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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.
Bridge Course
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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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 May 2018

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

 

 

x

QJxx

J10xxx

Jxx

 

Kxx

A109x

Axx

Axx

 

AQx

x

KQx

KQxxxx

 

J10xxxx

Kxxx

xx

10

 

 

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.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs

?

 

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:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

4NT

5NT

7NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

6 Spades

Pass

 

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

 

 

Kxx

Qxx

109x

AJxx

 

J10xx

KJ10xx

x

Qxx

 

Qx

A9xxx

Kxx

Kxx

 

Axxx

None

AQJxxx

109x

 

 

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.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

Double

4 Hearts

Pass

 

 

3       Breaking the transfer

 

Board 7 Monday 21 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Ax

J9x

AJ10

AKxxx

 

KQxxx

Qxx

Qxx

10x

 

J109x

xx

Kx

QJ9xx

 

xx

AK10xx

xxxxx

x

 

 

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.