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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 October 2018 duplicates
1 Silence is Golden
Board 1 Wednesday 10 October– Vulnerability White – Dealer North
I believe that if on this hand South passes throughout that it is almost impossible for East West to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs. However if South makes a delayed entry into the auction then it becomes dramatically easier.
Most Souths will not be able to resist the temptation to bid a natural 2 Hearts on the second round of the bidding. However they should live to regret so doing. This allows West to agree Clubs violently by making a splinter bid in opener’s suit and jumping to 4 Hearts. This shows interest in a slam in Clubs and is more likely to be on a void than a singleton given that South is almost certainly showing a 6 card suit. Now the spotlight turns to East. As he has nothing wasted in Hearts opposite West’s shortage, he has excellent trumps and the pointed Queens are certain to be of value he should jump to 6 Clubs.
How should this contract be played on the lead of the King of Hearts ruffed in the dummy? The priority is to see whether a second Diamond trick can be established by playing a low Diamond towards the Queen. Assume that North rises with the King. If North returns a trump everything is plain sailing. East wins with the 8 of Clubs and ruffs a second Heart in the dummy with the 10 of Clubs. Now a Diamond to the Queen is followed by a third Heart ruff with the Queen of Clubs. Finally a low Spade to the Queen allows Declarer to finish drawing the trumps and the remaining Hearts disappear on the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Diamonds. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, three Spade tricks and two Diamond tricks and will make the contract even if trumps split 4-1. If instead North returns a second Diamond then now Declarer wins with the Queen, ruffs a second Heart with the 10 of Clubs, plays a low Spade to the Queen and ruffs a third Heart with the Queen of Clubs and only then draws trumps by playing the 7 of Clubs to the Ace. On this defence Declarer would go down if North had started with four trumps including the 9.
2 Grand Slam available but even Small Slam missed
Board 13 Monday 22 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
North South can make a Grand Slam in Diamonds on this hand. However while the Grand Slam is almost impossible to bid nevertheless it was a pretty poor showing that not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach even 6 Diamonds.
South has choice between making a negative double over East’s pre-emptive 3 Spade overcall or bidding a natural 4 Diamonds. It seems preferable to emphasize the strong six card Diamond suit. When West raises to 4 Spades the spotlight turns to North. It is unlikely that South has much wasted in Spades given that West has raised Spades at Amber. Thus the partnership possess a likely ten card Diamond fit and even if the King of Clubs is not with South then the Club finesse is a heavy favourite to succeed given East’s pre-emptive bid in Spades. Thus the only worry is in the Heart suit. It is thus extremely unlikely that that there are two losers in Hearts and even if South has for instance only Kx in Hearts with something like ♠Axx♥Kx♦AJ10xxx♣xx then a winning Club finesse will take care of the second Heart loser. The moral is that sometimes the opposition bidding has taken away any space to be scientific and you have to make what is likely to be the winning bid in the long run.
3 Poor execution by North
Board 17 Wednesday 31 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
This is a very instructive hand and I noted that only three out of five pairs bid to the automatic 6NT but in each case they planned the play very poorly and went down even though the Declarers were of Division 2 standard in the Manchester League and really ought to have done better.
The bidding playing 5 card majors would go very simply 1 Diamond – 1 Spade – 2NT – 6NT.
East opens with the Jack of Clubs. There are only nine tricks on top with potential extra tricks available in Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. There is no hurry to try the Spades and in any event you might later on get a complete count of the suit. Thus there is a choice between playing Diamonds and Hearts. Hearts is the correct suit to play on because this offers a good chance of making two extra tricks while in the Diamonds you are only likely to get one extra trick unless West started with Qxx exactly. However what is the correct way to play the Hearts? The answer is that you should take an indirect finesse by winning the Queen of Clubs and immediately playing a low Heart towards the QJx in the Dummy. This will allow you to make three Heart tricks not only when the suit breaks 3-3 (36 per cent) but also on all occasions when East has the King and the suit does not break 3-3 (ie half of the remaining 64 per cent). Thus by playing on Hearts in this fashion the total probability of making three Heart tricks is 36 + 32 = 68 per cent. As you can see the lie of the Heart suit does indeed allow three Heart tricks to be made. You now have eleven tricks on top and have plenty of time to first of all try and drop the Jack of Spades in three rounds for your twelfth trick before falling back on the Diamond finesse if necessary.
The declarers who failed crossed to Dummy at trick two in Spades and ran the Queen of Hearts. When this lost to the King and the Hearts did not break they later on took a losing Diamond finesse and deservedly went down.