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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

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 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 July 2017

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

 

K9xx

10xxx

xx

Jxx

QJ10

AJx

AKQx

A109

A8xxx

Kxx

xxxx

Q

x

Q9x

J10x

Kxxxxx

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

3NT

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

3 Spades

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Spades

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

Jxxx

QJ10x

KQ

AKx

Kxxx

A2

J8xxx

10x

xx

953

A9x

J9xxx

AQ10

K876

10xx

Qxx

North

East

South

West

1NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

3NT1

Pass

Pass

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

K9xx

AJxxx

Axx

x

Jx

xx

KQJx

QJxxx

10xxx

Qx

98xx

xxx

AQx

K10xx

10x

AK10x

North

East

South

West

2 Clubs

3 Spades1

4 Clubs3

4NT

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

2 Hearts

3NT2

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

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.