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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

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.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2018")

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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS

Dear Member,

 
As you are probably aware the Manchester Bridge Club will be vacating our Palatine Road premises at the beginning of 2019.
Of course it is with great sadness that we do so, but we can reflect that Palatine Road has been a wonderful venue for 40 years – for which we will be having a celebratory party this Autumn on Sunday 9th December.
In the meantime all our activities will be as normal with the club premises being available for matches, county events and meetings, afternoon rubber bridge and Wednesday night duplicate and play class.
On Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays the club will still be using the Casino until the end of the year.
It is our intention to continue the Manchester Bridge Club activities in different premises in 2019 and we are currently looking at some options. However, if members of the club have any suggestions, we would be happy to investigate.
 

Best Wishes 

Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 
EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

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 five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

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 on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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

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

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.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).