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EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
 
 
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
 
 
 
Full results are on the EBU web site.

 

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)

2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS
2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS

Congratulations to

JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD

Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 

Update Friday - Seniors reach Final in Wuhan!

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!

....AND FINALLY

In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
 
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
 
Seniors
 
Women Bronze


The teams are:

Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn
 

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.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

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 tops National Master Point list

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

CLUB CHAMPION 2019
CLUB CHAMPION 2019

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! 

Current Competitions

2019 / 20 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2019 until the end of April 2020

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2019 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 2019

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WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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Tips for November 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Lack of imagination

 

Board 15 Monday 12 November– Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Jx

AQxxxx

Kxx

QJ

 

AQxxxxx

10x

Qx

xx

 

K109x

xx

109xxx

xx

 

None

KJ9

AJx

AK109xxx

 

 

The North South bidding on this hand was absolutely woeful.  With a Grand Slam available in either Clubs or Hearts only one pair out of eight managed to get to even a small slam.  The suggested auction to a small slam would be:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

4 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

Pass

1 Club

6 Hearts

3 Spades

Pass

 

When North bids Hearts freely at the four level almost certainly showing a six card suit it is actually quite difficult to construct a hand where 6 Hearts would go down unless the opening lead is ruffed.  As little as Queen to six Hearts and the King of Diamonds would make it a near certainty to succeed.

 

If South wishes to invite a Grand Slam then instead of punting 6 Hearts he should instead bid 5 Spades which as it commits the partnership to the six level is a Grand Slam try in Hearts.  North should accept this holding six Hearts with two of the top three honours together with the secondary honours in the minor suits.

 

 

2       Don’t be wasteful of entries

 

Board 16 Monday 12 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

A10xx

A9x

AKJ10

xx

 

KJx

xx

Q9xx

AJ10x

 

Qxx

Q10x

xx

KQxxx

 

9xx

KJ8xx

xxx

xx

 

 

Four of the eight North South pairs played in 2 Hearts after a strong no trump opening from North and a transfer by South.  However in each case they only made 9 tricks instead of the 10 which are available with careful play.

 

East will lead the King of Clubs.  West will signal with the Jack and a second Club follows to the Ace.  West now switches to a low Spade.  It is good technique to duck the first round of Spades.  East wins with the Queen of Spades and returns a second Spade at trick four.  Declarer now starts on the trumps by cashing the Ace of Hearts at trick five and playing a low Heart to the Jack at trick six which wins.  The key point of the hand has now been reached. DECLARER SHOULD NOT DRAW THE LAST TRUMP AT THIS STAGE.  Instead Declarer takes the Diamond finesse by playing a low Diamond to the 10 at trick seven.  The finesse wins and only now does Declarer draw the last trump at trick eight.  The  Diamond finesse is now repeated at trick nine followed by the Ace of Diamonds at trick ten and the King of Diamonds at trick eleven on which the losing Spade is discarded.

 

The reason why it is good technique to duck the first round of Spades is that supposing the Diamond finesse loses but that the Spades break 4-2.  On this lie of the cards Declarer will still make nine tricks because East will not have a third Spade to return when he wins the Queen of Diamonds.  The moral of the hand is that Declarer must make the maximum use of entries.  By drawing the last trump prematurely then Declarer needed West to have only three Diamonds with the Queen whereas by finessing twice he was able to deal with an original four card holding.

 

3       Reaching slam after pre-emptive opening by opposition

 

Board 8 Thursday 15 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

x

xx

109x

KQ109xxx

 

KJxxx

Jx

KQx

xxx

 

A9xxx

Axx

AJxx

A

 

Q10

KQ10xxx

xxx

Jx

 

 

In a similar vein to Tip 1 with a Grand Slam available not a single one of the seven East West pairs managed to reach even 6 Spades.  While I do consider that it is impossible to reach the Grand Slam after the pre-emptive opening from North a Small Slam is achievable with the following auction:

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Double

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

6 Spades

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

West is close to bidding 4 Spades opposite the takeout double of 3 Clubs but by bidding freely over South’s 3 Heart bid he is showing fair values.  East holding five card trump support and all the Aces then cue-bids 4 Clubs which agrees Spades.  West now cue-bids 4 Diamonds.  East then cue-bids in Hearts and now West has a further decision to make.  Holding five trumps together with his chunky Diamond holding the most constructive bid for him to make is to make a further cue-bid in Diamonds.  While it is unusual to make two cue-bids holding KQx in a suit this is the most constructive bid which he can make to encourage East to then jump to 6 Spades.

 

One reason why it is impossible to bid the Grand Slam is that if West’s distribution were 5=3=3=2 instead of 5=2=3=3 there would be an inevitable Heart loser.