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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS

 
26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
 

Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

third

Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

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! 

Current Competitions

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

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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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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

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

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

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for February 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Spotlight on North and West

 

Board 4 Monday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AKQ10xxxx

AJ9

AQ

None

 

x

10xxxxx

10

J10xxx

 

xxx

x

KJx

AKxxxx

 

J

KQx

xxxxxxx

Qx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Clubs

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Double

 

Pass

5 Clubs

7 Clubs

Pass

 

 

This hand caught my eye for two reasons.

 

The first reason it caught my eye is that only one East West pair out of eight judged correctly to sacrifice in 7 Clubs against 6 Spades by North South.

 

The above is what I consider to be a sensible auction.  When North having opened 2 Clubs finds that the bidding is at the five level he has a choice between bidding 5 Spades and 6 Spades.  The reason why 6 Spades is a practical choice is because if South has as little as Q10xxx in Hearts then the Spade slam is almost certain to make.  If this were the case and North bid only 5 Spades then South would hardly find a raise to the six level on such a hand.  When 6 Spades comes back to West it is fairly clear to sacrifice.  This is because North’s bidding strongly suggests a void in Clubs and in addition West knows that it is impossible for the cost of the sacrifice to be greater than the score from 6 Spades making.  In other words the target is only eight tricks in 7 Clubs Doubled.   A further point of interest is that against 7 Clubs Doubled after North cashes his three Aces that he should then lead a low Spade at trick four which promotes South’s Queen of Clubs into a fourth defensive trick and a score of +1100 to North South.

 

The second reason it caught my eye is that for the seven pairs who played in Spades they all made only 12 tricks.  You might think that with the Diamond finesse wrong that North has to lose to the King of Diamonds but that is not the case.  After ruffing the opening lead of the Ace of Clubs North should draw trumps and then play out every remaining Spade discarding six of the seven Diamonds in the Dummy.  Now at trick nine Declarer cashes the Ace of Hearts and continues with Hearts at tricks ten and eleven.  The last Heart forces East to bare his King of Diamonds because the Queen of Clubs in the Dummy is a threat.  Now at trick twelve Declarer plays a Diamond to the Ace dropping the King from East making all thirteen tricks.  The bidding makes it a near certainty that East has the King of Diamonds because he has made an overcall at Amber at the three level which is most unlikely on just AKxxxx and a bust.

 

 

2       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 26 Monday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

KQJ9

AJ9xx

None

K10xx

 

xx

KQxx

AKxxx

Jx

 

xxxx

xx

QJ10xx

xx

 

A10x

xx

xxx

AQxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Heart

3 Diamonds

5 Clubs

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

4 Clubs

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the laydown 5 Club contract on this hand.  (In fact a small slam in Clubs is available but that is very tough to bid).

 

When East raises West’s opening bid in Diamonds the best bid for South to make is Double.  This implies that he has values in the unbid suits and almost certainly denies three cards in Hearts.  The spotlight now turns to North.  What should he say after the value showing Double?  Although North has only 14 points his hand has improved dramatically.  It is almost certain that game is available in one of the black suits.  If for instance South has as little as ♠A10xx♥xx♦Qxx♣QJxx then four Spades is a near certainty to make while if South has ♠Axx♥xx♦Qxx♣QJxxx then 5 Clubs is unbeatable.  Accordingly North should cuebid 3 Diamonds.  This conveys the message “we are going to game partner but the strain is not yet known”.  South bids 4 Clubs which suggests that he has 5 or 6 Clubs but only 3 Spades since he would bid Spades in preference if he held 4 Spades.  North then goes to game in Clubs.  Indeed if North were feeling super optimistic he might even repeat cuebid with 4 Diamonds which might lead to the unbreakable 6 Club contract being reached.

 

 

3       14 top tricks

 

Board 16 Thursday 22 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

xxx

K109xxx

Kx

xx

 

AQJxxx

Jx

AJ

Kxx

 

Kx

A

xxxx

AQJxxx

 

10x

Qxxx

Q10xxx

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Clubs

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

7 Clubs

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Spades

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Clubs

7NT

 

The East West bidding on this hand was truly woeful.  At the eleven tables only two tables managed to reach 6 Spades and not a single one managed to get to a Grand Slam which has 14 top tricks.

 

West jumps to 3 Spades over 2 Clubs which is game forcing after a two level response and promises a minimum of six Spades.  It would be very lazy for East to just raise to game in Spades as he knows that a slam is quite likely and so continues with 4 Clubs as a cuebid agreeing Spades.  West now cuebids 4 Diamonds and East cuebids 4 Hearts.  Roman Keycard Blackwood is now wheeled out.  East’s response of 5 Diamonds can only be showing 3 keycards since it is not possible for him to have zero given his earlier cuebid.  At this point West knowing that all the keycards are now present is now only concerned with the quality of East’s Clubs.  Accordingly he cuebids 6 Clubs to ask “have you got third round Club control (the Queen).  East confirms that he has by bidding 7 Clubs and West can thus count a minimum of 13 tricks (14 actually with East’s sixth Club).

 

It is true that at a couple of tables North may have made a Weak Jump Overcall of 3 Hearts given the favourable Green Vulnerability.  While this would make it difficult for East West to bid a Grand Slam there is absolutely no excuse for their missing a Small Slam.