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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...

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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13 Sep 2018 | Internationals

Premier League started last weekend (16/17th Sept)

The Premier League started last weekend, with 28 teams competing across the three divisions.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

  • Competition information; Results
  • 17 Sep 2018 | Internationals

    MBC Team come second in Round 1

    The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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.
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

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Tel: 0161 445 3712

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN AUGUST........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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

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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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Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

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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.

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Tips for July 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2016 duplicates

 

1       1 Heart – Pass – 1 Spade – Pass – 3NT

 

Board 6 Wednesday 6 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

AQJxxx

10xx

Q

Qxx

 

xx

Qx

J108x

KJ10xx

 

10x

xx

K9xxxx

xxx

 

Kxx

AKJ98x

Ax

Ax

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3NT

4NT

5 Diamonds

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on this hand.  In fact the only reason why it is not 100% is that if East had the King of Clubs then a Club lead might lead to defeat on those occasions when one defender had three Hearts to the Queen and was able to ruff the second or third Spade before declarer could discard his Club loser.

 

It is generally accepted that after 1 Minor – 1 Major that a jump to 3NT shows a long minor suit and honours in the unbid suits.  While less universal I would also strongly recommend that 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 3NT should also show the values for game with a strong six (or seven) card Heart suit.

 

When North hears South jump to 3NT he ought to realise that the partnership may well be very close to a slam in Hearts as North has three Hearts, a singleton Diamond and very strong Spades.  Accordingly he should cue-bid 4 Diamonds which inferentially agrees Hearts since South has shown a strong six or seven card suit.  If over 4 Diamonds the South hand had poor controls he would sign off in 4 Hearts.  As the South hand is very powerful with eight controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) he bids 4NT as RKCB for Hearts.  Partner shows one Keycard and now 5 Diamonds asks for the Queen of trumps.  North denies this card and the partnership settles for the small slam.  As the opening leader has the King of Clubs the contract cannot fail and all thirteen tricks are made when the Queen of trumps falls in two rounds for +1010.

 

2       Poor competitive judgment by North South

 

Board 15 Wednesday 6 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Ax

Qx

AKJxxx

xxx

 

Jxx

AJ8x

xxx

Jxx

 

KQ10xxxx

9

x

K10xx

 

x

K10xxxx

Qxx

AQx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

Double

Pass

 

 

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the correct contract of 5 Diamonds on this hand.

 

South opens 1 Heart and North responds 2 Diamonds.  At the Green vulnerability for East West it is certainly correct for East to jump to 4 Spades with his shapely 7=1=1=4 distribution.

 

South now passes and when the bidding returns to North he doubles.  This should not be played as unilaterally for penalties but rather it shows a good hand and asks South to do something sensible.  As South has a singleton Spade he is unlikely to get rich defending 4 Spades doubled (it only goes one down) but South does have undisclosed secondary Diamond support opposite the known five or six card suit in the North hand.  Accordingly South bids 5 Diamonds which makes in comfort even on the lead of a singleton Heart from East for +600.  Note that should East switch to a Club at trick three having taken his Heart ruff that there is no need to risk the Club finesse.  The Ace of Clubs wins trick three and a low Heart is ruffed high at trick four.  Two rounds of trumps are then played ending in the Dummy at tricks five and six.  Although West still has a trump Declarer simply plays winning Hearts at tricks seven and eight.  Say West ruffs the fifth Heart at trick eight then Declarer overruffs and then returns to the Dummy by ruffing the second Round of Spades.  Declarer’s last Club is then discarded on the final Heart.

 

 

3       Fit Jump cruises to slam on combined 26 count

 

Board 14 Monday 25 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

J

10x

KQJ10xx

AJxx

 

AK98xx

AJx

Axx

K

 

Q10xx

KQxxx

x

10xx

 

xx

xxx

xxx

Q9xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

3 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4NT

6 Spades

 

Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Spade contract on this hand with a combined 26 count (and even then the King of Clubs is not relevant to the success of this).  Unless North starts off with the Ace of Clubs lead then all thirteen tricks are made.

 

The only explanation for the failure to bid a slam is that the East West pairs appear not to have in their armoury a very important bidding tool called a FIT JUMP.  A fit jump is a single jump in a new suit which in one bid shows four card support for partner’s suit and a good five card side suit.  It can be made in any of the following circumstances:-

 

a)         After the opposition double the opening bid

b)         After the opposition overcall the opening bid

c)         In response to partner’s overcall

d)         Any jump in a new suit by a passed hand is a fit jump even with no intervention from the opposition thus Pass – Pass – 1 Heart – Pass – 3 Clubs would show five Clubs and four Hearts and a raise to at least 3 Hearts.

 

Here East by jumping to 3 Hearts over the 2 Diamond overcall is showing four Spades and five Hearts with a good Heart suit.  This is all the information which West needs to go slamming.  Note that there is no need to ask about the Queen of trumps because West knows that the partnership possess a 10 card fit and the odds of a 2-1 split even if the Queen of trumps should be missing are 78%.

 

Suppose we change the East hand to:-  ♠Q10xx♥Qxxxx♦Kx♣Qx then now East would simply cue-bid 3 Diamonds to show a good raise to at least 3 Spades rather than emphasise the threadbare Hearts.

 

Please refer also to Tip 3 from the June 2013 Tips titled “Fit Jump by Advancer” which is an example of circumstance c) described above.