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.
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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 October 2013 duplicates
1 Lebensohl 2NT followed by 3NT
Board 1 Tuesday 1 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North
North opens a routine weak 2 Spades. East doubles for takeout as his Hearts are too weak to overcall at the three level. What should West bid? He cannot jump to 3NT because this would guarantee a Spade stop. Equally if he simply bids 3 Clubs this shows approximately 8 to 11 points (because when holding fewer than eight points it is customary to start off by bidding a Lebensohl 2NT which forces partner to bid 3 Clubs). The solution is for West to start off by bidding 2NT Lebensohl which forces East to bid 3 Clubs unless he has a hand which wishes to force to game opposite a hand with 0 to 7 points. Over 3 Clubs West now bids 3NT. The message which this conveys is that West has enough points for game but has no Spade stop. On this occasion East is happy to pass 3NT because he has Kx in Spades. If East had no Spade stop he would take out 3NT into his longest suit. As you can see 3NT makes 12 tricks but even the Italian Bermuda Bowl winners would be unable to diagnose that two flat 14 point hands produce a slam on 28 points combined.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough that it is absolutely essential to play Lebensohl after your partner doubles an opening 2 Spades. If you were not playing Lebensohl and your longest suit were Diamonds then you would have to bid 3 Diamonds whether you had 2 points or 10 points. The doubler would then be playing Russian roulette rather than Bridge in trying to determine whether to continue. However by always starting off by bidding 2NT when in the 0 to 7 range and reserving immediate bids of 3 Clubs, 3 Diamonds and 3 Hearts for hands in the 8 to 11 range you greatly reduce any subsequent guesswork by the doubler in deciding whether to continue.
2 Transferring at the two level followed by 4NT is quantitative
Transferring at the four level followed by 4NT is RKCB
Board 2 Thursday 24 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
When East opens 1NT (15-17) then West is only really interested in how many Aces East holds. However if West decides simply to transfer at the two level by bidding 2 Diamonds and over the completion of the transfer jumping to 4NT this would be quantitative showing five cards in Hearts and about 15 or 16 points. The solution is to transfer at the four level by jumping to 4 Diamonds. When partner completes the transfer by bidding 4 Hearts a continuation by the transferring hand of 4NT is then Roman Keycard Blackwood. East replies 5 Clubs (1 or 4 Key Cards) and West jumps to a small slam in Hearts. Note that if the final contract is played by West that the contract is at the mercy of the position of the Ace of Spades. However with East the declarer the King of Spades is protected and a Spade lead is necessary to stop the overtrick.
While it is theoretically possible from West’s point of view that both the Ace and King of Spades are cashable the defence have to find the lead with no suits having been bid naturally apart from Hearts and what is certain is that if Spades are not opened then it is guaranteed that at least one of West’s two Spades can be discarded on minor suit winners.
3 Jacoby 2NT pinpoints the way to Slam
Board 18 Tuesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
South opens 1 Spade and North’s fifth trump makes his hand too strong to bid simply 3 Spades while he has too good a hand to jump to game in Spades which will leave insufficient room to explore the possibility of bidding a slam. The solution is for North to jump to 2NT. This is the Jacoby convention whereby after partner opens one of a major a jump to 2NT shows a game forcing raise of the major suit with an interest in higher things if partner should be suitable.
The mainstream way of opener responding is to show a singleton at the three level, to jump to the four level in a minor to show a strong 5-5 hand and to jump to game in the major if opener has no possible interest in reaching a slam.
Accordingly South shows a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs. North then bids 3 Diamonds showing a control in Diamonds which can be either the Ace or King. South now bids 3 Hearts having a control in Hearts and now North bids 4 Clubs which guarantees the Ace opposite known shortage. This is enough for South to launch into Roman Key Card Blackwood. North shows one keycard and South then asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds. North has the Queen of trumps and jumps to slam. (Note that North would also jump to 6 Spades if his Spades were five small knowing of the 10 card fit requiring only a 2-1 trump break for slam to make which is 78%). The play is straightforward and a score of 1430 results. Reaching a slam with only 27 points between the two hands would be almost impossible if not playing Jacoby.