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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

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

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 March 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2016 duplicates

 

1       Not the classical shape but correct to double

 

Board 20 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

x

QJ109x

xx

KJxxx

 

Q10x

xx

Axxx

10xxx

 

KJxxx

Kx

KQJx

xx

 

A9xx

Axxx

xxx

AQ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

4 Hearts

 

1 Spade

Pass

 

Double

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

 

I was fascinated to note that seven out of eight pairs played in Spades by East West and the only North South pair who played in Hearts did so only at the three level.

 

The reason for this is that after East opened 1 Spade it was clear from the scores that all the Souths passed.  West raised to 2 Spades and there the bidding ended.  However while South’s shape is not the classical shape for a takeout double in that it has length in Spades it is correct to double.  This is because the crucial thing is that South has four cards in the unbid major and holding three Aces the hand is far from minimum.  It is true that occasionally by choosing to double the partnership may end up in an ungainly 4-2 fit in Clubs but this will happen very rarely.  Note that North will always bid a four card Heart suit ahead of a five card minor suit on this auction.

 

Once South does decide to double then it is easy for North holding an attractive 1=5=2=5 shape and only seven losers to go straight go game in Hearts.  With the Heart finesse working then this should make an overtrick with careful play losing just two tricks in Diamonds.

 

 

 

2       Scientific approach not best

 

Board 25 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

A109xx

Kx

xxxxx

x

 

Qxx

10xxx

AQ10

QJx

 

x

AJxxxx

None

AK1098x

 

KJxx

Q

KJxxx

xxx

 

 

Assume that you open 1 Heart on the East hand and West jumps to 3 Hearts what should you now do as East.  The hand has enormous playing potential and if West held ♠AJx ♥Kxxx ♦Qxxx ♣Jx then you are likely to make all thirteen tricks.  However at the other end of the scale if West held ♠KQx ♥109xx ♦KQx ♣xxx then if the Clubs do not come in you might make only 10 tricks.

 

There are thus three possible choices:-

 

1          Cue bid 4 Clubs hoping to hear West cue-bid 4 Spades.

 

2          Jump to 5 Diamonds – Exclusion Key Card Blackwood – asking partner to count his keycards excluding the Ace of Diamonds.

 

3          Simply jump to 6 Hearts.

 

In the Monday Duplicate only three pairs out of eight bid to slam and only one of these three made the contract.  I made further enquiries and discovered that the successful pair simply chose Option 3 and jumped to 6 Hearts.   The reason why this was successful is that on this auction South would either lead a neutral Club or his fourth highest Diamond.  He would have no reason to lead a Spade which would have defeated the slam.

 

On the other hand if East chose Option 1 and cue bid 4 Clubs then when West cue-bid 4 Diamonds South would be much more likely to lead a Spade against either 4 Hearts or 6 Hearts.  Equally if East chose Option 2 and asked for keycards outside Diamonds then South would definitely not lead a Diamond knowing that the East hand were void in Diamonds.

 

So the moral is that as the chances of making all thirteen tricks are extremely low the practical choice for East is simply to jump to 6 Hearts which is what he expects to make on the majority of occasions.  After all if a Spade is cashable then the opposition may need to lead Spades at trick one and even then if West’s Hearts are Q10xx or Kxxx then the slam is still a good bet.

 

 

3       Slam on 24 points

 

Board 5 Monday 28 March – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

QJxx

xxx

xx

9xxx

 

Ax

Qxxx

KQ10xxx

x

 

K109x

None

A9x

KQJxxx

 

xxx

AKJ10xx

Jx

A10

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Diamonds

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

3 Diamonds

4 Spades

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid to the 90% small slam in Diamonds (only going down on a Heart lead if the trumps break 4-nil).

 

Having opened 1 Club East is forced to rebid 2 Spades over West’s 2 Diamond bid.  Note that this is not a reverse as if South had not overcalled then East would have rebid 1 Spade after West’s response of 1 Diamond.

 

West should definitely rebid his Diamonds to show a strong six card suit.  Now the East hand has become extremely powerful and the most descriptive bid is for East to jump to 4 Hearts as a splinter bid confirming Diamonds as trumps and showing a singleton or void in Hearts.  West should now cue-bid 4 Spades and this is enough for East to jump to slam in Diamonds.  Note that even if West’s Spades were Axx instead of Ax there is no danger of a third round Spade loser because the Clubs can be established to deal with any slow Spade loser.

 

On a Heart lead this is ruffed in the Dummy and the King of Clubs played.  South wins with the Ace.  Declarer can now either establish the Clubs (as long as he wins a Spade switch with the Ace) or he can take a second Heart ruff for 12 tricks.