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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.
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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 April 2013


TIPS FOR IMPROVERS by Michael Newman


Points of interest from the April 2013 duplicates



1Declarer with only 4 points


Board 9 Tuesday 23 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North















South opens 1 Diamond in third seat and West overcalls 1 Heart.  North passes and East raises to 2 Hearts.  Although South only has 14 HCPs he has the perfect shape to make a takeout double of 2 Hearts.  West now ups the ante with 3 Hearts as he has a sixth Heart and the spotlight now turns to North.  


North should expect South to either have a 4=1=5=3 hand or a stronger 3=1=6=3 hand.  Therefore although North has ‘only’ four HCPs and the Jack of Hearts is wasted nevertheless North has a very good hand for playing in Spades.  There is highly likely to be a nine card fit in Spades, the singleton Diamond is excellent if the Diamonds need to be established and QJ10x in Clubs is also hugely valuable.  Thus North should jump to 4 Spades over West’s 3 Heart bid which ends the bidding.


Admittedly the East West cards are lying very favourably in that the trumps break 2-2 and the Club finesse is also right.  However that merely results in an overtrick being made (six trump tricks, four Club tricks and the Ace of Diamonds).  The chances of making just ten tricks are very good and certainly well above 50% even though the combined North South hands have just 18 points.



2Text Book Avoidance Play


Board 13 Tuesday 23 April – Vulnerability Amber















North opens 1 Diamond and South responds 1 Heart.  West overcalls 1 Spade and North doubles.  This is a support double by opener to show three card support for responder’s Hearts whereas if North bid 2 Hearts this would guarantee four cards.  South with a good Spade stop could bid either 2NT or 3NT but should err on the side of caution at pairs.  Whatever he decides North will not stay out of game with 14 points.


It was Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 25years Meckstroth and Rodwell) who in the early 1990’s suggested that in competitive auctions if opposition overcall in a suit at the cheapest level then a double by the opener should show exactly three card support for responder’s major suit while a raise would promise 4 cards.  This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit.


The opening lead to 3NT is a low Spade to the Queen and King.  East has now become the danger hand in that if he gains the lead a second Spade lead would sink the contract.  Declarer needs to establish the Diamond suit and one possibility would be to play for the King and Jack in the West hand.  However that only represents a 25% possibility of success.  Much better is simply to play West for the King but to play the suit in a way which lessens the chance of East gaining the lead to continue Spades through declarer’s remaining Jx.  Declarer plays a low Diamond to the Queen which wins.  He then returns to hand with the Ace of Clubs and plays a second Diamond; when West plays the King he ducks in the Dummy.  His Spade tenace is thus protected and Declarer now makes four Diamond tricks, two Club tricks, four Heart tricks when the Jack drops and one Spade for eleven tricks +460.  If West had played low on the second Diamond having started with Kxx then Declarer would have risen with the Ace dropping East’s Jack and played a third Diamond losing to West and again East never gets the lead.



3King for Count or Unblock & Queen for Attitude


Board 11 Monday 29 April – Vulnerability White















North South are defending against West’s contract of 4 Hearts.  North leads the King of Diamonds.


Playing traditional methods there is a great danger that if South plays small and West allows the King to win that North may assume that West has AJx and that he will surrender a trick if he continues with Diamonds.  As you can see this will be disastrous as Declarer will drive out the Ace of Spades as soon as he gets the lead so establishing a second Spade trick to deal with one of the Diamond losers.


The solution is something which I became aware of more than 10 years ago when I read David Bird’s book published in 2000 titled 10 Ways to Improve Your Bridge.  In a suit contract when leading from a three or four card suit headed by the King and Queen you should lead the King from KQ10(x) but should lead the Queen from KQx(x).  Thus on the above example on the lead of the King of Diamonds South knows that his partner is promising at least KQ10 and can safely throw the Jack of Diamonds under the King.  North can then continue with Diamonds if Declarer holds up the Ace and the fourth defensive trick is quickly established.  Likewise if North’s Diamonds were only KQx he would start off by leading the QUEEN of Diamonds.  South would know that he could not afford to throw the Jack but he would encourage the lead by playing his second highest Diamond so that North would know that a continuation would be safe.


To summarise if you lead the King from KQ10(x) and partner plays low you know he does not have the Jack and if you lead the Queen from KQx(x) and partner plays the lowest outstanding card you also know he does not have the Jack1.  In other words you are about to be Bath Couped.



1He might have Jx doubleton when partner leads the Queen but cannot have Jxx