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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!!

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 / Jeff know so they can make sure you are included.

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

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

Thankyou.

Tips for October 2012

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:-

 

x

AQxx

987xx

KQx

 

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:-

 

x

KQx

987xx

AQxx

 

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

 

                                    K10x

                                    AQxxx

                                    Qxx

                                    xx

Q987x                                                            AJ

None                                                  KJ10xx

AKx                                                     Jx

AKQxx                                                Jxxx

 

                                    xxx

                                    98x

                                    1098xx

                                    10x

 

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

 

                                    Ax

                                    Jxx

                                    K86x

                                    AJ10x

QJ10x                                                 K9x

Qxxx                                                   A10

Qx                                                       AJ109x

KQx                                                    xxx

 

                                    87xx

                                    K9xx

                                    7x

                                    9xx

 

                                    1 Diamond

1 Heart                       1 NT

3 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:-

 

                                    K86x

 

Qx                                                       AJ7xx

                                    109

 

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:-

 

                                    1086x

 

Qx                                                       AJ7xx

                                    K9