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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

 

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

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!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

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

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 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!!

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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for March 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2014 duplicates

 

1       Extreme care needed

 

Board 8 Thursday 20 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

K

AQ9xxx

9x

KQxx

 

xx

x

KQJ10xxx

Axx

 

10xxxx

KJx

8x

J10x

 

AQJ9x

10xx

Ax

9xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Heart

4 Hearts

 

1 Spade

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

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

 

 

J9x

KJxx

x

Q109xx

 

Axxx

A

KJ10xxx

Jx

 

x

xx

AQxxx

AKxxx

 

KQ10xx

Q109xxx

x

x

 

 

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

 

 

xxx

K109xxxx

Q

xx

 

Kxx

None

A98xx

AQ8xx

 

AQJ9

Qx

KJx

J9xx

 

xxx

AJxx

10xxx

K10

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2NT

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

3 Clubs

3 Spades

5NT

Pass

 

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.