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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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.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
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.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are
Barclays Bank - Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20
"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."
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 October 2016 duplicates
1 Thoughtless opening lead
Board 9 Thursday 13 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
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:-
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
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
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.