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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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Points of interest from the August 2013 duplicates
1 Lead a Heart but which Heart?
Board 11 Thursday 8 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
North South reach 3NT after an uncontested auction. Even though Hearts have been bid by North from West’s point of view the Heart suit still represents the best chance of defeating the contract. However which Heart should West start with? If Hearts had not been bid then the correct card to choose would be the 10 of Hearts – the top of an interior sequence. However given that North has advertised a minimum of four cards in Hearts it is wrong to lead the 10 because this will lessen the chance of the defence establishing long cards in the Heart suit. Therefore West should open with the 5 of Hearts his fourth highest card. East wins with the Ace and returns the 4 of Hearts. West can win with the King and now because he remains with the 1093 he can continue with the 10 of Hearts to drive out the Queen in the Dummy. Note that if the 10 were the opening lead then West could not continue with the suit because dummy would have Q7 over West’s 953. Declarer will now go one down if he plays on Spades and two down if he takes the Diamond finesse.
In the above example if West was on lead after a similar auction he would start off with the 7 of Hearts to establish three tricks. The Queen of Hearts would not be a success.
2 Using Jacoby 2NT to bid a Slam
Board 8 Thursday 22 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
West opens 1 Heart and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response. This is only in response to an opening one of a major suit and 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.
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 Diamonds rather than show a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs. East cuebids the Ace of Spades (since he is worried that there might be two Club losers) and West goes to slam in Hearts.
What are the approximate odds of this contract making? Assuming that Diamonds do not break worse than 4-2 (84 per cent) the contract will make whenever the Spade finesse is working (A). When the Spade finesse is wrong then it probably needs either a 2-2 trump break or singleton Jack of Hearts if the Diamonds are 4-2 (B) or Diamonds are 3-3 (C).
A Spade finesse working and Diamonds no worse than 4-2
0.84 x 50% = 42%
B Spade finesse not working but trumps favourable and Diamonds 4-2
0.48 x 50% x 52% (40% 2-2 break + 12% singleton Jack) = 12%
C Spade finesse not working but Diamonds 3-3
0.36 x 50% = 18%
Thus the approximate probability of the contract making is the sum of A + B + C ie 72% which is very good odds for a small slam whether at Teams or Pairs.
3 How do I make an overtrick on a trump lead ?
Board 9 Thursday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
North South reach a routine 4 Spades after South makes a game forcing jump to 3 Clubs over 1NT to show a minimum of 18 points and a 5-4 shape in the black suits. I was intrigued to see that Deep Finesse stated that 11 tricks could always be made by South in 4 Spades even on a Spade lead. Some Wests made the opening lead in Hearts leading the middle card from three small. This made it easy for Declarer to score an overtrick because even if East correctly ducked the Queen of Hearts from the Dummy at trick one Declarer would be able to continue with the Ace of Hearts at trick two, followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the 10 at tricks three and four. Then the Jack of Hearts would be played at trick five covered by the King and ruffed. At trick six the last trump would be drawn with the Ace of trumps and the 10 of Hearts enjoyed discarding one of Declarer’s Diamonds losing just to the minor suit Aces. However a much better lead would be a trump. How can Declarer still make 11 tricks now?
The answer is very elegant. The trump lead is won in the Dummy with the 10 of Spades and the Queen of Hearts run from the Dummy. Obviously East does not cover the Queen as this would make it too easy for Declarer to enjoy three Heart tricks. At trick three the continuation is a low Heart to the Ace followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the Ace at tricks four and five. Now at trick six the Jack of Hearts is played which East has to cover and Declarer trumps. At trick 7 the King of Clubs is played to which West has no answer. If he wins the Ace then the 10 of Clubs is an entry to the established 10 of Hearts while if he ducks then a second Club is played at trick eight. West wins but having only Diamonds left has to play the suit establishing the King as the overtrick for South. Unfortunately no West’s found the best lead of a trump and so no Declarer was tested in this way.