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.
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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 May 2018 duplicates
1 West or East for Keycard?
Board 10 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East
It ought to be relatively straightforward for East West to reach a Small slam on this hand although astonishingly only three out of eight pairs managed to do so. However none of the eight pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand slam. I believe that this was because the wrong hand used keycard.
After East makes an automatic jump to 3 Clubs with his 16 points and strong six card suit several Wests appear to have made the underbid of the year by signing off in 3NT. Holding three Aces and a King a Small slam is almost underwritten opposite a jump rebid. Accordingly West should raise Clubs which is forcing. East should now cuebid 4 Diamonds. At this point I believe that the three Wests who managed to reach the Small slam then used keycard. Although all the keycards were present West could not be certain that there were more than 12 tricks available and so had to sign off in 6NT. The reason why West was wrong to use keycard is that by so doing he then has to guess what his partner holds in terms of side suit Queens. If on the other hand West lets East do the asking then all of West’s 15 points can be shown in the responses to keycard. The bidding continues:-
West shows three keycards in response to RKCB. East’s 5NT bid confirms that all the keycards are present and asks West to show any side suit King or to bid 7 Clubs with a strong side suit. West owns up to the King of Spades and East can now count thirteen tricks.
2 Bidding lesson for South
Board 17 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
From an examination of the scores on this board it is clear to me that none of the eight Souths who held this hand had an understanding of the correct way in which their assets should be shown.
After East opens 1 Heart South has to decide whether to overcall in Diamonds or to make a takeout double. The correct call is to overcall 2 Diamonds. This is because with such a low point count South cannot Double and then bid Diamonds if North bids Clubs. After South overcalls it is practical for West to jump straight to game in Hearts. This is automatic for those playing five card majors and even for those playing four card majors it seems the sensible choice not vulnerable with the singleton Diamond. When 4 Hearts comes back to South he has the perfect hand to double. THIS IS NOT A PENALTY DOUBLE. Rather it implies that in addition to the six card Diamond suit already shown that South has a very attractive hand on which to compete further with tolerance for both the unbid suits. The most likely shapes for South to make such a bid are 3=1=6=3 or 4=0=6=3 or 4=1=6=2.
For instance if we give North ♠Kx♥xxx♦xx♣KQJxxx then he can bid 5 Clubs which is certain to make. If instead we give North ♠QJ10xx♥xxx♦xx♣Axx then he can bid 4 Spades which is almost certain to make. On the actual hand North is very balanced and is delighted to convert the take out double to penalties by passing 4 Hearts doubled and collecting +300 for North South after the natural lead of the 10 of Clubs. While it is true that on the actual hand 5 Diamonds does make for +400 this is a poor contract as it requires the Diamond finesse as well as split Club honours.
3 Breaking the transfer
Board 7 Monday 21 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Only one pair out of eight managed to reach game in Hearts on this hand.
There are two ways in which game should be reached. Although the North hand is within the point range for a 15-17 strong no trump there is a good case for upgrading the 17 point hand with a strong five card suit and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) and treating the hand as if it were 18-19. In this case the bidding would go:-
1 Club 1 Heart
2NT 3 Clubs or 3 Diamonds depending on partnership methods
3 Hearts 4 Hearts
After the jump to 2NT South either bids a natural 3 Diamonds promising five Hearts or an artificial 3 Clubs as a major suit checkback looking for either three card Heart support or four card Spade suit.
Alternatively if North opens the top heavy 1NT then after South transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds if North simply bids 2 Hearts then this will end the auction. Instead North should break the transfer by bidding 2NT. This implies a maximum 1NT with three or four Hearts. South then retransfers with 3 Diamonds and raises 3 Hearts to game.
On the Jack of Spades lead careful play should lead to eleven tricks and a score of +650 to North South.