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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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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the November 2012 duplicates
1 Always try and count up the points which a defender has shown up with during the play – sometimes this will tell you where an outstanding Queen is
Board 20 Tuesday 6 November – Vulnerability Amber
West was the dealer and the bidding proceeded:-
West North East South
Pass 1 Diamond Pass 1 Spade
Double 1NT Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass
West’s delayed double implied 9 cards in Clubs and Hearts.
East’s opening lead was a low Heart to the Ace and West returned 4th highest Club to the 9 and Jack. East now returned a second Club to the 10 and King.
Declarer cashed three rounds of Spades and found that the Jack was still outstanding in East’s hand. To make the contract Declarer now needed to work out who had the Queen of Diamonds. The odds overwhelmingly favour playing East for the outstanding Queen. Why is this? The answer lies in the fact that originally West passed and yet has already turned up with:-
AQ10xx (by inference)
If West had been dealt the Queen of Diamonds he would have almost certainly opened the bidding. Therefore come to hand with the King of Hearts and play a Diamond to the Jack making 11 tricks when as expected the finesse works.
It may seem a great effort at first but the rewards of counting points soon become evident.
2 After 4th suit forcing a jump to 4NT is natural not keycard since a trump suit has not been agreed
Board 1 Wednesday 28 November
1 Spade 2 Hearts
2 Spades 3 Clubs
3 Diamonds 4NT
After South bids 3 Clubs forcing to game North should bid the 4th suit 3 Diamonds as he has no Diamond stop and xx in Hearts is hardly good enough for delayed support. South who has 17 points and very good controls now jumps to 4NT. This cannot be asking for keycards since no trump suit has been agreed. Rather it shows a strong hand which is very close to slam.
It is not clear whether North should accept the invitation since the only reason why a 6NT slam makes is because East has all the outstanding strength and is mercilessly squeezed on the run of the Spades. 6 Spades would however be quite a good contract because the long Heart can be established but is difficult to reach.
The play is interesting. Assuming that West leads the Jack of Clubs against 4NT. It would be poor play to cover with the Queen in dummy since West should be looking for a safe lead against opposition who are close to a slam. South wins with the Ace and cashes the Ace of Hearts. He now runs six tricks in Spades on which he discards his remaining three Clubs, the Jack of Diamonds and a low Heart. It is clear from East’s discards that he is under pressure. If East discards three Diamonds and keeps all his Hearts at trick 9 a low Diamond to the King and Ace is followed by the nine of Diamonds overtaken with the 10 at trick 10 and the 8 of Diamonds at trick 11 on which East now comes down to the bare Queen of Hearts. Result all 13 tricks and 520.
3 Always be on the lookout to upgrade a hand with good intermediates
Board 19 Wednesday 28 November – dealer South EW Vulnerable
If we assume that you are playing a weak no trump on this hand then the South hand is a routine 1NT opener especially not vulnerable. Yes it only has 11 points but is has a strong 5 card suit with three honours plus the 10 of Diamonds. North employs Stayman and over a 2 Heart response North should jump to 3NT. The reason why North jumps to game with only 12 points is because North has a very good 12 points with the 10 of Spades and three nines. Indeed the nine of Hearts is a crucial card allowing three Heart tricks to be established even though the Hearts break 4-2. The nine of Clubs is equally crucial. On a Club lead the only problem is whether to play the Jack hoping that the lead is from AQ or the 9 hoping that the lead is from Q10. Assuming that you guess right by playing the 9 then nine tricks cannot be prevented and the most that the defence can score is two Hearts, a Club and a Diamond. Indeed if when West wins with the Queen of Hearts he fails to switch to a Diamond then 10 tricks and 430 will result.
Of course for those playing a strong no trump then likewise the South hand is opened 1 Heart and when North responds 1 Spade South rebids 1NT and North again goes straight to game.
It is interesting to note that four of the six North South’s failed to appreciate the significance of the intermediate cards and played in 2NT either because South failed to open the bidding or because North mistakenly stopped in a part-score.