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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.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

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

Northern League

Manchester teams played the second round of four of the Northern league on Saturday 11th August at Bradford, Leeds and Bradford in the A, B and C divisions respectively.  In the C Division Manchester 1 won again to increase their lead, Manchester 2 improved their position compared to the previous round.  In the A division Manchester 2 did well to finish second on the day ahead of Manchester 1, Manchester 1 actually increased their lead at the top of the table.  Unfortunately in the B division Manchester had a poor day and dropped to fourth overall.

Teams were A Division: Manchester 1 John Holland/Alan Mould, John Currie/Rodney Lighton, Irving & Joy Blakey, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman.  Manchester 2 Kath & Alan Nelson, Raymond Semp/Henry Bissell, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons, John Roberts/Pete Foster.  John and Alan topped the cross-IMPs with Raymond and Henry, John and Pete, Alec and Michael also doing well.

B Division: Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay, Andy Green/David Sarabowski, Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Jeanne & Ron Bayly.  Steve and Rod were our best pair on cross-IMPs.

C Division: Manchester 1 Stephen Ward/Michael Wymer, Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2 George Leigh/John Moran, Wei Che Tham/Daniel Kelsall, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley.  Elena and Marcelo, Gordon and Ann, Phillip and Josh, Stephen and Michael, Victor and Mary were all positive on cross-IMPs.

All results are on the NBL web site (may need a refresh F5 to see latest results)
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JULY")

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.

RESULTS

Scarborough Summer Congress

Congratulations to John Holland who won the teams at Scarborough on the 27th July with Jackie Pye, Jeremy Dhondy and Bill Hirst and to Gary Hyett who was third in the Seniors Pairs on 26th July with Alan Cooke.  Gary and Alan were also third in the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th July.

THE MICHELLE BRUNNER

CHARITY MEMORIAL EVENT

at Manchester Bridge Club

 

SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018

 

Michelle Brunner Memorial Event - Saturday 20th JulyMichelle Brunner Memorial Event - Saturday 20th JulyMichelle Brunner Memorial Event - Saturday 20th JulyMichelle Brunner Memorial Event - Saturday 20th JulyMichelle Brunner Memorial Event - Saturday 20th July

 

Sixteen teams of 4 took place in this memorial pivot teams event and a really pleasurable competitive session was enjoyed by everyone.

Thank you to Henry for directing so well (and for free!), to David for organising everything in Jeff's absence, to Simon for his auctioning and raffle skills and to all the backroom boys and girls who worked so hard to ensure things ran smoothly.....and to all those people who so generously donated bottles and gifts to ensure the charities do well.

(Not to mention Dave D and Michael B who generously auctioned themselves in order to add to the pot!!)

 

 

WINNERS

 

1st Place -  John Holland, Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye 

& Alan Mould

2nd Place - Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Sally Brock 

& Axel Johannsson

3rd Place - Tracy Capal, David Flacks, John Parsons 

& John Stell

 

INTERMEDIATE TROPHY WINNERS

 

 

 Iain Mackie, Hilary Boydell, Rose Davenport 

& Simon Townsend,

 

The final amount raised in aid of St Ann's Hospice and The Christie was

£1860

to be shared equally between the two charities.

FANTASTIC!....Well Done Everyone.

 

 

 

St Ann's Hospice                     The Christie Logo 

                                            The Christie Charitable Fund Logo

Green Point Teams

There was a full house at Altrincham for the Green Point Teams on Sunday 22nd July, including visitors from the US and Australia.  However, the winners were the Southport team of Roger Allison, Peter Richmond, Bill & Liz Wattleworth who won their last two matches against illustrious opposition to finish ahead of Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy & Irving Blakey, with Karen McCallum, Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould and Michael Newman third.
(Full results, details & photos are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
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

*************

2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

*************

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
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Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

NEW - TIPS FOR JULY '18

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Splinter bid to slam

 

Board 19 Monday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

x

AKx

K9x

A98xxx

 

KJ9xx

10xx

Jxx

xx

 

Q10xxx

Qxxx

10xx

K

 

Ax

Jxx

AQ8x

QJ10x

 

 

Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract on the above hand.  It is also a good example of why it is preferable when 4=4 in the minors to open 1 Club rather than 1 Diamond.

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Spades

4 Hearts

4NT

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

4 Diamonds

4 Spades

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Even for those playing 5 card majors North should make a splinter bid of 3 Spades in response to 1 Club showing at least five Clubs and a singleton (or void) Spade.  The South hand immediately knows that the hand should not be played in No Trumps as South has only one Spade stop.  Accordingly South cuebids 4 Diamonds which leads to North employing RKCB.  On learning that one keycard is missing North settles for the small slam.  Note that the correct line in 6 Clubs is to win the Spade lead and run the Queen of Clubs losing to the King.    East returns a Spade ruffed in the Dummy.  Now declarer draws the remaining trump with the Jack, plays the 9 of Diamonds to the Queen and a low Diamond to the King at trick six before cashing the Ace and King of Hearts at tricks seven and eight.  Now the three remaining Clubs are run at tricks nine to eleven on which Declarer discards the Jack of Hearts at trick eleven.  If either defender started with five Hearts and four Diamonds he will be automatically squeezed.  Otherwise declarer has the option at trick eleven of finessing the eight of Diamonds at trick twelve which would be the correct line if West originally started with either 10x or Jx in the suit.

 

There was a further point of interest in that at four of the twelve tables the contract was 3NT by South.  The two pairs who went down on a Spade lead correctly ran the Queen of Clubs losing to the singleton King and so were defeated.  However they can console themselves that they played the Club suit correctly.  The two pairs who dropped the singleton King of Clubs urgently need to read a book on suit combinations as it is very inferior odds to play for the drop of the King with ten cards.  (When the suit is divided 2-1 it is twice as likely that the King is in the two card holding rather than singleton while when we add in the possibility of West having started with three Clubs it becomes even more clearcut to finesse).

 

 

2       Intermediate jump overcall in fourth seat leads to game

 

Board 7 Wednesday 18 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

10x

xxx

QJx

Qxxxx

 

xx

AK109

Kxxx

xxx

 

AKQ9xx

x

A10xx

10x

 

Jxx

QJxxx

xx

AKJ

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach 4 Spades on this hand which is almost certain to make whenever the trumps split 3-2 (68 per cent).  If South opens 1 Heart then a sensible sequence would be:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Spades

3 Diamonds

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

4 Spades

 

 

In fourth seat jump overcalls should not be played as weak because there is no longer any need to pre-empt the opposition.  Rather a jump to 2 Spades should show a strong six card suit with about 6 ½ or 7 tricks with Spades as trumps.  West bids 2NT having a good Heart stop.  East now bids his second suit and West cannot insist on No trumps because he has no honours in the unbid suit Clubs.  Accordingly he jumps to game in Spades as he knows this in an eight card fit.

 

Alternatively for those North South pairs who are playing a weak Notrump then East West would reach game by employing the excellent Multi Landy defence to 1NT as follows:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds1

3 Diamonds

Pass

1NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Spades2

4 Spades

 

 

1           Showing a six card major suit

2           Implying a good fit for Hearts

 

Usually after a Multi Landy bid if responder bids 2 of your major denying a fit the Multi Landy bidder would pass.  However as East has a very attractive 6-4 shape he is entitled to make a further bid.  When East bids 3 Diamonds he is implying six Spades and four Diamonds since if he held Hearts he would either bid 3 Hearts if minimum or 4 Hearts if maximum.  Although West has only 10 points he is delighted to jump to game in Spades as all of his points appear to be working.

 

 

3       Minor suit transfer followed by showing shortage

 

Board 17 Wednesday 18 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Jxxxxx

109x

xx

xx

 

x

Qxx

AQx

Q9xxxx

 

109x

KJ

KJxx

AK10x

 

AKQ

Axxxx

10xxx

J

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract.  Several pairs ended up in the ridiculous contract of 3NT which would normally have at least six losers but due to the extremely fortunate blockage in the Spade suit there was no way to defeat this contract.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

3 Spades

5 Clubs

 

West transfers into Clubs by bidding 2 Spades.  When replying to a minor suit transfer it is important for the opening bidder to be able to indicate to responder whether he has a fit for the minor suit.  A fit is defined as Qxx or better.  When opener does not have a fit for responder’s minor suit he just bids the next step ie 2NT over 2 Spades or 3 Clubs over 2NT showing Diamonds.  Here East breaks the transfer by bidding 3 Clubs.  Continuations by responder now show shortage.  So 3 Spades by West shows a singleton Spade.  East now knows that the partnership cannot play in No trumps and so cuebids 4 Diamonds in case West is interested in higher things.  West signs off in 5 Clubs.   There was a degree of poetic justice on the score sheet in that the pair who reached 5 Clubs were dubiously doubled by South and this made +550 so getting a better score than the agricultural bidders who ended up in the ridiculous 3NT.