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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 December 2018 duplicates
1 East West go back to school
Santa Claus Pairs – Session 2
Board 20 Sunday 16 December– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
The East West bidding on this hand from the second session of the Santa Claus Pairs was absolutely woeful. With a Grand Slam in Clubs available only one East West pair out of the ten tables who bid the hand managed to even reach a Small Slam. There are two reasonable auctions to the Grand Slam:-
First of all East should respond in his longest suit Clubs rather than bidding Spades as he has a game forcing hand and in such cases the suits should always be bid with the longest shown first. West then agrees Clubs by making a splinter bid in Spades promising four card Club support and a singleton or void in Spades. At this point East has a choice. My preference is for the first auction where East cuebids 4 Spades. This promises the Ace since there is little point in cuebidding a King opposite known shortage. West now bids RKCB and hears three keycards opposite. With the very powerful six card Heart suit it is now sensible for West to jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs expecting any Diamond losers to disappear on his Hearts. The only time when this is likely to misfire is if East were to have a 2=2=4=5 shape where a 4=1 Heart split might then not provide enough discards from the four card Diamond suit in the Grand Slam.
Any competent pair from Division 2 of the Manchester League ought to be bidding the Grand Slam.
2 Takeout double by opener to ensure the best game
Board 27 Monday 17 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
Only one pair out of seven reached the par contract of 5 Clubs by North South.
1 If West bids 4 Spades then North is likely to go to 5 Clubs himself because he can visualize a Spade void in South’s hand since opposition almost certainly have a 10 card Spade fit to be sacrificing.
East raises his partner’s overcall to the 3 level. This shows four trumps and a fairly weak hand since with more East could either cue-bid 2 Clubs or in the modern style bid 2NT to show a good hand (10 plus points with four card Spade support). When not vulnerable it is almost always correct to “raise to the level of the fit” ie with 9 trumps combined raise to the three level and with 10 trumps combined raise to the four level. When vulnerable it is sometimes prudent to exercise a little more caution.
The spotlight turns to South. He knows that game is a near certainty for his side but does not know in which denomination this should be. Accordingly he doubles which implies that he has a strong hand but without four cards in Hearts. North can then bid Hearts should he have a five card suit or alternatively give preference to Clubs or possibly even bid Diamonds if he has for instance a 3=4=5=1 shape. Finally if North held a trump trick in a balanced hand he might choose to convert the takeout double to penalty.
Two crazy East West pairs went on to 5 Spades which should of course be doubled and accurate defence would defeat this contract by four tricks for a penalty of 800. (While the absolute par on the hand is for North South to double 4 Spades for +500 it is difficult for North South to judge that a penalty of 500 would result).
3 Jumps in new suit after Jacoby
Board 23 Thursday 20 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
West opens 1 Spade and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response. In response to an opening one of a major this shows at least 12 points with four card support for opener’s major and is the best way to suggest the possibility of getting to a slam and allows a jump to four of the major by responder to show a more distributional hand with fewer points.
Even though West has only 10 High Card Points the playing potential of the hand is enormous. He knows there is a 10 card trump fit and he has only five losers. Since a typical Jacoby hand by responder will have about seven losers there is a high likelihood of a slam unless East has Kings opposite the singletons.
The mainstream way of opener responding to Jacoby is to jump to four of the major with a bad hand which is basically telling the Jacoby bidder to forget all about a slam. With a singleton West bids the singleton except that if West has a strong 5-5 with two of the top three honours in his second suit he should jump to the four level in his second suit. If West has a better than minimum hand but with no singleton he simply rebids his suit as the three level. On the above hand it is clearly more descriptive for West to jump to 4 Clubs rather than show a singleton in a red suit.
When West jumps to 4 Clubs East knows that his partner must have AK to five Clubs since he has the Queen. Accordingly he can go straight to keycard and on hearing of one keycard opposite he jumps to 6 Spades. Note that while East could check that opener has the Queen of Spades by bidding 5 Diamonds there is really no need because West would hardly jump to 4 Clubs if his Spades were Jack high.
Refer also to August 2013 Tip No 2 for a further example of using Jacoby in this situation.