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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

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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!!"

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 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 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.