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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

EBU ARTICLE

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.

RESULTS

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)

RESULTS

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.
RESULTS
RESULTS

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

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

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)

RESULTS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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)

NEWS

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!
EBU ARTICLE

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.

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! 

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

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

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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

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

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.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.