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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.

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.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
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

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for January 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the January 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Elementary Grand Slam

 

Board 3 Thursday 11 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

x

Qxxx

Qxxx

xxxx

 

KQxx

AKxx

x

AKJx

 

AJ109xx

10xx

Axx

x

 

xx

Jx

KJ10xx

Q10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Diamonds

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Diamonds

4NT

7 Spades

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach what is really a very easy Grand Slam to bid. 

 

After East responds 1 Spade to the West’s opening 1 Club bid West should make a mini-splinter of 3 Diamonds.  As previously explained in June 2015 Tip No 1 this shows the values for at least 3 Spades with a singleton in Diamonds.  East how cue-bids 4 Diamonds which shows the Ace as there would be little point in cue-bidding the King opposite shortage.  Now West can bid RKCB.  East responds 5 Spades to the RCKB bid.  This is not a misprint.  When you know that the partnership possesses a 10 card trump fit you respond to Keycard as if you have the Queen of trumps.  West can now count 13 tricks as long as East has three cards in Diamonds (six Spades, two Clubs, two Hearts, the Ace of Diamonds and two Diamond ruffs).  Only if East had started off with precisely Ax of Diamonds would West need either the Club finesse or for East to have the Queen of Clubs or the Queen of Hearts.

 

 

 

2       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 19 Monday 15 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

10xx

AK109xx

Qxx

J

 

A98xx

x

Ax

AQ98x

 

x

Jxx

KJxxx

Kxxx

 

KQJx

Qxx

10xx

10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Hearts

Pass

 

 

Double

Pass

 

Pass

3 Hearts

Pass

1 Spade

5 Clubs

 

Only one pair out of eleven managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand.

 

After a 2 Heart overcall from North East has a perfect hand to make a negative double which implies at least four cards in each minor suit and approximately 8 plus points.  When South raises to 3 Hearts it would be very timid for West to only bid 4 Clubs with a very attractive 5-5 distribution, three Aces and only five losers.  Accordingly he should jump to 5 Clubs.

 

While it is possible to make 12 tricks in Clubs by finessing in Diamonds it is safest to play the hand on a cross ruff and make just 11 tricks for +600 to East West.

 

 

 

3       Poor Judgment by East

 

Board 19 Monday 22 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

QJx

Q98xxxx

x

J9

 

10x

KJx

KJ9xxxx

x

 

Axxxxx

Ax

AQ10x

x

 

Kx

10

x

AKQ10xxxxx

 

 

This hand caught my eye because at eight of the twelve tables East showed extremely poor judgment by choosing to defend 5 Clubs instead of bidding 5 Diamonds.

 

South should open just 1 Club because if he opens 5 Clubs first or second in hand there is too great a risk of missing a slam.  West does best to make a weak jump overcall of 2 Diamonds.  While he does have a seven card suit the Red vulnerability makes the suit quality too poor to jump to the three level.  North passes and the spotlight turns to East.  First of all there is a high likelihood that West has a seven card Diamond suit given that East has AQ10x in support and the vulnerability is red.  Secondly whenever West has a singleton Spade it is almost certain that the Spades can be established in a 5 Diamond contract.  Thirdly if West has either rounded King (Hearts or Clubs then 5 Diamonds is almost certain to make).  This is because if West has the King of Clubs then on a Club lead the King will immediately become established to deal with any possible Heart loser.  Finally if for instance West’s Hearts were originally Qxx then on a Club lead to South if the King of Hearts is in the South hand the defence will not  be able to attack Hearts before the Spades are established.

 

Had the eight East pairs correctly judged to bid 5 Diamonds then South would need to bid 6 Clubs which East would of course double and take the absolute par of +300 to East West.