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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

 

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

Michael Clarke

With great sadness we must inform members that Michael Clarke died on 17th April.  He was primarily a rubber bridge player but had been a member of the Agamemnon league team for many years, playing with Martin Braid until Martin's death then with Jeff Morris.  The team always placed well in the league, winning in 2007 and finishing second this year.  Michael was also on the Goldstone Trophy winning team in 2007 and won the Gazette Trophy a couple of times on Manchester Bridge Club teams.  In 1982 he won the National Masters Pairs with Jeremy Wyndham.  Our condolences go to his wife and family.
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place this weekend. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

RESULTS

Preston Blue Point Pairs

Nearly half the field were Manchester players at Preston on 14th April.  Best Manchester result was achieved by John Holland with Jackie Pye who were second.  Jeff Morris and John Hassett were third. 
Results are on the Preston site.

2019 Yeh Bros Cup

The 2019 Yeh Bros Cup (Shanghai Bridge Master Championship) started on 8th April.

28 Teams are taking part. The England team includes: Andrew Black (Captain), Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Artur Malinowski and David Bakhshi.

There are also English players in the Pharon Team (Paul Hackett, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Brian Senior, Mike Bell and Alex Hydes) and the Allfrey Team (Thomas Paske, Ed Jones, and David Gold).

Live coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online. Good Luck to all involved.

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS

 
26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
 

Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

third

Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.
RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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.

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

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2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

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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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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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.