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. . . .
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It's that time of year again when
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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.
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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
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the October 2018 duplicates
1 Silence is Golden
Board 1 Wednesday 10 October– Vulnerability White – Dealer North
I believe that if on this hand South passes throughout that it is almost impossible for East West to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs. However if South makes a delayed entry into the auction then it becomes dramatically easier.
Most Souths will not be able to resist the temptation to bid a natural 2 Hearts on the second round of the bidding. However they should live to regret so doing. This allows West to agree Clubs violently by making a splinter bid in opener’s suit and jumping to 4 Hearts. This shows interest in a slam in Clubs and is more likely to be on a void than a singleton given that South is almost certainly showing a 6 card suit. Now the spotlight turns to East. As he has nothing wasted in Hearts opposite West’s shortage, he has excellent trumps and the pointed Queens are certain to be of value he should jump to 6 Clubs.
How should this contract be played on the lead of the King of Hearts ruffed in the dummy? The priority is to see whether a second Diamond trick can be established by playing a low Diamond towards the Queen. Assume that North rises with the King. If North returns a trump everything is plain sailing. East wins with the 8 of Clubs and ruffs a second Heart in the dummy with the 10 of Clubs. Now a Diamond to the Queen is followed by a third Heart ruff with the Queen of Clubs. Finally a low Spade to the Queen allows Declarer to finish drawing the trumps and the remaining Hearts disappear on the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Diamonds. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, three Spade tricks and two Diamond tricks and will make the contract even if trumps split 4-1. If instead North returns a second Diamond then now Declarer wins with the Queen, ruffs a second Heart with the 10 of Clubs, plays a low Spade to the Queen and ruffs a third Heart with the Queen of Clubs and only then draws trumps by playing the 7 of Clubs to the Ace. On this defence Declarer would go down if North had started with four trumps including the 9.
2 Grand Slam available but even Small Slam missed
Board 13 Monday 22 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
North South can make a Grand Slam in Diamonds on this hand. However while the Grand Slam is almost impossible to bid nevertheless it was a pretty poor showing that not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach even 6 Diamonds.
South has choice between making a negative double over East’s pre-emptive 3 Spade overcall or bidding a natural 4 Diamonds. It seems preferable to emphasize the strong six card Diamond suit. When West raises to 4 Spades the spotlight turns to North. It is unlikely that South has much wasted in Spades given that West has raised Spades at Amber. Thus the partnership possess a likely ten card Diamond fit and even if the King of Clubs is not with South then the Club finesse is a heavy favourite to succeed given East’s pre-emptive bid in Spades. Thus the only worry is in the Heart suit. It is thus extremely unlikely that that there are two losers in Hearts and even if South has for instance only Kx in Hearts with something like ♠Axx♥Kx♦AJ10xxx♣xx then a winning Club finesse will take care of the second Heart loser. The moral is that sometimes the opposition bidding has taken away any space to be scientific and you have to make what is likely to be the winning bid in the long run.
3 Poor execution by North
Board 17 Wednesday 31 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
This is a very instructive hand and I noted that only three out of five pairs bid to the automatic 6NT but in each case they planned the play very poorly and went down even though the Declarers were of Division 2 standard in the Manchester League and really ought to have done better.
The bidding playing 5 card majors would go very simply 1 Diamond – 1 Spade – 2NT – 6NT.
East opens with the Jack of Clubs. There are only nine tricks on top with potential extra tricks available in Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. There is no hurry to try the Spades and in any event you might later on get a complete count of the suit. Thus there is a choice between playing Diamonds and Hearts. Hearts is the correct suit to play on because this offers a good chance of making two extra tricks while in the Diamonds you are only likely to get one extra trick unless West started with Qxx exactly. However what is the correct way to play the Hearts? The answer is that you should take an indirect finesse by winning the Queen of Clubs and immediately playing a low Heart towards the QJx in the Dummy. This will allow you to make three Heart tricks not only when the suit breaks 3-3 (36 per cent) but also on all occasions when East has the King and the suit does not break 3-3 (ie half of the remaining 64 per cent). Thus by playing on Hearts in this fashion the total probability of making three Heart tricks is 36 + 32 = 68 per cent. As you can see the lie of the Heart suit does indeed allow three Heart tricks to be made. You now have eleven tricks on top and have plenty of time to first of all try and drop the Jack of Spades in three rounds for your twelfth trick before falling back on the Diamond finesse if necessary.
The declarers who failed crossed to Dummy at trick two in Spades and ran the Queen of Hearts. When this lost to the King and the Hearts did not break they later on took a losing Diamond finesse and deservedly went down.