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26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.


Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh


Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie


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 December 2012



Points of interest from the December 2012 duplicates from Michael Newman


1       Visualise the distribution and always bear in mind the principle of vacant spaces


Board 22 Wednesday 5 December – Vulnerability East West


East                South             West               North

3 Hearts         Double           Pass               4 Spades      

Pass               Pass               Pass


North                          South

Axxxx                         KJ10x

A                                 KJ

xxx                              AQxx

AQxx                          Jxx


East’s opening lead is the Jack of Diamonds.  As it is extremely unlikely that East would lead from KJ10 of Diamonds rather than from a known 7 or 8 card Heart suit you should rise with the Ace.  At trick two we unblock the Ace of Hearts and then at trick three we cross to the King of Spades, both defenders following but the Queen does not appear.  Before playing a second round of Spades we then cash the King of Hearts at trick 4 discarding a Diamond.  At trick 5 you have to decide whether to play for the drop of the Queen of Spades or finesse through West.  The answer is that you should finesse through West ignoring the mantra “eight ever nine never” which as a generalization means that when you have nine trumps then other things being equal you should play for the Queen to drop.  However other things are not at all equal in this instance.  East is known to have at least seven Hearts while West has a maximum of three Hearts.  Therefore if the Hearts are 7-3 then outside the Heart suit there are six unknown cards or vacant spaces in the East hand and ten unknown cards in the West hand.  Therefore the odds are 10 to 6 that any particular card (in this case the Queen of Spades) will be in the West hand.  If in fact the Hearts are 8-2 (which is quite possible at the prevailing Red vulnerability) then the vacant spaces odds are actually 11 to 5 (because East now has 5 unknown cards outside the Heart suit and West has 11).  Thus at trick 5 we successfully run the Jack of Spades and East now shows out.  At trick 6 taking advantage of being in the Dummy we temporarily abandon trumps and play a low Club to the Queen on which East discards a Heart !  We now at trick 7 draw the outstanding trump and pause to visualize the distribution of the two defenders hands.  As East has only one card in the black suits his distribution must be 1=8=4=0 which correspondingly means that West must be 3=2=2=6.  Thus we now know that West’s King of Diamonds must now be bare.  We play a low Diamond ducking in the Dummy and West is now endplayed from his King of Clubs round to Dummy’s Jack and 12 tricks are the result for +480.


2       As a Defender always be alert for playing second hand high when it important that you get the lead


Board 23 Wednesday 12 December – Vulnerability Amber






Axx                                                     Kx

xxx                                                      xxx

K108                                                   J9xx

87xx                                                    9xxx







South                                     North

1NT (15-17)               3 NT                           


Note that North does not waste time with Stayman when holding a 3=4=3=3 shape.


Say West leads the 7 of Clubs (second highest from a poor suit).  Declarer should win in the Dummy with the King or Queen and then play a low Spade.  Let us see what happens if East dozily plays second hand low.  West will probably win with the Ace and continue with Clubs but the horse has already bolted.  Declarer drives out the other Spade honour and emerges with 11 tricks for +660.  However look what happens if East rises with the King of Spades on the first round.  He then switches to a low Diamond.  If Declarer tries the Queen he risks being defeated so to give himself the best chance of making the contract he is forced to play low and the 8 of Diamonds forces the Ace.  Now when West wins the third round of Spades (he should hold up to get a better count of South’s hand) he knows that South must have the rounded Aces in order to have 15 points and accordingly cashes the King of Diamonds to restrict Declarer to ten tricks and +630.


How does East know that it is correct to rise with the King of Spades?  The answer is that he knows it cannot do any harm since as the Dummy has only small cards in Spades Declarer can always take a finesse if required.  However East does know that if Declarer’s Diamonds are either Qx or Qxx then it is essential for the Diamond lead to come from East’s side of the table.  Morever it has to come from the East hand before Declarer’s Spades are established.  So it cannot cost to rise with the King and is highly likely to gain.

3       Deciding on the best way to compete after your RHO opens with a pre-emptive bid


Board 17 Tuesday 18 December – Vulnerability White


You pick up:-


What would you bid if:-










Your RHO opens 1 Club

Your RHO opens 3 Clubs

a)         Over an opening 1 Club you would overcall a simple 1 Spade.  This shows at least 5 Spades and a hand between 8 and 17 (occasionally 18) points.  Thus your hand is the strongest possible for such action.  Should your LHO raise Clubs to the two or three level and this comes back to you then you will re-open with a double to show a strong overcall with tolerance for the two unbid suits.


b)         Over an opening 3 Clubs the best call is double and not 3 Spades.  Why is this?  The reason is that at the three level an overcall of 3 Spades is too unilateral putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak and lessens the chances of playing in either Hearts or Diamonds.


The full deal:-           xxx




QJ9                                                     xx

xx                                                        Jx

Axxx                                                   Jx

QJxx                                                   AK1098xx







Over an opening 3 Clubs if you make the mistake of bidding 3 Spades then an astute West, realizing that North South almost certainly have game on will pass rather than bidding 4 Clubs.  North will almost certainly pass 3 Spades with only four high card points and game will be missed.


However if you double 3 Clubs then West will probably bid 4 Clubs.  North will make a disciplined pass but you will now re-enter the bidding with a second double to show a strong take out.  North with a six card Heart suit will be very happy to bid 4 Hearts which will make comfortably.