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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!!"

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 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 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.