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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...

...and at The Gold Room. Grosvenor Casino, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre for all Duplicates, Team Activities and Beginners Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

......BUT WE ARE MOVING FROM 2ND JANUARY AND WILL, THEN, NO LONGER BE AT EITHER PALATINE ROAD OR THE CASINO.

(See Centre Column on this page)

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

 

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
 

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

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.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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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

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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Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

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NEW - TIPS FOR NOVEMBER

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Lack of imagination

 

Board 15 Monday 12 November– Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Jx

AQxxxx

Kxx

QJ

 

AQxxxxx

10x

Qx

xx

 

K109x

xx

109xxx

xx

 

None

KJ9

AJx

AK109xxx

 

 

The North South bidding on this hand was absolutely woeful.  With a Grand Slam available in either Clubs or Hearts only one pair out of eight managed to get to even a small slam.  The suggested auction to a small slam would be:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

4 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

Pass

1 Club

6 Hearts

3 Spades

Pass

 

When North bids Hearts freely at the four level almost certainly showing a six card suit it is actually quite difficult to construct a hand where 6 Hearts would go down unless the opening lead is ruffed.  As little as Queen to six Hearts and the King of Diamonds would make it a near certainty to succeed.

 

If South wishes to invite a Grand Slam then instead of punting 6 Hearts he should instead bid 5 Spades which as it commits the partnership to the six level is a Grand Slam try in Hearts.  North should accept this holding six Hearts with two of the top three honours together with the secondary honours in the minor suits.

 

 

2       Don’t be wasteful of entries

 

Board 16 Monday 12 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

A10xx

A9x

AKJ10

xx

 

KJx

xx

Q9xx

AJ10x

 

Qxx

Q10x

xx

KQxxx

 

9xx

KJ8xx

xxx

xx

 

 

Four of the eight North South pairs played in 2 Hearts after a strong no trump opening from North and a transfer by South.  However in each case they only made 9 tricks instead of the 10 which are available with careful play.

 

East will lead the King of Clubs.  West will signal with the Jack and a second Club follows to the Ace.  West now switches to a low Spade.  It is good technique to duck the first round of Spades.  East wins with the Queen of Spades and returns a second Spade at trick four.  Declarer now starts on the trumps by cashing the Ace of Hearts at trick five and playing a low Heart to the Jack at trick six which wins.  The key point of the hand has now been reached. DECLARER SHOULD NOT DRAW THE LAST TRUMP AT THIS STAGE.  Instead Declarer takes the Diamond finesse by playing a low Diamond to the 10 at trick seven.  The finesse wins and only now does Declarer draw the last trump at trick eight.  The  Diamond finesse is now repeated at trick nine followed by the Ace of Diamonds at trick ten and the King of Diamonds at trick eleven on which the losing Spade is discarded.

 

The reason why it is good technique to duck the first round of Spades is that supposing the Diamond finesse loses but that the Spades break 4-2.  On this lie of the cards Declarer will still make nine tricks because East will not have a third Spade to return when he wins the Queen of Diamonds.  The moral of the hand is that Declarer must make the maximum use of entries.  By drawing the last trump prematurely then Declarer needed West to have only three Diamonds with the Queen whereas by finessing twice he was able to deal with an original four card holding.

 

3       Reaching slam after pre-emptive opening by opposition

 

Board 8 Thursday 15 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

x

xx

109x

KQ109xxx

 

KJxxx

Jx

KQx

xxx

 

A9xxx

Axx

AJxx

A

 

Q10

KQ10xxx

xxx

Jx

 

 

In a similar vein to Tip 1 with a Grand Slam available not a single one of the seven East West pairs managed to reach even 6 Spades.  While I do consider that it is impossible to reach the Grand Slam after the pre-emptive opening from North a Small Slam is achievable with the following auction:

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Double

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

6 Spades

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

West is close to bidding 4 Spades opposite the takeout double of 3 Clubs but by bidding freely over South’s 3 Heart bid he is showing fair values.  East holding five card trump support and all the Aces then cue-bids 4 Clubs which agrees Spades.  West now cue-bids 4 Diamonds.  East then cue-bids in Hearts and now West has a further decision to make.  Holding five trumps together with his chunky Diamond holding the most constructive bid for him to make is to make a further cue-bid in Diamonds.  While it is unusual to make two cue-bids holding KQx in a suit this is the most constructive bid which he can make to encourage East to then jump to 6 Spades.

 

One reason why it is impossible to bid the Grand Slam is that if West’s distribution were 5=3=3=2 instead of 5=2=3=3 there would be an inevitable Heart loser.