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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!!"

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

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

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 June 2013
Tips for June 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the June 2013 duplicates

 

1       Watch the pips – especially in the trump suit

 

Board 6 Tuesday 4 June – Vulnerability East West - Dealer East

 

AKQxx

976

x

A10xx

9xx

J

Q109xxx

Kxx

10x

K1043

AKJx

Jxx

Jxx

AQ852

xx

Q9x

 

If playing 5 card majors then East will open 1 Diamond.  South will overcall 1 Heart and West will raise pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds.  If West had a full high card raise to 3 Diamonds he would bid 2 Hearts.  Over 3 Diamonds North should go straight to game in Hearts because he has three trumps a singleton Diamond a very strong 5 card Spade suit and the Ace in the fourth suit Clubs.

The best defence against 4 Hearts is to play two rounds of Diamonds forcing the Dummy to ruff.  A Heart to the Queen and Jack follows.  Dummy is re-entered with a Spade to the Ace and the 9 of Hearts is then covered by the 10 and Ace.  At this stage the remaining Hearts are:-

 

                                                            East  K4

                                    South

                                    852

 

It is essential for declarer to realise that his 8 and 5 are equals to drive out West’s King.  Say he plays the 8 losing to the King and East perseveres with another Diamond ruffed with the 2 of Hearts.  Now finally the 5 of Hearts draws the outstanding 4 and all Dummy’s beautiful Spades can be enjoyed unmolested.  Result eleven tricks +450.  Isn’t that remarkable how important the 5 of Hearts proved to be.

 

2       Promoting a trump trick out of thin air

 

Board 11 Tuesday 18 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

93

Jx

Jxxx

Q9xxx

KQ54

98xx

Q10xx

10

A876

xxx

AK9

AKJ

J102

AKQ10

xx

xxxx

 

East opens 1 Spade fourth in hand.  West raises to 3 Spades and East goes to game.  South opens with the King of Hearts and follows with the Ace and Queen.  Now at trick four South continues with the 10 of Hearts.

 

North must not idly discard on the fourth round of Hearts.  Instead he should use his 9 of Spades to try and promote a trump trick for the defence.  For instance if South’s Spades were originally J107 a trump promotion is guaranteed.  Even though in this case the promotion is not guaranteed to work nevertheless Declarer is heavy favourite to go down.  Having overtrumped the 9 of Spades with the Ace then if we look at all four hands we can see that the winning play is for East to run the 8 of Spades from hand.  However the only occasions on which this is the winning line is when North started with A) Singleton 9, B) Doubleton 9 and 3, C) Doubleton 9 and 2.  There are five other occasions where to take a first round finesse will fail namely when North started with D) Doubleton 10 and 9, E) Doubleton Jack and 9, F) Three cards 10,9 and 3, G) Three cards 10, 9 and 2, and H) Three cards J, 10 and 9.

 

Thus the odds favour not finessing against South for the Jack and 10 and thus the contract goes one down.

 

 

If there any keen students of the Principle of Restricted Choice reading this article then note that in H) when North has J, 10 and 9 that a competent declarer will go down even after playing a high Spade on the first round.  After playing a Spade to the Queen dropping either the J or 10 from North then following the principle of Restricted Choice (see Terence Reese The Expert Game, 1958 Chapter 3) he will take a finesse against South for the remaining honour on the second round of the suit.

 

 

3       Fit Jump by Advancer

 

Board 20 Tuesday 25 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

Kx

K10x

AQJxx

J10x

Jxxx

AQxxxx

x

Qx

Q109xxx

J

Kxxx

Ax

A

9xx

109x

K98xxx

 

A Fit Jump is a bid made in a competitive auction.  It can be made either by Responder (the partner of the opening bidder) or by Advancer (the partner of the overcaller). 

 

On the hand above we see an example of a Fit Jump by Advancer.

 

West deals and passes.   While some would open with a weak two in Hearts I am strongly of the Tony Forrester school who frowns on opening a weak two first or second in hand when holding four cards in another major. 

North opens 1 Diamond and East overcalls 1 Spade (the hand being too strong for a weak jump overcall).  South will probably pass but might bid 2 Diamonds.  The spotlight now turns to West.  He should jump to 3 Hearts.  For those playing Fit Jumps this shows four card support for Overcaller’s Spades and at least five cards in Hearts and a raise to at least the three level in Spades.  North passes and now East has to decide whether to sign off in 3 Spades or jump to game.  Although East has only 10 points his 6-4 shape has enormous playing strength once partner shows a four card fit for Spades.  Accordingly East should jump to 4 Spades.  This contract has three top losers and looking at all four hands you can see that it is impossible for the defence to establish a Club trick before East’s King of Diamonds can be enjoyed for a Club discard from the Dummy.  On the 10 of Diamonds lead North wins and switches to the Jack of Clubs.  East rises with the Ace and immediately discards the Queen of Clubs from the Dummy on the now established King of Diamonds.  The play continues Diamond ruff, Ace of Hearts and Heart ruff, Club ruff at trick seven, Heart ruff at trick eight with the 9 of Spades, last Diamond ruffed in the Dummy at trick 9 and only now at trick 10 plays the Jack of Spades.  Result +620.