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Welcome to

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

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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

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

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

Thankyou.

Tips for May 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2014 duplicates

 

1       When both opponents have bid a suit a bid by the 4th player of one of the opposition suits should be played as natural

 

Board 13 Tuesday 20 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

x

QJ10xx

Kx

KJ9xx

 

AKQ10x

Kx

x

Axxxx

 

Jxx

Axx

Q10xxxx

x

 

9xxx

xxx

AJ9x

Q10

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

4 Spades

 

North opens 1 Heart a routine Rule of 20 opener.  South responds 1 Spade and the focus turns to West.  Many years ago it was recommended that the best course of action was to pass and to come to life later on.  However this has now gone firmly out of fashion and it is best for West to bid 2 Spades.  This would usually show a good 6 card Spade suit in view of Spades being bid on the right of West but with a very strong 5 carder it is acceptable to bid with 5 on this occasion.  East may be tempted to pass but with three trumps headed by an honour, the Ace of Hearts and a singleton Club he is well worth a raise to 3 Spades.  West is happy to go to game with his five loser hand and attractive 5-5 shape.

 

The best lead for the defence is the singleton trump.  Normally a singleton trump is a bad lead but since South is known to have four Spades on the bidding it is unlikely to do any damage.  West must be careful to win in hand with the 10.  He then plays Ace of Clubs and a Club ruff.  A low Heart to the King and a further Club ruff with the Jack of Spades follows.  He thus makes 10 tricks with seven trump tricks, two Heart tricks and one Club trick.

 

 

 

2       Where is the Queen of Clubs ?

 

Board 24 Thursday 22 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

xx

AQJxxxx

x

A10x

 

AK98xx

10x

xxx

?x

 

QJxx

9

AKxx

?xxx

 

x

Kxx

QJ109x

KJxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

Pass

 

5 Hearts

2 Spades

Pass

 

North South quickly brush aside the weak two opener from West and reach a contract of 5 Hearts.

 

At first glance it might appear that the contract depends on locating the Queen of Clubs but as the play develops you will see that this is not the case.

 

East leads the King of Diamonds (usual to lead the King from Ace King against contracts at the four level or higher).  When West plays low it is more likely that the singleton lies with North than with West so East now switches to the Queen of Spades.  West should overtake this with the King and return a trump.  Declarer wins in hand and trumps his second Spade in the dummy.  Now the second round of Diamonds is trumped and a low Heart to the King follows as East discards a Spade at trick six.  At trick seven a third round of Diamonds is trumped but the Ace of Diamonds has not appeared. 

 

At this point Declarer should stop to work out West’s distribution.  West is known to be exactly 6=2=3=2 and therefore East is known to be 4=1=4=4.  The position of the Queen of Clubs is now irrelevant because Declarer plays out his remaining trumps from tricks eight to ten.  At trick ten East in order to keep the Ace of Diamonds has to come down to a doubleton Club.  The Queen of Diamonds is now discarded from the Dummy.  The last three tricks are made with the Ace, King and Jack of Clubs, with the Queen of Clubs certain to fall and it does not matter whether it originally lay with West or East.

 

 

3       Safety Play in Diamonds almost 97%

 

Board 17 Tuesday 27 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

xx

KJ9xxx

x

Jxxx

 

AK10

Q

AKQxx

Qxxx

 

Jxxx

A10x

109

AK109

 

Qxxx

xxx

Jxxxx

x

 

 

North

East

South

West

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

5NT

Pass

 

North opens a weak 2 Hearts which is passed round to West who doubles.  Over the double East bids 3 Hearts.  As those readers who have received my notes on Lebensohl will know this bid shows an opening hand with a Heart stop and exactly four cards in the other major Spades.

 

How should West respond to East’s cue-bid ?  Clearly the partnership have enough points for slam to be in the offing but it is not clear in which denomination they might belong.  The modern bid in these circumstances is for West to jump to 5NT saying to partner “please choose a slam”.  Over 5NT East looking at his chunky four card holding in Clubs and the Ace of Hearts chooses to play in 6 Clubs which West is delighted to pass holding Queen to four trumps.  (Note that even if West’s clubs were only QJx rather than Qxxx then 6 Clubs would still be a very good contract with the Heart ruff providing an extra trick even with a 4-3 fit.)

 

The play is very interesting.  If trumps break 3-2 then 12 tricks are guaranteed since Declarer would be certain to make five trump tricks, four Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Heart trick.  However after winning the Ace of Hearts at trick one and playing a Club to the Queen followed by a second Club to the Ace the bad news arrives in the form of a 4-1 break with surprisingly the weak two bidder being the defender with four cards.  At this point North is known to have started with 10 cards in Hearts and Clubs and so therefore there is a significant danger that the Diamonds will break 5-1.

 

The correct play at trick four is therefore to run the 10 (or 9) of Diamonds.  If this wins then Declarer can then trump a Heart in the Dummy, finesse against the Jack of Clubs and on the last trump South has to discard in front of the Dummy from ♠Qxx ♦Jxxx.  If South discards a Spade then Declarer discards a Diamond from the Dummy.  If South discards a Diamond then Declarer discards the 10 of Spades from the Dummy.  In either case all thirteen tricks are made resulting in a score of +940 to East West. 

 

If the 10 of Diamonds loses to the Jack in the North hand then now North will return a third trump.  A Heart will then be trumped in the Dummy and now East will seek to enter hand to draw the last trump by playing a second Diamond to the 9 (or 10).  Thus if North has won a trick with the singleton Jack of Diamonds the contract will be defeated.  When the Diamonds are 5-1 the odds are 5 to 1 that the Jack is in the five card holding.  Thus the odds of North having a singleton Jack of Diamonds is one sixth of 14.5% (the odds of a 5-1 break) = 2.4%.  The only other scenario to consider is the possibility of a 6-nil Diamond break which is 1.5%.  If the Diamonds are 6-nil and North ruffs the first round of Diamonds then Declarer will now need to finesse in Spades to make the contract.   Thus on the 6-nil breaks half the time Declarer will succeed and half the time he will fail.

 

Therefore the failure rate of the safety play in Diamonds is 2.4% plus 0.75% which is only 3.15%.