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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.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

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 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 July 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the July 2013 duplicates

 

1       Classic Morton’s Fork

 

Board 5 Thursday 18 July – Vulnerability North South - Dealer North

 

 

K

QJx

109

AQJxxxx

 

1098x

A10xx

KQJx

K

 

Axxxx

K9xx

xx

xx

 

QJx

xx

A8xxx

10xx

 

 

North opens 1 Club and although East has only 7 points he should overcall 1 Spade not vulnerable.  It is always important to get into the auction at the one level whenever possible especially when not vulnerable.  South might venture 2 Clubs as he is not strong enough to bid 1NT which should show 8 to 10 points with a good Spade stop after an overcall.  West should bid 3 Clubs to show a good raise of Spades.  East has no interest in game and so signs off in 3 Spades.  The best lead for the Defence is a doubleton Heart from South to the Jack and King.  Counting his losers East should be aware that if the trumps split 3-1 (the most likely scenario as a 3-1 break is more likely than a 2-2 break) that there is a danger of losing two Spade tricks, one Heart trick, one Diamond trick and one Club trick.  East should start off by playing a low Diamond to the Jack which wins followed by a Spade to the King and Ace.  At trick four East continues with a second Diamond.

 

Here South is placed in the classic Morton’s Fork dilemma.  If he takes his Ace of Diamonds then there are now two Diamond winners in the Dummy which will park Declarer’s Heart loser resulting in +140 while if he ducks the Ace a second time Declarer also makes +140 as Declarer now loses a Heart trick instead of the Ace of Diamonds.

 

The term Morton’s Fork is derived from Cardinal Morton, King Henry VII’s Lord Chancellor, because of his method of extracting taxes.  If a merchant lived ostentatiously Morton averred that it was obvious that he could afford to pay for his King’s upkeep.  Alternatively, if the merchant lived frugally, he argued that he must have saved enough and similarly could afford to contribute to His Majesty’s Treasury.  Either way he was impaled upon “Morton’s Fork”.

 

 

2       North’s silence is deafening

 

Board 12 Tuesday 23 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

xxx

Axx

10xx

AQxx

 

Ax

10xx

A9xx

Kxxx

 

KJ109x

QJ9x

KJ8

J

 

Qxx

Kxx

Qxx

10xx2

 

 

East opens 1 Spade third in hand.  West has a choice of responding 1NT or 2NT.  The recommended bid is 1NT because it is better to play 2NT even by a passed hand as a good raise of partner’s major suit.  The other thing to consider is that third in hand at Green is the most common time for East to open on sub-minimum values.  Note that it would be completely wrong for West to respond 2 of a minor because this GUARANTEES A FIVE CARD SUIT IF ALREADY A PASSED HAND.  East rebids 2 Hearts to show his 5-4 shape.  West now has a choice between 2 Spades and 2NT.  While at teams he might bid 2NT with his maximum 11 count at pairs it is probably wiser to just give simple preference to Spades.

 

South’s opening lead is the 2 of Clubs.  Dummy plays low and North wins with the Queen.  A low Heart to the King and a second Heart to the Ace follow at tricks two and three.  At trick four North continues with a third round of Hearts.

 

Already after four tricks an alert Declarer can be 95% certain that South has both the Queen of Spades and the Queen of Diamonds !  Why is this.  Well North has already shown up with the Ace of Hearts and the Queen of Clubs and he also has by inference the Ace of Clubs since it is poor defence to underlead Aces at trick one against suit contracts.  Therefore 10 of North’s points are accounted for and yet he did not open the bidding.  If he had either of the pointed Queens he would have done so.  Therefore at trick five declarer confidently runs the Jack of Spades which wins as expected.  A second Spade to the Ace follows at trick six and then a Club is trumped at trick seven.  The outstanding trumps are now drawn at trick eight followed by the thirteenth Heart at trick nine.  At trick ten Declarer now turns his attention to Diamonds.  Knowing that South has the Queen of Diamonds he takes a BACKWARD FINESSE by running the Jack of Diamonds.  If South covers with the Queen then now Declarer plays a low Diamond to the 8 finessing against the 10 in North’s hand.  Result 10 tricks for +170.

 

 

3       In a competitive auction a 1NT bid by Advancer is a constructive bid and not the “dustbin” response

 

Board 8 Tuesday 30 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Axx

Jx

109xx

Q109x

 

10xxxx

xx

Jx

AJxx

 

K9x

Q9x

KQxx

Kxx

 

QJ

AK108xx

A8x

xx

 

 

East opens 1 Diamond in third seat and South overcalls 1 Heart.  West bids 1 Spade (showing five cards as Double would show four Spades).  Some North’s were tempted to bid 1NT but this is wrong.  Why is this?  South has only overcalled and not opened the bidding.  He might have as few as seven or eight points.  Therefore if North were to bid 1NT this would be a constructive bid showing in the region of 8 to 11 points.  The maximum for an overcall is generally about 17 points so there is no danger of missing game if North passes, especially as West’s 1 Spade bid allows South a second bite at the cherry if he is maximum.

 

For those North’s who wrongly bid 1NT then South could hardly bid less than jump to 3 Hearts to invite game.  This contract was certain to go down with the obvious five losers regardless of whether West made the opening lead in Spades or Diamonds.  Thus the 1NT bid by Advancer caused North South to go minus quite unnecessarily.

 

A bid of 1NT is only called the “dustbin” bid in circumstances where your partner has opened one of a major and you feel obliged to respond on 6 points as opener might have up to 20 points.  Eg respond 1NT to 1 Spade on ♠x ♥Kxxx ♦Qxxx ♣Jxxx so that you can still reach for instance 4 Hearts when opener has ♠AKJ10x ♥AQxx ♦J10x ♣A.