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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

 

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

*************

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!!"

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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 August 2016

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

 

 

K98xx

AKx

AQ

Kxx

 

10x

xxxx

J109xx

xx

 

Qxx

QJ109xx

Kxxx

None

 

AJx

None

xx

AQJ109xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3NT

4 Diamonds

4NT

7 Clubs

 

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

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

 

 

KQ10

Q10x

AQ10x

Axx

 

xx

x

KJxxxx

K10xx

 

Jxxxx

Kxx

x

xxxx

 

Axx

AJxxxx

xx

QJ

 

 

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

4 Hearts

 

and

 

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

 

 

KJ98

Jx

98xx

KQ9

 

Axxx

A10

AKQxx

AJ

 

Qx

xxxxxx

Jx

xxx

 

10xx

KQx

10x

10xxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2NT

4 Hearts

 

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.