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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.

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.
RESULTS

North Wales Swiss Pairs

Manchester players were out in force at Northop on Sunday 7th October.  In second place was John Holland plaing with Jackie Pye, Gary Hyett was third playing with Dan Crofts and Pauline Lang and Alan Barnes were fourth equal with Josh Clarke and Paul Murray.  Full results are on the North Wales site.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

1 Oct 2018 | Internationals

Fiona Brown and Sally Brock are World Champions; plus silver & bronze for English players

Fiona Brown and Sally Brock are World Champions! After success in recent years for England's Women's team, they have now added the McConnell Cup, the World Championship for Women's teams at the World Bridge Series. Unlike in other Championships, where teams are restricted to players of the same nationality, this event is open to mixed teams, and in combination with four players from the USA Fiona and Sally have claimed the gold medal.

Whatever the result in the final, there would have been cause for British celebration, as they defeated a team which included Nicola Smith, Yvonne Wiseman, and Scotland's Paula Leslie.

And to complete the set of medals, a bronze medal has been won in the Rosenblum Cup (for Open teams) by the team of Andrew Robson, Alexander Allfrey, Tom Paske & Ed Jones.

Congratulations to them all. This medal haul makes it the best result by English players in the event in many years - and with more competitions over the next five days there may still be more...

You can follow the competitions in Orlando on the event website and through the live coverage on Bridge Base Online.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs

John Holland playing with Clive Owen of the North East retained the trophy at Leeds on 29-30th September.  Kath & Alan Nelson were fourth equal. 
Congratulations to all, results are on the EBU web site.
EVE LIGHTHILL CUP RESULT
EVE LIGHTHILL CUP RESULT

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2018

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

 

This annual competition takes place over three sessions.

 The final round took place on Tuesday 25th September.

 

1st. Sam Herman, David Evans, Mike Clarke, Stuart Shalom.

I Blakey, J Blakey & Peter Jones.

106 VP's

 

2nd. Eve Lighthill, Sid Travers, Ian Kane, Howard Kay,

Jeff Morris & R Cooke.

97 VP's

 

3rd. Gary Hyett, John Hassett, Henry Bissell, 

Raymond Semp & John Holland.

90 VP's

(Full results are bottom right of this page)

 

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

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.
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

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

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Thankyou.

NEW- 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!