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. . . .
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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.
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"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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
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.
Senior World Championship
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!
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 IMPROVERS
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
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
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
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.