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 August 2017 duplicates
1 Opening lead critical
Board 8 Monday 7 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
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
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
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).