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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 

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Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva 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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

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Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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!!

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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!!"

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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

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Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Thankyou.

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

 

1087xx

J9x

x

QJ10x

JxA9

AKQxxx10xx

KxQ10xxx

xxxKxx

KQxx

x

AJxxx

Axx

 

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

 

xx

KQx

AQ10xx

Kxx

A109xxQxx

xxxJxx

KxJxx

Q10xJ9xx

KJx

A109x

xxx

Axx

 

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

 

         xxx

A10xx

KQ10

xxx

QJxK10

KxxxQJ9x

A9xxxx

A109KQxx

Axxxx

x

Jxxx

Jxx

 

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.

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