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WHAT IS A SPLINTER?

A Splinter Bid gives partner more information. It is an unusual jump into a new suit which shows game going points (11+)  and even a possible slam interest. It shows 4+ cards in partners' last bid suit and a singleton or void in the splinter suit (not usually an Ace)

e.g. 1H     4D*

(A response bid of 3D would have shown 16+ points so the 4D bid is an unnecessary jump showing a splinter)

"A Splinter always makes you jump!!"

 
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John Armstrong Pairs

Manchester pairs did well in the Swiss Pairs event at Merseyside on Sunday 22nd May.  Alan Mould and Michael Byrne were second, Joy and Irving Blakey and Ann Thornton and Linda Williams were joint fourth.
Full results are on the Merseyside County web site click here.

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!

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S TIPS FOR APRIL...........

(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.

Fisher & Schwartz banned by EBL

It has been reported that Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz, the Israeli pair involved in one of the 'cheating scandals', have been banned by the EBL.

They have been banned from EBL events and activities for 5 years and are banned from playing as a partnership for life. Further details are yet to be released.

Bridge helping ladies stay healthy and active into their 90s

BBC Woman's Hour on Radio 4 today looked at how women in their 90s have managed to stay healthy and active. Two interviewees from Birmingham cited bridge as one of the biggest influences on their prolonged good health, noting both the benefits of keeping the mind active, and also the social benefits of playing bridge after the death of their husbands.

The interview is available on the BBC website for a limited time - scroll to 15:00 for the start of the interview (which lasts around six minutes).

Join a bridge club in retirement and live longer!

Researchers at the University of Queensland have published a study in the online medical journal BMJ which concludes that being a member of clubs and social groups - such as a bridge club - after retirement reduces your risk of premature death.

(For the full editorial go to www.ebu.co.uk )

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 )

John Holland Wins Gold Cup!  

  

Many congratulations to John Holland who has won Britain's most prestigious competition at Solihull on 11-13th December.  John, who has won virtually every other national event, has previously never won the Gold Cup.

John and partner Ben Green played every board in the final stages beating the holders (Allfrey, Robson, Forrester, Gold, Bakhshi, McIntosh) in the quarter finals on Friday and then Peter Lee's team in the semis by 98 IMPs.  John and Ben's other team members were Simon Cope, Peter Crouch and Nicola Smith.

In some ways this is the ultimate achievement for a British bridge player and ensures a place in the history of British bridge as a winner of the most demanding knockout event in the year

Gold Cup
Simon Cope, Nicola Smith, John Holland, Peter Crouch and Ben Green
 
CONGRATULATIONS JOHN - WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD.
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.

 

We're open as usual on

Bank Holiday Monday!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

THE RUIA CUP

SWISS TEAMS

COMPETITION 2016

 

The second of the three sessions is on

THURSDAY 16th JUNE

THURSDAY 21st JULY

Substitutes can be played if required on any of the dates.

(ROUND 1 RESULTS ARE POSTED UNDER THE YELLOW TAB TOP LEFT OF THIS PAGE)

(The regular Weekly Swiss Pairs will not be affected by this event and will be held as usual, upstairs, on each of these dates.)

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS....

SUNDAY 26th JUNE

 

  2.30pm to 5pm       

"Playing detective in Defence: Cracking codes and signals"

(Forward Dates for your Diary are: Sunday 31st July & 21st August)

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.

This next seminar will be suitable for a wide range of intermediate players as Ollie will cover .......(to be decided) . 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

BEN BEEVER MEMORIAL TRIBUTE PAIRS EVENT

SUNDAY 10th JULY

2pm start to 6pm (approx.)

OPEN TO ALL

Ben was an inspirational teacher at Manchester Bridge Club and well known at many other bridge venues in the area. He was particularly devoted to nurturing and developing Improver and Intermediate players and made many friends along the way.

We look forward to celebrating his life and his love of Bridge at this event which is open to all and will be a very enjoyable afternoon.

Entry is £10 and includes sandwiches and scones at half time.

We will also be raising funds for The British Red Cross Society

British Red Cross

Please add your names to the Entry Form in Reception or let Jeff know that you plan to play by emailing him on jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk or phone 0161 445 3712

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

SAVE THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY!

SUNDAY 17th JULY

Image result for star pics1.45 for 2pm

"PAR CONTEST"

Generous prizes

Open to all Improver and Intermediate players

(K or below - £10 entry)

What is a PAR COMPETITION?

 It's a fascinating lesson in Bidding, Declarer Play & Defence - all rolled into one!

 The hands are pre-dealt and the bidding and the contract are pre-directed so you might bid up to 4D but then be directed to play the hand in 6D and be expected to make it!

 You score points for bidding the correct contract, for making the directed contract or for defeating your opponents in their directed contract plus points for making the correct lead.

 So your opposition are not your table opponents, or the players sitting your direction in the room..........you are playing against PAR!

Image result for star pics

Please complete the Entry Form in Reception or contact Jeff on 0161 445 3712 

email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

(Competition set by Raymond Semp)

THE NORTHERN COUNTIES IMPROVER PAIRS REGIONAL FINAL

was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 15th May

For full results see bottom right of this page.

 

GEOFF NUTTALL TROPHY

CONGRATULATIONS TO

ANDY GREEN

WINNER OF THE  2016

GEOFF NUTTALL TROPHY

(Monday Evening Duplicates

from January to April)

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!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 30th MAY

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

" Splinter Bids"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

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 7.30pm

(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.

.........and don't forget that tonight is the last night when your score still counts towards the

2016 John Bird Memorial Cup Competition! 

(Sorry - no Super Supper possible tonight)

Results
Thu 26th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 25th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 24th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 23rd May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 23rd May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 22nd May 2016
OLLIE'S SEMINAR WORKSHOP at 2.30pm
Thu 19th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 18th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 17th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 16th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Calendar
Mon 30th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is .....
Mon 30th May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 30th May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 31st May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Jun 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #5 at 7.30pm
LESSON 5 - Slam Bidding & System Notes
Sun 12th Jun 2016
Summer Intermediate Pairs at Altrincham BC
MCBA Event
Thu 16th Jun 2016
RUIA CUP Session 2
Annual Swiss Teams Competition held over 3 sessions on Thursdays in May, June & July.
Thu 16th Jun 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
This will take place as usual but will be upstairs tonight to accommodate Round 2 of the RUIA Cup Competition downstairs.
Sun 26th Jun 2016
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
Sun 10th Jul 2016
THE BEN BEEVER MEMORIAL COMPETITION
(Re 4th July 2015)In aid of The British Red Cross
Sun 17th Jul 2016
PAR CONTEST (1.45 for 2pm start)
Thu 21st Jul 2016
RUIA CUP Session 3 (Final)
Annual Swiss Teams Competition held over 3 sessions on Thursdays in May, June & July.
Thu 21st Jul 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
This will take place as usual but will be upstairs tonight to accommodate Round 3 (final) of the RUIA Cup Competition downstairs.
Sun 24th Jul 2016
Manchester Green Point Swiss Teams at Altrincham BC
MCBA Event commencing 11am
Sun 31st Jul 2016
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

MONDAY 30th MAY

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

" Splinter Bids"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

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 7.30pm

(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.

.........and don't forget that tonight is the last night when your score still counts towards the

2016 John Bird Memorial Cup Competition! 

(Sorry - no Super Supper possible tonight)

Results
Thu 26th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 25th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 24th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 23rd May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 23rd May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 22nd May 2016
OLLIE'S SEMINAR WORKSHOP at 2.30pm
Thu 19th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 18th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 17th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 16th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Calendar
Mon 30th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is .....
Mon 30th May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 30th May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 31st May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Jun 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #5 at 7.30pm
LESSON 5 - Slam Bidding & System Notes
Sun 12th Jun 2016
Summer Intermediate Pairs at Altrincham BC
MCBA Event
Thu 16th Jun 2016
RUIA CUP Session 2
Annual Swiss Teams Competition held over 3 sessions on Thursdays in May, June & July.
Thu 16th Jun 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
This will take place as usual but will be upstairs tonight to accommodate Round 2 of the RUIA Cup Competition downstairs.
Sun 26th Jun 2016
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
Sun 10th Jul 2016
THE BEN BEEVER MEMORIAL COMPETITION
(Re 4th July 2015)In aid of The British Red Cross
Sun 17th Jul 2016
PAR CONTEST (1.45 for 2pm start)
Thu 21st Jul 2016
RUIA CUP Session 3 (Final)
Annual Swiss Teams Competition held over 3 sessions on Thursdays in May, June & July.
Thu 21st Jul 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
This will take place as usual but will be upstairs tonight to accommodate Round 3 (final) of the RUIA Cup Competition downstairs.
Sun 24th Jul 2016
Manchester Green Point Swiss Teams at Altrincham BC
MCBA Event commencing 11am
Sun 31st Jul 2016
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm