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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

 

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

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!
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.

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

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

"We aim to please!!"

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

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

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.