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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.

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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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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 December 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2016 duplicates

 

1       Withhold the Ace of trumps on the first round

 

Board 25 Wednesday 14 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J108x

A10x

QJx

10xx

 

AKxx

KQJxx

Kxx

J

 

Qxx

xxx

xxx

A9xx

 

9x

xx

A108x

KQ8xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

2NT1

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Spades

3 Clubs

Pass

 

1           Showing a bad hand after a reverse.  It forces opener to bid 3 Clubs as East may wish to play in 3 Clubs if he has say:-

 

            ♠xx♥xx♦Jxx♣KQ10xxx

 

            or 3 Diamonds if he has say:-

 

            ♠xx♥xx♦QJ10xxx♣Kxx

            or 3 Hearts as on the above hand.  Note that an immediate 3 Hearts over the reverse of 2 Spades should be played as game forcing.

 

The above hand is a very instructive one in the play.

 

Four out of five pairs correctly stopped in 3 Hearts on this hand.  At pairs you should not bid borderline games. Say North opens with the Queen of Diamonds lead against 3 Hearts.  South wins with the Ace and continues with a low Diamond.  After winning with the King declarer should play the King of Hearts.  If North takes his Ace immediately then Declarer can make a tenth trick.  He does this by drawing a second round of trumps before playing on Spades.  By so doing he is hoping that when the Spades break 4-2 (as expected) that the last trump is in the hand with four Spades.  However if North holds up his Ace of Hearts on the first round then Declarer cannot make ten tricks.  This is because if he continues with Hearts then North can play a third round preventing Declarer from ruffing the fourth round of Spades in the Dummy.  So the moral is:- always be aware of the benefit of holding up the Ace of trumps on the first round on hands where Declarer wishes to draw exactly two rounds of trumps but does not wish to draw a third round.

 

 

2       1NT in response to a takeout double is a constructive bid

 

Board 22 Thursday 15 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

A10xx

Kxx

xx

10xxx

 

J9x

109xxxx

x

Kxx

 

KQ8xx

J

KJ9xx

Jx

 

x

AQx

AQ108x

AQ9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1NT

Pass

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Double

3NT

Pass1

Pass

 

1           The vulnerability makes bidding 2 Spades unattractive.  Perfect defence would yield 800 against 2 Spades doubled.

 

I was mystified why only two out of seven pairs managed to reach 3NT.  East should open the bidding with his shapely 5-5 distribution despite the low point count.  South has a routine takeout double.  North should respond 1NT.  This promises a Spade stop and about 7 ½ to 10 points.  It is not a dustbin bid.  If North held a very weak hand he would have to bid 2 of a suit even with zero points.  South then raises to 3NT knowing that the partnership possesses a minimum of 25 points.

 

In the play on a Spade lead North must hold up the Ace until the third round, discarding Diamonds from the Dummy.  Then by playing on Clubs he will make a minimum of 9 tricks and 10 on perfect play.

 

3       Easy slam missed

 

Board 8 Thursday 22 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

J9

AKQxx

Kxxx

Kx

 

Q10x

xx

x

AQ10xxxx

 

xxxx

xx

10xxx

Jxx

 

AKxx

10xxx

AQJx

x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Spades

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Hearts

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to bid to 6 Hearts.

 

When North overcalls the pre-emptive opening bid South is far too strong to simply raise to game in Hearts.  He might consider bidding an immediate 4NT RKCB for Hearts but this might get the partnership too high if for instance North has overcalled on a borderline ♠Qxx♥KJ98xx♦Kx♣Kx when there might be two Heart and one Club losers.

 

Therefore the correct course of action is for South to cue-bid 4 Clubs which agrees Hearts by inference and asks partner to cue-bid if suitable.  North is delighted to cue-bid 4 Diamonds and now RKCB can be wheeled out.  South can count 12 tricks in Hearts unless North has a singleton Club.