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
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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
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"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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
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.
Senior World Championship
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!
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
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the July 2017 duplicates
1 Slam try after sign-off accepted
Board 1 Tuesday 11 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
After transferring into Spades East then signs off in 3NT. At this point West knows that he is going to play in Spades but rather than lazily bidding 4 Spades it costs him nothing to cue-bid 4 Clubs. This conveys the message “I have three good Spades and a control in Clubs, there might be a slam on if you are maximum for your sign-off”. East now cue-bids the King of Hearts. West bids keycard just in case East has only ♠98xxx♥KQx♦xx♣KQx and the excellent slam is reached. The 4-1 Spade break means that there is a Spade loser. However an opening Heart lead would end any worries about where the Queen of Hearts is. On a Club lead to the Queen, King and Ace, declarer would also have the option of the ruffing finesse in Clubs to generate the 12th trick.
2 Smith Peters solves the problem !
Board 4 Thursday 20 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Not recommended to use Stayman on a 4-3-3-3 shape.
Every single North who declared 3NT on a Club lead was allowed to make the contract. This can only have been because East West were not playing Smith Peters (see Tip No 2 June 2017).
As we saw last month 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 East is able to convey a message to West as to whether he wants Clubs continuing. If East fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit.
North wins the first Club trick with the King of Clubs and plays the Queen of Hearts at trick two. East plays the three of Hearts his lowest card to indicate to West that he has no interest in his original Club suit being returned. If on the other hand East had started off with A9xxx in Clubs he would want Clubs continuing and would therefore play the nine of Hearts his highest card to request a continuation of Clubs. West thus switches to his fourth highest Diamond. East wins the Ace of Diamonds at trick three and continues with the 9 of Diamonds. North can then cash all his Heart and Club winners ending in hand but is forced to take the Spade finesse at trick ten. When this loses West can cash two more Diamond tricks to defeat the contract by one trick (West will probably have discarded one Diamond on the last rounded winner in order to not bare the King of Spades).
3 Scientific sequence to slam
Board 15 Monday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South
1 Showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton
2 Where is your singleton?
3 In Clubs
Only three pairs out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on the above hand. It makes when the Hearts are 2-2 or singleton Queen (Total 52.5%). When the Hearts are not favourable it also makes when the Spades are 3-3 allowing the Diamond loser to be discarded from the South hand. Thus we add 36% x 47.5% = 17%. Total probability of making the contract the contract is thus approximately 69.5%. (There would also be the very small probability of the Queen and Jack of Clubs dropping in three rounds allowing a second Diamond to be discarded from the North hand after ruffing a Club.)
The recommended bidding sequence to reach slam is as above. After using Stayman and receiving a positive response a bid at the 3 level in the other major is best played as showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton. South enquires where the singleton is by bidding the next step ie 3NT over 3 Spades when Hearts is the agreed suit or 3 Spades over 3 Hearts when Spades is the agreed suit. North shows a singleton Club. However South is worried about there possibly being two losers in Diamonds so he cue-bids the Ace of Spades. North having control of Diamonds then bids RKCB and hears 3 keycards opposite. He does not enquire about the Queen of trumps with a view to a Grand Slam because he knows that South does not have the King of Diamonds.