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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

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.

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!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
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 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 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.