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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.

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 

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Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

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.

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!!

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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!!"

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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

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Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Thankyou.

Tips for April 2018

 

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Slam only biddable with Kokish

 

Board 8 Thursday 12 April – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Q9xxx

Kxx

xx

xxx

 

10xx

Jxx

Qxxx

Kxx

 

None

10xxxx

J109x

QJ10x

 

AKJxx

AQ

AKx

Axx

 

 

Playing traditional methods there would be no way to reach 6 Spades on the above hand.  South would open 2 Clubs, North would respond 2 Diamonds and South would jump to 3NT showing 25 to 27 points.  This would end the auction.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

2 Spades

3 Hearts

3 NT

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

2 Hearts

2 NT

3 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

We have previously seen in September 2014 Tip No 2 and January 2015 Tip No 1 how the Kokish relay allows very powerful balanced hands to be bid. The problem with jumping to 3NT to show 25 to 27 points is that it makes life very difficult for responder if he has modest values which cannot be described at the four level.

 

The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish.  After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S.  After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points.  The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT.  He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT.  Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.

 

Here after opener finally rebids 2NT responder shows a five card Spade suit by bidding 3 Hearts.  As we are in a game forcing situation there is no need for South to jump in Spades so he simply contents himself by carrying out the transfer request.  North now rebids 3NT showing that he is balanced or semi-balanced.  South now bids 4 Clubs.  The message this conveys is that South has at least three good Spades and is highly suitable for slam.  North now cuebids 4 Hearts showing the King of Hearts.  South can now count 12 tricks in Spades because as long as the King of Hearts is in a three card holding it does not matter in which minor suit North has a doubleton as the King of Hearts will provide a parking space for one of South’s minor suit losers.  In other words if North has a doubleton Club then we will discard the Diamond loser on the King of Hearts.  If North has a doubleton Diamond then we will discard a Club loser on the King of Hearts.  Note that as North South are known to have a 10 card Spade fit that there is no need to ask for the Queen of trumps since the odds of a 2-1 split are 78% and as we have the Jack of Spades the odds of bring in the suit with the Queen of Spades missing  rises to 89% when Qxx in the East hand can be easily picked up.

 

 

2       25 point slam universally missed

 

Board 26 Wednesday 25 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

Kx

xx

Axxx

Axxxx

 

Jxx

Axxx

Q9xx

Qx

 

Q10x

J109xx

K10xx

x

 

Axxxx

KQ

J

KJ10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Clubs

4NT

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

5 Spades1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Responds to RKCB as if he has the Queen of trumps because he knows that the side possess a 10 card fit.

 

None of the seven North South pairs managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract.  As we so often see on low point count slam hands the key to getting to slam is through the use of a Splinter bid which at one go gets across the singleton and excellent trump support.

 

Although South only has 13 working points (ignoring the Jack of Diamonds) his huge support for Clubs warrants him making a splinter bid of 3 Diamonds when North bids 2 Clubs.  Now the focus shifts to North.  While North has “only” 11 points the splinter bid has dramatically increased the potential of his hand.  A Diamond holding of Axxx opposite a singleton is ideal for slam and equally crucially he has the golden King of Spades opposite a five card suit in the South hand.  Accordingly he goes straight to RKCB.  Note that North does not need to worry about there being two losers in Hearts because as a general rule when the opener makes a splinter bid in the third suit he promises high cards in the fourth suit.

 

I will try and quantify the odds of 6 Clubs making.  It always makes when Clubs break 2-1 (78 per cent).  When Clubs are 3-nil (22%) on half of the occasions you will guess wrong which way to play the Clubs.  In addition when Clubs break 3-0 you will in practice need Spades to break no worse than 4-2 (84 per cent).  Thus the total odds of 6 Clubs making are:-

 

78% plus 11% x 0.84 = 78% plus 9% = 87%

 

 

3       North South go back to school

 

Board 2 Thursday 25 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

xx

AJx

QJ9xx

xxx

 

QJ109x

109xx

xx

108

 

Kxxx

Qx

K

KJ9xxx

 

Ax

Kxxx

A10xxx

AQ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Clubs

2 NT1

Pass

1 Club

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 NT

2 Hearts

3 NT

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Denying four Spades

 

Only one of the nine North South pairs managed to reach game on this hand which is truly woeful and the other eight North South pairs should hang their heads in shame.

 

When East opens 1 Club South has a routine overcall of 1NT despite his shape being semi-balanced.  1NT shows 16 to 18 points ideally with a double Club stop.  What better description could there be of the South hand.  At teams North should go straight to game.  At pairs he might err on the side of caution by using Non-promissory Stayman to invite game.  South is delighted to accept the invitation with 17 points, a double stop in Clubs and a five card suit.

 

In the play assuming the lead of the Queen of Spades you should win the second round of Spades and cross to dummy by playing a low Heart to the Ace.  Then lead the Queen of Diamonds.  When the finesse is successful you now have nine tricks on top.  You then cash the King of Hearts dropping the Queen for 10 tricks and run the rest of the Diamonds before safely finessing the Club at trick eleven making two overtricks for +660.  (It is impossible for the Club finesse to not be working in view of the opening 1 Club from East.)