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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva 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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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.

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%.