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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.

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!
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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU 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.
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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN AUGUST........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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!!

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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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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.