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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 BY MICHAEL NEWMAN
Points of interest from the June 2013 duplicates
1 Watch the pips – especially in the trump suit
Board 6 Tuesday 4 June – Vulnerability East West - Dealer East
If playing 5 card majors then East will open 1 Diamond. South will overcall 1 Heart and West will raise pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds. If West had a full high card raise to 3 Diamonds he would bid 2 Hearts. Over 3 Diamonds North should go straight to game in Hearts because he has three trumps a singleton Diamond a very strong 5 card Spade suit and the Ace in the fourth suit Clubs.
The best defence against 4 Hearts is to play two rounds of Diamonds forcing the Dummy to ruff. A Heart to the Queen and Jack follows. Dummy is re-entered with a Spade to the Ace and the 9 of Hearts is then covered by the 10 and Ace. At this stage the remaining Hearts are:-
It is essential for declarer to realise that his 8 and 5 are equals to drive out West’s King. Say he plays the 8 losing to the King and East perseveres with another Diamond ruffed with the 2 of Hearts. Now finally the 5 of Hearts draws the outstanding 4 and all Dummy’s beautiful Spades can be enjoyed unmolested. Result eleven tricks +450. Isn’t that remarkable how important the 5 of Hearts proved to be.
2 Promoting a trump trick out of thin air
Board 11 Tuesday 18 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
East opens 1 Spade fourth in hand. West raises to 3 Spades and East goes to game. South opens with the King of Hearts and follows with the Ace and Queen. Now at trick four South continues with the 10 of Hearts.
North must not idly discard on the fourth round of Hearts. Instead he should use his 9 of Spades to try and promote a trump trick for the defence. For instance if South’s Spades were originally J107 a trump promotion is guaranteed. Even though in this case the promotion is not guaranteed to work nevertheless Declarer is heavy favourite to go down. Having overtrumped the 9 of Spades with the Ace then if we look at all four hands we can see that the winning play is for East to run the 8 of Spades from hand. However the only occasions on which this is the winning line is when North started with A) Singleton 9, B) Doubleton 9 and 3, C) Doubleton 9 and 2. There are five other occasions where to take a first round finesse will fail namely when North started with D) Doubleton 10 and 9, E) Doubleton Jack and 9, F) Three cards 10,9 and 3, G) Three cards 10, 9 and 2, and H) Three cards J, 10 and 9.
Thus the odds favour not finessing against South for the Jack and 10 and thus the contract goes one down.
If there any keen students of the Principle of Restricted Choice reading this article then note that in H) when North has J, 10 and 9 that a competent declarer will go down even after playing a high Spade on the first round. After playing a Spade to the Queen dropping either the J or 10 from North then following the principle of Restricted Choice (see Terence Reese The Expert Game, 1958 Chapter 3) he will take a finesse against South for the remaining honour on the second round of the suit.
3 Fit Jump by Advancer
Board 20 Tuesday 25 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
A Fit Jump is a bid made in a competitive auction. It can be made either by Responder (the partner of the opening bidder) or by Advancer (the partner of the overcaller).
On the hand above we see an example of a Fit Jump by Advancer.
West deals and passes. While some would open with a weak two in Hearts I am strongly of the Tony Forrester school who frowns on opening a weak two first or second in hand when holding four cards in another major.
North opens 1 Diamond and East overcalls 1 Spade (the hand being too strong for a weak jump overcall). South will probably pass but might bid 2 Diamonds. The spotlight now turns to West. He should jump to 3 Hearts. For those playing Fit Jumps this shows four card support for Overcaller’s Spades and at least five cards in Hearts and a raise to at least the three level in Spades. North passes and now East has to decide whether to sign off in 3 Spades or jump to game. Although East has only 10 points his 6-4 shape has enormous playing strength once partner shows a four card fit for Spades. Accordingly East should jump to 4 Spades. This contract has three top losers and looking at all four hands you can see that it is impossible for the defence to establish a Club trick before East’s King of Diamonds can be enjoyed for a Club discard from the Dummy. On the 10 of Diamonds lead North wins and switches to the Jack of Clubs. East rises with the Ace and immediately discards the Queen of Clubs from the Dummy on the now established King of Diamonds. The play continues Diamond ruff, Ace of Hearts and Heart ruff, Club ruff at trick seven, Heart ruff at trick eight with the 9 of Spades, last Diamond ruffed in the Dummy at trick 9 and only now at trick 10 plays the Jack of Spades. Result +620.