MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB.,
We are no longer at Palatine Road or The Casino for any bridge whatsoever!
. . . BECAUSE WE HAVE MOVED, FROM 2ND JANUARY, TO OUR NEW "HOME" PREMISES. . . .
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It's that time of year again when
your annual membership payment is due.
The fees are the same as for last year (again!),
so it's £50 for Single Membership,
£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.
Membership runs from January through to December each year.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
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"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.
Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.
Club Membership includes EBU Registration."
CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS
Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.
This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould
For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain
The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.
Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.
11 Dec 2018 | Internationals
This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.
Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett
The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.
Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.
For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:
17 Dec 2018 | Internationals
The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.
The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.
The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist
with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place
and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third
Full results details are bottom right of this page.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly. The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Senior World Championship
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!
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 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
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:-
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
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
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.