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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

 

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!!"

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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 April 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2016 duplicates

 

 

1       Wrong contract at all 12 tables !

 

Board 20 Monday 11 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

KJ9x

x

A10x

AQJxx

 

AQ10x

A109xx

Kx

xx

 

xxx

Qx

QJ98x

xxx

 

87

KJxxx

xxx

Kxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

Pass or 2NT

 

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

 

1 Heart

Pass

 

 

Not a single North South pair ended up in the correct contract which is either 1NT or 2NT with South Declarer.

 

After West opens 1 Heart North has a routine takeout double.  East passes and South should bid 1NT.  This denies four cards in Spades and is a constructive bid usually showing 7 to 10 points with a good stop in Hearts.  At teams North would probably raise to 2NT but at pairs he might go for the more conservative action of passing 1NT.  North has no reason to believe that 2 Clubs will score better than 1NT.  Indeed assuming that 1NT makes seven tricks then Clubs will need to make nine tricks to gain Match Points.

 

Even if West finds the best lead of the King of Diamonds Declarer can make eight tricks by winning the second Diamond and cannot be prevented from making two tricks in the major suits in addition to five Club tricks and the Ace of Diamonds.

 

2       Splinter by both North and South leads to Grand Slam

 

Board 12 Thursday 14 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

J10xx

A10xx

x

AKQx

 

x

Q98x

KQ10x

10xxx

 

xxx

KJxx

xxxxx

x

 

AKQxx

x

AJ9

Jxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Club

3 Diamonds

4NT

5 Hearts

7 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

This hand is a great Grand Slam to reach with only 29 points between the two hands.  Seven pairs out of twelve reached the Small Slam but no pair reached the Grand Slam.

 

After North opens 1 Club and South responds 1 Spade North jumps to 3 Diamonds.  This is a mini-splinter and shows a raise to at least 3 Spades with a singleton or void in Diamonds.  The South hand is extremely powerful and South knows that the partnership is definitely heading for at least a small slam.  However because of South’s Club holding it would be inappropriate for South to bid RKCB at this point.  Rather he should paint a picture of his own hand and let North do the asking.  Holding such strong Spades the best second bid by South is to likewise make a splinter bid of 4 Hearts over 3 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Hearts and implying strong Spades.

 

North can now invoke RKCB and South shows 3 Keycards (cannot be zero in view of the splinter bid).  North now bids the next step (not in trumps) asking for the Queen of trumps and South jumps to 6 Spades to confirm the Queen of trumps is present but that he has no other King to show.  North can then bid the Grand Slam holding AKQ in Clubs.

 

13 tricks roll in provided that Declarer trumps Diamonds twice in the Dummy prior to drawing trumps.

 

3       Minor suit slam is best

 

Board 3 Wednesday 27 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

KJ10x

x

Kxxx

KJ9x

 

xx

QJ97x

xxx

10xx

 

Q9xx

10xx

J10xx

Qx

 

Axx

AKxx

AQ

Axxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Clubs

4NT

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

3 Hearts

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid to the excellent 6 Club contract on the above hand.  They should have taken a leaf from Boris Schapiro who more than 35 years ago in one of his Sunday Times bridge columns advised that after a quantitative bid of 4NT if you are non-minimum you should offer a suit at the five level.

 

South opens 2NT and North bids Stayman.  South responds 3 Hearts and now North bids 4NT quantitative.  Note that 4NT is always quantitative on this auction.  If North wishes to agree Hearts he bids the other major at the cheapest level in this case 3 Spades, a bid which has no other useful meaning since if North simply had five Spades he would have started proceedings off with a transfer bid.

 

South has 21 points with excellent controls but rather than gamble on bidding 6NT he should show his other four card suit by bidding 5 Clubs.  North is delighted to raise to 6 Clubs.

 

Assuming the lead of the Queen of Hearts against 6 Clubs note that South should not take the Club finesse but should instead play the Ace and King of Clubs.  This guarantees the contract against a 3-2 Club break.  On the actual hand the Queen drops and now Declarer makes 13 tricks if he guesses which defender possesses the Queen of Spades.  However even if the Queen of Clubs does not drop Declarer simply abandons trumps and makes 12 tricks on a cross ruff (discarding a Spade on the King of Diamonds) with 2 Spade tricks, 2 Heart tricks, 3 Diamond tricks and five trump tricks.

 

In the Wednesday Duplicate the one pair who played in 6NT duly went down as they were not blessed with second sight on the lie of the black suit Queens.