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"When supporting partner's overcall always raise to the level of the fit

....especially when not vulnerable"

So if you have an 8 card trump fit raise to the 2 level (8 tricks).......

with a 9 card trump fit always go straight to the 3 level (9 tricks) ........

and if you have a 10 card trump fit then raise straight to the 4 level (10 tricks). 

This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to consider a slam try in which case you would cue-bid the opposition’s suit showing good card support (at least 4) and 10 plus points.

But exercise caution if you are vulnerable!!

 
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Current Competition

2016 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Pairs Contest runs from

Monday 5th September to Monday 19th December

Your best 8 results count.

Good Luck!

English pairs reach finals at World Bridge Games

Four English pairs have reached the A finals at the World Bridge Games in Poland, one in each competition.

Andrew McIntosh & Phil King qualified in second place for the Open Pairs; Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes in third place for the Mixed Pairs; Paul Hackett & John Holland in fifth place for the Seniors Pairs; and Nevena Senior & Fiona Brown in 11th place for the Women's Pairs. The finals are taking place this weekend.

Unfortunately there will be no representation from the British Isles in the finals after the last remaining team, the Scottish Women, were defeated in their semifinal versus France, though they will play China for the bronze medal.

Bolton Congress

Bolton Bridge Club's annual congress was held over the weekend of 2nd-4th September.  As usual it was a friendly event with a good buffet tea.  Congratulations to Rodney Lighton, John Currie, Nicholas Greer and Neil Thomas who won the Swiss Teams on Sunday for the second year running in a field of seventeen teams.  Third equal were Howard Melbourne, Barbara Travis, Alan Mould, Ollie Burgess and Ed Levy, Rob Myers, Laura Covill, Rob Dixon.  In the pairs Chris Hine and Stephen Ward did very well to finish second.  Rob Myers was third with Phil Godfrey of Yorkshire.  Rhona Goldenfield and Marianne Farr were second in the Ladies Pairs.  Turnout was up by about 50% over last year.

Tollemache Qualifying

The MCBA (county) selection committee has chosen the following team to represent Manchester in the qualifying round of the inter county teams of eight on 19-20th November.
 

Michael Newman & Michael Byrne
John Holland & Gary Hyett
Alec Smalley & Tom Slater
Alan Mould & Ollie Burgess

npc to be appointed.

...recognise any MBC member names in this list?!!

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN AUGUST...........

(See the yellow tab above top left)

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

He's done it again.....again!!
He's done it again.....again!!

John Holland tops National Master Point list for the fifth time!

Congratulations to John Holland, who has topped the annual Master Points list for the fifth time (the last four years in succession!) and has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver.

John Holland's good year has seen him reclaim the top spot in the Gold Point rankings. He moved marginally ahead of the 2014 leader, David Gold, holding 98.92 to David's 98.02. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five.

John, who also won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2013 & 2014 gained a total of 29,397 points in 2015.

AMAZING!

(Full details are on the EBU website www.ebu.co.uk )

About Manchester Bridge Club
About Manchester Bridge Club

Welcome to

Manchester Bridge Club. 

We are at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find

us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab

top left of this page.

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff or David on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club Newsletter by e-mail?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

 
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2016

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

to be held over three sessions at 7.30pm

Round 3 (Final) on THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

Results after Round 2 are under the yellow tab top left of this page

(NB The Weekly Swiss Pairs will also be held as usual on tonight but will take place upstairs.)

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS

an EXTRA one on

SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER

 

  2.30pm to 5pm  

....with a quiz at the start to win a bottle of wine so make sure you come a few minutes early!!

The topic this time is...........   

"Declaring in suit contracts - eliminations, cross-ruffs and delaying drawing trumps"

(Forward Dates for your Diary are Sundays on 16th October, 13th November and 4th December)

The seminar starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by numerous practice hands.  The cost of the seminar is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  This includes refreshments during the brief break.

Ollie is well known to members of the club and plays bridge at National & International level having represented England as a Junior and for the Under 28 Team including the World Bridge Games in Beijing.

Everyone is welcome to attend and you don't need a partner.  You can just turn up on the day but it would be helpful to Ollie if you could let him know in advance if you are intending to come along by emailing him at oliverburgess5@gmail.com

MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

We are proud to announce that

MICHAEL NEWMAN

has won the

2016 EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

......his second win in this MCBA competition

having previously won in 2011!

CONGRATULATIONS!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

(Prompt please as late-comers may not be able to be accommodated))

There's a brief lesson first with David Debbage then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Dave's topic today will be

"The Landy Convention Part 1"

(Defensive Staymen against an opposition 1NT)

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Cheadle Royal Cup pairs contest started on 5th Sept and runs until Dec 19th - best 8 results!)

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson

(Lesson Topics from Sept - Dec: The Uncontested Auction including Opening the Bidding, Responding, Reversing, Opening 2C and Slam Bidding)

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY 

at 7.30pm

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for Experts & Improvers alike!

Thursdays are very popular due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the range of bridge abilities that are able to play together.

If you haven't tried it.....then you're missing a really enjoyable evening!

Partners always found and guests always very welcome

(Upstairs tonight due to Round 3 (final) of the Eve Lighthill Cup....back to normal downstairs next week!)

Results
Mon 26th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Thu 22nd Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 21st Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 20th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 19th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 19th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 15th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS FOR ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 12th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Calendar
Mon 26th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 27th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 4/5
Thu 29th Sep 2016
EVE LIGHTHILL CUP #3 (Final)
Thu 29th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great Fun and suitable for all. This week upstairs to accommodate the Eve Lighthill Cup.(Back to normal downstairs next week onwards)
Sun 2nd Oct 2016
OLLIE'S WORSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
“Declaring in Suit Contracts – eliminations, cross-ruffs and delaying drawing trumps”
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 2/5 at 10.15am
Module One - Basics and Play
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
David's topic this week is "The Landy Convention Part2"
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Oct 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Oct 2016
EBU British Autumn SIM Pairs
Wed 5th Oct 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Oct 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 5/5 at 7.30pm
Module One - Basics and Play

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

(Prompt please as late-comers may not be able to be accommodated))

There's a brief lesson first with David Debbage then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Dave's topic today will be

"The Landy Convention Part 1"

(Defensive Staymen against an opposition 1NT)

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Cheadle Royal Cup pairs contest started on 5th Sept and runs until Dec 19th - best 8 results!)

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson

(Lesson Topics from Sept - Dec: The Uncontested Auction including Opening the Bidding, Responding, Reversing, Opening 2C and Slam Bidding)

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

Image result for Pics of duplicate bridge being played

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY 

at 7.30pm

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for Experts & Improvers alike!

Thursdays are very popular due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the range of bridge abilities that are able to play together.

If you haven't tried it.....then you're missing a really enjoyable evening!

Partners always found and guests always very welcome

(Upstairs tonight due to Round 3 (final) of the Eve Lighthill Cup....back to normal downstairs next week!)

Results
Mon 26th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Thu 22nd Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 21st Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 20th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 19th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 19th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 15th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS FOR ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 12th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Calendar
Mon 26th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 27th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Sep 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 4/5
Thu 29th Sep 2016
EVE LIGHTHILL CUP #3 (Final)
Thu 29th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great Fun and suitable for all. This week upstairs to accommodate the Eve Lighthill Cup.(Back to normal downstairs next week onwards)
Sun 2nd Oct 2016
OLLIE'S WORSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
“Declaring in Suit Contracts – eliminations, cross-ruffs and delaying drawing trumps”
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 2/5 at 10.15am
Module One - Basics and Play
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
David's topic this week is "The Landy Convention Part2"
Mon 3rd Oct 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Oct 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Oct 2016
EBU British Autumn SIM Pairs
Wed 5th Oct 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Oct 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 5/5 at 7.30pm
Module One - Basics and Play