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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!!"

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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 November 2012
Tips for Improvers from November's Duplicates

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2012 duplicates

 

 

1       Always try and count up the points which a defender has shown up with during the play – sometimes this will tell you where an outstanding Queen is

 

Board 20 Tuesday 6 November – Vulnerability Amber

 

West was the dealer and the bidding proceeded:-

 

West               North               East                South

Pass               1 Diamond     Pass               1 Spade

Double            1NT                 Pass               3NT

Pass               Pass               Pass

 

West’s delayed double implied 9 cards in Clubs and Hearts.

 

North                           South

Kx                                AQ10xx

K10x                           Q8x

K1087x                       AJx

K98                             xx

 

East’s opening lead was a low Heart to the Ace and West returned 4th highest Club to the 9 and Jack.  East now returned a second Club to the 10 and King.

 

Declarer cashed three rounds of Spades and found that the Jack was still outstanding in East’s hand.  To make the contract Declarer now needed to work out who had the Queen of Diamonds.  The odds overwhelmingly favour playing East for the outstanding Queen.  Why is this?  The answer lies in the fact that originally West passed and yet has already turned up with:-

 

xx

Axxx

??

AQ10xx (by inference)

 

If West had been dealt the Queen of Diamonds he would have almost certainly opened the bidding.  Therefore come to hand with the King of Hearts and play a Diamond to the Jack making 11 tricks when as expected the finesse works.

 

It may seem a great effort at first but the rewards of counting points soon become evident.

 

2       After 4th suit forcing a jump to 4NT is natural not keycard since a trump suit has not been agreed

 

Board 1 Wednesday 28 November

 

                                    AKQJxx

                                    xx

                                    108x

                                    Qx

10xx                                                    xxx

xx                                                         Q10xx

xxx                                                       KQxx

J109xx                                                Kx

 

                                    x

                                    AKJxx

                                    AJ9

                                    Axxx

 

North                           South

1 Spade                     2 Hearts

2 Spades                   3 Clubs

3 Diamonds               4NT

 

After South bids 3 Clubs forcing to game North should bid the 4th suit 3 Diamonds as he has no Diamond stop and xx in Hearts is hardly good enough for delayed support.  South who has 17 points and very good controls now jumps to 4NT.  This cannot be asking for keycards since no trump suit has been agreed.  Rather it shows a strong hand which is very close to slam.

 

It is not clear whether North should accept the invitation since the only reason why a 6NT slam makes is because East has all the outstanding strength and is mercilessly squeezed on the run of the Spades.  6 Spades would however be quite a good contract because the long Heart can be established but is difficult to reach.

 

The play is interesting.  Assuming that West leads the Jack of Clubs against 4NT.  It would be poor play to cover with the Queen in dummy since West should be looking for a safe lead against opposition who are close to a slam.  South wins with the Ace and cashes the Ace of Hearts.  He now runs six tricks in Spades on which he discards his remaining three Clubs, the Jack of Diamonds and a low Heart.  It is clear from East’s discards that he is under pressure.  If East discards three Diamonds and keeps all his Hearts at trick 9 a low Diamond to the King and Ace is followed by the nine of Diamonds overtaken with the 10 at trick 10 and the 8 of Diamonds at trick 11 on which East now comes down to the bare Queen of Hearts.  Result all 13 tricks and 520.

 

 

 

 

3       Always be on the lookout to upgrade a hand with good intermediates

 

Board 19 Wednesday 28 November – dealer South EW Vulnerable

 

                                    A10xx

                                    9x

                                    A9xx

                                    KJ9

98xx                                                    Jx

Qx                                                       A8xx

xx                                                         KJxx

Q10xxx                                               Axx

 

                                    KQx

                                    KJ10xx

                                    Q10X

                                    xx

 

If we assume that you are playing a weak no trump on this hand then the South hand is a routine 1NT opener especially not vulnerable.  Yes it only has 11 points but is has a strong 5 card suit with three honours plus the 10 of Diamonds.  North employs Stayman and over a 2 Heart response North should jump to 3NT.  The reason why North jumps to game with only 12 points is because North has a very good 12 points with the 10 of Spades and three nines.  Indeed the nine of Hearts is a crucial card allowing three Heart tricks to be established even though the Hearts break 4-2.  The nine of Clubs is equally crucial.  On a Club lead the only problem is whether to play the Jack hoping that the lead is from AQ or the 9 hoping that the lead is from Q10.  Assuming that you guess right by playing the 9 then nine tricks cannot be prevented and the most that the defence can score is two Hearts, a Club and a Diamond.  Indeed if when West wins with the Queen of Hearts he fails to switch to a Diamond then 10 tricks and 430 will result.

 

Of course for those playing a strong no trump then likewise the South hand is opened 1 Heart and when North responds 1 Spade South rebids 1NT and North again goes straight to game.

 

It is interesting to note that four of the six North South’s failed to appreciate the significance of the intermediate cards and played in 2NT either because South failed to open the bidding or because North mistakenly stopped in a part-score.