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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.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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 February 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2017 duplicates

 

1       Don’t concede the contract with the opening lead !

 

Board 10 Thursday 9 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

QJ98xx

9xx

KJ

Ax

 

10x

Kxxx

97x

Q9xx

 

Kxx

J108

Q108x

K10x

 

Ax

AQx

Axxx

Jxxx

 

 

I was astounded to see that all seven North South’s who played in 4 Spades were allowed to make the contract.  In three cases South was the Declarer and in four cases North was the Declarer.

 

South would be the Declarer after opening a strong no-trump and North transferring into Spades.  For South to make the contract West must have started with a low Heart which is a very poor lead from Kxxx into a strong no-trump.  He should start off with a Diamond as the safest lead (preferably the middle card MUD – middle up down).  In fact on any lead other than a Heart South must lose four tricks.

 

When North was the Declarer East must have made the opening lead of a Diamond.  While this is not such a bad lead as a Heart from West nevertheless the safest lead is for East to lead the suit in which he has a run of two honours, namely the Jack of Hearts.  After the Jack of Hearts from East then North must again lose four tricks.

 

Strangely enough the eighth pair managed to arrive in 3NT which cannot be beaten making nine tricks on any lead.

 

 

2       Don’t be a slave to showing your shape if it is not the most descriptive rebid available

 

Board 3 Thursday 16 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

Jx

9x

KQJ10x

J9xx

 

A10

J108xx

Axxx

A10

 

K9xxxxx

Axx

x

Qx

 

Qx

KQx

xxx

Kxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

1NT

Pass

 

I was fascinated to note that nine pairs out of ten played in Hearts (six in partscore and three in game) and only one pair correctly played in Spades although they still failed to reach game.

 

The only explanation for this outcome is that having opened 1 Heart and received a 1 Spade response from East that all the Wests must have rebid 2 Diamonds.  While it is true that this shows the 5-4 shape it is not a very sensible choice for several reasons.  Firstly West’s Hearts are so weak that he does not particularly want to end up in a 5-2 Heart fit.  Secondly only five of West’s thirteen points are in his two suits.  Thirdly having A10 in each of the black suits it only needs Jxx in Clubs and 9xxx in Spades in the East hand for each suit to have a second stop for notrump purposes.  Therefore despite the 5-4 shape the sensible rebid for West is to rebid 1NT.  This makes East’s second bid easy as assuming that West has at least two Spades then 4 Spades is highly likely to make and even if West were to have made an off centre rebid with say the singleton Queen of Spades then the contract would still be playable.

 

Note that in the defence the Club suit is what is termed a “frozen suit”.  That is to say neither defender can lead the suit without surrendering a trick.  Therefore on a neutral Diamond lead Declarer can win, draw trumps and play Hearts at every opportunity to make an overtrick for +650.

 

 

3       Don’t invite game with points in the short suits

 

Board 5 Thursday 23 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

109xx

Kx

AJx

98xx

 

Qxx

Axxxx

xxx

J10

 

AJxx

Q8x

xxx

Qxx

 

Kx

J109

KQxx

AKxx

 

 

South opens 1NT and North has to decide whether to take any action.  While he might be tempted to invite game due to holding eight points one should not push for borderline games at pairs and in any event it is not good for your points to be in your short suits.  If the majority of the eight points were in the long suits then it would be acceptable.

 

Six of the eight Norths wrongly invited game and four of the six Souths who received the invitation then went on to game.  On competent defence this contract has absolutely no chance of making.

 

Note that on the lead of the fourth highest Heart from West to the Queen winning in East’s hand that on the return of the 8 of Hearts that West must duck in order to keep communication with his partner.  West can tell from the return of the 8 of Hearts that South originally started with J109.

 

When South wins the second trick with Dummy’s King of Hearts he has quite a dilemma at pairs.  He can either run for home with four Diamonds, two Clubs and a Heart or he can play a Spade to the King hoping that the Ace of Spades is in the East hand thus making eight tricks.  However note that if he plays a Spade and the King loses to the Ace should West have been dealt this card then now South will not even make 1NT because he will lose four Heart tricks and three Spade tricks.