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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

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

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

"We aim to please!!"

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

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for May 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2017 duplicates

 

1       Ruff & Discard is the correct defence !

 

Board 7 Wednesday 3 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Axxx

K10x

xx

Qxxx

 

xxxx

x

J98x

xxxx

 

KQJx

QJ8x

AK10xx

None

 

x

A9xxx

Qx

AKJxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Several North South pairs were allowed to make 4 Hearts Doubled because East failed to recognize that the correct defence is to concede a ruff and discard at trick three.

 

Assuming the 9 of Diamonds lead East wins the first two rounds of Diamonds and then has to decide what to do.  Given that East has 16 points it is almost certain that South has 1=5=2=5 distribution rather than 2=5=2=4 because it would be somewhat dubious to accept the invitation to game if South only held ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx.  By playing a third round of Diamonds the presence of the 8 of Hearts makes it 100% certain that East will win two Heart tricks.  If Declarer ruffs in the Dummy then after two rounds of Hearts have been played (East splitting his honours on the second round) East will remain with ♥Q8 and South with ♥9xx, thus guaranteeing two Heart tricks for East.  Alternatively if Declarer ruffs in Hand then after two rounds of Hearts the Dummy will have ♥10, East ♥Q8 and South ♥9x.  Now if South plays a third round of Hearts then East will continue with Diamonds and the contract will go two down.  Note that even if South has aggressively bid to game on the example above of ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx then giving a ruff and discard will also guarantee two trump tricks even though the Spade loser now disappears from the South hand.

 

2       Game on 21 points

Board 1 Wednesday 17 May– Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J10xx

Q10xx

A10x

xx

 

Kx

A98x

x

AQJxxx

 

xxxx

KJxx

xxx

Kx

 

AQ9

x

KQxxxx

10xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

Redouble

3 Hearts

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2 Hearts

4 Hearts

 

Only one pair out of six managed to reach the excellent 4 Heart contract.  In fact none of the other pairs even managed to play in Hearts ! ! !

 

When North doubles the overcall of 2 Clubs it is a good idea for East to redouble.  This is best played as showing a tolerance for Clubs typically Honour x but may be two small since to overcall at the two level in a minor suit almost certainly guarantees a six card suit.  West now bids 2 Hearts.  Even though East has only seven points he is delighted to raise the Hearts because all of his points are working.  West with his five loser hand goes to game.

 

On the lead of Ace and another Diamond, Declarer ruffs and then plays Ace of Hearts and a Heart to the Jack expecting the Hearts to be 4-1 after the negative double of the 2 Club overcall.  It is important not to continue with a third round of Hearts at this point as otherwise Declarer will eventually run out of trumps later in the play.  Declarer continues at trick five by playing Clubs.  North ruffs the third round of Clubs at trick seven with the 10 of Hearts overtrumped with the King of Hearts in the Dummy.  This leaves:-

 

 

J10xx

Q

x

None

 

Kx

9

None

Jxx

 

xxxx

x

x

None

 

AQ9

None

Kxx

None

 

 

Now a Spade from the Dummy at trick eight ensures that the Defence can only take two more tricks.  (If South rises with the Ace of Spades to continue with Diamonds, Declarer simply ruffs with his last trump and continues with Clubs).

 

3       Looking for an alternative to 6NT

 

Board 4 Tuesday 30 May– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Ax

Axx

AQxx

Q9xx

 

QJ10xx

xxxx

10xx

x

 

Kxx

J10x

xx

J10xxx

 

Xxx

KQx

KJ9x

AKx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

5 Clubs

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

4NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Many years ago Boris Schapiro writing in the Sunday Times Bridge Column recommended that after the auction starts 1NT – 4NT or 2NT – 4NT that the opener if he is non-minimum but with two four card suits should bid his lowest four card suit with a view to reaching slam in a suit contract rather than in notrumps.

 

The above hand is an excellent example of why this is a good idea.  If the contract is 6NT then this either needs a 3-3 Club break or for East to have Jx or 10x in Clubs and for Declarer to finesse on the third round.  However a contract of 6 Diamonds is excellent and almost certain to make as long as the Diamonds are not five nil (4%).  Thus after the 4NT quantitative raise from South, North bids 5 Clubs showing at least four cards in Clubs, South bids 5 Diamonds and North raises to 6 Diamonds.

 

Should no 4-4 trump fit come to light then the partnership can sign off in 5NT.  In other words if North’s second suit were in Hearts then the bidding would continue 5 Clubs – 5 Diamonds – 5 Hearts – 5NT – Pass.