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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva 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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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!!"

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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

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or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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Thankyou.

Tips for December 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2017 duplicates

 

 

1       Textbook rectification of the count

 

Board 24 Thursday 14 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Jxx

Q108xx

1098x

10

 

KQx

xxx

AKx

K9xx

 

Axx

AK9x

Qxxx

AQ

 

10xxx

J

Jx

Jxxxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

6NT

 

Pass

1NT

Pass

 

 

Note that in the bidding as East knows that the partnership possess at least 34 points then no purpose is served in using Stayman.

 

The above hand is a textbook example of how when you are in a notrump slam with only eleven top tricks that you should lose an early trick in order to subsequently leave the defenders with too much to do in keeping a stop in the key suits.  Such a process is technically known as rectifying the count.  Here West has eleven top winners with several chances to develop a twelfth trick.

 

The safest opening lead against the slam is for North to lead the 10 of Diamonds.  Against a no trump slam you are not trying to establish tricks but simply trying to avoid giving away a trick.  West has eleven top tricks and the only suit in which he can afford to concede a trick without losing the chance of an extra trick is in Hearts.  Accordingly after winning the first trick with the King of Diamonds West should play a Heart and duck in the Dummy.  South wins with the Jack of Hearts and returns the Jack of Diamonds.  West should win with the Ace and now continue with the Ace and King of Hearts discovering that North started with five Hearts.  At tricks six and seven the Ace and Queen of Clubs are unblocked from the Dummy.  Now three rounds of Spades are cashed from tricks eight to ten leaving:-

 

 

None

Q

98

None

 

None

None

x

K9

 

None

9

Qx

None

 

10

None

None

Jx

 

 

West plays the King of Clubs and because North has to discard before East the last two tricks will be won in the Dummy.  If North throws his winning Heart then Dummy throws the small Diamond, if North throws a Diamond then Dummy throws the 9 of Hearts.  This is a positional squeeze and only works because North has to discard before East.  If the North and South hands were reversed then the squeeze would not work.

 

 

2       Responder takes charge

 

Board 8 Monday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Kx

Qx

KQxxx

Qxxx

 

Axx

AKJxx

10

KJ98

 

QJ10xxx

x

AJxxx

A

 

xx

1098xx

xx

10xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

4NT

6 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

3 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

 

Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.

 

After a routine start of 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 2 Clubs the East hand is too strong for an invitational bid of 3 Spades and so should use fourth suit forcing to request more information from partner.  West is delighted to jump to 3 Spades.  Not only does this show three card Spade support in a 3=5=1=4 shape but it also shows extra strength.  This is because as previously illustrated (refer to Tip No 1 January 2014 or Tip No 3 August 2012) if opener has a minimum 3=5=1=4 shape in the range 11 to 14 points you must raise the major suit immediately because you are not strong enough to bid two suits and then go back to responder’s first bid suit.

 

East now knowing that West has a Diamond shortage can take charge.  There is no need for him to cue-bid because he does not need the King of Diamonds to make slam.  He can immediately bid Roman Key Card Blackwood and jump to 6 Spades on hearing of 2 keycards opposite.

 

In the play South is likely to lead a Diamond.  On winning with the Ace of Diamonds Declarer should not draw trumps but should instead ruff Diamonds twice in the Dummy and then discard his fourth and fifth Diamonds on the King of Clubs and King of Hearts losing only one trick to the King of trumps.

 

 

3       King for Count or Unblock, Ace for Attitude

 

Board 2 Wednesday 20 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

QJ10xx

Jx

xx

109xx

 

xxxx

10x

AKJ10x

xx

 

Kx

Q98xx

Q9xx

Xx

 

Ax

AKxx

xx

AKQJx

 

 

Three of the North South pairs who reached 3NT were allowed to make this contract because on the lead of the King of Diamonds East failed to throw the Queen under it.  When you have a very strong suit either AKJxx or AKJ10x you should start off by leading the King.  This demands that either partner shows his count in the suit or unblocks by throwing the Queen under the King.  For instance if the suit were divided:-

 

 

                        xxx

 

AKJ10x                                  9x

 

                        Qxx

 

Then on the lead of the King East would play the 9.  This would deny the Queen but would make West aware that South had at least three cards in the suit and West would switch suits and hope that East would later on be able to lead through Declarer’s remaining Queen. 

 

When East failed to throw the Queen of Diamonds under the King then West naturally switched to the 10 of Hearts allowing the contract to be made.

 

If instead West had started off with only four cards AKJx in Diamonds he would lead the Ace for Attitude.  Here East would encourage if he had the Queen but discourage if he did not have the Queen.  The point being that if the suit is divided:-

                        xx

 

AKJx                                       Q9x

 

                        108xx

 

Then you do not want partner throwing the Queen under the Ace because now Declarer will make a trick with the 10 on the fourth round.

 

I understand that at one of the three tables where East did not thrown the Queen under the King that divorce proceedings are now under way !