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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.

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS

Dear Member,

 
As you are probably aware the Manchester Bridge Club will be vacating our Palatine Road premises at the beginning of 2019.
Of course it is with great sadness that we do so, but we can reflect that Palatine Road has been a wonderful venue for 40 years – for which we will be having a celebratory party this Autumn.
In the meantime all our activities will be as normal with the club premises being available for matches, county events and meetings, afternoon rubber bridge and Wednesday night duplicate and play class.
On Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays the club will still be using the Casino until the end of the year.
It is our intention to continue the Manchester Bridge Club activities in different premises in 2019 and we are currently looking at some options. However, if members of the club have any suggestions, we would be happy to investigate.
 

Best Wishes 

Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 2018")

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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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!
 
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!

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 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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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. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

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Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for January 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the January 2013 duplicates

 

1       Moysian Fit is sometimes the only game

 

Board 18 Tuesday 22 January – VulnerabilityNorth South

 

North                          South

AQJ                            Kxxx

K1097                                    Axx

AQJ10x                      Kx

x                                  9xxx

 

North opens in 4th seatwith 1 Diamond, South responds 1 Spade and North reverses with 2 Hearts showing17+ points with at least five Diamonds and four Hearts.  (While one might occasionally reverse with 16points after a one level response one should always aim to have a minimum of 17).

 

At this point South requires moreinformation in order to determine the best contract especially as he has nostop in Clubs for no trump purposes. Accordingly he bids 3 Clubs which is 4th suit forcing (togame).  When North now bids 3 Spades itis clear that North South cannot play in No Trumps and so South now has tochoose to play in game in either Spades or Hearts.  Both are seven card trump fits but Southshould choose to play in Spades because on the expected Club lead the ruffswill be taken in the hand with only three trumps rather than the one with fourwhich would be the case if the final contract were in Hearts.

 

The play is straightforward.  On a Club lead and continuation declarertrumps with the Jack of Spades and then continues with the Ace and Queen ofSpades.  He then crosses to hand with theKing of Diamonds and continues with a third round of Spades discarding a Heartfrom the Dummy.  If the Spades are 3-3then twelve tricks result.  On the morenormal 4-2 break then Declarer continues with Diamonds making 11 tricks ifDiamonds break 3-3 (as all the remaining Clubs will be discarded on the thirdand fourth round of Diamonds or just 10 tricks if the third round of Diamondsis ruffed with the last remaining trump as the defence now have one Club trickto cash.

 

The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit.  It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was saidto love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.

 

 

 

 

 

2       Trust partner’s bidding !

 

Board 14 Wednesday 23 January –Vulnerability White

 

                                    K

                                    KJ9

                                    A10xx

                                    10xxxx

xx                                                        QJ10xxx

x                                                          xx

Qxxxx                                                 xx

KJ98x                                                 AQx

 

                                    Axxx

                                    AQ10xxxx

                                    KJ

                                    None

 

I was absolutely staggered when Istudied the computer scoring for the above board and discovered that only twoout of eight North South pairs had managed to bid 6 Hearts on the above hand.

 

Assume that East opens with a routineweak two in Spades.  South should jump to4 Hearts with only four losers as the shape is too off-centre to start with atakeout double.  Now the spotlightfocuses on North.  If South can jump togame in Hearts and you have KJ9 in trumps a singleton Spade and the Ace ofDiamonds then it is extremely unlikely that a five level contract will be injeopardy.

 

Accordingly North should make a slamtry of 4 Spades which shows either a void or singleton (cannot be the Ace asSouth has that card).  South now bids 5Clubs showing a control in Clubs and North bids 5 Diamonds.  That is enough for South to jump to 6Hearts. 

 

In the play a Grand Slam is made butit is difficult to bid the Grand Slam because if North’s Spade cue-bid is asmall singleton rather than the King there might only be 12 tricks.

 

Thus it would appear that apart fromthe two North’s who made a move towards slam that the remaining North’s eithershowed very poor judgment or they are used to their partner overbidding on aregular basis !

 

 

 

 

 

3       Take Tony Forrester’s advice !

 

 

Board 22 Thursday 31 January –Vulnerability EW

 

In Tony Forrester’s daily bridgecolumns in the Daily Telegraph over the years he has given several examples inwhich he demonstrates that if the opposition open 1NT (whether weak or strong)that the opening leader should make a lead from a safe doubleton or tripletonrather than lead from a broken four card suit.

 

Board 22 on 31st was an excellentexample of putting this principle into practice:-

 

                                    A10xxx

                                    Qxx

                                    108

                                    J10x

Qxx                                                     KJx

A109xx                                               Jx

Jx                                                        A96xx

xxx                                                      K9x

 

                                    98

                                    Kxx

                                    KQ7x

                                    AQxx

 

East opened a weak no trump which waspassed out.  South was faced with leadingfrom two four card suits, either of which had a high chance of blowing atrick.   Accordingly followingForrester’s advice the best opening lead is the 9 of Spades.  When Declarer plays low from the Dummy Northmust also play low in order to ensure that the Queen of Spades never becomes anentry to the dummy.  Declarer wins thetrick with the King of Spades.  (Notethat he should win with the King and not the Jack so that if the lead is fromA98xx then the Queen will still be a later entry to the dummy.  At trick two Declarer will probably play theJack of Hearts which South covers with the King and won with the Ace in theDummy.  Declarer then continues with the10 of Hearts.  North now has to decidewhether to win the Queen on the second round or to duck which would be correctif East had three Hearts.  While it mightappear a guess it is actually not so. Why is this?   The answer israther subtle.  North knows that Southhas a maximum of two cards in Spades (since if South started with 98x he wouldhave opened with the 8 (the middle card). Therefore had South started with only two cards in Hearts this wouldmean that he had a five card minor which he would surely have chosen as theopening lead if his shape were 2=2=5=4 or 2=2=4=5.  Thus South’s shape is almost certainly2=3=4=4 and North wins the second round of Hearts for that reason.  North now switches at trick four to the Jackof Clubs.  The defence will take fourClub tricks and at trick eight South can play the King of Diamonds whichestablishes a seventh defensive trick before the Ace of Spades isdislodged.  Result one down for +100 toNorth South.