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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 August 2015 duplicates
1 Slam universally missed
Board 4 Wednesday 5 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand.
The West hand is too weak to open a weak 2 Hearts at Amber. North opens 1 Diamond and after a 1 Spade overcall from East then South should bid 2 Spades to show a good high card raise to at least 3 Diamonds.
North can now accurately describe his hand and show an interest in slam by making a splinter bid of 4 Hearts. South is delighted to co-operate over the splinter bid because he has no wasted honours (King, Queen or Jack) opposite the splinter. Accordingly South cue-bids in Spades. This could be either the King or a singleton but is more likely to be the King in view of East’s overcall not being supported. North wheels out Roman Key Card to check that South does have one Keycard and jumps to 6 Diamonds over the reply.
For the slam to make it needs either a 3-2 club break (68 per cent) or West having a singleton 10 of Jack of Clubs (two fifths of 14 per cent). Total probability of success is therefore approximately 74 per cent.
2 Roman Key Card in two suits
Board 18 Wednesday 12 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Roman Key Card in Hearts and Clubs
2 How many Queens (in Hearts and Clubs)
Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Clubs on the above hand.
North opens 2NT and South transfers into Hearts. Then after the transfer South bids his second suit which is a slam try showing at least five Hearts and four Clubs. Note that if South had the same point count but with only a 2=5=2=4 distribution then he would bid 3NT over 3 Hearts because it would be too ambitious to be looking for a slam holding ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦xx ♣K10xx. At this point there is a good case for North simply jumping to 6 Clubs with all the Aces and five trumps. However if he wishes to bid the hand scientifically then he should bid 4 Diamonds. As explained in June 2014 Tip No 1 when after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.
South shows one Keycard and now the next step asks how many Queens South has in his two suits (Hearts and Clubs). The first step shows no Queens, the second step one Queen and the third step two Queens.
North signs off in 6 Clubs once South has denied any Queen. In fact in spite of missing the Queen of Clubs 7 Clubs requires only a 2-1 trump split which is a 78% chance. It is extremely difficult to bid a Grand Slam because neither side knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Clubs since from North’s point of view South might have made a slam try on say ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦Kx ♣K10xx and South cannot know that North has five Clubs.
3 Lead the unbid suit !
Board 6 Wednesday 19 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
I was astonished to see that four out of six Wests made the opening lead of a trump on the above auction.
This makes declarer’s life very easy. Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse is taken at trick four. A Club return is won in the Dummy with the Ace and a low Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick six. A second round of Clubs is ruffed at trick seven, the Diamonds are unblocked at tricks eight and nine. At trick ten a second Spade to the King and Ace follows. The third round of Clubs is ruffed at trick eleven and Declarer wins the last two tricks with the Jack of Diamonds and the established 10 of Spades.
There is absolutely no reason not to lead the unbid suit Clubs on this auction. Look how different things would have been on a Club lead in spite of the fact that trumps split 3-2.
Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse follows at trick five. The second round of Clubs is ruffed with Declarer’s fourth trump and the two Diamond winners in the Dummy unblocked at tricks seven and eight. A Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick nine. At trick 10 a further Club lead takes out Declarer’s last trump and the Jack of Diamonds is cashed at trick 11. The Defence now take the last two tricks with the Ace of Spades and a winning Club. One down.