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 June 2016 duplicates
1 Balanced slam try after Stayman
Board 1 Monday 13 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
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
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
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%).