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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.

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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.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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

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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!

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Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for December 2013

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

 

 

Jxx

98xxx

KQ

xxx

 

KQxx

Jxx

10xx

Q9x

 

A109x

AK

AJx

J10xx

 

xx

Q10x

98xxx

AKx

 

 

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

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds1

3 NT

4 Spades2

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Club

3 Hearts3

4 Clubs

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 NT

4 Spades2

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

 

Axx

x

AKxx

AKJxx

 

1098x

AJ109xx

None

xxx

 

QJxxx

xx

J9xx

Qx

 

K

KQxx

Q10xxx

10xx

 

 

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:-

 

 

None

None

None

KJxx

 

None

J10

None

xx

 

QJ

None

J

Q

 

None

Kx

Q

10

 

 

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

 

 

x

AK97

Q10643

Jxx

 

x

Jx

AJ972

K109xx

 

xxx

Q8xxxx

8

AQx

 

AKQJ1098x

10

K5

xx

 

 

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.