MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
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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
Points of interest from the July 2014 duplicates
1 The convention with no name !
Board 16 Wednesday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West
Not a single pair managed to bid to 7 Spades on the above hand in the Wednesday Duplicate which has 13 top tricks even discounting the Diamond ruff.
The key to getting there is to have in your armoury a convention which to the best of my knowledge has no name. If your right hand opponent opens 1 Club or 1 Diamond then a jump to the FOUR LEVEL in that minor shows a very strong jump to four in either major.
On this hand South knows that North has Spades and therefore bids RKCB to find out whether partner has two or three keycards in Spades before choosing between a small or a grand slam.
If South had a much weaker hand and was unsure which major suit his partner was showing he would simply bid 4 Hearts as a “pass or correct bid”.
2 Game universally missed
Board 15 Thursday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
South opens 1 Club, West overcalls 1 Heart and North passes. At the favourable vulnerability East has a choice between making an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Clubs showing Heart support and at least 9 HCPs or bidding 4 Hearts. Given the vulnerability it is perhaps more attractive to go straight to game.
Looking at the score sheet all the East West’s were left to play unmolested in Hearts either at the three or four level. However South should not have subsided over 4 Hearts but should instead have doubled for takeout. The reason why the double should be for takeout and not penalty is that over 100 hands it is far more likely for South to wish to compete with a strong hand and not more than a singleton Heart rather than make a penalty double when the opposition have theoretically shown a 10 card Heart fit. On those rare occasions when South does have a penalty double of 4 Hearts he should simply pass.
When South doubles 4 Hearts for takeout then North is delighted to bid 4 Spades as the Double of 4 Hearts guarantees a minimum of three cards in Spades (the unbid major) and usually four. North has no wasted honour in Hearts (whereas if he had for instance Kx in Hearts he might well choose to defend) and his minor honours in Clubs and Diamonds will definitely be pulling their weight.
4 Spades makes comfortably. If the Defence start off with two rounds of Hearts then Declarer can ruff high in the Dummy draw trumps ending in hand then play a Club to the 9 and Jack. Whichever minor suit West now plays only three tricks will be lost.
3 Bidding out the shape to diagnose the perfect fit
Board 13 Tuesday 29 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
5 ♣ or 5 ♦
It is quite unusual to play at the game level in a minor suit with only eight trumps but the above deal is a good example of such a hand.
When North rebids 1 Heart this can be assumed to show at least five Clubs (the only exception to this hypothesis would be if North were specifically 4=4=1=4). South should then jump to 3 Clubs showing around 10 or 11 points with at least three Clubs. Over 3 Clubs North’s first instinct might be to pass but as he has very pure values he should bid out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds. By so doing North is highlighting the fact that he is very short in Spades almost certainly 1=4=3=5. South can now visualize that the hands fit perfectly because as South has no wasted honours in Spades – apart from the Ace any other honours would be completely useless opposite a singleton Spade in the North hand – and should now jump to game in a minor. He could bid either 5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds. 5 Diamonds has a slight edge because on a black suit lead to 5 Diamonds it is possible to make 12 tricks whereas regardless of the opening lead to 5 Clubs only 11 tricks can be made.