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
(See Centre Column on this page ►)
Ring the club on 0161 445 3712 or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification
or email email@example.com
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."
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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!!"
Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?
If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN
Points of interest from the December 2013 duplicates
1 Upgrade essential
Board 21 Ben Franks Session 2 – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
The majority of pairs failed to reach game on the above hand. This was generally because several East’s woodenly added up their points and failed to appreciate that although it is 17 points the intermediates in Spades A109x and Clubs J10xx make it simply too strong for a 15 to 17 strong no trump. At pairs it was clearcut for West to pass 1NT with a 4-3-3-3 eight count and on a Diamond lead the result was an embarrassing 1NT +3 for 180 to East West.
If playing 4 card majors the correct auction is 1 Spade - 2 Spades – 2NT – 3NT which is the best game as 4 Spades might go down if a Club ruff were available to the defenders.
If playing 5 card majors the auction would be 1 Club – 1 Spade – 3 Spades. I now have sympathy with those West’s who chose to pass 3 Spades as it is not automatic to accept the invitation at pairs with a flat eight count. (Note that it is only the presence of the 10 of Diamonds in the West hand which makes game a good bet if a Club ruff is not available to the Defence).
A couple of West’s wrongly invited game over a 15-17 no trump opener and got lucky on this occasion but especially at pairs it is wrong to invite on poor eight counts particularly as a point should always be deducted for the sterile 4-3-3-3 shape.
So the moral is always be alert to those hands where it is clearcut to upgrade a 17 count and treat it as 18 to 19. Equally there are some 15 counts which should be devalued to a weak no trump.
2 Two Routes to Slam
Board 2 Tuesday 17 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Showing 8 to 11 points playing Lebensohl after a weak two opener
2 Cue-bidding the King of Spades
3 Splinter bid agreeing Diamonds and showing singleton or void Heart
I have given two possible auctions for the above hand, depending on whether West opens with a weak two in Hearts. The author is of the school who tend not to open a weak two in Hearts when holding four cards in Spades while others have no objection to so doing.
In Auction 1 after the weak two and a double from North then South bids 3 Diamonds showing 8 to 11 points (if he had fewer than eight points he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT). North asks if South has a Heart stop and over 3NT from South decides quite correctly that having a magnificent eight controls (Ace = 2 controls and King = 1 control) that he is worth another move towards a Diamond slam. South having initially signed off in 3NT is now happy to co-operate as he has a fifth trump and the King of Spades. Accordingly he cue-bids 4 Spades showing the King (or a singleton) which is enough for North to jump to 6 Diamonds.
In Auction 2 where West passes initially then North’s 3 Heart bid is a Splinter bid agreeing Diamonds. South signs off in 3NT but now North shows an interest in a Diamond slam by cue-bidding 4 Clubs. Again as in Auction 1 South now co-operates by cue-bidding 4 Spades and North jumps to slam.
The play to 6 Diamonds is extremely instructive. West should open with the 10 of Spades (note that the Ace of Hearts lead would make the contract extremely easy to make). Declarer wins with the King and plays a low Diamond to the King discovering the 4-nil break. A low Heart to the Queen and Ace follows at trick three. West continues with a second Spade won with the Ace in the Dummy as Declarer discards a Club. A low Diamond to the 10 follows at trick five. A low Heart is trumped in the Dummy at trick six. The Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick seven followed by the Ace of Clubs at trick eight. Now the third round of Spades is ruffed at trick nine and at trick ten Declarer draws the last trump in the following position:-
West is forced to keep two Hearts otherwise Declarer’s small Heart is established. Thus he discards a Club. At trick eleven Declarer cashes the King of Hearts. At trick twelve Declarer plays the ten of Clubs and when West follows small he plays the King knowing that the Queen will drop from East. (I have deliberately changed the position of the Queen of Clubs from that which existed at the table to illustrate what is known as a show up squeeze). The beauty is that once the trumps were known to be 4-nil then West’s shape was certain to be either 4=6=0=3 or 3=6=0=4 and therefore on the above line of play it was irrelevant where the Queen of Clubs lay since West would be squeezed down to a singleton Club at trick ten enabling the show up squeeze to take effect.
3 Is my suit quality good enough for a weak two?
Board 5 Monday 23 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
I was puzzled when I looked at the scores for the above board and saw that not a single East West had defeated the contract of 4 Spades by South. I then realized that this must have been because East opened a weak two in Hearts and after South overcalled 4 Spades West would then make the disastrous opening lead of the Jack of Hearts resulting in eleven tricks being made as one of Declarer’s two Club losers is immediately discarded on the second Heart winner.
While it might appear tempting to open 2 Hearts at the Green vulnerability a second in hand pre-empt should have reasonable suit quality and note that if East is more disciplined and passes then South will open 4 Spades third in hand since a slam is extremely unlikely after North’s initial pass. Now the textbook lead is the 10 of Clubs. East will win with the Ace and immediately return the 8 of Diamonds. South should play the King but West should not be distracted by this falsecard and give East a Diamond ruff which together with the second Club trick will defeat the contract by one trick. Thus the weak two in the bidding costs two tricks in the play.