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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS

 
26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
 

Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

third

Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

CLUB CHAMPION 2018
CLUB CHAMPION 2018

CLUB CHAMPION 2018

Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2018 Club Champion.

This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2017 and May 2018.

Well Done Eve! 

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

*************

2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

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WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability.

If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"! 

Alternatively please phone David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

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

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for January 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the January 2016 duplicates

 

1       Dubious balancing severely punished

 

Manchester Congress Teams – Session Two

Board 11 Sunday 3 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

xx

AKxxx

xx

J10xx

 

QJ10x

10x

9xx

AQxx

 

Axx

Q9x

K10xx

Kxx

 

K9xx

Jxx

AQJx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

?

 

After two passes my partner in the Congress Teams Final opened a slightly off centre weak 2 Hearts.  While this might seem rather dangerous it is a common tactic third in hand at Green or White and is also attractive when holding two cards or fewer in the unbid major.  When this came back to West he rather unwisely chose to balance with a takeout double.  I consider this unwise because holding 10x in Hearts it was extremely unlikely that East held a penalty double of 2 Hearts in which case he would be able to convert the takeout double to penalty by passing.

 

East decided to bid his four card Diamond suit and as South I smelt blood.  While it would be possible to construct hands where 3 Diamonds is making I expected that on at least four out of five occasions I would get a penalty of 300 or more by doubling.   It was quite likely that my partner was not minimum 5 or 6 points in view of West having already passed.   According I doubled for penalty.  After a low Heart lead partner won with the King and immediately switched to his doubleton Spade.  I won with the King and continued Spades.  This resulted in partner being subsequently able to trump the third round of Spades.  Declarer could have escaped for three down -500 but no doubt flustered by the turn of events he lost a further trick and went four down -800 giving our team a gain of 12 IMPS on the deal.

 

Note that East holding such a flat hand would have been much better advised to bid 2 Spades on Axx rather than 3 Diamonds in response to the balancing double.  This is because West by doubling as a passed hand was guaranteeing four cards in Spades.  Had East chosen 2 Spades rather than 3 Diamonds this would have been passed out and the contract would have gone a quiet one down for 50 to North South.

 

 

2       Well judged by North

 

Manchester Congress Teams – Session Two

Board 26 Sunday 3 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

Qx

AKxx

10xx

AJxx

 

J108x

J10

AJ9xx

xx

 

K9xx

xxx

KQxx

Kx

 

Axx

Qxxx

x

Q10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Club

2 Hearts

4 Hearts

Pass

Double

2 Spades

Pass

1 Heart

3 Clubs

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

 

My partner in the Congress Teams Final judged the bidding very well on this hand to accept my game try.

 

Playing 5 card majors North opened 1 Club fourth in hand.  East having already passed now made a takeout double showing 9-11 points.  I bid 1 Heart and West bid 1 Spade.  North raised to 2 Hearts which guaranteed four card support as with only three Hearts North would have made a Support Double (invented by Eric Rodwell in the early 1990’s).  East bid 2 Spades and now I made a game try of 3 Clubs.

 

In deciding whether to accept my game try my partner attempted to build up a picture of my distribution.  It was almost certain that the opposition only held an eight card Spade fit since if West held five Spades he would have jumped to 2 Spades to crowd the auction.  Furthermore in order to make a game try as a passed hand I must have an unbalanced hand with either five Hearts and four Clubs or four Hearts and five Clubs.  Accordingly my distribution must be either 3=5=1=4 or 3=4=1=5.  In either case as my partner held no wasted Diamond honours opposite my likely singleton the hands were fitting extremely well together and thus the game try was accepted by jumping to 4 Hearts.

 

In the play West opened with the Jack of Spades which was covered with the Queen and King.  I let the opposition win the first trick and they switched to Diamonds and I ruffed the second round of Diamonds.  It was important to establish the side suit Clubs before drawing trumps and so I ran the Queen of Clubs which lost to the King at trick four.  Now I was home whatever East did at trick five provided that the trumps split 3-2 since even on a  trump return I could draw three rounds of trumps and Dummy’s third Diamond will eventually be discarded on the fifth Club.

 

The reason why it is important for the Ace of Spades to be held up at trick one is that suppose East held a 4=3=5=1 distribution with the singleton King of Clubs he would be able to reach his partner’s hand with the 10 of Spades and obtain a Club ruff had I won the first trick.  By holding up the Ace of Spades this possibility was avoided.

 

My partner’s good judgment in the bidding won our team 10 IMPS.

 

 

3       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 1 Thursday 28 January – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Axx

A10xxx

10x

J7x

 

Qxx

xxx

AJ8xx

xx

 

K108xx

QJx

K9xx

x

 

Jx

Kx

Qx

AKQ10xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

1 Heart

3 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of nine managed to reach game in Clubs on this hand.

 

With seven and a half tricks South is obliged to jump to 3 Clubs following North’s response of 1 Heart to his opening bid.  What should North say over that?  He cannot rebid the Hearts because that would promise a six carder and it would be a gamble to bid 3NT with no Diamond stop.  Accordingly North should rebid 3 Spades even though he only has three cards in the suit.  By bidding 3 Spades North is showing that he has a stop in Spades and more often than not it implies five cards in Hearts.  (Note that there is no danger of South raising Spades since he has denied holding four cards by bidding 3 Clubs over 1 Heart).  South then knows that 3NT is not sensible because he only holds Qx in Diamonds.  Accordingly he signs off in 4 Clubs.  However North holding two Aces plus Jxx in Clubs has enough to believe that 5 Clubs will have a play.  The Defence should start off with Ace of Diamonds and another Diamond (the correct defence because the bidding has told the world that North South do not have a Diamond stop).  Assuming a trump switch at trick three Declarer then draws trumps in two rounds leaving the Jack in the Dummy.  He can then establish the Hearts even assuming the most likely 4-2 break.  Should the defence switch to a Spade at trick three then Declarer should only draw one round of trumps before establishing the Hearts (because if he draws two rounds he will lack the entries to reach the long Heart on the likely 4-2 break in Hearts).