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Welcome to

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. . . .

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See Centre Column on this page ►)

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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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.

If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are

Barclays Bank -  Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20

"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.

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!

(Photo to follow)

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)

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.

3 Jan 2019

2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend

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.

Representing England:
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

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

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

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. 
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!!

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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.

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Thankyou.

NEW - TIPS FOR DECEMBER!

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       East West go back to school

 

Santa Claus Pairs – Session 2

Board 20 Sunday 16 December– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

K98xx

Qxx

Qxxx

x

 

x

AKJxxx

Jx

KQxx

 

AJ10x

10x

Ax

AJ10xx

 

Qxx

xx

K109xx

xxx

 

 

The East West bidding on this hand from the second session of the Santa Claus Pairs was absolutely woeful.  With a Grand Slam in Clubs available only one East West pair out of the ten tables who bid the hand managed to even reach a Small Slam.  There are two reasonable auctions to the Grand Slam:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3 Spades

4NT

7 Clubs

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4NT

5NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3 Spades

5 Spades

7 Clubs

 

First of all East should respond in his longest suit Clubs rather than bidding Spades as he has a game forcing hand and in such cases the suits should always be bid with the longest shown first.  West then agrees Clubs by making a splinter bid in Spades promising four card Club support and a singleton or void in Spades.  At this point East has a choice.  My preference is for the first auction where East cuebids 4 Spades.  This promises the Ace since there is little point in  cuebidding a King opposite known shortage.  West now bids RKCB and hears three keycards opposite.  With the very powerful six card Heart suit it is now sensible for West to jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs expecting any Diamond losers to disappear on his Hearts.  The only time when this is likely to misfire is if East were to have a 2=2=4=5 shape where a 4=1 Heart split might then not provide enough discards from the four card Diamond suit in the Grand Slam.

 

Any competent pair from Division 2 of the Manchester League ought to be bidding the Grand Slam.

 

 

2       Takeout double by opener to ensure the best game

 

Board 27 Monday 17 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

xxx

A108x

QJx

Jxx

 

AKQJ10x

xxx

xx

10x

 

xxxx

Qxx

Axxx

xx

 

None

KJx

K109x

AKQxxx

 

 

Only one pair out of seven reached the par contract of 5 Clubs by North South.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

4 Clubs

Pass

 

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Double

5 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass1

Pass

 

1           If West bids 4 Spades then North is likely to go to 5 Clubs himself because he can visualize a Spade void in South’s hand since opposition almost certainly have a 10 card Spade fit to be sacrificing.

 

East raises his partner’s overcall to the 3 level.  This shows four trumps and a fairly weak hand since with more East could either cue-bid 2 Clubs or in the modern style bid 2NT to show a good hand (10 plus points with four card Spade support).  When not vulnerable it is almost always correct to “raise to the level of the fit” ie with 9 trumps combined raise to the three level and with 10 trumps combined raise to the four level.  When vulnerable it is sometimes prudent to exercise a little more caution.

 

The spotlight turns to South.  He knows that game is a near certainty for his side but does not know in which denomination this should be.  Accordingly he doubles which implies that he has a strong hand but without four cards in Hearts.  North can then bid Hearts should he have a five card suit or alternatively give preference to Clubs or possibly even bid Diamonds if he has for instance a 3=4=5=1 shape.  Finally if North held a trump trick in a balanced hand he might choose to convert the takeout double to penalty.

 

Two crazy East West pairs went on to 5 Spades which should of course be doubled and accurate defence would defeat this contract by four tricks for a penalty of 800.  (While the absolute par on the hand is for North South to double 4 Spades for +500 it is difficult for North South to judge that a penalty of 500 would result).

 

 

3       Jumps in new suit after Jacoby

 

Board 23 Thursday 20 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

xx

Kxxxx

xxx

Jxx

 

QJ987x

x

x

AK10xx

 

K10xx

AJ10

AQJx

Qx

 

A

Qxxx

K109xx

xxx

 

 

West opens 1 Spade and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response.  In response to an opening one of a major this shows at least 12 points with four card support for opener’s major and is the best way to suggest the possibility of getting to a slam and allows a jump to four of the major by responder to show a more distributional hand with fewer points.

 

Even though West has only 10 High Card Points the playing potential of the hand is enormous.  He knows there is a 10 card trump fit and he has only five losers.  Since a typical Jacoby hand by responder will have about seven losers there is a high likelihood of a slam unless East has Kings opposite the singletons.

 

The mainstream way of opener responding to Jacoby is to jump to four of the major with a bad hand which is basically telling the Jacoby bidder to forget all about a slam.  With a singleton West bids the singleton except that if West has a strong 5-5 with two of the top three honours in his second suit he should jump to the four level in his second suit.  If West has a better than minimum hand but with no singleton he simply rebids his suit as the three level.  On the above hand it is clearly more descriptive for West to jump to 4 Clubs rather than show a singleton in a red suit.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4NT

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

Pass

 

When West jumps to 4 Clubs East knows that his partner must have AK to five Clubs since he has the Queen.  Accordingly he can go straight to keycard and on hearing of one keycard opposite he jumps to 6 Spades.  Note that while East could check that opener has the Queen of Spades by bidding 5 Diamonds there is really no need because West would hardly jump to 4 Clubs if his Spades were Jack high.

 

Refer also to August 2013 Tip No 2 for a further example of using Jacoby in this situation.