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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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.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
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.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are
Barclays Bank - Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20
"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."
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 June 2018 duplicates
1 Game inexplicably missed
Board 9 Thursday 7 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North
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:-
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:-
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
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:-
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
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:-
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:-
(The responses to Gerber are 4 Diamonds = No Ace, 4 Hearts, = one Ace, 4 Spades = 2 Aces, 4NT = 3 Aces).