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Welcome to

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. . . .

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See Centre Column on this page ►)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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."

THANK YOU.

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

(Photo to follow)

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)

Blue Point Teams

Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith.  Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.

3 Jan 2019

2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend

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.

Representing England:
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

Teltscher Trophy Trials

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

Latest update...........

Mossop team wins Senior Trials

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.

 

RESULTS

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.

 

Scottish Congress

Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.

Great Result!

 

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.

 

Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Senior World Championship

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. 
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

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

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they can make sure you are included.

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

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for November 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2016 duplicates

 

1       Jump Overcalls are STRONG after weak opposition opening bids

 

Board 21 Thursday 10 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

98xx

AQ10xxx

x

10x

 

KJ

xx

98xxx

K9xx

 

AQ10xxx

x

AJ

A8xx

 

x

KJxx

KQ10xx

QJx

 

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to reach 4 Spades by East on this hand.  Assuming that North opens with a weak 2 Hearts what should East bid?  His hand is too strong to simply overcall 2 Spades with the attractive 6-4 shape and about 7 ½ tricks.  Equally while one might consider doubling were South to raise to 4 Hearts East is not comfortable about bidding Spades at the four level.

 

Accordingly the correct call for East to make is to jump to 3 Spades.  Note that YOU NEVER MAKE A WEAK JUMP OVERCALL AFTER A WEAK OPENING BID.  Here 3 Spades implies a strong hand with at least six Spades.  South bids 4 Hearts (only one down) and West can comfortably bid 4 Spades with the KJ of Spades and the King of Clubs.  (The prevailing vulnerability prevents North South from sacrificing in 5 Hearts doubled because two down is 500 and in Eurovision Song Contest speak nul points.)  The contract of 4 Spades needs either a 3-2 Club break or a singleton Queen, Jack or 10 in the North hand.  Approximate odds of success = 68% + 3/5 of 14% = 76%.

 

2       24 point slam

 

Board 25 Wednesday 16 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

xx

A109xx

Jxxxx

x

 

10xxxx

xxx

None

KQxxx

 

AKQJ9x

J

Axxx

A10

 

None

KQxx

KQ10x

Jxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

 

Only one of the five East West pairs managed to reach the laydown slam on this hand.

 

After a 2 Club opening from East although West has an attractive hand he should start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional requirements for a positive response of an Ace and a King.  When East bids 2 Spades then now the West hand is enormously powerful.  The most descriptive bid is to jump to 4 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Diamonds and four card Spade support.  Now East cuebids 4 Hearts and West cuebids 5 Clubs.  This is bound to be the King rather than a singleton in view of the earlier splinter in Diamonds.  East jumps to 6 Spades and South needs to lead a Heart to prevent the overtrick.

 

3       Good game but don’t get too greedy for an overtrick

 

Board 12 Monday 28 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

Axxx

x

AKJ109xx

x

 

xx

KJ10xx

9

AKxxx

 

KQJ10xx

x

xx

Q1087

 

x

AQxxxx

Qxx

J9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

Pass

 

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of six managed to bid to 5 Diamonds.

 

When South raises his partner’s overcall the North hand has enormous playing strength.  In such circumstances when the opposition have bid 2 suits North bids the suit in which he has a high honour to express an interest in game.

 

South is delighted to accept the invitation holding a singleton Spade, the Ace of Hearts and a high Diamond honour.

 

(As the cards lie North South can actually make 3NT.  This is because the club pips are such that the suit is blocked in that only East can win the fourth round of Clubs.  However it would be rather wild for South to try 3NT with such poor Clubs.)

 

Assuming the lead of a singleton Heart Declarer wins with the Ace and then plays Ace of Spades followed by trumping a Spade low in Dummy.  He should then return to hand with a low Diamond to the King and trump the third Spade with the Queen of Diamonds making exactly 11 tricks for +600.  Even if West does not peter in Spades it would be extremely unwise to try and ruff three Spades in the Dummy.  This is because East West have only 19 points between then and yet East has bid freely at the two level in a higher ranking suit than opener with a hand which cannot contain more than 9 points.  This would be hard to justify without six Spades.  If South does get greedy and try to ruff three Spades in the Dummy then West will overruff the third round of Spades and can then underlead the Ace and King of Clubs so that East can play a trump resulting in only one ruff being taken in the Dummy for one down.