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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.

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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.

Click here for details

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

Mobile: 07960 871035

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

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!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for October 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2016 duplicates

 

1        Thoughtless opening lead

 

Board 9 Thursday 13 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

None

KQxx

Axx

KJ10xxx

 

KJ9

J10xx

KJxxx

x

 

Axxxx

A98x

Q10x

A

 

Q10xxx

x

xx

Q98xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

5 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass

3 Clubs

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

 

At 7 out of 9 tables North South reached a contract of 5 Clubs (doubled at 3 of the 7 tables).  However 6 of the 7 Norths were allowed to make the contract because East made a thoughtless opening lead.  Clearly North has a very good distribution to jump to 5 Clubs over 3 Spades by West.  Therefore North will not have more than one Spade.  One danger of leading the Ace of Spades is that the King might be in the Dummy and immediately become established for the discard of a loser in one of the red suits.  On this occasion the Spade lead allows Declarer to ruff and immediately play the King of Hearts to establish a Heart winner to deal with the Diamond loser prior to drawing trumps.  Accordingly the correct opening lead is the Ace of trumps.  On looking at the Dummy East will know that Declarer is void in Spades given West supporting Spades in the bidding.  It is then completely clear to switch to a Diamond at trick two which leads to one down.  While it is true that an opening Diamond lead at trick one would also defeat the contract that is very much the second best lead since a Diamond lead could easily allow Declarer to discard a loser on a different layout for instance:-

 

North ♠x♥KQxx♦Ax♣KJ10xxx

South ♠Q10xx♥x♦KJx♣Q98xx

 

Where a Diamond lead allows Declarer to win with the Ace and then finesse the Jack before discarding his singleton Spade on the King of Diamonds.

 

2        North’s shape an open book at trick six

 

Board 15 Monday 17 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

A10x

KQxxx

x

xxxx

 

98xxx

xxx

K10x

Jx

 

KQxx

Ax

AJ98xx

A

 

J

J10x

Qxx

KQ10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

3 Hearts

Pass

 

 

1 Diamond

Double

Pass

 

Pass

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Spades

 

Only one of the eight East West pairs managed to bid and make 4 Spades on this hand.

 

East opens 1 Diamond in fourth seat and South overcalls 2 Clubs.  West is too weak to speak and now North should make a Fit Jump bid of 3 Hearts.  As previously explained (refer to June 2013 Tip 3, July 2016 Tip 3 and September 2016 Tip 3) this shows four card Club support and five Hearts.  East doubles 3 Hearts for takeout showing a very strong hand almost certainly with four cards in Spades.  South goes to game in Hearts despite his low point count because of his singleton Spade and knowing that his side possess a double fit in both Hearts and Clubs.  Note that to defeat 4 Hearts the defence would need to take a Club ruff which would dictate either a Club or Heart lead so that West can later gain the lead with the King of Diamonds to give East a Club ruff which is a somewhat unlikely defence.

 

West is delighted to now emerge from his slumbers with a bid of 4 Spades because he expects that his side have a nine card Spade fit and the Diamond holding of K10x will be of great value.

 

Against 4 Spades North should lead the King of Hearts (note that to lead the singleton Diamond would make things very easy for Declarer).  Let us assume that Declarer allows the King to win the first trick and a second Heart is won with the Ace.  Now the King of Spades is played from the Dummy and North wins with the Ace.  A third Heart is then ruffed in the Dummy and the play of the Queen of Spades at trick five shows that North still has a trump winner.  West should now build up a picture of North’s shape. The Fit jump bid of 3 Hearts showed five Hearts and four Clubs.  North also has three Spades, therefore he has a singleton Diamond in a 3=5=1=4 shape.  Accordingly Declarer cashes the Ace of Diamonds and then plays a low Diamond to the 10.  North can win his 10 of Spades whenever he wishes but that is the third and last trick for the Defence.

 

 

3        Sharp pairs double would bring in +300.

 

Board 14 Thursday 27 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

KJxx

Ax

Kxx

Q1074

 

AQ1098x

Qxx

A

J98

 

x

KJ10xx

xxxxx

32

 

xx

xxx

QJ10x

AK65

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

1 Spade

2 Spades

Pass

 

After South initially passes when West’s opening 1 Spade bid returns to him he can safely make a protective double with 10 points and only two cards in Spades.  West might think that it is safe for him to bid 2 Spades but if he does so then North should double this for penalties at pairs.  The fourth trump in North’s hand makes it highly likely that North can score a ruff as well as two natural trump tricks.  The double should be penalties because the opposition have not found a fit.  While at teams there would be an element of risk to this bid at pairs it is absolutely clear-cut because you expect to take a penalty of approximately 300 at least four times out of five and it is the frequency of gain which is important.

 

In order to achieve +300 North will probably open with the 4 of Clubs lead to South’s King.  South then has a choice between playing the Queen of Diamonds or a trump.  He should switch to a trump because he knows that West has three Clubs and in order for the Defence to later enjoy a third Club trick should North have the Queen then the trump must be removed from the Dummy.  Declarer probably finesses the Queen losing to the King.  Now North should then switch to Ace and another Heart.  Declarer can win the second Heart and continue with Ace and another Spade.  However North wins with the Jack of Spades, plays a second Club to South’s Ace in order to receive a Heart ruff with his last trump before cashing a third Club trick for +300.