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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2018")

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS

Dear Member,

 
As you are probably aware the Manchester Bridge Club will be vacating our Palatine Road premises at the beginning of 2019.
Of course it is with great sadness that we do so, but we can reflect that Palatine Road has been a wonderful venue for 40 years – for which we will be having a celebratory party this Autumn on Sunday 9th December.
In the meantime all our activities will be as normal with the club premises being available for matches, county events and meetings, afternoon rubber bridge and Wednesday night duplicate and play class.
On Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays the club will still be using the Casino until the end of the year.
It is our intention to continue the Manchester Bridge Club activities in different premises in 2019 and we are currently looking at some options. However, if members of the club have any suggestions, we would be happy to investigate.
 

Best Wishes 

Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 
EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

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 five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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

If not - please let Jeff know so he 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 jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for September 2012

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2012 duplicates

 

 

1       2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major

 

Board 6 Tuesday 11 September

 

If you open 2 Clubs and partner bids 2 Diamonds then a rebid of 2 of a major is forcing to game.  Therefore if you choose to jump to 3 of a major then by taking up extra space you are showing a solid suit and setting that major as trumps.

 

South                         North

 

AKJ10xxxx                xx

A                                 Qxxxx

K10                             AQxxx

Jx                                x

 

 

First of all note that although South has only 15 points it is essential to open 2 Clubs because you have about 9 tricks in your hand and you will have great difficulty in describing your hand if you only open 1 Spade.  North responds 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional Ace and a King to make a positive response.  Now South jumps to 3 Spades to show a solid suit and setting Spades as trumps.  Now while it is true that you are missing the Queen of the suit the fact that you do have eight Spades makes it sensible to treat the suit as being solid for all practical purposes.

 

After the sequence 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major then responder shows an Ace by bidding it at the lowest level.  If responder has no Ace then be bids 3NT if he has at least one King.  If responder has neither an Ace or a King then he raises to four of the major which is the weakest response.

 

The bidding now continues:-

 

2 Clubs                      2 Diamonds

3 Spades                   4 Diamonds

4 Hearts                     4 Spades

5 Diamonds              6 Spades

 

North cuebids the Ace of Diamonds, South cuebids the Ace of Hearts and at this point North signs off in 4 Spades.  However when South now continues with 5 Diamonds showing the King he is directing North’s attention to the Club suit.  North knows that he is being asked to jump to slam if he has either the King of Clubs or a singleton.                    

 

2       When supporting partner’s overcall always raise to the level of the fit especially when not vulnerable

 

This means that if you have a known 9 card fit then always go straight to the 3 level (9 tricks) and if you have a known 10 card fit then always go straight to the 4 level (10 tricks).  This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to show support by cue-bidding the opposition’s suit which you would usually do if you had 10 plus points.

 

Board 9 Tuesday 18 September

 

                                    KQ9

                                    987xx

                                    xx

                                    Q9x

Jx                                                        A87xxxx

x                                                          Ax

Q9xx                                                   10x

A10xxxx                                             KJ

 

                                    10

                                    KQJ10x

                                    AKJxx

                                    xx

 

After 1 Spade from East and a 2 Heart overcall from South, West passes and now North must raise to 4 Hearts knowing of the minimum 10 card fit.  This is the best call because it prevents East from either rebidding 3 Spades or making a takeout double if North only bids 3 Hearts.

 

Against 4 Hearts West leads the Jack of Spades to East’s Ace.  Now while it is true that if East switches to the King of Clubs then Declarer has four losers it is far from certain that East will find this play.  He is far more likely to either return a Spade hoping that West’s lead was a singleton or to switch to a Diamond which would be the correct defence if South held instead:-

 

10

KQJ10x

KJx

A10xx

 

When vulnerable you need to exercise a little more caution when raising to the level of the fit since for instance there is a greater danger that the opposition will double say a bid of 3 Spades for penalties if they do not think that they have game their way.

 

 

 

 

 

3       As responder don’t jump the bidding when holding a two suited hand regardless of how strong you are

 

Board 12 Tuesday 18 September

 

A9xx                           10

KJ9xxxx                     Q

None                          AKJ10

Q7                               AKJ1098x

 

1 Heart                       2 Clubs

2 Hearts                     3 Diamonds

3 Hearts                     3 Spades

4 Clubs                      4NT

5 Clubs                      6 Clubs

 

First of all note that West should open with just 1 Heart.  First or second in hand you must never open with a pre-emptive bid if your hand qualifies as a regulation one opener on the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20.  The West hand is 21 on this rule (points + number of cards in two longest suits = 10+11 = 21).  East has a monster hand but wants to bid both his suits at a reasonably economical level so he simply replies 2 Clubs.  West rebids Hearts and now East introduces his second suit.  Now West simply shows the Hearts for a third time and East now bids 3 Spades fourth suit forcing requesting more information.  At this point some might be tempted to bid 3NT having a Spade stop but a 4=7=0=2 hand is hardly suitable for No Trumps and in any event East is far more likely to be interested in West’s delayed Club support. Roman Key Card Blackwood using the 1430 responses (ie 5 Clubs = 1 or 4 Keycards) is wheeled out and the Club small slam is reached.

 

In the play if you get a Spade lead you simply trump both Diamonds guaranteeing the contract even if Hearts break 4-1.  If you get a trump lead then you draw trumps and play the Queen of Hearts.  If they win then you make 12 tricks with seven Clubs, two Diamonds, two Hearts and one Spade while if they duck the Queen of Hearts you revert to Diamonds making 12 tricks with seven Clubs, three Diamonds, one Heart and one Spade.