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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 October 2014 duplicates
1 Exclusion Key Card + Asking for 3rd round Club control on same hand !
Board 26 Monday 27 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
North East South West
1 Heart Pass 2NT
Pass 5 Diamonds Pass 5 Spades
Pass 6 Clubs Pass 7 Hearts
Pass Pass Pass
Only one pair managed to even reach a small slam on the above hand and nobody reached the Grand Slam which is effectively 100%.
Although East has a very powerful hand with only four losers on the losing trick count it is still best to start off with a simple 1 Heart opener as the chances of the bidding dying at this level are very remote. West has a routine Jacoby 2NT response showing four card Heart support and at least the values for game.
At this point it is pointless for East to use ordinary RKCB as he has a void in Diamonds. Consequently East should jump to 5 Diamonds. As previously illustrated in Tip 1 April 2014 this inexplicable jump to the five level shows a void in that suit and asks partner to show how many key cards he has OUTSIDE that suit. With 0 or 3 keycards he bids one step up – 5 Hearts – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 5 Spades.
Here West responds the second step showing one keycard. At this point East might gamble on 7 Hearts but if partner’s Clubs are three small this would be a poor contract. In such circumstances when all the keycards are present (the Ace of Diamonds not being required in this instance) the bid of a new suit at the six level asks responder “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of this suit”. Over 6 Clubs West is delighted to jump to 7 Hearts. Refer to Tip 2 March 2014 for another example of this.
2 Jumps to 3 of a Minor after partner opens 1NT
Board 5 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
7♦ or 7NT
1 Sets Diamonds as trumps
2 RKCB for Diamonds
The above hand is a great example of playing the modern three level responses to 1NT which I first learnt in 2005 when I started studying five card majors as played by the American Steve Robinson.
After a 1NT opening a jump to 3 Clubs shows 5-5 in the minors invitational ie 7 – 9 points. A jump to 3 Diamonds shows 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam.
Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT. If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades. The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed. Here South goes straight to RKCB for Diamonds and on hearing of three Keycards opposite then bids 5NT to announce that all the keycards are present. North bids 6 Hearts to show the King of Hearts. Thus North has shown 14 of his 15 points through Keycard. South has a choice between playing in 7 Diamonds or 7NT. If North only has two small Clubs there might be some advantage in playing in Diamonds rather than No Trumps so one might bid 7 Diamonds at teams but gamble on 7NT at pairs.
The odds of the Grand Slam making are approximately 85% (all 3-2 breaks = 68% plus 4-1 breaks with either ♦Jxxx or ♦xxxx or ♦J on right = 16.8%)
Only one pair out of eight reached the Grand Slam in the Wednesday Duplicate.
3 Easts hang your heads in shame
Board 10 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
Four pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand but all four misplayed it and so went down.
Note that despite having 17 points East should only rebid 2 Clubs because a jump to 3 Clubs would be game forcing and East is not strong enough to insist upon game when partner has only promised 6 points.
As West has a good 8 points he gives a false preference to 2 Diamonds to allow for East being strong enough to make a third bid. When East now bids 3 Clubs this shows a strong 5-5 (at least 16 points) and an interest in game. West should now co-operate but cannot bid 3NT as he has no stop in Spades the unbid suit. Accordingly he bids 3 Spades to which East is happy to bid 3NT.
The opening lead is the 5 of Spades. East must win the first trick because a switch to Hearts would be most unwelcome. In addition it is important to appreciate that even if South has craftily led his 5th highest Spade from KQ875 that the presence of the 9 in the Dummy means that the suit is certain to be blocked and the defence will be unable to take four Spade tricks.
Declarer has a choice between playing on Diamonds or Clubs. It is correct to play on Clubs for two reasons. Firstly you have an eight card fit rather than a seven card fit and secondly if the Diamonds are breaking they will still be breaking if you are forced to revert to Diamonds later in the play.
At trick two the Ace of Clubs is cashed in case South should have a singleton Queen. Then Dummy is entered with the Ace of Diamonds and a Club finesse of the Jack taken which wins. However although a 4-1 break is disclosed this is of no concern provided that when Declarer continues with the King of Clubs at trick five and another Club at trick six he must be careful to discard a Heart and not a Spade from the Dummy. The defence continues with Spades but even if Spades are 5-2 they cannot cash four Spade tricks as previously observed and so 9 tricks are made with four Club tricks, three Diamond tricks and the major suit Aces.
I would strongly recommend that those Easts who failed to distinguish themselves should buy copies of two excellent books written by the American author Eddie Kantar titled Take All Your Chances at Bridge published in 2009 and Take All Your Chances at Bridge 2 published in 2011. Each book has 100 hands which give excellent advice on how declarer should combine his chances to best effect to maximize the chances of success.
By playing on Clubs you will only do down if Declarer’s LHO has Queen to four Clubs and the Diamonds do not break 3-3. The odds of the Clubs coming in for four tricks are:-
3-2 break = 68%
4-1 onside = half of 28% = 14%
Singleton Queen onside = 1/5 of 14% = 2.8%
Total Probability of Clubs coming in = 84.8%
When Clubs do not come in then if the Diamonds are 3-3 you will also make ie 15.2% x 36% = 5.4%
Thus the total probability of making the contract is 90.2%.