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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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.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
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
Barclays Bank - Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20
"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."
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 December 2017 duplicates
1 Textbook rectification of the count
Board 24 Thursday 14 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
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:-
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
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
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:-
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:-
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 !