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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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 February 2017 duplicates
1 Don’t concede the contract with the opening lead !
Board 10 Thursday 9 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
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
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
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.