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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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
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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
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
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
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:-
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.