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. . . .
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
(See Centre Column on this page ►)
Ring the club on 0161 445 3712 or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification
or email email@example.com
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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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!!"
Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?
If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the August 2018 duplicates
1 The vanishing overtrick
Board 4 Thursday 2 August– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
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
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
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:
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:
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.