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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.

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!
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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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.
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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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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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 August 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2017 duplicates

 

1       Opening lead critical

 

Board 8 Monday 7 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

J10x

K10x

QJ9xx

KQ

 

Kxx

87

xx

xxxxxx

 

AQxxxx

J96x

AKx

None

 

9

AQ5x

10xx

AJ10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

 

1 Spade

4 Spades

Pass

 

 

Double

Double

 

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

 

Several North South pairs allowed 4 Spades doubled to make on the above hand when South made a poor opening lead.

 

South initially made a negative double after East’s 1 Spade overcall and then doubled 4 Spades for penalty having two Aces and eleven points.   Those South’s who made the opening lead of a Diamond were soon to regret it.  Declarer wins the Diamond with the King and continues with Ace of Diamonds and a Diamond ruff at trick three.  He then plays the 8 of Hearts from Dummy, low from North, low from East, won by the Queen with South.  Belatedly South switches to a Spade at trick five won with the King in the Dummy.  Now a second Heart is played from the Dummy.  North has to rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps.  However Declarer wins in hand and draws the last trump at trick eight.  At trick nine East now applies the Coup de Grace by playing the Jack of Hearts, pinning North’s 10 and promoting the 9 of Hearts as the 10th trick.

 

While it is not generally recommended to lead a singleton trump here the indications were that it was the correct lead on this occasion.  North South clearly had the balance of the high card strength while East must surely have a six card Spade suit and a very shapely hand to go straight to game after the single raise from West.  Therefore the only way in which East West were likely to have a chance of making 4 Spades doubled would be if Declarer were able to score two ruffs in the Dummy.  Note the difference which an initial trump lead makes.  This has to be won in the Dummy and Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds and Diamond ruff follows.  Now when a Heart is played from the Dummy at trick five North can rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps.  The difference now is that the remaining Hearts are 10x in the North hand, J96 in the East hand and AQ5 in the South hand.  Declarer has to make the second lead of Hearts from his own hand and thus the 10 of Hearts is certain to make a trick so Declarer loses four tricks for +100 to North South.

 

 

2       Superior Grand Slam

 

Board 21 Tuesday 8 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

AK10

Kxx

AJ10x

AJx

 

xx

Jxxxx

xxx

109x

 

Jxxx

Q109x

Qxx

xx

 

Q9xx

A

Kxx

KQxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2NT

3 Diamonds

4 Diamonds1

4NT

5NT

7 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Spades

6 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Cue-bid agreeing Clubs

 

When North opens 2NT South knows that the partnership is heading for a minimum of a small slam as he holds 14 points and the partnership therefore possess a minimum of 34 points.  However in order to give the partnership a chance of reaching a Grand Slam he should start off by bidding 3 Clubs, Stayman.  North denies a major suit and now  South rebids 4 Clubs showing a slam try in Clubs with at least a five card suit.  If North did not like Clubs he would sign off in 4NT.  Thus when North bids 4 Diamonds this is a cue-bid agreeing Clubs as trumps.  South return cue-bids in Hearts.  Now North wheels out Roman Key Card and on hearing that all the keycards are present bids 5NT asking if South has any extras.  Holding the King of Diamonds and 14 points South is happy to bid 6 Diamonds and this is sufficient for North to gamble on the Grand Slam in Clubs.

 

7 Clubs is a significantly better contract than 7NT.  This is because let us assume that the defence lead either a Heart or a Club (since a Diamond or Spade lead would immediately concede the thirteenth trick).  On say a Club lead, trumps are drawn in three rounds followed by the unblocking of the Ace of Hearts.  Now the King and Ace of Diamonds are cashed at tricks five and six followed by cashing the King of Hearts at trick seven on which the third Diamond is discarded from the South hand.  Now the third round of Diamonds is ruffed at trick eight.  When the Queen appears we now have the thirteenth trick.  Only if the Queen has yet to make an appearance would we have to rely on the Jack of Spades dropping.

 

 

3       Fourteen top tricks

 

Board 15 Monday 28 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

10xx

KJxx

109xxx

X

 

Kxxxx

Ax

AJx

Kxx

 

AQ

x

KQxx

AQJ10xx

 

Jxx

Q10xxxx

x

xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Spades

3 Hearts

4NT

7NT

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

3 Clubs

3 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach 7 Clubs on the above hand and not a single pair managed to reach 7 Notrumps despite there being 14 top tricks (16 given that the Spades are 3-3).

 

The best way for East to start to describe his hand after West opens a 15-17 Notrump is to transfer into Clubs.  Over the 2 Spade bid West has a choice between bidding 2NT and 3 Clubs.  In previous issues I have recommended that by opener bidding the minor directly this promises a fit for the minor which is defined as Qxx or better.  If West did not like Clubs he would bid 2NT.

 

East should then bid 3 Hearts which as previously explained in Tip No3 September 2015 shows a singleton in that major.  West might then bid RKCB but it is better for West to cue-bid 3 Spades.  The reason for this is that by waiting for East to bid Roman Key Card West is able to show where 14 of his points lie.  Thus in responding 5 Diamonds to show 3 keycards, East knows that all the keycards are present plus the King of Spades shown on the previous round of bidding.  Thus there are a minimum of 13 tricks (6 Club tricks, three Diamond tricks, three Spade tricks and one Heart trick).