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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.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JUNE........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

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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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.