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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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
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"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
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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
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
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
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.