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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 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).