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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 November 2013

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

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs1

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Pass

4 Diamonds

4 NT

7 Clubs

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

 

A

Qx

AQxxxx

Kxxx

 

QJ98xxx

Jx

Jxx

10

 

K10x

Kxxxxx

xx

Jx

 

xx

A10x

K10

AQxxxx

 

 

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

 

 

Kxxx

KQ10x

Kxxx

J

 

x

A

J98xx

AK9xxx

 

Ax

J98xx

AQx

Q10x

 

QJ10xxx

xxx

10

xxx

 

 

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

 

 

xx

Q9xx

10x

J10xxx

 

KQx

AK

J98xx

A9x

 

1098xxx

Jxx

K

Qxx

 

AJ

10xxx

AQxxx

Kx

 

 

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.