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. . . .
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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.
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The 2018 Manchester Congress
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."
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
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the March 2014 duplicates
1 Extreme care needed
Board 8 Thursday 20 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
Four pairs bid to a contract of 4 Hearts on the above hand but none of the four were successful in making the contract. West opens 1 Diamond as he is far too strong for a pre-emptive opening especially not vulnerable. North overcalls 1 Heart and East bids 1 Spade showing a five card suit. South makes an unassuming cue-bid showing at least nine points with Heart support and North should now jump to game with his strong 6-4 shape and only five losers.
The opening lead is a Diamond. Declarer’s priority is clearly to discard the Diamond loser on a Spade winner in the Dummy. Accordingly the Ace of Diamonds is played at trick one followed by the Ace of Spades unavoidably crashing the King, followed by the Queen of Spades discarding the second Diamond.
With the Diamond loser now attended to Declarer has to keep the losers in the rounded suits (Hearts and Clubs) to three. In such situations it is nearly always correct to play the side suit (Clubs) before the trump suit (Hearts) as it may be necessary to trump a Club in the Dummy.
Accordingly at trick four a low Club is played to the King which wins. This is very illuminating because now if Declarer takes the trouble to count the points outstanding he knows that the Heart finesse must be wrong ! Why is this? Well as East bid 1 Spade he is likely to have five points and yet it looks as if he has no points in Diamonds and only the Jack of Clubs. Therefore he must have the King of Hearts in order to begin to justify his 1 Spade bid. Therefore at trick five Declarer plays the Queen of Hearts from hand (just in case West has the singleton Jack). East must win with the King and he continues with a second Diamond which is trumped. Now at trick seven Declarer plays a second Heart towards the 10 in the Dummy. East can win the Jack but the 10 of Hearts is now a crucial entry in order to cash the Jack of Spades and then play a second Club from the Dummy and thus lose just only one Club trick and two trump tricks.
The moral is that it is absolutely essential to plan the play on the basis of the bidding (or lack of it) as it will often indicate that a key finesse cannot possibly be working.
2 Asking for third round control
Board 5 Tuesday 25 March – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
After North passes and East opens 1 Diamond some Souths overcalled 2 Diamonds as a Michaels cuebid showing at least 5-5 in the major suits. As North South were vulnerable and North was already a passed hand the words of the great Terence Reese come to mind with his oft used expression “Careless talk costs lives”. The chances of North South buying the contract were extremely low and by making a Michaels cuebid it is actually much easier for East West to reach the Grand Slam in Diamonds.
The most descriptive bid for West to make over 2 Diamonds is to jump to 4 Hearts. This cannot possibly be natural after South has advertised at least five cards in Hearts but is a splinter bid suggesting a void or singleton Ace of Hearts. As East has control of Spades he can go straight to 4NT RKCB. West now bids 5 Diamonds (0 or 3 keycards) clearly 3 in this instance. East knowing that all the keycards are present is now only interested in whether West has third round control of Clubs. Accordingly be bids 6 Clubs which says to West “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of Clubs”. Third round control can either be the Queen or a doubleton. West is happy to oblige and jumps to the Grand Slam with the play presenting no problems.
Without the overcall of 2 Diamonds it is much harder to reach the Grand Slam since a jump to 4 Hearts opposite a 1 Diamond opener would be natural if South does not advertise having both majors and East West might well settle for reaching 6 Diamonds.
3 Slam in three suits
Board 30 Thursday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East
East opens 1 Spade playing strong notrump. West having 5-5 in the minors should first of all bid his higher ranking suit 2 Diamonds. East rebids 2NT showing 12 to 14 and now West has a choice between showing his second suit Clubs and bidding 3 Spades to show three card Spade support. It is better to show the second suit as the Spade support can be shown later. Over 3 Clubs East clearly cannot bid 3NT as he has no Heart stop but equally he does not want to raise to 4 Clubs because it takes the bidding beyond 3NT if partner has half a stop in Hearts so he should temporize with a bid of 3 Diamonds. Now West introduces his three card Spade support and East can now support the Clubs. The West hand has now become incredibly powerful. As East does not have a Heart stop and has shown support for both Diamonds and Clubs a Small Slam is likely to be a very good bet. However West has no idea whether the slam should be in Spades, Diamonds or Clubs. In such circumstances a jump to 5NT without going through 4NT says to partner “We are going to slam but I am not sure in which denomination it should be played. Our previous bidding has suggested playing in more than one denomination. Please pick a slam” On this occasion East should bid the slam in Clubs which is the safest proposition although at pairs there is also a case for gambling on playing in Spades on the 4-3 fit. Happily the fortunate lie of the North South cards means that all thirteen tricks are made whether playing in Spades, Diamonds or Clubs. I have calculated the probability of 6 Clubs making as being approximately 68 per cent and would be even higher if the 10 of Clubs were present in the East hand.