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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

EUGENE HUTTON
EUGENE HUTTON

We are very shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Eugene Hutton on Wednesday 23rd January.

This is particularly poignant as he has so recently undertaken an enormous amount of invaluable work helping to get our new venue ready.

We send heartfelt condolences to his wife Avril and family.

The funeral is to be held a St Chads Church in Cheadle on Thursday 14th February at 1.15pm.

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!

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.

"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."

THANK YOU.

EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

SELECTIONS

Tollemache Selection

The selection committee has picked the following team for the Tollemache Final at Brandon on February 16-17th.  Michael Newman/Gary Hyett, John Holland/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  This is the nearly same team that qualified in November.  Ollie Burgess replaces Michael Byrne who is unavailable.

Blue Point Teams

Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith.  Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)
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! 

Current Competitions

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

*************

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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for November 2018

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.