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Welcome to

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.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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!!

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. 

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

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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.

Tips for Aug 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2018 duplicates

 

1       The vanishing overtrick

 

Board 4 Thursday 2 August– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

A10x

xxx

Axxx

QJx

 

Kx

AKQJ

K10xx

AKx

 

QJxxxx

xxx

x

xxx

 

xx

10xx

QJ9x

109xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2NT

4 Spades

 

This hand caught my eye because at first sight it appears easy to make eleven tricks in the routine 4 Spade contract with apparently five Spade tricks, four Heart tricks and two Club tricks.  Note that in the bidding East transfers at the four level after West rebids 2NT showing 23-24 points because if he instead simply transfers at the three level and then bids to game in the major suit this should be played as a mild slam try.

 

However appearances can be deceptive and accurate defence prevents the overtrick.

 

The most sensible opening lead is the Queen of Clubs.  On the lead of the Queen of Clubs South must play the TEN to indicate that he also has the NINE.  Otherwise North will be reluctant to continue the suit when he gains the lead.  West starts to draw trumps by playing the King of Spades.  It is essential for North to duck this trick.  He then wins the second round of Spades with the Ace and continues Clubs.  Now although Declarer appears to have eleven tricks he has no means of drawing the last trump because the simple action of ducking the first round of trumps by North has severed the link with the Dummy.  At trick five Declarer would have  to choose between settling for ten tricks by exiting with the King of Diamonds to create a route to the Dummy to draw the last trump or live dangerously in trying to make an overtrick by playing his winning Hearts in the hope that the hand with the last trump held four Hearts.  However this would risk the contract being defeated if the third round of Hearts were ruffed.

 

 

2       Textbook demonstration of why 4-4 fit beats 5-3 fit

 

Board 16 Thursday 2 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

J10

J9

Kxxxx

KJ10x

 

AKxxx

Qxxx

Ax

xx

 

xxx

AK10x

Jxx

Axx

 

Q9x

xxx

Q10x

Qxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

Pass

 

 

East is forced to bid a 3 card Club suit in response to the opening bid of 1 Spade until the eight card Heart fit comes to light.

 

If the final contract were in Spades with the 5-3 fit there would be three inescapable losers, one Spade, one Diamond and one Club.

 

However playing in Hearts with the 4-4 fit provided that the major suits both break 3-2 there is an easy overtrick available.  It does not matter which minor suit North elects to lead.  Let us suppose that he chooses his fourth highest Diamond.  This runs to the 10 and Ace.  Trumps are drawn in three rounds and Declarer continues by giving up the first round of Spades.  Diamonds are continued and declarer ruffs the third round with his last trump.  When the Spades break he now has eleven tricks because two Clubs are discarded from the Dummy on the fourth and fifth round of Spades.

 

The result is the same if the opening lead is a Club rather than a Diamond the only difference now being that two Diamonds are discarded from the Dummy on the long Spades.

 

3       Par contract missed at all eight tables

 

Board 15 Wednesday 15 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

xx

109x

xx

AQJ10xx

 

xxx

x

AJ109x

K9xx

 

KQJ10

Jxxxx

Kxx

x

 

Axxx

AKQx

Qxx

xx

 

 

I was astonished that at none of the eight tables did North South reach the par contract of 3 Clubs.  This is remarkable because this contract should be reached regardless of whether North South are playing a strong or a weak no trump.

 

If North South are playing a strong no trump then the bidding should go as follows:

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Spades1

3 Clubs

 

 

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

2NT2

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1           Showing Clubs usually a six card suit if weak

2           Denying a fit for Clubs

 

A fit for Clubs is defined as Qxx or better.  Thus when South effectively denies having the King of Clubs then North knows that 3NT will be a poor contract and settles for a part score in Clubs which makes exactly losing just four tricks after the lead of the King of Spades.

 

If North South are playing a weak no trump with four card majors then the bidding should go as follows:

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Hearts

Pass

3 Clubs

 

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

 

When 2 Hearts comes back to West he balances with a protective Double.  East’s Hearts are not strong enough to risk defending 2 Hearts doubled and so he bids 2 Spades.  North is now able to compete further with 3 Clubs which implies six Clubs and three Hearts.  South passes because he does not have a fifth Heart and so again North is left as Declarer in 3 Clubs.