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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.

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.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

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!!

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!!"

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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

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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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 May 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2013 duplicates by Michael Newman

 

 

1       Western Cue Bid

 

Board 17 Tuesday 14 May – Vulnerability White Dealer North

 

 

K10xxx

K10xxx

None

Kxx

 

Q87x

AQx

xxx

QJ9

 

Jx

Jx

AKQ98xx

A10

 

Ax

xxx

J10x

xxxxx

 

 

North opens 1 Spade with a shapely 5-5 in the majors. East has almost certainly got seven tricks in Diamonds plus the Ace of Clubs.  While he could make a regular overcall of 2 Diamonds it is quite likely that if West has a stop in Spades that 3NT will be a good contract.  How does East ask West if he has a Spade stop?  The answer is by making a Western Cue Bid of 3 Spades.  Thus West bids 3NT and if North leads a Spade South will need to switch to a Heart to prevent an 11th trick.  While if North decides that a Heart lead is required then 11 tricks are certain.

 

I believe that the term Western Cue Bid probably arose because they were first played on the West Coast of the USA.

 

It can be used in all suits by making a double jump over the suit opened.  While it normally shows a solid minor suit you could also consider making such a bid over 1 Spade when holding solid Hearts ie:-

 

Jx

AKQxxxx

Jx

A10

 

 

2       Game or Part-Score?

 

 

Board 24 Wednesday 29 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Jxxx

Axxx

QJxxx

None

 

xx

Jxxx

Kx

Axxxx

 

Axx

Q10x

109x

KJxx

 

KQ10x

Kx

Axx

Q10xx

 

 

After three passes South opens a weak no trump and North employs Stayman.  South responds 2 Spades and now North has to decide what to do.

 

It is not possible to bid scientifically in terms of inviting game when holding a void in a side suit.  At teams North should probably jump to 4 Spades and hope that South does not have too many wasted values in Clubs.  That would be the right decision on this occasion and ten tricks roll in with the Spades and Diamonds both breaking, Declarer making four Diamond tricks, two Heart tricks and four trump tricks. 

 

However at pairs it is correct to simply pass 2 Spades as it does not pay to bid borderline games at Pairs.  To illustrate why suppose we simply give South the King of Clubs instead of the King of Spades ie South holds:-

 

Q10xx

Kx

Axx

KQ10x

 

Now with five points in Clubs opposite the Club void the chances of making ten tricks is significantly less than 50% and so it is clearly right at pairs to stay in a part-score even though South has a maximum 14 points.

 

 

3       Suit Preference at trick one when Dummy has a singleton

 

Board 13 Monday 27 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

AJ64

KJ10xx

x

K10x

 

KQ973

Q

98

AQJxx

 

108

x

AKQxxxxx

xx

 

52

A98xxx

J10

xxx

 

 

I noted with interest that at four of the eight tables that East West played in 5 Diamonds two of the four being doubled. 

 

After 1 Heart from North then East has a choice between 4 Diamonds and 5 Diamonds with the modern trend being for the more aggressive action.

 

South opens with the Ace of Hearts and North follows with his lowest Heart.  As Dummy has a singleton Heart then the low Heart should always be interpreted as suit preference ie requesting a Club rather than a Spade switch.

 

If South switches to a Club then the contract goes quietly one down.  However suppose that South thinks that there is no hurry for a Club switch and instead switches to the Jack of trumps.  East can now punish South for his overconfidence.  He wins the Jack of trumps with the Queen and deliberately leaves the last trump outstanding.  He then plays the 10 of Spades to the 5, Queen and 6.  Note that North has to duck the Spade otherwise he is endplayed in both black suits or to give a ruff and discard by playing a second Heart.  Now at trick 4 East uses the carefully preserved second trump in the Dummy both to get back to hand and exert pressure on the North hand by running off all his trumps.  At trick 10 North has to discard from AJ of Spades and K10 of Clubs.  If he discards the Jack of Spades then East exits with a Spade at trick eleven to endplay North in Clubs.  If he discards the 10 of Clubs then East drops the King of Clubs at trick 11 since after the opening lead of the Ace of Hearts North is marked with the black suit honours.

 

So the moral is trust partner’s signal and don’t think that time is on your side.  It may not be!