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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 February 2014 duplicates
1 Slam rarely bid
Board 24 Wednesday 19 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Only 2 out of 6 pairs bid to 6 Diamonds on the above deal. In fact the grand slam is a very good contract but is difficult to reach with confidence. (Even if the KQ of Clubs are in the four card holding all thirteen tricks are made with careful play – The Heart lead is won in the Dummy with the King and Ace of Clubs and a Club ruff follow. A low Heart to the Ace follows at trick four and a second Club ruff at trick five. Now the Jack of Diamonds to the Ace and a third Club ruff at trick seven. Now Ace of Spades and a Spade ruff allow trumps to be drawn and declarer does not even need to make use of the King of Spades !)
A sensible auction to the small slam is:-
The key bid here is that after South bids 4th suit 2 Hearts and hears opener show 5-5 in the minors that South should jump to 4 Diamonds with such strong trump support and the excellent controls in the majors.
2 Work out the only chance and play for it
Board 1 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
No Declarer who reached 3NT on this deal worked out what the only chance to make the contract was and played on that assumption.
There are two possible ways to get to game depending on whether East overcalls in Spades or passes.
1 Showing a good hand of about 17-18 points either 4=2=5=2 or 4=3=1=5. (If the latter then responder will have to hope that Diamond is singleton King!)
2 Showing a sound Spade stop and a good 17 to 19 points
The opening lead against 3NT was the Queen of Hearts. Assuming that the Diamonds break 4-3 then Declarer has eight winners, five Diamonds (obviously overtaking the King with the Ace on the first round), two Hearts and one Spade. There is no chance of making any tricks in Clubs because by the time that any Club might become established the Defence are certain to make at least five tricks. Therefore in order to make a ninth trick the only chance is for West to have started with either the singleton Ace of Spades or doubleton Ax.
Accordingly Declarer wins the first trick with the King of Hearts and immediately plays the King of Diamonds overtaking with the Ace in the Dummy. The Queen, Jack, 10 and the fifth Diamond then follow on which Declarer discards two Clubs, one Heart and one Spade. At trick seven a low Spade to the Queen follows which wins the trick. Now a second Spade is played and the Ace appears on the second round giving the ninth trick with the Ace of Hearts as entry to the second Spade trick.
Yes this is a very fortunate lie of the Spade suit but it is the only chance to make the contract and therefore the hand must be played on the basis that such a fortunate distribution exists.
3 Passive lead defeats game
Board 9 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
South opens 1 Heart in third seat, North gives a single raise and South goes straight to game as his sixth trump makes the hand too strong for a trial bid in Diamonds.
With only the trump suit having been bid West should seek maximum safety in his opening lead. Accordingly he should lead his middle Spade intending to play MUD (Middle – Up – Down). On a Spade lead Declarer will probably play the 10 of Clubs at trick 2 covered by the Jack, King and Ace. Provided that East now returns a Diamond the contract is certain to be defeated (selecting the 10 to make it clear that he can contribute nothing to the establishment of any Diamond tricks). West can win the Queen of Diamonds at trick three and exit safely in either black suit to wait for his trump trick and second Diamond trick.
Note that if the opening lead is the King of Diamonds (which was selected at three out of the six tables) that the contract makes comfortably as now declarer only loses one Heart, one Diamond and one Club trick.
So the moral is that providing there is no indication from the bidding that an attacking lead is required you should make the lead which is least likely to give away a trick. Here it was clear to be passive as no suits had been bid apart from trumps.