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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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Points of interest from the January 2015 duplicates
1 Kokish gives more room to explore
Board 4 Wednesday 21 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 and 2 Kokish relay
3 Agrees Hearts
4 Asking for the Queen of trumps
In August 2014 Tip 2 I first introduced the concept of the Kokish relay.
The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish. After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S. After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points. The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT. He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT. Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.
On the above hand North has 24 points but because the hand has a very strong 5 card suit and a massive 9 controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) it must be treated as game forcing. In other words it is simply too good to rebid 2NT after 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds showing 23-24 balanced.
North bids 2 Hearts after the 2 Diamond waiting bid. This forces responder to bid 2 Spades after which opener can clarify whether he has either
A) a balanced rock crusher or
B) a single suiter with Hearts or
C) a two suiter with Hearts and another suit.
When North rebids 2NT this shows 25 plus points balanced and is completely game forcing. South bids Stayman and North now shows his Heart suit. South then bids 3 Spades. BIDDING THE OTHER MAJOR IS AN ARTIFICIAL SLAM TRY SETTING HEARTS AS TRUMPS. IF RESPONDER BIDS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE OTHER MAJOR, EXCEPT A NON-SLAM-TRY RAISE TO 4 HEARTS, RESPONDER DENIES FOUR-CARD HEART SUPPORT. If responder simply held five cards in Spades and no interest in Hearts then he would have transferred over the 2NT rebid. Cue-bids in the minor suits then follow and after hearing of one Keycard opener then asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding 5 Diamonds (the cheapest non-trump bid over the keycard response). South denies the Queen of trumps and North signs off in 6 Hearts.
East is effectively endplayed at trick one. His best lead is actually a Diamond from the King as the discard on the second Diamond trick is actually not of much use. However even if East finds the best lead North cannot fail to make the slam with the Queen of Clubs appearing on the second round to deal with the Spade loser. Result either 1430 or 1460 depending on how declarer plays the trump suit on the second round.
2 Double – the Bridge player’s flexible friend
Board 4 Thursday 22 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
North opens 1 Diamond in second seat and East overcalls 3 Spades. South then has to decide what to say. While he might bid 4 Clubs that leaves no chance of either playing in either 3NT, 4 Hearts, or defending 3 Spades doubled. Accordingly the best bid is Double to show a good hand. If North has a balanced hand say 2=3=5=3 distribution he will probably pass and defend. However South by doubling gives North more options to choose from when he is unbalanced. He can either bid 4 Hearts if he has four cards in Hearts, or introduce Clubs or rebid his Diamonds. On this occasion North is happy to introduce his Clubs at the four level. While South might bid Roman Key Card for Clubs over the 4 Club bid there is only any point in so doing if he looking for a Grand Slam. As there must be enough key cards present for a Small Slam to be playable (since North can scarcely have zero keycards) South should go straight to 6 Clubs. While it is possible to make 7 Clubs in practice the natural line of drawing two rounds of trumps and then playing to establish the Diamonds will fail because the Diamonds are 4-1 and East has three trumps. In order to make 7 Clubs you would have to win the trump lead with the Jack, ruff a Spade, finesse the Queen of Hearts, ruff another Spade, then overtake the King of Clubs and run all the trumps. West is now squeezed in the red suits because of the 5-2 Heart break and 13 tricks result. Anyone who took that line would probably be accused of taking a peek at the West cards !
3 Splinter bid by weak two opener
Board 4 Tuesday 27 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
When North opens a weak 2 Spades the first reaction of South might be to give up any chance of slam and simply jump to 4 Spades. However it costs nothing to explore to see if the perfect fit is present. Accordingly South bids 2NT as an enquiry to see how strong North is for his 2 Spade opener.
North in replying to 2NT should reason as follows – “my Spades are almost as strong as they could possibly be and I have a singleton in Hearts. Therefore as my singleton can be shown below the level of game in Spades I should jump to 4 Hearts”.
This is all South needs to use keycard just to check that North actually has the Ace and King of Spades and has not bid 4 Hearts with say ♠KJ98xx ♥x ♦KQx ♣xxx when a better bid would have been 3 Diamonds to show a feature in Diamonds and non-minimum.
There are no problems in the play and East has to lead the Ace of Hearts to prevent the overtrick.