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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.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

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For directions on how to find us please click on the 

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!
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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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.
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

Tel: 0161 445 3712

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN AUGUST........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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!
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 Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for April 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2014 duplicates

 

1       Exclusion Key Card a.k.a Voidwood

 

Board 7 Tuesday 22 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

None

AKQx

KJxxx

J10xx

 

AQxx

J98xx

Qxx

x

 

1098xxx

10xx

109

xx

 

KJx

x

Axx

AKQxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

5 Spades

7 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

5NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

When South jumps to 3 Clubs over North’s response of 1 Diamond North can be almost certain that a slam in Clubs is on the cards.  However it is no use using ordinary Key Card Blackwood as the Ace of Spades in the South hand is of absolutely no use to North.  Consequently North should jump to 5 Spades.  This inexplicable jump to the five level shows a void in that suit and asks partner to show how many key cards he has OUTSIDE that suit.  With 0 or 3 keycards he bids one step up – 5NT – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 6 Clubs – and with two keycards he bids three steps up – 6 Diamonds.

 

Here South responds the first step showing 3 keycards (he cannot have zero after his jump to 3 Clubs) and North can now jump straight to the Grand Slam in Clubs.  Note that there is no need to ask about the Queen of trumps as there is a known 10 card fit and the odds of bringing in the suit even if the Queen were to be missing is 89 per cent as only Qxx offside will cause any problems.

 

Some of you might ask the question how will the bidding go if West overcalls 1 Heart.  The correct auction is now:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

4 Diamonds

4NT

7 Clubs

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

where 3 Spades is a splinter bid, 4 Diamonds and 4 Hearts are cue-bids.  Now when South bids 4NT RKCB North jumps to 6 Clubs to show 1 or 3 keycards and a void (which can only be in Spades after the earlier splinter).

 

 

2       Accepting the invitation with minimum points

 

Board 2 Wednesday 23 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

10xx

J98xxx

KJ

10x

 

AQxx

xx

xxxx

AJx

 

Kx

AKQ

AQ

Q97xxx

 

J98x

10x

10xxxx

K8

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

3 Diamonds

6NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Clubs

4NT

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight reached 6NT on the above hand because the other seven pairs failed to appreciate the power of a six card suit.

 

East opens 2NT, West employs Stayman and then bids a quantitative 4NT over the 2 Diamond denial.  Although East has a minimum 20 points he should accept the invitation because of the six card Club suit.  Although there is a small possibility that the hand is off the Ace and King of Clubs this is unlikely and whenever the long Club is opposite Ace to three or better then the slam is a good bet.

 

On West’s actual Club holding the slam is actually 95% certain to make and would only go down when South holds all four outstanding Clubs (a 5% chance).

 

To illustrate the principle suppose we change West’s Clubs from AJx to Axx.  What is the probability of the contract making now?  The contract will now make when the outstanding Clubs are:-

 

A)        2-2 = 40%

B)        North having three Clubs = 25% (one half of the 3-1 breaks)

C)        North having a singleton King = 6.25% (one quarter of the 3-1 breaks in the South hand)

 

Giving a total probability of 71.25% which is excellent odds to justify bidding a slam.

 

 

3       Change of Trump Suit for Slam

 

Board 16 Tuesday 29 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

AQx

Kxx

xxx

AKxx

 

1098xx

xxx

Qxx

xx

 

Kxx

Jx

KJ109x

xxx

 

Jx

AQ109x

Ax

QJ109

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

2 Hearts

3 Hearts

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North opens a strong no-trump and South transfers into Hearts.  South now shows his second suit by bidding 3 Clubs.

 

This gives North a problem.  He has a dilemma between bidding 3 Hearts or raising to 4 Clubs.  At this stage North does not know the extent of South’s ambitions on the hand.  If South is simply bidding on a 5-5 nine count to explore whether the hand should be played in no-trumps or a suit contract then the hand should be played in Hearts eg if South has ♠x ♥AQxxx ♦xx ♣QJxxx.  This is especially true at Pairs scoring when making ten or eleven tricks in Hearts will score better than eleven tricks in Clubs.

 

However if South has a stronger hand with 14 plus points (which is the minimum recommended to make a slam try on a balanced 2=5=2=4 distribution) then a slam is quite possible.  Therefore the bid which keeps both possibilities in play so to speak is to temporize by bidding 3 Hearts.

 

Over 3 Hearts South is now able to cue-bid 4 Diamonds showing the Ace or King of Diamonds and an interest in slam. 

 

Over 4 Diamonds North can now visualize a slam but should jump to 6 Clubs rather than use keycard for Hearts because as a rule a 4-4 trump fit almost always produces one more trick than a 5-3 fit.

 

The above hand aptly demonstrates this principle.  On a Diamond lead to 6 Hearts the contract is dependent on the Spade finesse which fails and so 6 Hearts will not make.  However on a Diamond lead to 6 Clubs after drawing trumps and discarding two of Dummy’s Diamonds on the Heart winners the Spade finesse is taken for the overtrick and not the contract.