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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.
Bridge Course
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 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).