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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

 

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.

"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."

THANK YOU.

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.

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

SELECTIONS

Tollemache Selection

The selection committee has picked the following team for the Tollemache Final at Brandon on February 16-17th.  Michael Newman/Gary Hyett, John Holland/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  This is the nearly same team that qualified in November.  Ollie Burgess replaces Michael Byrne who is unavailable.

Blue Point Teams

Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith.  Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)
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

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

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

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 July 2018

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.