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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.


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)


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.

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




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)


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.


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)


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.
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See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!

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.



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



The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their



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Tips for November 2012
Tips for Improvers from November's Duplicates



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:-





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






10xx                                                    xxx

xx                                                         Q10xx

xxx                                                       KQxx

J109xx                                                Kx







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






98xx                                                    Jx

Qx                                                       A8xx

xx                                                         KJxx

Q10xxx                                               Axx







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.