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
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Ring the club on 0161 445 3712 or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification
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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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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"!
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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
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:-
or 3 Diamonds if he has say:-
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
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
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.