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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.
Bridge Course
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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If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"! 

Alternatively please phone David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

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Tips for February 2013


Points ofinterest from the February 2013 duplicates

1       Have I got what partner is looking for ?

Board 10 Tuesday 5 February –Vulnerability Amber





Q10                                                     9

AKJxxx                                               xxxx

Qx                                                       J98xx

xxx                                                      KJx





West               North              East                South

                                                Pass               1 Spade

2 Hearts         2 Spades       3 Hearts         4 Hearts

Pass               ?

When South bids 4 Hearts over East’s 3Hearts the time has come for North to re-evaluate his assets.  Clearly the 4 Heart bid is a void showingcue-bid since South must have a control in both minor suits in order to make aslam try.  In other words if North hadthe Ace of Hearts then this would be a duplication of values.  North’s first instinct might be to sign offin 4 Spades but this would be a mistake. North has two cards of enormous importance.  Firstly he has the King of trumps andsecondly he has the King of Diamonds which must be of great value.  Therefore North should co-operate bycue-bidding 5 Diamonds which is then enough for South to jump to 6 Spades.

On the King of Hearts lead declarerwould ruff and start drawing trumps by playing a low Spade to the King (in casethe suit breaks 3-0 with East having all three Spades).  Then leaving the last trump outstanding he playsa low Club to the 9 which wins.  Theremaining trump is drawn at trick 4 and dummy is entered with the King ofDiamonds at trick 5 to take another Club finesse.  The very fortunate lie of the Club suit thengives all thirteen tricks.  I havecalculated the approximate probability of the contract making as 64 per cent.  When trumps are 2-1 declarer needs split Clubhonours ie 78% x 0.75 = 58.5%.  When Easthas all three trumps declarer has about a 50 per cent chance of making thecontract ie 11% x 0.5 = 5.5%.  Totalprobability 64%.

2       Sacrificing at the six level

Board 6 Tuesday 12 February – VulnerabilityEast West





AKJxx                                                 Q10xxxx

A                                                         x

KQxxx                                                            xx

Kx                                                       10xxx





It is extremely rare for a sacrificeto be profitable at the six level.  Thehand above was one of the infrequent occasions on which it could be justified.

West               North              East                South

                                                Pass               1 Heart

Double           3Hearts1        3 Spades       4 Hearts

4NT                 Pass               5 Diamonds2 Pass

5 Spades       Pass               Pass               6 Hearts

Double           Pass               Pass               Pass

1           Pre-emptiveraise after a double

2           0Keycards

West is too strong to overcall South’sopening bid with 1 Spade which would show a maximum of 17 or possibly 18 pointsand so starts off proceedings with Double. At Green or White North would always give a double raise in Hearts afterWest’s takeout double, the rationale being that you are trying to make it moredifficult for East West to exchange information.  When West then employed Roman KeycardBlackwood in response to East’s 3 Spade bid then South could be fairly surethat 5 Spades was going to make since West must have second round control ofboth minor suits in order for the use of RKCB to be correct.  Why is this? The reason is that if West did not have second round control of bothminors then it would be very dangerous for him to use RKCB since if his Clubswere for instance Qx instead of Kx then even if East showed one Keycard then ifthis were the Ace of Diamonds the opposition would still be able to take thefirst two tricks in Clubs.  Therefore trustingthe East West bidding South could be sure that 6 Hearts doubled would becheaper than allowing East West to make 650 in 5 Spades and in fact 6 Hearts doubledonly goes two down for 300 to East West.



3       Takeout double by the Advancer


Board 15 Tuesday 19 February –Vulnerability NS





AKJxxx                                               xxx

Jxx                                                      Qxxx

Qxx                                                     None

x                                                          K108xxx





The term Advancer is one that is usedextensively in American Bridge literature anddescribes the partner of the overcaller.

South passes as Dealer and West opens1 Spade and North overcalls 2 Clubs. Although an overcall in a minor suit at the two level would usually showa six carder North has a strong enough hand to be able to justify bidding agood five carder.  East bids 2 Spades andnow the spotlight turns to South.  Withonly seven HCPs South cannot justify bidding either of his suits at the threelevel.  However as East West have bid andsupported Spades then a takeout double describes his hand perfectly.  This suggests values in the two unbid suitswith at least nine cards in Hearts and Diamonds.  West may now bid 3 Spades defensively butNorth has a strong enough hand to justify jumping to 5 Diamonds.

If the trumps divided 2-1 (78%) then 6Diamonds would actually be a good contract. The 3-nil trump break makes this very difficult.  However 11 tricks are comfortably made whenafter discovering the void in Diamonds with East, Dummy is entered with a Spaderuff and the Diamond finesse taken. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, two Heart tricks and two Club trickswith the aid of a ruffing finesse.

Deep Finesse stated that it ispossible to make 12 tricks in Diamonds and it took me over 15 minutes to workout how this is possible.  If anyone isinterested I will be happy to show them the solution.