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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

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...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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13 Sep 2018 | Internationals

Premier League started last weekend (16/17th Sept)

The Premier League started last weekend, with 28 teams competing across the three divisions.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

  • Competition information; Results
  • 17 Sep 2018 | Internationals

    MBC Team come second in Round 1

    The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

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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

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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!!

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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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Tips for June 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Game inexplicably missed

 

Board 9 Thursday 7 June  – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

xxx

10xx

AQJxx

Jx

 

Jxxx

AJ8

x

AKQ10x

 

AK10x

Q9xx

xxx

xx

 

Qx

Kxx

Kxxx

xxxx

 

 

Not a single East West pair out of the ten tables managed to bid and make a contract of 4 Spades on this hand which is quite extraordinary.

 

If North overcalls 1 Diamond then the auction is very quick and simple:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

 

 

East doubles to show both majors.  When South raises pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds then it is important for West to jump to game in Spades since if he bids only 3 Spades on his six loser hand and powerful five card Club suit then it would not be clear for East to go to game as West would feel able to bid a major at the three level with any 4=3=1=5 shape even if minimum points.

 

If instead North passes then the bidding will take a more nuanced route:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Spades

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

By bidding in this fashion West is showing a good 4=3=1=5 hand.  As we have previously noted in this column (see in particular August 2012 Tip No 3) if you have a minimum 4=3=1=5 hand you must raise Hearts immediately rather than go via the slow route if you are in the 11 to 14 range.  (Refer also to January 2014 Tip No 1).

 

 

2       Nul points for West in Milton’s and his Defence !

 

Board 13 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J

Ax

AQx

AK10xxxx

 

109xxx

109xx

98xx

None

 

AKQxxx

Kxxx

J10

x

 

x

QJx

Kxxx

QJ98x

 

 

This hand caught my eye because at five of the twelve tables North South reached an excellent 6 Club contract which should always go one down but astonishingly it would appear that in each case they were allowed to make the contract because each West despite having no points discarded in a suicidal way allowing the contract to make.

 

A possible bidding sequence would be:-

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

6 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass

3 Clubs

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

 

East leads the King of Spades (King for Count).  West shows five Spades by playing low.  East then switches to the Jack of Diamonds won by Declarer with the Ace. 

 

The outstanding trump is drawn and Declarer runs off five more rounds of trumps knowing that he needs either for the Diamonds to break 3-3 or for the Heart finesse to be taken (total probability of success 68 per cent). (Note that the last trump cannot be cashed as this would squeeze the Dummy).  Declarer then tests the Diamond break before falling back on the Heart finesse.  One of the Golden Principles of defence when discarding is always to keep the same length in a suit as the Dummy.  Here as long as West keeps all his Diamonds then Declarer will eventually have to take the Heart finesse and go quietly one down.  However each of the five Wests feeling sorry for themselves at not having been dealt any points must have discarded a Diamond on one of the first six rounds of trumps letting the contract succeed, no doubt to much gnashing of teeth from East.

 

 

3       Only 33% of the field reach routine slam

 

Board 17 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Kxxx

Jx

KQxx

10xx

 

x

KQ1098xxx

x

KQx

 

J10x

Ax

AJxx

AJ9x

 

AQ98x

x

109xx

xxx

 

 

This should be a very routine slam to reach but again only four pairs out of twelve managed to get there.

 

There are two possible routes to get there:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Hearts

 

West transfers into Hearts at the four level and then bids Roman Keycard Blackwood.  On hearing of three keycards opposite he bids 6 Hearts. 

 

However it could be argued that there is perhaps a 5 per cent chance of East only having one Ace if he has something like:-  ♠KQJx♥Ax♦KQ10♣Jxxx

 

For this reason it is perhaps safer to simply use Gerber:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Clubs

6 Hearts

 

 

(The responses to Gerber are 4 Diamonds = No Ace, 4 Hearts, = one Ace, 4 Spades = 2 Aces, 4NT = 3 Aces).