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"AVOID USING STAYMAN ON BALANCED GAME HANDS"

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It's usually a mistake to bid Stayman on flat 4-3-3-3 hands that have enough power for game. Stayman is unlikely to gain much and even if a 4-4 fit is found there's a danger of having giving away information by unnecessarily bidding Stayman

Just go straight to 3NT on such hands!

"NO SHORTAGE - NO STAYMAN!"

 
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Tony Wood Memorial Trophy

2016 Tony Wood Memorial Contest

The Monday Evening Duplicate Scores, gained over the summer, count towards the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy.

Your best 8 scores between Monday 2nd May and finishing on Monday 29th August are counted.

The current leading pair are David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson.

12 Aug 2016

Bridge at the Olympics?

Radio 5live had a discussion yesterday (Thursday 11th) about sports which are not currently part of the Olympic games but could be, or perhaps should be. England international Heather Dhondy talked to Nicky Campbell to give the argument for including bridge at a future games.

Bridge has had involvement with the games in the past - the WBF was invited to apply for a place at the 2020 games in Tokyo, and bridge has previously been a demonstration event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

13 Aug 2016 | Internationals | Youth

World Youth Championships - England perform well, but miss the podium, in consolation event

After a good qualifying competition, the English Lions (Shivam Shah, Freddie Illingworth, Alex Roberts & Yvonne Wiseman) and English Cubs (Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton, Oscar Selby & Liz Gahan) unfortunately failed to finish on the podium in the consolation event of the World Youth Team Championships. The Lions finished well clear of the field in qualifying, finally getting the results that their play earlier in the event deserved, and although they led at the halfway point in the final they slipped back in to fourth. The Cubs qualified in 8th, and finished 9th in the final - a great result for the young team.

The NPCs have been writing blogs throughout the event. They can be read here.

Preston Summer Pairs

Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Preston Summer Pairs on Sunday 7th August. 

29 Jul 2016

English team wins event at North American Bridge Championships

Dan Crofts & Gareth Hyett and Edward Levy & Oliver Burgess were winners of the Swiss Teams on Tuesday at the Summer North American Bridge Championships in Washington DC. Although billed as a 'side event' it nonetheless featured a quality field of 55 teams, so was a good result for the English team.

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO
LESLEY JOHNSON and DAVID SARABOWSKI

2015/16 JOINT CLUB CHAMPIONS
Wednesday Evenings

This is a well-deserved achievement amongst a very strong field of players - many of whom are internationals.

Well Done!

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.

 

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Manchester Bridge Club has two new beginners foundation courses starting in September.

These Foundation Courses are in the form of two 5 week Modules (one class a week)

MODULE ONE covers BRIDGE BASICS & CARD PLAY

MODULE TWO covers BIDDING TECHNIQUES

(and is also suitable for existing players wishing to brush up and modernise their bidding!)

 

MODULE ONE EVENING COURSE STARTS ON

WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

♠   ♣ 

MODULE ONE DAYTIME COURSE STARTS ON

MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER at 10.15am

(Each module of 5 classes costs £50)

Each class last appromiximately 2 hours with a break for refreshments provided by the Club.

To find out more or to enrol for either of these 5 week Course Modules please contact Jeff or David at the Club on 0161 445 3712 or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

"Bridge is a wonderful, absorbing, fun and sociable game...

...what better way to start autumn!"

 

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 on

THURSDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

Please enter your Team on the Registration Form on the Club Notice Board or let Jeff / Dave know..

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS

SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER

 

  2.30pm to 5pm  

This Months topic is...........   

"Agreeing partner’s trump suit:

Jacoby 2NT, the Competitive Cue Bid & Pre-Emptive Raises in Action" 

(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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

THE MICHELLE BRUNNER

CHARITY MEMORIAL EVENT 2016

The annual charity event in memory of Michelle Brunner and in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann Hospice was held at here at the Club on Saturday 13th August.
Ollie Burgess opened the afternoon and spoke fondly of his memories of Michelle and of her great help especially when starting his bridge career.
Nineteen teams of four then played a Mixed Pivot Swiss event under the direction of Mike and Sarah Amos.

Winners
Kath & Alan Nelson, Jeff Morris and Michael Newman were winners ahead of Raymond Semp, John Hassett, Barry Myers and Sally Brock.
The intermediate trophy winners were John and Catherine Ashworth, Barbara Heaton and Paul Vose who came third.

Fun photos of the event and all the winners are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk   

In all a magnificent total of £1700 was raised for the two charities!

Thank you so much for everyone who helped, donated prizes and took part so generously in the raffle and auctions.

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!

We're open as usual this Bank Holiday Monday!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 29th AUGUST

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 Jeff Morris

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Jeff's topic today will be

"Bidding & Play Techniques"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson and

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

Results
Tue 23rd Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Tue 23rd Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Mon 22nd Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 22nd Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 18th Aug 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 16th Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 15th Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 15th Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sat 13th Aug 2016
MICHELLE BRUNNER MEMORIAL EVENT
Calendar
Mon 29th Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's topic this week is "Bidding & Play"
Mon 29th Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Mon 29th Aug 2016
Beginners Lesson & Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Tue 30th Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 31st Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 31st Aug 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all
Mon 5th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's topic this week is "Examples of Bidding & Play"
Mon 5th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Start of the Duplicate Pairs CHEADLE ROYAL CUP Contest - Monday 5th September to Monday 19th December
Mon 5th Sep 2016
Beginners Lesson & Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Tue 6th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 1/5
Module One - Basics and Play
Thu 8th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all

We're open as usual this Bank Holiday Monday!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 29th AUGUST

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 Jeff Morris

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Jeff's topic today will be

"Bidding & Play Techniques"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson and

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

Results
Tue 23rd Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Tue 23rd Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Mon 22nd Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 22nd Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 18th Aug 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 16th Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 15th Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 15th Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sat 13th Aug 2016
MICHELLE BRUNNER MEMORIAL EVENT
Calendar
Mon 29th Aug 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's topic this week is "Bidding & Play"
Mon 29th Aug 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Mon 29th Aug 2016
Beginners Lesson & Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Tue 30th Aug 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 31st Aug 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 31st Aug 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all
Mon 5th Sep 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's topic this week is "Examples of Bidding & Play"
Mon 5th Sep 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Start of the Duplicate Pairs CHEADLE ROYAL CUP Contest - Monday 5th September to Monday 19th December
Mon 5th Sep 2016
Beginners Lesson & Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Tue 6th Sep 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Sep 2016
Beginners Foundation Course - Module One 1/5
Module One - Basics and Play
Thu 8th Sep 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all