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. . . .
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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Ring the club on 0161 445 3712 or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification
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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.
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."
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.
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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
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
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
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.