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THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2019
SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION
Congratulations to the winning team
EVE LIGHTHILL. BOB COOKE,
IAN KANE, HOWARD KAY,
DAVID SARABOWSKI & STUART SHALOM
(Full results bottom right of this page)
JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD
Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs
The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.
They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.
The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.
The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.
Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.
The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!
The teams are:
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.
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.
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 November 2014 duplicates
1 Rightsiding the slam
Board 13 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
While 2 pairs managed to bid 6 Diamonds this would be the wrong contract if the defence were able to take 2 Heart tricks on the occasions when the AQ lies over the K or if the opening leader held the Ace and found an inspired underlead of the Ace which in practice would mean that the defence would make the first two tricks.
East rebids 1NT over West’s 1 Diamond response. West now reverses into 2 Spades showing at least five Diamonds and four Spades. East supports Diamonds. West is close to slam but cannot bid RKCB as there might be two losers in Hearts. Accordingly he makes a slam try of 4 Diamonds inviting East to cuebid a Heart control. When East obliges West now checks that partner has at least one keycard before jumping to slam. However he chooses the slam in Notrumps rather than Diamonds in order to protect East’s King of Hearts if his one keycard is the King of trumps. There are no problems in the play and a score of 1440 quickly results.
2 When opener makes a game try after his major suit opening has been supported if responder is very strong in the game try suit he should raise it rather than just jumping to game in the major to convey the message that he is suitable for a possible slam
Board 14 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
1 Pick a slam in Spades or Clubs
After the opening 1 Spade has been raised by West then East could simply jump to game. However much better is for East to make a trial bid of 3 Clubs. West would initially assume that this is just a try for game. However rather than jump to 4 Spades it is much more descriptive for West to raise the trial bid to 4 Clubs. This conveys the message that in accepting the game try that West has a very strong Club holding so that if East’s ambitions were actually towards slam rather than just towards game he is eminently suitable. Over 4 Clubs East now jumps to 5NT. This conveys the message “please pick a slam” ie West is being asked to choose between playing in 6 Spades or 6 Clubs. [Refer to March 2014 Tip 3 for another example of 5NT being used in this way]. On the actual hand there are 12 tricks in either denomination. However West should probably choose to play in Clubs. This is because if we make the East hand slightly weaker with a 5=1=3=4 shape ie ♠AKJxx ♥x ♦AJx ♣A109x then now 6 Clubs will always make subject to trumps not being 4-nil while 6 Spades will be at the mercy of the Diamond finesse.
3 24 point slam
Board 7 Wednesday 26 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
1 Although East has only 10 points as he has only 5 losers he should treat his hand as game forcing and respond in his longest suit first.
Over the response of 2 Diamonds West has to decide what to rebid. While it may not be ideal to rebid 2NT with a singleton Diamond the alternative of rebidding such a moth-eaten 5 carder in Hearts is quite gruesome so accordingly 2NT is without a doubt the least of evils. East now shows his Spades. Over 3 Spades then West could hardly be stronger for a Spade contract so he makes a cuebid of 4 Clubs which agrees Spades and shows a control in Clubs. East might jump to 6 Spades over 4 Clubs but in case West has cuebid holding something like ♠QJxx ♥AQxx ♦xx ♣KQx where 6 Spades would rather embarrassingly lose both black suit Aces then it is safer for East to invite slam in Spades by jumping to 5 Spades. West is delighted to accept with such powerful trumps. There are no problems in the play and all thirteen tricks are made when the Club finesse works and the Diamonds break 3-3.