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The Manchester Congress

5th-6th January 2019
Victoria and Albert Hotel Spinningfields


Manchester's Friendly Flagship Event

Visit  www.manchesterbridge.org.uk for full details

11 Dec 2018 | Internationals

Teltscher Trophy Trials

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

Latest update...........

Mossop team wins Senior Trials

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.

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

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.

 

Scottish Congress

Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.

Great Result!

 

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.

 

Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Ben Franks Pairs

Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 2nd December.  A small but select field of 14 pairs played three boards against each other pair.  After the first session Alec Smalley and Barbara Lewis were leading ahead of John Holland and Rodney Lighton.  These two pairs met in the final round of the second session, with Alec and Barbara still just ahead until the last board, when Alec, playing in a pushy three notrump, guessed to knock out the opposition aces in the wrong order and went down, converting a potential top into a bottom.  Alec and Barbara finished third, with David Sarabowski and Sam Herman second.  In fourth place and also qualifying for the Corwen were Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies.
 
Winners

 Winners John Holland and Rodney Lighton with Ann Thornton (MCBA)
 
Second

 Second David Saraborowski and Sam Herman
 
Third

 Third Alec Smalley and Barbara Lewis
 

Senior World Championship

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. 

Tollemache - Manchester Qualify

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend took place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  After a ruling involving a match between Middlesex and Sussex Manchester finished second in their group qualifying for the sixth year in a row.  The Manchester team was John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  John Holland and John Hassett headed the cross IMPs for their group, the other three pairs were negative on the cross IMPs.  The final is in February.
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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.

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

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This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

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September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

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Tips for Sept 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Game inexplicably missed

 

Board 7 Monday 3 September– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

AJxxx

xx

Q

KJ9xx

 

Kxx

Jx

AKJxxx

xx

 

Qx

Axx

108xx

AQxx

 

109x

KQ10xxx

xx

10x

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach 3NT on the above hand which I found quite remarkable.  At four of the eight tables West played in 4 Diamonds plus one.  3NT should be reached regardless of whether South opens a weak 2 Hearts or passes because he is vulnerable and considers his hand a little weak.

 

If South opens a weak 2 Hearts then the auction should be very brief:

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

3NT

2 Hearts

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

Pass

 

With a Heart stop and twelve points opposite a vulnerable three level overcall East expects to make game in notrumps.

 

Should South pass if he feels he a little weak for a vulnerable weak two then the bidding is likely to go:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

 

2 Spades

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 Diamonds

3NT

 

East starts off by cuebidding 2 Spades to promise at least four card Diamond support and 10 plus points.  West holding only 12 points initially signs off in 3 Diamonds.  East is worth a further move with 3 Spades asking if West has a Spade stop and West is happy to oblige  The only difference now is that West is the Declarer.

 

With East the Declarer the likely lead is the King of Hearts.  Declarer wins the second round of Hearts and cashes the Ace and King of Diamonds (best technique is to unblock the 10 on one of the first two rounds to ensure that there is no danger of the Diamond suit subsequently being blocked).  With eight tricks on top Declarer has a choice between the Club finesse and playing a Spade to the Queen.  It is correct to play a Spade to the Queen because while South might have the King of Clubs it is unlikely that he has the Ace of Spades since that would make him a little heavy for a 2 Heart opener.  When the Queen of Spades wins Declarer then runs off the rest of his Diamonds.  North’s discards will give declarer a good clue as to whether he can risk an overtrick by finessing the Queen of Clubs at trick ten.  Result either +600 or +630.

 

With West the Declarer the likely lead is a Spade from North.  Now when the Queen of Spades wins the first trick you can run all the Diamonds and if you watch North’s discards like a hawk (who will have to make five discards on the run of the Diamonds) you will be able to judge whether it is safe to finesse the Clubs for an overtrick.  Again the result is either +600 or +630.

 

 

2       Keycard at the second bid !

 

Board 9 Thursday 6 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J98x

xx

Qxxx

Axx

 

Qxx

10x

xxxx

KQ9x

 

10

Kxx

KJ10x

J10xxx

 

AKxxx

AQJxxx

A

x

 

 

I consider that the South hand is so strong that it is one of the extremely rare occasions on which it is correct to launch straight into Roman Key Card Blackwood on the second round of the bidding.  In some respects the South hand is worthy of a 2 Club opener.  However experience shows that with such a shape it is better in the long run to start off with a humble 1 Heart and accept the very rare occasions on which 1 Heart might be passed out.

 

When North responds 1 Spade the South hand is absolutely huge.  While some might argue for a splinter bid of 4 Clubs this will not achieve anything.  Given that as little as Qxxxx Spades in the North hand and a singleton Heart makes a contract of 6 Spades almost ironclad and as the South hand only has 3 losers the chances of a 5 Spade contract not making if the North hand is unsuitable for slam is quite low.  North shows one keycard and now South bids the next step asking for the Queen of trumps.  The reason why South asks for the Queen of Spades is that if North had both the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts he would respond 5 Hearts which would allow South to bid a grand slam in Spades.  North denies the Queen of Spades by signing off in 5 Spades.  However despite this denial South goes on to the slam.  Why is this?   Well for one thing if North held a 5th trump then the chances of bringing in the Spades would be at least 78% (since the odds of a 3-nil trump split are 22%).  Secondly even if there is a Spade loser then the Heart finesse is still available.

 

We can quantify the approximate odds of 6 Spades making.  If the Spades come in the contract makes.  This is 52.5 % (2-2 split plus singleton Queen = 40% + 12½ %.  If the Spades do not come in then the contract will still make when the Heart finesse is working.  So we can add in one half of the remaining 47.5% or 23.75%.  The total odds of the contract making are therefore 76.25%.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 Spade

5 Clubs

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4NT

5 Diamonds

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

However the play of 6 Spades does have something of a sting in the tail.  Five pairs out of eight reached the slam but two of these five pairs went down after receiving a Club lead.  As the Club lead takes out the only quick entry to the North hand it is crucial to make use of this entry by finessing Hearts at trick two.  The Heart finesse works and now the Ace and King of Spades can be cashed.  The Queen does not drop but this matters not as declarer can continue with the Ace of Hearts and easily set up the Hearts even if they break four one.  However note the difference if Declarer carelessly starts to draw trumps at trick two.  When the Ace and King of Spades fail to drop the Queen Declarer is forced to continue with a third round of Spades.  West wins and forces Declarer’s fourth trump by continuing Clubs.  Now Declarer is forced to hope that East started off with only two Hearts by playing his last trump to the Jack in the Dummy and finessing in Hearts.  When the finesse wins but the Ace does not then drop the King declarer goes at least one trick down depending on whether East has any Clubs left.

 

3       Autosplinter paves the route to slam

 

Board 18 Monday 10 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

109

J10x

Jxx

KJ98x

 

xx

A9xx

A109x

Qxx

 

AKQJxxx

Qx

KQxx

None

 

xx

Kxxx

xx

A10xxx

 

 

Twenty years ago the East hand would have started off proceedings with a strong 2 Spades opener showing at least eight playing tricks in Spades and the bid was forcing for one round ie it could not be passed.  However now that  strong two bids in a major have gone out of fashion largely because of the low frequency with which they occur a method has to be found to catch up later in the bidding.  The answer is that whenever partner responds 1NT to the opening bid of one major the opening bidder is able to describe his hand accurately on the second round by use of the Autosplinter.  If East had a game going hand with Spades and a minor he would jump to the three level in the minor suit to insist that game be reached.  Thus a jump to the four level in a minor cannot possibly be natural.  Instead it is an autosplinter setting his original major as trumps and inviting the responder to cue-bid in case a slam is available.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Clubs1

5 Spades2

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4 Diamonds

6 Hearts3

Pass

 

1           Autosplinter setting Spades as trumps

2           A jump to the five level after cuebids have been exchanged in two suits says “I have no control in the fourth suit (Hearts), have you got the Ace or King?”

3           I have the Ace of Hearts in case you are interested in a Grand Slam.

 

West cuebids in Diamonds and as East has the King of Diamonds he knows that West must therefore have the Ace.  However East is still worried about the Heart suit.  By jumping to the five level over 4 Diamonds he is asking West to look exclusively at his Heart holding.  If West held the King of Hearts he would jump to 6 Spades.  By bidding instead 6 Hearts he is showing the Ace of Hearts.  In fact if East were desperately in need of a top he might consider bidding 7 Diamonds which only needs a 3-2 break in Diamonds.  However this is very risky as West might have only 3 Diamonds in say a 1=4=3=5 or 2=3=3=5 shape.  Only one East West pair out eight reached 6 Spades.  Clearly the others need to learn Autosplinters!