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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

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.

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!!"

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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

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 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Thankyou.

Tips for March 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2017 duplicates

 

1       The modern way to play 2C – 2D – 3NT

 

Board 23 Thursday 9 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

KJ

QJxxxx

10x

Axx

 

Ax

Ax

AKQJxxx

xx

 

Q109xx

109x

xx

KJx

 

xxxx

Kx

xx

Q109xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

3NT

 

Until the introduction of the Kokish convention (which I have covered previously in September 2014 Tip No 2, January 2015 Tip No 1) the sequence 2♣-2♦-3NT showed 25 to 27 points.

 

However playing Kokish there no need to jump the bidding on such a hand.  Rather a jump to 3NT shows a running minor suit.  As only one pair out of eight ended up in 3NT on the above hand it would appear that the rest have not taken on board the advantages of Kokish.

 

Here although West has only 18 points with nine clear tricks it is not unreasonable to open 2 Clubs.  After a response of 2 Diamonds from East then West now jumps to 3NT to show a running minor suit in a semi-balanced hand ie 7-2-2-2 or 6-3-2-2.

 

There are nine tricks on top but after a Heart lead from North if West wins and cashes all his Diamond winners then the North hand is inexorably squeezed on the last Diamond winner and declarer can make an overtrick for +630.

 

2       Support Double by opener helps to get to sensible contract

 

Board 4 Monday 13 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

10xxxx

Qxx

10xx

Qx

 

AQx

xxx

xxx

AKxx

 

KJxx

AJ10

x

J9xxx

 

x

K9xx

AKQJxx

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Spade

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

 

2 Diamonds

Double2

Pass

1 Club

Double1

Pass

Pass

 

1           Support double showing three card Spade support

2           Takeout suggesting six Diamonds and four Hearts

 

There were a whole variety of contracts on this deal.  However only one East West pair out of eight played in a sensible Club contract making 11 tricks for +150 and a 100% score.

 

The recommended auction is as shown above.

 

The key to the auction is West making a support double after the overcall of 2 Diamonds.  This shows three card support for responder’s major suit whereas if West raised Spades in competition it would promise four cards.  Thus East is not tempted to play in Spades with only a combined seven card fit and instead supports Clubs.  South now makes a takeout double of 3 Clubs suggesting 6-4 in the red suits and North goes back to 3 Diamonds.  East is happy to bid 4 Clubs with a singleton Diamond.  Game in Clubs is actually a reasonable bet needing only the Clubs to come in for no loser (52%) but is almost impossible to bid due to West having nothing wasted in Diamonds.

 

Support doubles were invented by Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 30 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) in the early 1990’s.  Rodwell proposed the use of a double in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for responder’s major suit and 4 card support. This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit. There are 10 situations in which this support double could arise:-

 

West

North

East

South

 

(1)

1 Club           

Pass

1 Heart

1 Spade

 

(2)

1 Club        

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

 

(3)

1 Club

Pass

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

 

(4)

1 Club

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

 

(5)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Heart

1 Spade

 

(6)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

 

(7)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Spade

2 Clubs

 

(8)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

 

(9)

1 Heart

Pass

1 Spade

2 Clubs

 

(10)

1 Heart

Pass

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

 

 

In each of the above 10 cases if West has 4 card support for partner’s major suit he raises the suit immediately.  If West has only 3 card support for partner’s suit he doubles.

 

Refer also to September 2013 Tip No 3 for the use of a Support Redouble in a similar vein.

 

 

3       Unusual No-trump overcall points the way to game

 

Board 24 Monday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Axx

10x

J10xxx

Jxx

 

K10xxx

xxxx

K9

xx

 

QJxx

Kx

Q

AQ10xxx

 

x

AQJ9x

Axxxx

Kx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

1 Club

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only two pairs out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Diamond contract on the above hand and of these only one was with North the declarer.

 

After 1 Club from East the South hand is best described by a jump to 2NT showing 5-5 or 5-6 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits.  With the exception of the vulnerability being Green I would suggest that this shows a hand with not more than six losers.

 

West passes and although North only has six points he should jump to 4 Diamonds.  This is because he knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Diamonds and the Ace of Spades is sure to be invaluable.  South is happy to raise to game with two Aces and only five losers.

 

Note that when North is the Declarer if East makes a passive Spade lead then the contract should make an overtrick for +420.  This is because after the Ace of Spades wins the first trick Declarer then leads the 10 of Hearts.  If this wins then a second Heart to the King and Ace follows.  Now the Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick four.  As West has four Hearts he has to follow helplessly when the remaining Heart winners are cashed and all North’s Clubs disappear on the Hearts.

 

The contract requires the Heart finesse plus a 2-1 trump split.  In view of the opening bid by the East hand the Heart finesse has at least a 70% likelihood of success.  Therefore the approximate probability of the contract making is 0.7 x 0.78 (2-1 trump split) = 55%.