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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.

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!

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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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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

Mobile: 07960 871035

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!!

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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2013 duplicates

 

1       Slam on 27 points

 

Board 2 Monday 23 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

1NT

3 Hearts

4NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

6 Hearts

 

 

AQJxx

xx

10x

Q10xx

 

xx

KQxxx

KQ98x

J

 

Kx

A10xx

AJx

Axxx

 

98xx

Jx

xxx

Kxxx

 

 

East opens a strong (15-17 No Trump).  West transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds.  As East has good four card Heart support and a near maximum he should break the transfer by jumping to 3 Hearts.  Although West has only 11 points he has only a five loser hand and should suggest the possibility of slam by making a cuebid of 4 Clubs.  By bidding 4 Clubs West is showing a control in Clubs either the Ace, King or a singleton.  At the same time West is denying any control in Spades.  Why is this?  The answer is that when commencing a cue-bidding sequence you should generally make the cheapest cue-bid available.  Thus when you bypass a cue-bid at a lower level (3 Spades being lower than 4 Clubs) you are denying a control in the suit which you have bypassed.  East now wheels out 4NT Roman Keycard Blackwood.  Note that for East to do so it is compulsory for him to have a control in Spades.  If East’s Spades were QJx instead of Kx he would simply sign off in 4 Hearts because he would know that two Spade losers were off the top.  West’s response of 5 Clubs shows 1 or 4 Keycards.  East now bids 5 Diamonds the next step which is asking West whether he has the Queen of trumps.  West answers in the affirmative by jumping to 6 Hearts.  (In some situations West might bid 6 Diamonds to show both the King of Diamonds and the Queen of trumps.  However in this situation it is almost impossible for a grand slam to be on and so he simply bids 6 Hearts).

 

2       The Six of Clubs saves the day

 

Board 7 Monday 23 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

1 Diamond

Pass

 

Redouble1

Pass

2NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Pass

2 Clubs

3NT

 

 

AK10x

Jxxx

QJxx

8

 

xx

Axx

Ax

AJ7642

 

QJxx

K109x

K9x

Q3

 

98x

Qx

10xxx

K1095

 

 

1           Showing at least 9 points usually with not more than two cards in partner’s suit.

 

Note that having redoubled when East then passes North’s bid of 1 Diamond this is a forcing pass in case West wishes to double 1 Diamond for penalties.

 

South makes the opening lead of a low Diamond to the Jack and King.  Clearly in order to make nine tricks the Club suit will need to yield five tricks.  If the suit breaks 3-2 there is no problem but if the suit breaks 4-1 (quite likely in view of North’s take out double) then as long as North’s singleton is the 10, 9 or 8 then this is possible.  At trick 2 the Queen of Clubs is covered by the King and Ace, North dropping the 8.  Declarer now returns to hand with a low Heart to the King and plays a second Club.  If South plays the 5 then the 6 is inserted from the Dummy and five Clubs tricks result.  Equally if South splits his equals of 109 then the Jack also wins and the 76 in the Dummy are now equals against 105 or 95 to again yield five Club tricks. 

 

Note however that if we swop round West’s 6 of Clubs with South’s 5 of Clubs that the contract could not make as K1096 would be guaranteed to make two tricks as after South splits with the 9 on the second round he would be left with 106 with the Dummy having 7542.

 

 

 

3       Support Redouble makes reaching slam easy

 

Board 14 Thursday 26 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

Pass

1 Diamond

Redouble1

4 Diamonds

Pass

2 Clubs

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs2

6 Hearts

 

 

KQxx

J7

xx

AJ10xx

 

A10xx

KQ109864

A

x

 

Jx

A52

KQ109x

Q9x

 

xxx

3

Jxxxx

Kxxx

 

 

1           Support Redouble showing three cards in Hearts.  2 Hearts would show four card support.

 

2           Splinter bid showing singleton or void

 

In the early 1990’s Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 25 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) proposed the use of a redouble in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for partner’s major suit and 4 card support.  Thus suppose you open 1 Diamond, left hand opponent passes, partner bids 1 Heart and right hand opponent doubles.  Rodwell’s innovation is that if you support partner’s hearts you are guaranteeing 4 card support while if you redouble then this is a support redouble showing exactly three card support for partner’s hearts. 

 

In the play if North opens with Ace and another Club Declarer must be careful not to use the precious 4 of Hearts.  He trumps with an intermediate Heart, unblocks the Ace of Diamonds and then plays King of Hearts and a second Heart (again keeping back the 4 of Hearts) to the Ace.  The King and Queen of Diamonds are cashed, exposing the ruffing finesse against the Jack.  The 10 of Diamonds is covered by the Jack ruffed with any Heart other than the 4 and now at trick 9 the precious 4 of Hearts is played to Dummy’s 5 to enjoy the now established 9 of Diamonds for +980.  (I have deliberately changed the layout of the North South Diamonds from that which existed at the table so that any Declarer who carelessly used the 4 of Hearts at trick 2 would be punished for their profligacy).