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MARTIN TAYLOR & BARBARA HACKETT
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It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.
His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)
EBU 6 Jun 2019
Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, 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
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.
Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.
First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.
This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:
For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.
The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.
Teltscher Trophy Result
The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.
Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.
AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
Sunday 7th April 2019
Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.
Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"
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 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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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.