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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 March 2015 duplicates
1 Cue-bid by opener to create a game force
Board 19 Wednesday 4 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
When East makes a negative double to show Hearts after North’s 1 Spade overcall West knows that his side belong in game at the very least. However he does not know whether the partnership will end up in Clubs, Hearts or Notrumps. Accordingly in such situations West should cue-bid the enemy suit to create a game force.
Over 2 Spades the most descriptive bid for East to make is to jump to 3NT which suggests that he has a double stop in Spades.
Over 3NT West has visions of slam but if partner’s Spades were say only QJxx then no slam would be available. To suggest a strong interest in slam West now continues with 4 Clubs showing a minimum of six Clubs. If East had only QJxx in Spades he would now sign off in 4NT. However he is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades and now West can jump to 6 Clubs which basically only requires the Spade finesse through the overcaller. If of course East had the Jack of Hearts then the slam would be almost certain as on a Spade lead the Ace could be played and after drawing trumps and unblocking the Ace of Diamonds the losing Spade could be discarded on the King of Diamonds.
2 Gilt-edged 7 pointer
Board 1 Thursday 19 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to game in Hearts on this hand. It is likely that the other Wests having made a negative double of the 2 Club overcall by South then decided that they had done enough when East bid 3 Hearts.
However it is clearcut for West to go on to game. Why is this? Although West has only 7 points there are three very good things about his hand. Firstly he has a fifth trump, secondly he has a singleton Club and thirdly the QJ doubleton in Spades the first suit bid by East will be worth their weight in gold.
Say South cashes the Ace of Clubs before switching to the Queen of Diamonds. Declarer wins the Diamond and plays a Heart to the Jack and Ace. Now the winning Spade finesse is taken, the Diamonds are easily established and eleven tricks quickly result, +450 to North South.
3 Splinter eases way to slam
Board 23 Thursday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight got to 6 Diamonds on the above hand from the Swiss Pairs. In fact 7 Diamonds is almost certain to make but is not straightforward to bid. However there is absolutely no excuse for missing 6 Diamonds assuming that you are playing Splinter bids.
When East responds 2 Diamonds after North’s 1 Heart overcall West knows that the partnership is very close to slam. Accordingly having four card support for Diamonds and only a four loser hand West should jump to 4 Spades. This is a VOID SHOWING SPLINTER (since 3 Spades would show a singleton and agree Diamonds). The least that East can do over 4 Spades is to jump to slam in Diamonds as he has good trumps and the partial fit in Clubs is a great asset.
I noted that 7 Diamonds is not straightforward to bid. I think that the only way in which the Grand Slam might be reached is for East to bid 5 Clubs over 4 Spades. If East chooses this option then West can now visualize that any slow Heart loser will disappear on the established Clubs. Accordingly West would then bid 5NT – the old fashioned Grand Slam force. This would ask East to bid 7 Diamonds if he has any two of the top three trump honours (AK, AQ or KQ). Note that here 5NT is clearly the Grand Slam force and not the “Pick a Slam” use of 5NT which we have previously seen in March 2014 Tip No 3 and November 2014 Tip No 2 where more than one possible trump suit had been suggested in the previous bidding. On the hand above the void showing splinter of 4 Spades had unilaterally set Diamonds as trumps.