MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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Bronze Medal for English Juniors
THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019
This has taken place over 3 sessions
with the final having been played
on Tuesday 9th July.
Congratulations to First Place Winners
Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend
the Second Place team
Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)
Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.
(Full results are bottom right of this page)
Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.
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 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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TIPS FOR FEBRUARY
Points ofinterest from the February 2013 duplicates
1 Have I got what partner is looking for ?
Board 10 Tuesday 5 February –Vulnerability Amber
West North East South
Pass 1 Spade
2 Hearts 2 Spades 3 Hearts 4 Hearts
When South bids 4 Hearts over East’s 3Hearts the time has come for North to re-evaluate his assets. Clearly the 4 Heart bid is a void showingcue-bid since South must have a control in both minor suits in order to make aslam try. In other words if North hadthe Ace of Hearts then this would be a duplication of values. North’s first instinct might be to sign offin 4 Spades but this would be a mistake. North has two cards of enormous importance. Firstly he has the King of trumps andsecondly he has the King of Diamonds which must be of great value. Therefore North should co-operate bycue-bidding 5 Diamonds which is then enough for South to jump to 6 Spades.
On the King of Hearts lead declarerwould ruff and start drawing trumps by playing a low Spade to the King (in casethe suit breaks 3-0 with East having all three Spades). Then leaving the last trump outstanding he playsa low Club to the 9 which wins. Theremaining trump is drawn at trick 4 and dummy is entered with the King ofDiamonds at trick 5 to take another Club finesse. The very fortunate lie of the Club suit thengives all thirteen tricks. I havecalculated the approximate probability of the contract making as 64 per cent. When trumps are 2-1 declarer needs split Clubhonours ie 78% x 0.75 = 58.5%. When Easthas all three trumps declarer has about a 50 per cent chance of making thecontract ie 11% x 0.5 = 5.5%. Totalprobability 64%.
2 Sacrificing at the six level
Board 6 Tuesday 12 February – VulnerabilityEast West
It is extremely rare for a sacrificeto be profitable at the six level. Thehand above was one of the infrequent occasions on which it could be justified.
Pass 1 Heart
Double 3Hearts1 3 Spades 4 Hearts
4NT Pass 5 Diamonds2 Pass
5 Spades Pass Pass 6 Hearts
Double Pass Pass Pass
1 Pre-emptiveraise after a double
West is too strong to overcall South’sopening bid with 1 Spade which would show a maximum of 17 or possibly 18 pointsand so starts off proceedings with Double. At Green or White North would always give a double raise in Hearts afterWest’s takeout double, the rationale being that you are trying to make it moredifficult for East West to exchange information. When West then employed Roman KeycardBlackwood in response to East’s 3 Spade bid then South could be fairly surethat 5 Spades was going to make since West must have second round control ofboth minor suits in order for the use of RKCB to be correct. Why is this? The reason is that if West did not have second round control of bothminors then it would be very dangerous for him to use RKCB since if his Clubswere for instance Qx instead of Kx then even if East showed one Keycard then ifthis were the Ace of Diamonds the opposition would still be able to take thefirst two tricks in Clubs. Therefore trustingthe East West bidding South could be sure that 6 Hearts doubled would becheaper than allowing East West to make 650 in 5 Spades and in fact 6 Hearts doubledonly goes two down for 300 to East West.
3 Takeout double by the Advancer
Board 15 Tuesday 19 February –Vulnerability NS
The term Advancer is one that is usedextensively in American Bridge literature anddescribes the partner of the overcaller.
South passes as Dealer and West opens1 Spade and North overcalls 2 Clubs. Although an overcall in a minor suit at the two level would usually showa six carder North has a strong enough hand to be able to justify bidding agood five carder. East bids 2 Spades andnow the spotlight turns to South. Withonly seven HCPs South cannot justify bidding either of his suits at the threelevel. However as East West have bid andsupported Spades then a takeout double describes his hand perfectly. This suggests values in the two unbid suitswith at least nine cards in Hearts and Diamonds. West may now bid 3 Spades defensively butNorth has a strong enough hand to justify jumping to 5 Diamonds.
If the trumps divided 2-1 (78%) then 6Diamonds would actually be a good contract. The 3-nil trump break makes this very difficult. However 11 tricks are comfortably made whenafter discovering the void in Diamonds with East, Dummy is entered with a Spaderuff and the Diamond finesse taken. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, two Heart tricks and two Club trickswith the aid of a ruffing finesse.
Deep Finesse stated that it ispossible to make 12 tricks in Diamonds and it took me over 15 minutes to workout how this is possible. If anyone isinterested I will be happy to show them the solution.