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Welcome to

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

(See Centre Column on this page ►)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

(Photo to follow)

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)

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."

THANK YOU.

3 Jan 2019

2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend

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.

Representing England:
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

Teltscher Trophy Trials

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

Latest update...........

Mossop team wins Senior Trials

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.

 

RESULTS

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.

 

Scottish Congress

Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.

Great Result!

 

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.

 

Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Senior World Championship

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. 
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! 

Current Competitions

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

*************

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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they 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 davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for April 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2017 duplicates

 

1       Good game on 24 points missed

 

Board 23 Thursday 13 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

J10xx

KQxx

10

Axxx

 

x

9xxxx

Qxx

KQ10x

 

AKxx

Jx

AKJ9x

Jx

 

Qxxx

A10

xxxx

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

 

1 Diamond

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

3 NT

 

Not a single one out of the nine East West pairs managed to reach 3NT by West on the above hand.

 

The East hand is too strong in playing strength to open 1NT as well as the shape being somewhat off centre.  After opening 1 Diamond and then receiving preference to Diamonds (which could show anything between 6 and 9 points) East should make a game try by bidding 3 Clubs.  Despite West having only seven points he should accept with such a strong Club holding and the Queen of Diamonds is sure to be extremely valuable.

 

Strangely enough this bidding sequence has actually “wrong-sided” the contract.  By this I mean that on a Heart lead from North if the Dummy plays low and South manages to diagnose to play the 10 then now North South will take five tricks.  If East is the Declarer the contract is unbeatable.

 

However the natural lead on the North hand is to lead Dummy’s second suit Spades as North’s holding in the fourth suit (Clubs) is not very attractive from which to lead.  On a Spade lead Declarer simply wins in the Dummy and immediately plays the Jack of Clubs to drive out the Ace.  Now North needs to switch to a low Heart to stop the overtrick.

 

2       Too strong to overcall

 

Board 5 Friday 28 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

xx

Ax

Kxxx

KQJxx

 

AKQx

KJ109xx

AJ

x

 

Jxxxx

xx

109xx

xx

 

10x

Qxx

Qxx

A10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

Pass

Pass1

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

1NT

3 Clubs

Pass

Double

4 Spades

 

 

1           Cannot sacrifice at Red as this will cost 500.

 

All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 4 Spade contract which requires only the Heart finesse to make.

 

After North opens 1 Club note that South should respond 1NT.  This shows 8 to 10 points with four Clubs.  If South has Club support with only 5 to 7 points he would respond 2 Clubs.

 

While West could overcall 2 Hearts he is too strong for this action with his powerful 6-4 shape in the majors and only four losers on the losing trick count.  Accordingly he starts off with a double.  When East bids Spades West goes straight to game since as little as the Queen of Hearts in the East hand is enough for game to be laydown.  If instead East were to bid Diamonds then the West hand is strong enough to bid 2 Hearts showing a minimum of 18 points with at least five Hearts.

 

Assuming South leads the Ace of Clubs and then switches to a Diamond, East  can win the second Diamond in the Dummy, draw two rounds of trumps ending in hand and play a Heart to the Jack and Ace for +420.

 

 

3       West accepts the second invitation

 

Board 18 Friday 28 April– Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

Ax

J98xxx

xxxx

x

 

Q109xxxx

K10x

x

xx

 

Kxx

None

AKQ10

AKJ9xx

 

J

AQxx

Jxxx

Q10xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Spades

4 Spades

6 Spades

 

All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract which is cold against Spades 2-1 (78 per cent).

 

East reverses at his second bid with 2 Diamonds showing a minimum of 17 points with at least five Clubs and four Diamonds.  West owns up to having at least five Spades by rebidding the suit.  East now makes a splinter bid of 4 Hearts showing a singleton or void in Hearts and agreeing Spades with a strong interest in slam.  At this stage West cannot co-operate as his King of Hearts is of dubious value and so he signs off in 4 Spades.  East now makes a second slam try of 5 Hearts confirming that his shortage in Hearts is actually a void.  Now West must accept the invitation since his Spades might have been as weak as J109xx rather than the actual Q109xxxx.

 

Note that if North were to lead his singleton Club that West should take the precaution of discarding his second Club by cashing the Ace and King of Diamonds before starting to draw trumps by playing a low Spade from the Dummy.  Now even if South had the singleton Ace of Spades and North started off with Jx then there would be no danger of running into a Club ruff because West could ruff the second Club with the Queen of Spades and draw the outstanding trump.