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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva 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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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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Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

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 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.