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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

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...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.

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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13 Sep 2018 | Internationals

Premier League started last weekend (16/17th Sept)

The Premier League started last weekend, with 28 teams competing across the three divisions.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

  • Competition information; Results
  • 17 Sep 2018 | Internationals

    MBC Team come second in Round 1

    The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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.
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

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Tel: 0161 445 3712

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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!!

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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.

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Tips for August 2013
Tips for Improvers from August 2013 Duplicates by Michael Newman

 

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

 

 

Points of interest from the August 2013 duplicates

 

 

 

1       Lead a Heart but which Heart?

 

 

 

Board 11 Thursday 8 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Heart

2NT

Pass

Pass

1NT

3NT

Pass

 

 

 

 

Qx

Q762

AKJ

AQxx

 

A10x

K10953

xxx

xx

 

J98xx

A4

Q10xx

xx

 

Kxx

J8

xxx

KJ10xx

 

 

 

 

North South reach 3NT after an uncontested auction.  Even though Hearts have been bid by North from West’s point of view the Heart suit still represents the best chance of defeating the contract.  However which Heart should West start with?  If Hearts had not been bid then the correct card to choose would be the 10 of Hearts – the top of an interior sequence.  However given that North has advertised a minimum of four cards in Hearts it is wrong to lead the 10 because this will lessen the chance of the defence establishing long cards in the Heart suit.  Therefore West should open with the 5 of Hearts his fourth highest card.  East wins with the Ace and returns the 4 of Hearts.  West can win with the King and now because he remains with the 1093 he can continue with the 10 of Hearts to drive out the Queen in the Dummy.  Note that if the 10 were the opening lead then West could not continue with the suit because dummy would have Q7 over West’s 953.   Declarer will now go one down if he plays on Spades and two down if he takes the Diamond finesse.

 

 

 

 

A932

 

QJ1074

 

865

 

K

 

 

 

 

In the above example if West was on lead after a similar auction he would start off with the 7 of Hearts to establish three tricks.  The Queen of Hearts would not be a success.

 

2       Using Jacoby 2NT to bid a Slam

 

 

 

Board 8 Thursday 22 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Diamonds

6 Hearts

 

 

 

xx

K987x

AKxxx

A

 

AQxx

AQ10x

Jx

xxx

 

 

 

West opens 1 Heart and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response.  This is only in response to an opening one of a major suit and shows at least 12 points with four card support for opener’s major and is the best way to suggest the possibility of getting to a slam and allows a jump to four of the major by responder to show a more distributional hand with fewer points.

 

 

 

The mainstream way of opener responding to Jacoby is to jump to four of the major with a bad hand which is basically telling the Jacoby bidder to forget all about a slam.  With a singleton West bids the singleton except that if West has a strong 5-5 with two of the top three honours in his second suit he should jump to the four level in his second suit.  If West has a better than minimum hand but with no singleton he simply rebids his suit as the three level.  On the above hand it is clearly more descriptive for West to jump to 4 Diamonds rather than show a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs.  East cuebids the Ace of Spades (since he is worried that there might be two Club losers) and West goes to slam in Hearts.

 

 

 

What are the approximate odds of this contract making?  Assuming that Diamonds do not break worse than 4-2 (84 per cent) the contract will make whenever the Spade finesse is working (A).  When the Spade finesse is wrong then it probably needs either a 2-2 trump break or singleton Jack of Hearts if the Diamonds are 4-2 (B) or Diamonds are 3-3 (C).

 

 

 

A         Spade finesse working and Diamonds no worse than 4-2

 

0.84 x 50% = 42%

 

 

 

B         Spade finesse not working but trumps favourable and Diamonds 4-2

 

0.48 x 50% x 52% (40% 2-2 break + 12% singleton Jack) = 12%

 

 

 

C         Spade finesse not working but Diamonds 3-3

 

            0.36 x 50% = 18%

 

 

 

Thus the approximate probability of the contract making is the sum of A + B + C ie 72% which is very good odds for a small slam whether at Teams or Pairs.

 

3       How do I make an overtrick on a trump lead ?

 

 

 

Board 9 Thursday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1NT

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

 

 

 

 

A10x

QJ10x

108x

10xx

 

9xx

xxx

AQxxx

Ax

 

xx

K9xx

Jxx

xxxx

 

KQJxx

Ax

Kx

KQJx

 

 

 

 

North South reach a routine 4 Spades after South makes a game forcing jump to 3 Clubs over 1NT to show a minimum of 18 points and a 5-4 shape in the black suits.  I was intrigued to see that Deep Finesse stated that 11 tricks could always be made by South in 4 Spades even on a Spade lead.  Some Wests made the opening lead in Hearts leading the middle card from three small.  This made it easy for Declarer to score an overtrick because even if East correctly ducked the Queen of Hearts from the Dummy at trick one Declarer would be able to continue with the Ace of Hearts at trick two, followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the 10 at tricks three and four.  Then the Jack of Hearts would be played at trick five covered by the King and ruffed.  At trick six the last trump would be drawn with the Ace of trumps and the 10 of Hearts enjoyed discarding one of Declarer’s Diamonds losing just to the minor suit Aces.  However a much better lead would be a trump.  How can Declarer still make 11 tricks now?

 

 

 

The answer is very elegant.  The trump lead is won in the Dummy with the 10 of Spades and the Queen of Hearts run from the Dummy.  Obviously East does not cover the Queen as this would make it too easy for Declarer to enjoy three Heart tricks.  At trick three the continuation is a low Heart to the Ace followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the Ace at tricks four and five.  Now at trick six the Jack of Hearts is played which East has to cover and Declarer trumps.  At trick 7 the King of Clubs is played to which West has no answer.  If he wins the Ace then the 10 of Clubs is an entry to the established 10 of Hearts while if he ducks then a second Club is played at trick eight.  West wins but having only Diamonds left has to play the suit establishing the King as the overtrick for South.  Unfortunately no West’s found the best lead of a trump and so no Declarer was tested in this way.