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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

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For directions on how to find us please click on the 

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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!!

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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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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

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has a number of rooms

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 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Thankyou.

Tips for February 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2016 duplicates

 

1       Partial elimination turns -300 into -100

 

Board 18 Tuesday 16 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

KQJxx

10xxx

xx

xx

 

Axxx

xx

106xx

xxx

 

10x

A

KQJ975

AJ10x

 

9x

KQJxxx

A

KQxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

1 Diamond

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Heart

4 Hearts

Double

Pass

5 Diamonds

 

This hand caught my eye when I realized that a small mistake by South at trick three allows declarer to escape for just one down in 5 Diamonds doubled.

 

When South bids 4 Hearts it is clearcut for West to sacrifice in 5 Diamonds.  This is because it is likely that each side has a ten card fit and the “Law of Total tricks” suggests that very often the total number of tricks available on any deal is approximately equal to the total number of trumps.  So if North South and East West each have ten trumps it is often the case that a total of twenty tricks can be made if each side play in their long trump suit.  So if North South can make 10 tricks in Hearts then East West may be able to make 10 tricks in Diamonds.  If North South can make 11 tricks in Hearts then East West can make 9 tricks in Diamonds and will therefore show a profit against the vulnerable game available for North South.

 

Against 5 Diamonds Doubled the opening lead is the King of Hearts and after winning with the Ace Declarer should play the King of Diamonds.  South takes the Ace of trumps and if he were to switch to Spades at trick three then the contract would have to go two down as Declarer would be unable to avoid the loss of one Spade, one Diamond and two Club tricks (since North would switch to Clubs on winning his Spade trick to breaking up any possible endplay.)

 

However if South lazily continues with the Queen of Hearts then Declarer can punish this mistake in the following manner.  Rather than trump the second round of Hearts Declarer should discard a Spade so keeping the lead in the South hand.  South now exits with the 9 of Spades at trick four.  Declarer wins with the Ace and then trumps the second round of Spades high at trick five.  At trick six he then draws the second round of trumps by playing the 9 and overtaking with the 10 (so leaving the 6 as a possible later entry to the Dummy).  At trick seven a Club follows from the Dummy to the 10 and Queen.  At trick eight South is now endplayed.  Having no more Spades he has either to continue with Clubs or concede a ruff and discard by playing a third Heart.  Yes East was lucky to find South with only two cards in Spades but by discarding a Spade on the second round of Hearts East was simply exchanging a Spade loser for a Heart loser and if South did have a third Spade East would still be able to ruff high and cross to the Dummy with the 6 of Diamonds in order to try and take another Club finesse.  So in making ten tricks Declarer lost just one Heart, one Diamond and one Club but no Spade tricks.  At pairs -100 is likely to be a top while at teams it is likely to gain 5 IMPS against teammates collecting +300 at the other table.

 

2       Knowledge of 10 card fit leads to slam on a combined 27 count

 

Board 3 Wednesday 17 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

xx

K9xxx

Axxx

Qx

 

Kxx

x

Q9xx

K98xx

 

AJ10x

AQ

K10

AJxxx

 

Q98x

J108xx

Jxx

10

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Hearts

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Spades

Pass

 

Although East has only 19 points it is clearcut to upgrade this to a 2NT opener.  This is because East has a five card suit, two 10s and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control).

 

West bids 3 Spades showing at least eight cards (and usually nine) in the minors.  If East has no interest in playing in a minor suit he would sign off in 3NT.  However if East bids 4 of a minor he is showing four cards in that minor and an interest in slam if West is suitable.  On those occasions when East has five cards in the minor he bids 4 Hearts to show five Clubs and 4 Spades to show five Diamonds.  This allows use to be made of a bid which cannot possibly be natural as having opened 2NT showing a balanced or semi-balanced hand it makes no sense to suddenly introduce Hearts or Spades as a trump suit at the four level.

 

When East bids 4 Hearts then West knowing of the 10 card trump fit no longer needs to worry about the Queen of trumps.  This is because when 10 trumps are present the odds of a 2-1 split are 78% whereas if only 9 trumps are present missing the Queen then the odds of a 2-2 split are only 40% plus the odds of a singleton Queen if the Jack is present in the 9 card fit.  Accordingly West cue-bids the King of Spades and East can then jump to 6 Clubs.

 

Against this contract South is likely to lead the Jack of Hearts which immediately gives two Heart tricks and a Spade discard from the Dummy and so removes any need to worry about the whereabouts of the Queen of Spades.

 

 

3       North South asleep at the wheel in the bidding

 

Board 12 Monday 29 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

AKxx

x

Jxxxx

Axx

 

QJx

KJxx

KQ10x

xx

 

x

Q109xx

9x

KQxxx

 

10xxxx

Axx

Ax

J10x

 

 

I was extremely puzzled to note that seven out of eight North South pairs let East West play in Hearts on this hand despite the fact that North South are cold for game in Spades.  There are three ways in which the bidding might go.

 

 

Firstly for those playing weak no trump:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Double

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

4 Spades

1NT

3 Hearts

Pass

 

Here North is able to double 3 Hearts for takeout and South is delighted to jump to game in Spades knowing of the likely nine card fit and the ideal holding of Axx Hearts opposite a probable singleton in the North hand.

 

Secondly for those playing strong no trump and four card majors:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Double

Pass

 

 

4 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

1 Heart

Pass

 

Thirdly for those playing strong no trump and five card majors:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

4 Spades

 

1 Heart

Pass

 

1 Spade

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Hearts

Pass

 

There is no defence to 4 Spades.  On the best lead of a Club South can duck to the Queen.  Now the Defence cannot stop the long Diamond becoming established to eventually discard the second losing Club.

 

The absolute par on the hand is for East West to then sacrifice in 5 Hearts doubled losing only 300 but since the only North South pair who played in Spades did so at the 2 level no East West pair was faced with this decision !