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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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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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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
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:-
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:-
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
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
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.