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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45328519

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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

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!
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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.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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

If not - please let Jeff know so he 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 jeff@manchesterbridge.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.