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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.

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!!

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

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 Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

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 May 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2016 duplicates

 

 

1       Stopping the tenth trick

 

Board 10 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

AK

AKJ9xxx

xx

Q10

 

109xxx

x

K10xx

xxx

 

Qx

Q10x

Q9x

AKxxx

 

Jxxx

xx

AJxx

Jxx

 

 

At all eight tables every single East player woodenly allowed declarer to make a tenth trick in Hearts whether the contract was 3 Hearts or 4 Hearts.

 

For those playing a weak no trump by East West the auction is more likely to end in 3 Hearts:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Hearts

1NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

 

West transfers into Spades and North bids his Hearts at the three level.  It is then difficult for South to know whether he has enough for game and at pairs he is likely to pass.

 

For those East Wests playing a strong no trump then North South are more likely to get to game via:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

3 Hearts

1 Club

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

The opening lead should be the King of Clubs (KING for COUNT).  West plays low to show an odd number of Clubs.  Every single East has then woodenly cashed the Ace of Clubs at trick two and then looked around for inspiration.  But the horse has already bolted.  When partner plays a low Club at trick one there is a very high risk that Declarer started with Q10 Doubleton in Clubs and the danger of the Jack of Clubs being established for a discard should be blazingly obvious.  It is essential that East must switch at trick two.  With the Jack of Spades in the Dummy it is not very attractive for East to switch to a Spade at trick two holding Qx and accordingly he should instead choose a low Diamond which sets up the defensive Diamond trick before the Ace of Clubs is dislodged keeping the contract to nine tricks.

 

 

2       Too strong for just game

 

Board 17 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

AQ10x

AQJxxxx

x

A

 

xxx

Kxx

K10x

Qxxx

 

J9xx

None

xxx

KJ9xxx

 

Kx

10xx

AQJxxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Heart

5 Hearts

 

3 Clubs

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

6 Hearts

4 Clubs

 

Only one pair out of eight bid to 6 Hearts making all thirteen tricks when the Heart finesse works.

 

What should North say when having opened 1 Heart the bidding is suddenly at the four level when he next has a chance to speak.  To simply bid 4 Hearts is far too cautious with a hand containing only three losers.  Equally if North cue-bid 5 Clubs then this would agree Diamonds.  North must therefore either make a wild leap to six Hearts or more sensibly should invite slam by jumping to 5 Hearts.  How does South know that he has suitable cards for slam.  Well he has three trumps, the Ace of his own suit and the King of Spades with partner certain to have some length in Spades (given that North is unlikely to have more than one Club and has not shown interest in playing in Diamonds). 

 

In 6 Hearts on a Club lead Declarer should cross to the Ace of Diamonds at trick two and play a low Heart to the Jack.  He then ruffs the third round of Spades and repeats the Heart finesse making all thirteen tricks.

 

 

3       Monster three pointer

 

Board 12 Monday 30 May – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

10xxxx

x

K98x

xxx

 

Qxxx

J10xx

xx

xxx

 

KJx

AKxx

Q

KQ1098

 

A

Q9xx

AJ10xxx

AJ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

1 Club

Double

Pass

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of six bid to the excellent 5 Diamond contract on this hand.

 

South has a routine overcall of 1 Diamond after East opens 1 Club.  North has four card trump support and at Green or White it is always best to raise immediately to the level of the fit (ie bid to the three level with nine trumps and the four level with ten trumps).  However the Red vulnerability means that some caution is in order and accordingly North just gives a single raise to 2 Diamonds.  East doubles 2 Diamonds for takeout with a singleton Diamond and sixteen points outside Diamonds.  South now bids 2 Hearts showing a very strong overcall and an interest in game despite North’s very weak bid.  What should North bid over 2 Hearts.  Well although he only has three points he has a fourth trump and the singleton Heart is worth its weight in gold.  Accordingly he jumps to 4 Diamonds and South is delighted to go to game.

 

If West leads Clubs, his partner’s opening suit then game is easily made as it is easy for Declarer to trump three Hearts in the Dummy.  However if West opens with the best lead of a trump then Declarer has to be careful.  On winning the first trick with the Ace of Diamonds he has to maximize the chances of West being unable to lead a second round of trumps.  In other words it is essential that East has the Ace and King of Hearts.  Accordingly Declarer leads the Queen of Hearts from hand at trick two and the defence cannot play a second round of Diamonds so there are then no problems in being able to trump all three losing Hearts in the Dummy before finally drawing the outstanding trump.