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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 June 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2017 duplicates

 

1       How to play the trump suit for the overtrick

 

Board 4 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Qxxxx

AKQJ

x

xxx

 

A

xxx

J98xxx

Qxx

 

J9x

9x

KQx

KJ98x

 

K10xx

10xxx

A10x

Ax

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

4 Spades1

 

Pass

Pass

 

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1              Although minimum in points any hand with a 5-4-3-1 distribution should almost always accept a game invitation.

 

Every North who declared this hand on the lead of the 9 of Hearts played it on autopilot without stopping to think about the distribution of the East hand.  Ten tricks are certain but in order to make an overtrick it is necessary to diagnose which of the two defenders is more likely to have been dealt the singleton Ace of Spades.  Clearly the lead of the 9 of Hearts is either a singleton or doubleton.  If East had been dealt a singleton Ace of Spades then this would mean that he would have started with 10 or 11 cards in the minor suits and would presumably have made some noise in the bidding.  Therefore the only defender who might have started off with the singleton Ace of trumps is West.  Accordingly after winning the first round of Hearts, Declarer should then cross to Dummy by playing a low Diamond to the Ace.  Now a low Spade from the Dummy at trick three sees the Ace appear and when East still has to follow suit to the second round of Hearts then an overtrick is made for +650.

 

 

2       Which suit to return at trick four ?

 

Board 20 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

109x

xxx

AJ10976

J

 

Q9xxx

xx

53

K97x

 

Jx

QJx

K82

Q8xxx

 

AKx

AK10xx

Q4

A10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

3NT

Pass

Pass

 

 

The above is the agricultural sequence.  Alternatively South might bid 2NT as an enquiry and then follow with a forcing 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds.

 

Let us assume that the contract is 3NT and West leads a fourth highest Spade to the Jack and King.  Declarer then leads the Queen of Diamonds which wins the trick as East follows low smoothly.  Now Declarer plays a second Diamond to the Jack and King.  How does East decide whether to return his partner’s suit Spades or switch to another suit (Clubs clearly being more promising than Hearts in view of the shortage in the Dummy).

 

The answer lies in having agreed with your partner that you are playing Smith Peters.  A Smith Peter can be defined as follows:  “Against no trumps, a defenders first spot card, unless it is essential to give the count should indicate attitude to the opening leader’s suit”.  By petering in the first side suit played by Declarer West is conveying the message to East that he wants Spades continuing.  If West fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit.  Here in following suit in Diamonds West plays the 3 followed by the 5 to say to partner “Do not return my suit, I want you to switch”.   Having interpreted the message conveyed by the absence of a Smith Peter then East knows not to return a Spade.  Accordingly he simply has to decide which Club to switch to.  Whenever South started with either A10x or K10x it is essential to switch to the Queen of Clubs.  With the Dummy now dead East later wins a Heart trick and continues Clubs defeating the contract by two tricks (four Club tricks, one Diamond trick and one Heart trick).

 

Note that South made a crucial error on the hand.  When the Queen of
Diamonds won the second trick then South should have switched to Hearts guaranteeing nine tricks via four Heart tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Club trick.

 

 

3       Successfully avoiding 3NT

 

Board 6 Wednesday 21 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

98xx

J10x

Qxxx

J9

 

xx

Axx

K9xx

Q8xx

 

KQJx

x

A10x

AK10xx

 

A10x

KQxxxx

Jx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

2 Spades

3 Diamonds

3NT

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Clubs

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

 

On the above hand the secret is to avoid playing in 3NT which has no play provided that South is not careless enough to discard a Diamond on the fifth round of Clubs which happened at one table.

 

Playing 5 card majors West has little alternative but to bid 1NT after the 1 Heart overcall even though one would prefer to have a double Heart stop for such action.  East reverses into Spades and West’s 3 Club bid is game forcing having shown 8 to 10 points with his 1NT bid.  East now bids out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds to suggest a 4=1=3=5 distribution.  With only one Heart stop West now judges well to take out 3NT back into Clubs and the best game is reached.

 

One pair reached 5 Clubs and easily made 11 tricks.  However at another table after the above auction East made an indisciplined raise to 6 Clubs.  This was because he assumed wrongly that making 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly.  It is true that if 3NT is making 10 tricks then 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly.  However East should have considered the significant possibility that 3NT would not make 9 tricks if West had only one stopper in Hearts.  Thus he was wrong to raise to slam.  However the East in question justified his optimism with first class card play.  At first glance it appears that 6 Clubs has no chance of making (unless the Queen & Jack of Diamonds are doubleton or South holds a singleton Quack (a quack is the recognized term for a Queen or Jack).  However by reversing the Dummy East was able to create an end position where North was squeezed at trick ten.

 

The play went as follows:-  The King of Hearts was won with the Ace and a Heart immediately ruffed.  Then East exited with the King of Spades which South won with the Ace and played back the 10 of Spades at trick four.  Declarer now played Ace of Clubs and the 10 of Clubs to the Queen drawing the trumps.  At trick seven the third round of Hearts was ruffed with the King of Clubs.  At trick eight the Queen of Spades was cashed.  Now a low Club was played to the 8 at trick nine leaving the following ending:-

 

 

9

None

Qxx

None

 

None

None

K9x

x

 

x

None

A10x

None

 

None

Qx

Jx

None

 

 

At trick ten the play of the last Club from the Dummy inexorably squeezed the North hand who had to choose between discarding the winning 9 of Spades or discarding a Diamond which would allow Declarer to make the last trick with the 9 of Diamonds.  The beauty of reversing the Dummy is that this allowed Declarer to make six trump tricks without having to ruff a Spade in the Dummy.  Then because North had started with four Diamonds and at least four Spades he had too much to look after when the last Club was played from the Dummy.