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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JUNE........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

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 five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
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If not - please let Jeff know so he 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 jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for December 2012

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

 

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

 

                                    xxx

                                    KQ10x

                                    Axx

                                    KQ10

Axx                                                     Kx

xxx                                                      xxx

K108                                                   J9xx

87xx                                                    9xxx

 

                                    QJ109x

                                    AJx

                                    Qxx

                                    AJ

 

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:-

AK10xx

AK10

K10xx

x

 

 

a)

b)

 

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

                                    Qxxxxx

                                    Q9x

                                    x

QJ9                                                     xx

xx                                                        Jx

Axxx                                                   Jx

QJxx                                                   AK1098xx

 

                                    AK10xx

                                    AK10

                                    K10xx

                                    x

 

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.