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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 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.