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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 December 2013 duplicates
1 Upgrade essential
Board 21 Ben Franks Session 2 – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
The majority of pairs failed to reach game on the above hand. This was generally because several East’s woodenly added up their points and failed to appreciate that although it is 17 points the intermediates in Spades A109x and Clubs J10xx make it simply too strong for a 15 to 17 strong no trump. At pairs it was clearcut for West to pass 1NT with a 4-3-3-3 eight count and on a Diamond lead the result was an embarrassing 1NT +3 for 180 to East West.
If playing 4 card majors the correct auction is 1 Spade - 2 Spades – 2NT – 3NT which is the best game as 4 Spades might go down if a Club ruff were available to the defenders.
If playing 5 card majors the auction would be 1 Club – 1 Spade – 3 Spades. I now have sympathy with those West’s who chose to pass 3 Spades as it is not automatic to accept the invitation at pairs with a flat eight count. (Note that it is only the presence of the 10 of Diamonds in the West hand which makes game a good bet if a Club ruff is not available to the Defence).
A couple of West’s wrongly invited game over a 15-17 no trump opener and got lucky on this occasion but especially at pairs it is wrong to invite on poor eight counts particularly as a point should always be deducted for the sterile 4-3-3-3 shape.
So the moral is always be alert to those hands where it is clearcut to upgrade a 17 count and treat it as 18 to 19. Equally there are some 15 counts which should be devalued to a weak no trump.
2 Two Routes to Slam
Board 2 Tuesday 17 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Showing 8 to 11 points playing Lebensohl after a weak two opener
2 Cue-bidding the King of Spades
3 Splinter bid agreeing Diamonds and showing singleton or void Heart
I have given two possible auctions for the above hand, depending on whether West opens with a weak two in Hearts. The author is of the school who tend not to open a weak two in Hearts when holding four cards in Spades while others have no objection to so doing.
In Auction 1 after the weak two and a double from North then South bids 3 Diamonds showing 8 to 11 points (if he had fewer than eight points he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT). North asks if South has a Heart stop and over 3NT from South decides quite correctly that having a magnificent eight controls (Ace = 2 controls and King = 1 control) that he is worth another move towards a Diamond slam. South having initially signed off in 3NT is now happy to co-operate as he has a fifth trump and the King of Spades. Accordingly he cue-bids 4 Spades showing the King (or a singleton) which is enough for North to jump to 6 Diamonds.
In Auction 2 where West passes initially then North’s 3 Heart bid is a Splinter bid agreeing Diamonds. South signs off in 3NT but now North shows an interest in a Diamond slam by cue-bidding 4 Clubs. Again as in Auction 1 South now co-operates by cue-bidding 4 Spades and North jumps to slam.
The play to 6 Diamonds is extremely instructive. West should open with the 10 of Spades (note that the Ace of Hearts lead would make the contract extremely easy to make). Declarer wins with the King and plays a low Diamond to the King discovering the 4-nil break. A low Heart to the Queen and Ace follows at trick three. West continues with a second Spade won with the Ace in the Dummy as Declarer discards a Club. A low Diamond to the 10 follows at trick five. A low Heart is trumped in the Dummy at trick six. The Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick seven followed by the Ace of Clubs at trick eight. Now the third round of Spades is ruffed at trick nine and at trick ten Declarer draws the last trump in the following position:-
West is forced to keep two Hearts otherwise Declarer’s small Heart is established. Thus he discards a Club. At trick eleven Declarer cashes the King of Hearts. At trick twelve Declarer plays the ten of Clubs and when West follows small he plays the King knowing that the Queen will drop from East. (I have deliberately changed the position of the Queen of Clubs from that which existed at the table to illustrate what is known as a show up squeeze). The beauty is that once the trumps were known to be 4-nil then West’s shape was certain to be either 4=6=0=3 or 3=6=0=4 and therefore on the above line of play it was irrelevant where the Queen of Clubs lay since West would be squeezed down to a singleton Club at trick ten enabling the show up squeeze to take effect.
3 Is my suit quality good enough for a weak two?
Board 5 Monday 23 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
I was puzzled when I looked at the scores for the above board and saw that not a single East West had defeated the contract of 4 Spades by South. I then realized that this must have been because East opened a weak two in Hearts and after South overcalled 4 Spades West would then make the disastrous opening lead of the Jack of Hearts resulting in eleven tricks being made as one of Declarer’s two Club losers is immediately discarded on the second Heart winner.
While it might appear tempting to open 2 Hearts at the Green vulnerability a second in hand pre-empt should have reasonable suit quality and note that if East is more disciplined and passes then South will open 4 Spades third in hand since a slam is extremely unlikely after North’s initial pass. Now the textbook lead is the 10 of Clubs. East will win with the Ace and immediately return the 8 of Diamonds. South should play the King but West should not be distracted by this falsecard and give East a Diamond ruff which together with the second Club trick will defeat the contract by one trick. Thus the weak two in the bidding costs two tricks in the play.