MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB.,
We are no longer at Palatine Road or The Casino for any bridge whatsoever!
. . . BECAUSE WE HAVE MOVED, FROM 2ND JANUARY, TO OUR NEW "HOME" PREMISES. . . .
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS
Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.
This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
It's that time of year again when
your annual membership payment is due.
The fees are the same as for last year (again!),
so it's £50 for Single Membership,
£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.
Membership runs from January through to December each year.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are
Barclays Bank - Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20
"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.
Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.
Club Membership includes EBU Registration."
3 Jan 2019
This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould
For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain
The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.
Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.
11 Dec 2018 | Internationals
This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.
Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett
The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.
Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.
For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:
17 Dec 2018 | Internationals
The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.
The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.
The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist
with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place
and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third
Full results details are bottom right of this page.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly. The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Senior World Championship
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!
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
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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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
Pass or 2NT
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
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
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.