers his hand a little weak.
If South opens a weak 2 Hearts then the auction should be very brief:
With a Heart stop and twelve points opposite a vulnerable three level overcall East expects to make game in notrumps.
Should South pass if he feels he a little weak for a vulnerable weak two then the bidding is likely to go:-
East starts off by cuebidding 2 Spades to promise at least four card Diamond support and 10 plus points. West holding only 12 points initially signs off in 3 Diamonds. East is worth a further move with 3 Spades asking if West has a Spade stop and West is happy to oblige The only difference now is that West is the Declarer.
With East the Declarer the likely lead is the King of Hearts. Declarer wins the second round of Hearts and cashes the Ace and King of Diamonds (best technique is to unblock the 10 on one of the first two rounds to ensure that there is no danger of the Diamond suit subsequently being blocked). With eight tricks on top Declarer has a choice between the Club finesse and playing a Spade to the Queen. It is correct to play a Spade to the Queen because while South might have the King of Clubs it is unlikely that he has the Ace of Spades since that would make him a little heavy for a 2 Heart opener. When the Queen of Spades wins Declarer then runs off the rest of his Diamonds. North’s discards will give declarer a good clue as to whether he can risk an overtrick by finessing the Queen of Clubs at trick ten. Result either +600 or +630.
With West the Declarer the likely lead is a Spade from North. Now when the Queen of Spades wins the first trick you can run all the Diamonds and if you watch North’s discards like a hawk (who will have to make five discards on the run of the Diamonds) you will be able to judge whether it is safe to finesse the Clubs for an overtrick. Again the result is either +600 or +630.
2 Keycard at the second bid !
Board 9 Thursday 6 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
I consider that the South hand is so strong that it is one of the extremely rare occasions on which it is correct to launch straight into Roman Key Card Blackwood on the second round of the bidding. In some respects the South hand is worthy of a 2 Club opener. However experience shows that with such a shape it is better in the long run to start off with a humble 1 Heart and accept the very rare occasions on which 1 Heart might be passed out.
When North responds 1 Spade the South hand is absolutely huge. While some might argue for a splinter bid of 4 Clubs this will not achieve anything. Given that as little as Qxxxx Spades in the North hand and a singleton Heart makes a contract of 6 Spades almost ironclad and as the South hand only has 3 losers the chances of a 5 Spade contract not making if the North hand is unsuitable for slam is quite low. North shows one keycard and now South bids the next step asking for the Queen of trumps. The reason why South asks for the Queen of Spades is that if North had both the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts he would respond 5 Hearts which would allow South to bid a grand slam in Spades. North denies the Queen of Spades by signing off in 5 Spades. However despite this denial South goes on to the slam. Why is this? Well for one thing if North held a 5th trump then the chances of bringing in the Spades would be at least 78% (since the odds of a 3-nil trump split are 22%). Secondly even if there is a Spade loser then the Heart finesse is still available.
We can quantify the approximate odds of 6 Spades making. If the Spades come in the contract makes. This is 52.5 % (2-2 split plus singleton Queen = 40% + 12½ %. If the Spades do not come in then the contract will still make when the Heart finesse is working. So we can add in one half of the remaining 47.5% or 23.75%. The total odds of the contract making are therefore 76.25%.
However the play of 6 Spades does have something of a sting in the tail. Five pairs out of eight reached the slam but two of these five pairs went down after receiving a Club lead. As the Club lead takes out the only quick entry to the North hand it is crucial to make use of this entry by finessing Hearts at trick two. The Heart finesse works and now the Ace and King of Spades can be cashed. The Queen does not drop but this matters not as declarer can continue with the Ace of Hearts and easily set up the Hearts even if they break four one. However note the difference if Declarer carelessly starts to draw trumps at trick two. When the Ace and King of Spades fail to drop the Queen Declarer is forced to continue with a third round of Spades. West wins and forces Declarer’s fourth trump by continuing Clubs. Now Declarer is forced to hope that East started off with only two Hearts by playing his last trump to the Jack in the Dummy and finessing in Hearts. When the finesse wins but the Ace does not then drop the King declarer goes at least one trick down depending on whether East has any Clubs left.
3 Autosplinter paves the route to slam
Board 18 Monday 10 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
Twenty years ago the East hand would have started off proceedings with a strong 2 Spades opener showing at least eight playing tricks in Spades and the bid was forcing for one round ie it could not be passed. However now that strong two bids in a major have gone out of fashion largely because of the low frequency with which they occur a method has to be found to catch up later in the bidding. The answer is that whenever partner responds 1NT to the opening bid of one major the opening bidder is able to describe his hand accurately on the second round by use of the Autosplinter. If East had a game going hand with Spades and a minor he would jump to the three level in the minor suit to insist that game be reached. Thus a jump to the four level in a minor cannot possibly be natural. Instead it is an autosplinter setting his original major as trumps and inviting the responder to cue-bid in case a slam is available.
1 Autosplinter setting Spades as trumps
2 A jump to the five level after cuebids have been exchanged in two suits says “I have no control in the fourth suit (Hearts), have you got the Ace or King?”
3 I have the Ace of Hearts in case you are interested in a Grand Slam.
West cuebids in Diamonds and as East has the King of Diamonds he knows that West must therefore have the Ace. However East is still worried about the Heart suit. By jumping to the five level over 4 Diamonds he is asking West to look exclusively at his Heart holding. If West held the King of Hearts he would jump to 6 Spades. By bidding instead 6 Hearts he is showing the Ace of Hearts. In fact if East were desperately in need of a top he might consider bidding 7 Diamonds which only needs a 3-2 break in Diamonds. However this is very risky as West might have only 3 Diamonds in say a 1=4=3=5 or 2=3=3=5 shape. Only one East West pair out eight reached 6 Spades. Clearly the others need to learn Autosplinters!