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.
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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 October 2017 duplicates
1 Remarkable trump promotion
Board 5 Tuesday 3 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
This hand caught my eye when I realized that it is possible for East West to make a third trump trick with the eight of Hearts following a remarkable trump promotion.
In the bidding North is not quite strong enough to bid 2NT over South’s rebid of 2 Diamonds especially in view of his poor intermediates and so contents himself with simply giving a preference to Hearts.
West is not keen to lead the unbid suit Clubs as it is headed by the Ace and so instead leads the top of his doubleton Spade. East wins with the King and returns a Spade won in the South hand with the Queen. South now starts to draw trumps (he does not need to ruff a Diamond because after trumps have been drawn the losing Diamond will be discarded on a Spade winner in the Dummy). Say South leads the Queen of Hearts at trick three. West wins with the King and continues with Ace and another Club at tricks four and five. East wins the second round of Clubs with the King and plays a third round of Spades. South ruffs with the nine and following general principles in these instances West discards a minor suit because he sees the possibility of the eight of Hearts becoming significant. At trick seven South continues with the Jack of Hearts. West wins with the Ace and now applies the coup de grace by playing a third round of Clubs. East ruffs with the vital 7 of Hearts which South overruffs with the ten but abracadabra the eight of Hearts is now a master ! Result one down for plus 100 to East West.
2 Trump suit bid for the first time at the six level !
St Titus League Match
Board 4 Wednesday 4 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
1 Sets Clubs as trumps
The above hand had a textbook bidding sequence to 6 Clubs by Byrne/Newman as East West in a recent league match.
As previously explained in Tip No 2 October 2014 a jump to 3 Diamonds over 1NT should be played as showing at least 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam. Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT. If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades. The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed.
After agreeing Clubs by rebidding 3 Hearts East then cue-bid in Spades and West cue-bid in Diamonds. Finally when East bid cue-bid 4 Hearts (doubled by South) West knew that there was no danger of there being two losers in Hearts and so was able to bid RKCB for Clubs reaching the excellent slam with just a combined 25 points. North opened with a Heart lead but there were no problems in the play and a score of 1370 to East West resulted. (Note that in the play of the trump suit it is important to start off with the Ace in case North started with J10xx which would arise 5 times in 100). The amusing thing about the auction was that the final bid was the first time that the trump suit had actually been bid!
3 Par not achieved at any table
Board 2 Wednesday 25 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
At the six tables where this board was played not a single one ended in what I consider the par contract of 5 Hearts doubled minus one for 100 to North South.
At the favourable vulnerability West has an ideal hand for an overcall of 2NT showing at least 5-5 distribution in Hearts and Clubs. North should pass as he only has four points and three of these are in a suit held by West. East should now jump to 4 Hearts because in addition to being not vulnerable he knows that his side possess a nine card fit in both Hearts and Clubs. South makes a take out double of 4 Hearts and North is delighted to bid 4 Spades because South should have a minimum of three Spades in addition to a strong hand to make such a bid. The spotlight now returns to East. It is extremely unlikely that 4 Spades will not make but what is absolutely certain is that the penalty for going down in 5 Hearts doubled cannot possibly be greater than the value of the opposition making 620 or 650 in 4 Spades.
South now makes a forcing pass over 5 Hearts and North should unquestionably double 5 Hearts. Although it is possible to make 5 Spades seeing all four hands the correct bid is definitely double because holding the King of Hearts opposite a singleton in the South hand does not make it attractive to bid on.