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. . . .
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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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.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
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.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are
Barclays Bank - Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20
"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."
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
Points of interest from the November 2013 duplicates
1 Grand Slam with only 28 points
Board 14 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
1 Having previously bid 3 Diamonds then 4 Clubs is now completely game forcing.
East deals and although some might open with a weak two in Hearts the quality of the suit makes this somewhat unattractive. South opens 1 Club and West makes a weak jump overcall of 2 Spades. North bids 3 Diamonds and East bids 3 Spades. South passes at this stage awaiting further information from North. North supports Clubs and now the key bid is for South to cue-bid 4 Diamonds. In a situation like this the cue-bid should always be the Ace or King and not a singleton in partner’s suit. North return cue-bids in Spades and now South bids RKCB. North responds 5 Diamonds showing zero or three keycards (clearly three in this instance) and now South can jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs because he envisages making six Club tricks at least five Diamonds and the major suit Aces.
There are no problems in the play and effectively South has 15 winners.
2 Supporting responder’s minor suit
Board 22 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
Playing strong no trump East opens 1 Heart and West responds 2 Clubs. North is likely to pass as his strongest suit is Hearts and therefore it is unwise to suggest a sacrifice. East rebids 2NT showing 12 to 14 balanced and now West rebids 3 Diamonds. What should East now say at his third bid ?
The immediate reaction might be that since East has a Spade stop that he should bid 3NT. However this would be wrong for three reasons. Firstly as East only has one Spade stop and Spades are certain to be opened then the defence are likely to establish at least four Spade tricks immediately if the suit is divided round the table 4=2=5=2. Secondly as eight of East’s 13 points are in the two suits which West has bid then this is not suggestive of playing in no trumps. Thirdly West’s bidding is almost certain to show at least 6-4 in the minors since if West had a 2=2=4=5 shape he would almost certainly raise 2NT to 3NT rather than bidding 3 Diamonds. Therefore East should give preference to 4 Clubs with two Club honours and the excellent Diamond support. West should then express an interest in slam by cue-bidding 4 Spades holding a singleton Spade. This is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to 6 Clubs. The play is straightforward and after drawing trumps ending in hand the Jack of Diamonds is played. North does not cover and eventually makes the King on the fourth round to prevent an overtrick from being made. Result +1370 to East West and slam on only 25 points between the two hands.
3 Breaking the transfer with only three trumps
Board 18 Tuesday 19 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
South opens 1 Diamond and West has a routine 1NT overcall showing 16 to 18 points with a good Diamond stop. North passes and East makes a transfer bid of 2 Hearts. West now has to decide how to respond. When responding to a transfer bid after an opening bid of 1NT it is recommended that you should only break the transfer when holding four trumps. However on this occasion there is a strong reason for going against this mantra. West has very strong three card Spade support and it is highly likely that East has a shortage in Diamonds. The fact that West has only one point in Diamonds opposite this shortage (compared to for instance a holding of KJx) means that the hands are likely to be fitting well. Therefore West should jump to 3 Spades in spite of only having three trumps. East is happy to accept the invitation as he has a sixth trump by going to game.
Against 4 Spades the opening lead is the 10 of Diamonds. South wins the Ace and switches to a low Heart. West wins the Heart and plays the King of Spades. South wins the Ace of Spades at trick three and plays a second Heart at trick four. At trick five the Queen of Spades draws the remaining trumps and now West has to decide how to continue. One possibility is to play South for King doubleton Club. Although this works on this occasion there is a 100% alternative. West has a perfect loser on loser play of the Jack of Diamonds at trick six discarding a low Club from the Dummy. South wins the Queen but now West has the 98 of Diamonds as winners to deal with the remaining Club loser in the dummy. Thus 4 Spades makes losing only the Ace of trumps and two Diamond tricks.