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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

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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!!"

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 know so he can make sure you are included.

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

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

Thankyou.

Tips for August 2012

TIPSFOR IMPROVERS

 

 

 

Points ofinterest from the August 2012 duplicates

 

 

 

 

 

1       Do not lead MUD in partner’s suit especially in No Trumps

 

 

 

Board 12 Wednesday 15 August

 

 

 

Playing in NT this was the Diamondsuit

 

 

 

                        9x

 

 

 

 

 

86x                                          KJ10x

 

 

 

                        AQ7x

 

 

 

The opening lead was the 6 of Diamondsto the 9, King and low.  The Jack ofDiamonds was returned winning with the Ace and LHO now played the up part ofmiddle up down ie the 8.  This left:-

 

 

 

                        None

 

 

 

x                                              10x

 

 

 

                        A7

 

 

 

Declarer was now left with a finesseposition of A7 over 10x and when RHOsubsequently decided to continue with Diamonds Declarer made three tricks.  So the moral is

 

 

 

Always leadlow from small cards in partners suit. The recommended expert lead is to lead third highest in partner’s suitfrom either three or four small cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2       Always be alert to the possibility ofdoubling a transfer bid for the lead

 

 

 

Board 20 Wednesday 15 August

 

 

 

                                    K8

 

                                    xxx

 

                                    K109

 

                                    AQ10xx

 

A10xx                                                 xx

 

Q109xx                                              AJ

 

xxx                                                      Axx

 

x                                                          J98xxx

 

 

 

                                    QJ9xx

 

                                    Kxx

 

                                    QJxx

 

                                    K

 

 

 

After a weak No trump from North,South made a transfer bid of 2 Hearts. If West doubles to demand a Heart lead then if opposition end up in NoTrumps they will lose a minimum of four Heart tricks and the pointed Aces.  When West failed to double then declarer hadno difficulty in making at least eight tricks in NT when he won the Club leadand started on Spades taking out West’s entry immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

3       Raising responder or bidding a new suit

 

 

 

Suppose that you are dealt a 4-3-5-1or 4-3-1-5 hand.  You open 1 of a minorand partner bids 1 Heart.  Do you rebid 1Spade or raise partner’s Hearts?

 

 

 

The answer depends on how strong youare.  If you have say:-

 

 

 

Board 20 Wednesday 22 August

 

 

 

AKxx

 

10xx

 

J

 

KQxxx

 

 

 

You open 1 Club and partner bids 1Heart.  As you have a minimum hand youmust raise Hearts immediately to 2 Hearts. This is because if you instead bid 1 Spade and partner now bids either1NT or 2 Clubs then you would like to then bid 2 Hearts at your third bid.  However you cannot follow such a course ofaction because TO BID TWO SUITS AND THENSHOW DELAYED SUPPORT FOR RESPONDER’S FIRST SUIT SHOWS A GOOD HAND.

 

 

 

In the Wednesday Duplicate on 22August 5 of the 9 North’s failed to bid 2 Hearts because from the travellersfive North Souths ended up in 3NT opposite:

 

 

 

10x

 

A9xxx

 

A10x

 

Axx

 

 

 

3NT made only 9 tricks compared to the11 available in Hearts:

 

 

 

Clearly the majority of the Wednesdaynight players could improve their bidding by taking note of this tip ! ! !

 

 

 

Likewise:-

 

 

 

Board 22 Thursday 30 August

 

 

 

J9xx

 

QJ10

 

AQxxx

 

Q

 

 

 

You open 1 Diamond and partner bids 1Heart.  You must again raise Heartsimmediately because you are not strong enough to bid 1 Spade and subsequentlyshow delayed support for Hearts.

 

 

 

This may be put down in the form of arule:-

 

 

 

When holdinga 4-3-5-1 or 4-3-1-5 hand as opener you must raise a response of 1 Heart if youare minimum in the range 11 to 14 points. If you are 16+ you can bid 1 Spade and then subsequently raiseHearts.  You will note that if you have 15points you will have to use your judgement as to whether to follow theconservative or more aggressive action.