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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

 

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS

 
26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
 

Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

third

Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie

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

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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!!"

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 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 June 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2016 duplicates

 

1       Balanced slam try after Stayman

 

Board 1 Monday 13 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

QJ10x

K10

AKxx

Qxx

 

Kx

Qxx

Qxxx

10xxx

 

xxx

98xxx

10xx

Jx

 

Axxx

AJx

Jx

AK9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

1NT

2 Spades

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

5 Hearts2

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

4 Diamonds

4NT

5 Diamonds1

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Have you got the Queen of Spades

2           Yes and the King of Hearts

 

Only one pair out of seven managed to bid to the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.

 

After using Stayman and discovering a fit exists how should responder continue?  Well a jump to 4NT would be quantitative not Roman Key Card Blackwood.  Thus it is recommended that a jump to 4 Clubs should be Roman Key Card Blackwood while a jump to 4 Diamonds shows a balanced slam try (15-17 HCPs) with four card support for opener’s major suit but no shortage.

 

Over 4 Diamonds although the North hand has only 15 points he does have reasonable trumps so he bids 4 Hearts as a forward going move.  This is sufficient encouragement for South to then bid RKCB leading to the excellent slam.  Against 6 Spades it is quite likely that East may open with a passive Heart which immediately yields the 12th trick.  If instead the opening lead is a Spade then Declarer should aim to ruff two Diamonds in the South hand prior to drawing the last trump making five trump tricks, three Clubs, two Hearts and two Diamonds.

 

2       How to show a strong raise of opener’s minor after 1 Heart – Pass – 1NT – Pass – 2 Minor – Pass

 

Board 20 Monday 13 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

x

AKQxx

A10xxx

Ax

 

Q109xx

J10x

Qx

xxx

 

Jxxx

xxxx

Kx

KQx

 

AKx

x

J98x

J10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

4NT

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

2 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

None of the seven tables managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand which has nearly a 76 per cent chance of making depending on the exact lie of the trump suit.

 

After 1 Heart – 1NT – two of either minor, a bid of 2 Spades by responder is an artificial bid showing a strong raise of opener’s minor suit and nine or ten points.  2 Spades has to be artificial since responder’s 1NT bid has denied holding four Spades.  Therefore in this sequence if responder instead of bidding 2 Spades raises his partner’s minor to the three level this shows a weaker raise with fewer than 9 points.

 

The 2 Spade bid is music to North’s ears.  With only four losers, a powerful 5-5 distribution and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) North goes straight to Roman Key Card Blackwood.  When South shows one keycard it does not matter which black suit King South has since either way there will be no loser in Clubs.  The contract of 6 Diamonds is an excellent one and just needs the trump suit to behave for one loser which is approximately 76 per cent.

 

Note that the best percentage line in the trump suit is to take two finesses.  While it is true that this will lose two tricks if East has KQ bare it is far more likely that West has KQx or KQxx.

 

 

3       Six Five shape come alive

Board 1 Thursday 23 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

Jxxx

xx

Axxxx

Qx

 

Q9x

KQ

Q9xxx

xxx

 

A

J10xxx

J

AKJ10xx

 

K10xxx

Axxx

K10

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

1 Club

4 Hearts

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Pass1

5 Clubs

 

 

1           While West does have 9 points his Spade stop is rather poor to bid 1NT, he cannot double because he only has a doubleton Heart so it is probably best to pass although he might bid 2 Clubs.

 

Only two pairs out of twelve bid to the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand.  North raises his partner’s overcall to the three level to show four trumps and fewer than 9 points.  East has to decide whether to take any further action. It might seem that it is dangerous for him to bid 4 Hearts.  However a 6-5 distribution is very powerful and when one considers that as little as Queen to four Hearts in the West hand makes a 4 Heart contract almost a certainty to make then it is definitely correct for East to show his 6-5 distribution in this way.  West corrects to 5 Clubs and the contract simply needs the trump suit to come in for no losers.  The probability of this is just over 57 per cent.  (2-2 break is 40%, singleton Queen is 12.5% and 4-nil with North having all four Clubs is 5%).