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Welcome to

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...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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

Fantastic!

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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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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

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or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for September 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2016 duplicates

 

1        Upgrade to 2 Club opener on 22 points

 

Board 4 Monday 12 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

xxxx

xxx

Kx

K109x

 

Ax

AK10xx

AQx

AJx

 

x

QJxx

J10xxxx

Qx

 

KQJxxx

x

xx

xxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

4 Hearts

Pass

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

3 Hearts

3NT

6 Hearts

 

 

This is the identical title as I used for Tip 3 in August but the same principle is at stake and allows a laydown slam in Hearts to be bid with just 28 points between the two hands.  The slam was missed at all eight tables.

 

As in Tip 3 from August 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 further example of a 22 point hand which must be upgraded to a 2 Club opener.

 

East responds 2 Diamonds.  Let us assume in the first instance that South passes.  In that case slam is very easy to reach.  West rebids 2 Hearts and East now makes a splinter bid of 3 Spades showing four card Heart support and a singleton (or void) Spade.  This is enough for West to drive straight to slam.  If instead South bids 2 Spades then West bids 3 Hearts.  (Note that as West has only one Spade stop that 3 Hearts is a better choice than 2NT).  East might be reluctant to splinter at the four level although this is a possibility.  Instead he might just bid 3 Spades to say “tell me more”.  When West then converts to 3NT then now East can bid 4 Hearts to suggest having a hand which was too strong to just raise 3 Hearts to game.  Again this is all the encouragement which West needs to go to slam.

 

Note that in the play of 6 Hearts on a Spade lead after drawing three rounds of trumps ending in the Dummy that Declarer should play a low Diamond to the Queen and not run the Jack.  This is because if the Jack loses to the King and a second Spade comes back that with the Diamonds blocked it would not be possible to enjoy five Diamond tricks.  Indeed two of the eight pairs who played in game in Hearts failed to appreciate this danger and thus only made 11 tricks when the Jack of Diamonds lost to the King.

 

2        Worth a slam invitation

 

Board 11 Thursday 15 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

K

AQ98xxx

xxx

xx

 

xx

x

AK10xx

AQJ10x

 

AQ9x

KJ10x

Q

K9xx

 

J108xxx

x

Jxxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

3NT

4 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Clubs

 

Not a single one of the six East West pairs managed to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs on the above hand.

 

While East would ideally like to defend 3 Hearts doubled it is more practical for him to bid 3NT after the pre-emptive overcall from North since West may not co-operate with a takeout double if he passes.

 

The spotlight now turns to West.  While he may have only 14 points he does have only a 5 loser hand and should make a suggestion of a slam contract by bidding 4 Clubs.  If East does not wish to co-operate then East can sign off in 4NT which is unlikely to be at risk given West’s playing strength in the minors.  Here East is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades which agrees Clubs as trumps.  West wheels out RKCB for Clubs and there are no problems in the play.  (The only time there might be a problem would be if South held the King of Spades and a Spade was the opening lead from North at trick one).

 

 

3        Fit Jump – the essential tool in a competitive auction

 

Board 22 Monday 26 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

None

K109xx

xx

AJxxxx

 

J10xxxx

x

KQ109x

x

 

AK9xx

xxx

AJxxx

None

 

Qx

AQJx

x

KQ10xxx

 

 

From studying the results of the above hand I noted that not a single East West pair bid to 6 Spades and indeed two East West pairs defended 6 Clubs making for North South.  This can only mean that none of the East West pairs were playing FIT JUMPS.

 

A fit jump is an extremely important bidding tool to have in your armoury and 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.

 

There are various ways in which the bidding might go but the start should be 1 Spade by East, an overcall of 2 Clubs by South and now despite the low point count West should jump to 3 Diamonds which is a Fit Jump showing at least four Spades and five Diamonds.  It would usually imply at least nine points but where there is exceptional distribution this figure can be lowered provided that the quality of the side suit is good.  (In other words if West had J10 to six Diamonds and KQ to five Spades he would not make a Fit Jump because the quality of the side suit Diamonds is too poor).  North’s best bid after this start is to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing South’s Clubs.  At this point East should realise that not only do his side possess a huge double fit in Diamonds and Spades but the opposition almost certainly have a huge double fit in Clubs and Hearts.  East should cuebid 5 Clubs and now West can cue-bid 5 Hearts allowing East to bid 6 Spades over North’s 6 Club bid.  (East should not in any way be tempted to double 6 Clubs because it is highly likely that one of his Aces will be ruffed as he knows that his side possess a minimum of 10 Diamonds.

 

Note that the absolute par on the hand is for North South to sacrifice in 7 Clubs against the making 6 Spades.  Against 7 Clubs West has to lead the King of Diamonds (the only sensible choice since he knows that his side have at least eleven Spades) to defeat the contract.

 

Please also refer to July 2016 Tip No 3 for a similar example of a Fit Jump and to June 2013 Tip No 3 titled “Fit Jump by Advancer” which is an example of circumstance c) described above.