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. . . .
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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.
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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
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the September 2017 duplicates
1 No one reaches par !
Board 3 Thursday 14 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South
There were an astonishing NINE different contracts at the eleven tables on this board but not one of them reached what I consider to be the par contract of 5 Hearts plus one for East West.
After two passes North is most likely to open a weak 2 Spades. While he is too strong for such an action at Green if first or second in hand it is perfectly in order to have 10 points for a third in hand weak two because you know there is no chance of game for North South after partner has passed but equally with very little defence outside Spades a weak two best describes the hand.
East is now able to use a convention called LEAPING MICHAELS. By jumping to four of a minor over a weak two in a major you are showing at least 5-5 distribution in the other major and the minor suit in which you have jumped. South takes advantage of the vulnerability to bid 4 Spades knowing that he can afford to go three down doubled for -500. West should pass because he is too flat to bid 5 Hearts voluntarily. When 4 Spades comes back to East he should double to show a very strong Leaping Michaels hand. At teams West should probably take the money from 4 Spades doubled which is 500 but at pairs he expects to make 5 Hearts on the majority of occasions holding four trumps to an honour plus the high Club honour so he should bid 5 Hearts.
5 Hearts makes if either the trumps come in (52%) or the Diamond finesse works (50% of the remaining 48%) – total probability of success 76%. On this occasion both are favourable and +680 results.
One other point to note is that if East West do choose to defend 4 Spades doubled they need to defend accurately to take +500 rather than +300. East will make the opening lead of the King of Hearts (King for COUNT). West plays the 8 (second highest from four cards). Now East continues with the Ace of Hearts. The Heart that West plays on the second round will determine which suit East switches to at trick three. If West held the King of Diamonds he would play the Jack of Hearts on the second round asking partner to switch to the higher ranking suit (ie Diamonds rather than Clubs). On this occasion West will play the 2 of Hearts on the second round which categorically denies a top Diamond honour and accordingly East will switch to the Queen of Clubs ensuring that the Defence take the maximum penalty available of 500.
2 Game universally missed
Board 27 Monday 25 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South
All of the eight East West pairs who played this hand failed to reach the laydown game in Diamonds.
South has a routine 2 Heart opener. West has to pass because he is too weak to take any action at the three level. North should raise to 3 Hearts because he knows that East West must have at least a ten trick contract available in one of the minor suits (or possibly even 3NT). As neither side is vulnerable it is fairly safe for East to make a takeout double of 3 Hearts.
The spotlight now turns to West. Having passed with 11 points and 5-5 in the minor suits it is a near certainty that East West can make game in a minor. Accordingly he should jump to 4NT to convey the message “please pick game in either minor suit”. East duly obliges. In fact this hand is one of the rare breed called a 5 or 7 hand. That is because on a Heart lead against 5 Diamonds just 11 tricks will be made if the Club finesse fails but all 13 tricks will be made if the Club finesse succeeds as the Heart loser will disappear on the long Clubs.
3 Two different auctions to game
Board 17 Thursday 28 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
How should East West get to game on the above hand after:-
A) South opens 1 Spade after two passes?
B) South opens 2 Spades after two passes?
In case A West should overcall 2 Diamonds generally showing a six card suit and 10 to 16 points. North will double to show Hearts and East should raise to 3 Diamonds. South passes and now West should bid 3NT. West knows that the Diamonds are almost certain to run for 7 tricks since even if East’s Diamonds are three small the probability of the missing 3 Diamonds breaking 2-1 is 78%. While it might appear that it is dangerous for West to bid 3NT with no stop in Hearts on further examination of the bidding this is not so. This is because North is unlikely to have more than five cards in Hearts as he did not open a weak two and equally South can hardly have more than three cards in Hearts as he would otherwise have bid 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds following North’s negative double of the 2 Diamond overcall. Accordingly East must have a minimum of four cards in Hearts which is highly likely to include at least one honour. Therefore West can bid 3NT with every confidence that at least nine tricks will be forthcoming via seven Diamond tricks and two Spade tricks.
In case B West should jump to 3NT over a 2 Spade opener. This may at first sight seem wild with only fourteen points. However as North has already passed as dealer it is probable that East has in the region of 7 to 10 points given that South has implied a maximum of 10 points for his weak two. Note that on this occasion it is perfectly OK for South open 2 Spades at White opposite a passed hand despite having eleven points as he knows that there is very unlikely to be a game on for North South. If over a weak 2 Spades West chose to just bid 3 Diamonds it would be extremely difficult for East to take any action with just seven points and game in Diamonds looking a very tall order.