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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.

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For directions on how to find us please click on the 

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!
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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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.
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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN AUGUST........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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

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 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Thankyou.

Tips for March 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Moysian fit is the best game

 

Board 14 Thursday 8 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xxx

Axx

Jxx

xxxx

 

KQJx

Qx

KQ9x

AQ9

 

A10x

xx

A10xxx

Jxx

 

xxx

KJ10xxx

x

K10x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

3 Spades

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

3 Hearts

4 Spades

 

 

As previously noted in Tip No 1 January 2013 The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit.  It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was said to love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.

 

Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach 4 Spades.  After South opens a weak two in Hearts West doubles and East bids 3 Diamonds.  This shows 8 to 11 points and denies a four card major.  If East held fewer than 8 points with Diamonds he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT bid.  West now expects game to be on with 19 points opposite East’s positive bid and accordingly bids 3 Hearts which generally asks partner if he has a stop in Hearts.  East has no Heart stop but he does have three good Spades and so bids 3 Spades.  West is delighted to raise to game in Spades.  Even though this is only a seven card trump fit as long as Spades do not split worse than 4-2 it is certain to make and indeed makes an overtrick when the Club finesse is working.  Refer also to Tip No 1 October 2013 for further clarification of how Lebensohl works.

 

 

2       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 4 Monday 12 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

QJxx

AKJxxx

x

Kx

 

A10xxx

Q

QJ9x

A10x

 

None

10xxx

AKxxx

QJxx

 

K9xx

xx

10xx

xxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

 

 

Double

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

 

Only two pairs out of twelve managed to reach the laydown 5 Diamond contract on this hand.

 

East has a routine takeout Double of North’s 2 Heart overcall and West is happy to bid 3 Diamonds.  East should not pass 3 Diamonds.  He has a fifth trump, no wasted honours in Hearts and only 6 losers on the Losing Trick Count.  Accordingly he should raise to 4 Diamonds.  West is delighted to then go to game because he has a singleton Heart, two Aces and four good trumps.

 

Assuming that North starts off  with two rounds of Hearts the safest way to make 11 tricks is as follows.  Ruff the second Heart.  Queen of Diamonds wins followed by nine of Diamonds to the King.  Ruff a third round of Hearts, discard Dummy’s fourth Heart on the Ace of Spades.  Now ruff a Spade, draw the last trump which still leaves a trump in the Dummy and play a low Club to the Ace at trick nine and the 10 of Clubs to the King at trick ten.  If you do not play the cards in this order there is a danger of South’s 10 of Diamonds being promoted.

 

3       Rectifying the count followed by positional squeeze against North

 

Board 13 Monday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

xx

Jxx

Jxxx

QJxx

 

KQxx

AKx

Kxx

Kxx

 

Ax

Q10x

AQxx

Axxx

 

J1098x

xxxx

109

109

 

 

A nice brief auction.  East opens 1NT and West goes directly to 6NT.  Opening lead Jack of Spades.

 

However despite a combined point count of 34 HCPs there are only eleven top tricks and only one declarer out of eight managed to make 6NT.

 

The Golden Rule in such situations where you only have eleven top tricks is to give up a trick in a suit in which you are certain to lose a trick in order to create a situation where one or both of the defenders may have too much to look after towards the end of the hand.  Such a process is called Rectifying the Count.  Here Clubs is the suit in which a trick should be lost immediately.  Accordingly after winning the Ace of Spades at trick one Declarer plays a Club at trick two and allows South to win the trick with the 9.  South continues with Spades at trick three.  At tricks four and five Declarer continues with King and Ace of Clubs discovering that North still has a Club winner.  The Ace and King of Diamonds are cashed at tricks six and seven followed by three rounds of Hearts from tricks eight to ten.  At trick eleven we have reached:-

 

 

None

None

Jx

Q

 

Qx

None

x

None

 

None

None

Qx

x

 

109

x

None

None

 

The Queen of Spades is now played from the Dummy.  North is forced to concede the twelfth trick.  Knowing that Declarer still has a small Club he discards a Diamond.  East now throws his Club and makes the last two tricks in Diamonds.

 

This is a positional squeeze and only works because East is discarding after North at trick eleven.  If the North and South hands were reversed (with North holding length in Spades) the squeeze would not work because South can discard after East plays at trick eleven.