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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

 

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.
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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!!"

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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 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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.