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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

 

RESULTS

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.

RESULTS

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.
 
RESULTS

Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)
RESULTS

Preston Blue Point Pairs

Nearly half the field were Manchester players at Preston on 14th April.  Best Manchester result was achieved by John Holland with Jackie Pye who were second.  Jeff Morris and John Hassett were third. 
Results are on the Preston site.
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

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!

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

2019 / 20 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2019 until the end of April 2020

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2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 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!!

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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for February 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2014 duplicates

 

1       Slam rarely bid

 

Board 24 Wednesday 19 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

x

Ax

AK10xx

AJ108x

 

Qxx

J109x

9x

xxxx

 

J10xx

Qxxx

xx

KQx

 

AKxxx

Kxx

QJ8x

x

 

 

Only 2 out of 6 pairs bid to 6 Diamonds on the above deal.  In fact the grand slam is a very good contract but is difficult to reach with confidence.  (Even if the KQ of Clubs are in the four card holding all thirteen tricks are made with careful play – The Heart lead is won in the Dummy with the King and Ace of Clubs and a Club ruff follow.  A low Heart to the Ace follows at trick four and a second Club ruff at trick five.  Now the Jack of Diamonds to the Ace and a third Club ruff at trick seven.  Now Ace of Spades and a Spade ruff allow trumps to be drawn and declarer does not even need to make use of the King of Spades !)

 

A sensible auction to the small slam is:-

 

North

East

South

West

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 Clubs

4NT

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

The key bid here is that after South bids 4th suit 2 Hearts and hears opener show 5-5 in the minors that South should jump to 4 Diamonds with such strong trump support and the excellent controls in the majors.

 

 

2       Work out the only chance and play for it

 

Board 1 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

No Declarer who reached 3NT on this deal worked out what the only chance to make the contract was and played on that assumption.

 

 

KQxx

AKx

K

Q9xxx

 

Ax

xxx

9xxx

KJ108

 

J109xx

QJ109

xxx

A

 

xx

xxx

AQJ10x

xxx

 

 

There are two possible ways to get to game depending on whether East overcalls in Spades or passes.

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 Spade

2 NT1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 NT2

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Showing a good hand of about 17-18 points either 4=2=5=2 or 4=3=1=5.  (If the latter then responder will have to hope that Diamond is singleton King!)

 

2           Showing a sound Spade stop and a good 17 to 19 points

 

The opening lead against 3NT was the Queen of Hearts.  Assuming that the Diamonds break 4-3 then Declarer has eight winners, five Diamonds (obviously overtaking the King with the Ace on the first round), two Hearts and one Spade.  There is no chance of making any tricks in Clubs because by the time that any Club might become established the Defence are certain to make at least five tricks.  Therefore in order to make a ninth trick the only chance is for West to have started with either the singleton Ace of Spades or doubleton Ax.

 

Accordingly Declarer wins the first trick with the King of Hearts and immediately plays the King of Diamonds overtaking with the Ace in the Dummy.  The Queen, Jack, 10 and the fifth Diamond then follow on which Declarer discards two Clubs, one Heart and one Spade.  At trick seven a low Spade to the Queen follows which wins the trick.  Now a second Spade is played and the Ace appears on the second round giving the ninth trick with the Ace of Hearts as entry to the second Spade trick.

 

Yes this is a very fortunate lie of the Spade suit but it is the only chance to make the contract and therefore the hand must be played on the basis that such a fortunate distribution exists.

 

3       Passive lead defeats game

 

Board 9 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J10x

Qxxx

Jxx

K97

 

843

KJx

KQxx

Jxx

 

97xx

None

1087

AQ8xxx

 

AKQ

A109xxx

A9x

10

 

 

South opens 1 Heart in third seat, North gives a single raise and South goes straight to game as his sixth trump makes the hand too strong for a trial bid in Diamonds.

 

With only the trump suit having been bid West should seek maximum safety in his opening lead.  Accordingly he should lead his middle Spade intending to play MUD (Middle – Up – Down).  On a Spade lead Declarer will probably play the 10 of Clubs at trick 2 covered by the Jack, King and Ace.  Provided that East now returns a Diamond the contract is certain to be defeated (selecting the 10 to make it clear that he can contribute nothing to the establishment of any Diamond tricks).  West can win the Queen of Diamonds at trick three and exit safely in either black suit to wait for his trump trick and second Diamond trick.

 

Note that if the opening lead is the King of Diamonds (which was selected at three out of the six tables) that the contract makes comfortably as now declarer only loses one Heart, one Diamond and one Club trick.

 

So the moral is that providing there is no indication from the bidding that an attacking lead is required you should make the lead which is least likely to give away a trick.  Here it was clear to be passive as no suits had been bid apart from trumps.