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. . . .
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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.
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"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
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the August 2016 duplicates
1 Grand Slam universally missed
Board 20 Monday 8 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Not a single one of the twelve North South pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand Slam 7 Club contract on this hand.
I have assumed in the above auction that East overcalls on his shapely 3=6=4=0 shape despite the low point count. Should East instead Pass then South bids Clubs at a lower level.
When North jumps to 3NT South knows that a slam is almost certain. He bids 4 Clubs showing at least a six card suit. North then cuebids 4 Diamonds and South return cuebids with 4 Hearts. Now when North discovers that all the keycards are present he knows that there is no danger of a third round Spade loser because in view of South’s cuebid in Hearts which must show a singleton or void that the King of Hearts will provide a parking place for any losing Spade should South’s distribution be a less extreme 3=1=3=6. Accordingly North can bid the Grand Slam in Clubs with confidence.
2 What is the difference between 1NT – 4 Diamonds – 4 Hearts and 1NT – 2 Diamonds – 2 Hearts – 4 Hearts ?
Board 5 Monday 15 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the excellent contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand.
The key to reaching slam is to have an understanding of the difference between the sequence:-
1NT 4 Diamonds
1NT 2 Diamonds
2 Hearts 4 Hearts
By going down the slow route the transferor is showing a mild interest in slam while by transferring directly at the four level the transferor will usually then pass the correction to 4 Hearts.
The South hand is an excellent example of a hand which wishes to show a mild interest in slam having six Hearts, two Aces and 12 points without driving directly to it. North is delighted to advance having 5 controls and three good trumps.
The odds of the contract making are very high. On a Club or Diamond lead the contract has approximately a 75% chance of success because North is the Declarer. On a neutral Spade lead then 12 tricks are certain if the Heart finesse works. (Note that if the Heart finesse works then Declarer would then take the Club finesse and not the Diamond finesse because this guarantees to set up a second Club trick to deal with the Diamond loser even if the Club finesse loses) Here with all three finesses working 13 tricks roll in.
3 Upgrade to 2 Club opener on 22 points
Board 19 Monday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
From studying the results of the above hand I noted that only three pairs out of eight bid to 4 Hearts. Three other pairs ended in 3 Hearts while one pair was passed out in 1 Diamond and the final pair played in 2 Spades.
While West does have 22 points his hand is simply too powerful for an opening 2NT bid. Holding a huge nine controls (Ace = two, King = one) plus a very strong five card suit this is a good example of a 22 point hand which must be upgraded to a 2 Club opener. West then rebids 2NT showing 23-24 over the 2 Diamond response. East should then transfer into Hearts at the four level. The reason why you should transfer into Hearts at the four level is because in a similar vein to Tip 2 above when we discovered that 1NT – 2 Diamonds – 2 Hearts – 4 Hearts is a mild slam try this applies equally to 2NT – 3 Diamonds – 3 Hearts – 4 Hearts which should also be played as a mild slam try. 4 Hearts is certain to make at least 10 tricks on a 3-2 trump break. It will make 11 on a Spade lead while on a neutral Diamond lead it is essential for South to switch to a Club when he wins the second round of Hearts to prevent the overtrick.
Those pairs who ended up in 3 Hearts must have failed to recognize the need to upgrade and after opening 2NT on the West hand the bidding then died at the three level when East transferred into Hearts and then passed the conversion to 3 Hearts.