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A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

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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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

Seniors Trials

Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) took place from 14-15th December in Solihull. 

Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won comfortably and will represent England in the event in Ireland in MayCONGRATULATIONS!

Results are on the EBU web site.

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS RESULTS

 

Twenty five pairs took part in this prestigious competition last Sunday and enjoyed a great festive occasion and fabulous buffet.

Congratulations to 

ANDY BROCKLEHURST & JEFF MORRIS

First Place

RESULTS

MICHAEL FAY & CATHERINE DRAPER

2nd Place

GILLIAN McMULLEN & ROGER HOPTON

3rd Place

SALLY BRAY & GEORGE LEIGH

Intermediate First Place

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! 

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Tips for December 2018

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

 

 

K98xx

Qxx

Qxxx

x

 

x

AKJxxx

Jx

KQxx

 

AJ10x

10x

Ax

AJ10xx

 

Qxx

xx

K109xx

xxx

 

 

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:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3 Spades

4NT

7 Clubs

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4NT

5NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3 Spades

5 Spades

7 Clubs

 

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

 

 

xxx

A108x

QJx

Jxx

 

AKQJ10x

xxx

xx

10x

 

xxxx

Qxx

Axxx

xx

 

None

KJx

K109x

AKQxxx

 

 

Only one pair out of seven reached the par contract of 5 Clubs by North South.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

4 Clubs

Pass

 

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Double

5 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass1

Pass

 

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

 

 

xx

Kxxxx

xxx

Jxx

 

QJ987x

x

x

AK10xx

 

K10xx

AJ10

AQJx

Qx

 

A

Qxxx

K109xx

xxx

 

 

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.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4NT

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

Pass

 

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.