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
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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."
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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.
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the October 2012 duplicates
1 The Rule of 19 or the Rule of 20 is only a guide and should be used with discretion
Board 19 Tuesday 23 October
Even if a hand qualifies as an opening bid because it satisfies the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20 that does not necessarily mean that it should be opened.
Consider Board 19:-
This hand scores 20 if you add up the number of points plus the number of cards in the two longest suits. However if you open 1 Diamond and partner almost inevitably responds 1 Spade what on earth are you going to rebid. You cannot rebid 1NT (even if playing strong no trump then a 1NT rebid would show 12-14 balanced), you cannot bid 2 Hearts because this would be a reverse showing 17 plus points and to bid 2 Diamonds is to most minds gruesome. Accordingly you start off proceedings with NO BID ! ! !
However if we change the Hearts and Clubs round to give:-
Then you could just about open 1 Diamond because if partner bids 1 Spade you can at least rebid 2 Clubs showing the 5-4 shape.
So the moral is make sure that you have a sensible rebid if partner responds in your short suit. If you have no sensible rebid then do not open.
2 Do not overcall at the two level on a balanced hand and 5-3-3-2 shape
Board 3 Tuesday 23 October – EW Vulnerable
If West opens the traditional 1 Club when holding 5-5 in the black suits then it is permissible for North to overcall 1 Heart. However if West opens 1 Spade which is favoured by the modernists then North must not under any circumstances overcall 2 Hearts even though he is not vulnerable. A two level overcall either shows a six card suit or a good hand in a 5-4-3-1 shape.
If North does overcall an opening bid of 1 Spade with 2 Hearts this is what will happen. East will pass as he has a penalty double. West will now re-open with a takeout double (note that West does not bid 3 Clubs) because he wishes to allow East to pass if he has a penalty double of 2 Hearts. 2 Hearts doubled becomes the final contract.
East should start off the defence by leading a Club because partner’s 1 Spade has not guaranteed the King. West wins trick 1 with the Queen of Clubs and returns a Spade to the 10 and Jack followed by the Ace of Spades at trick 3. East plays a second Club to the King at trick 4 followed by a Spade ruff at trick 5. When playing a third round of Spades at trick 5 West is careful to play the Queen asking East to switch to a Diamond (the higher ranking suit) at trick 6. Thus East plays the Jack of Diamonds at trick 6 to the King. The Ace of Diamonds follows at trick 7 and a Diamond ruff at trick 8. The defence have taken the first eight tricks and East still has KJ10 of Hearts. Thus when the smoke has cleared the final result is 2 Hearts doubled minus five for 1100 points to East West.
Now while it is true that East West can make 13 tricks in 6 Clubs they are extremely unlikely to bid a slam if West opens 1 Spade whereas if West is of the old fashioned school and opens 1 Club then there is a much better chance of reaching slam.
3 Do not cover an honour with an honour if your own honour can never be caught
Board 2 Thursday 18 October – Dealer East
1 Heart 1 NT
South failed to find the killing opening lead of a Club and instead started off with the 7 of Spades (second highest from a bad suit). North won with the Ace and does best to switch to the Jack of Clubs. However North returned a second Spade. Declarer now cashed the third and fourth round of Spades discarding a Club and played the Queen of Diamonds from the Dummy. North should not cover because he knows that his King can never be caught. When North instinctively “covered an honour with an honour” then East now made an overtrick for a top score of 430.
Some of you might say but what if the Diamond suit were divided:-
Any East who knows his suit combinations would start off by playing a low card towards the Queen in this case which pays off against South having a doubleton King for one loser eg:-