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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.

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

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 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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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.

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 June 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2014 duplicates

 

1       When after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.

 

Board 7 Thursday 12 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Axx

10x

xx

xxxxxx

 

KJ9xx

xxx

AJxx

x

 

Qxx

AKJx

K10x

AKQ

 

10x

Qxxx

Q9xx

Jxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

3 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

 

When West bids 4 Diamonds he is making a slam try showing five cards in Spades and at least four cards in Diamonds.  Over four-of-a-minor, opener needs to be able to sign-off, support responder’s major, bid keycard for responder’s major and bid keycard for responder’s minor.  There is only one method to accomplish all of the above.  After responder bids four-of-a-minor, opener with a minimum, bids four of responder’s major to show three or four-card support or bids five of responder’s minor with support for the minor.  Opener bids 4NT to deny a fit for either of responder’s suits.  Opener bids the lower off-suit (non-trump suit) as keycard for BOTH of responder’s suits.  Since there are two trump suits, there are six keycards, four Aces and two Kings.  There are also two Queens.

 

The responses are:-

 

 

1st step                       1 or 4 keycards

2nd step                      0 or 3 keycards

3rd step                       2 keycards no Queen of Diamonds or Spades

4th step                       2 keycards plus one Queen

5th step                       2 keycards plus two Queens

 

Thus in the example West responds to the keycard bid of 4 Hearts by bidding 5 Clubs the third step to show 2 keycards and no Queen.  This is sufficient for East to bid 6 Spades.

 

In the play let us assume that the opening lead is a low Club to the Queen.  Declarer plays a low Spade to the Jack and Ace at trick two and North returns a trump at trick three.  The last trump is drawn at trick four.  Declarer should then seek to combine his chances in the red suits by trying to ruff out the Queen of Hearts.  Accordingly at trick five he plays a low Heart to the King and cashes the Ace of Hearts at trick six.  At tricks seven and eight the King and Ace of Clubs are cashed discarding one Heart and one Diamond from the Dummy.  At trick nine the third round of Hearts is ruffed in the Dummy but the Queen has not yet appeared.  Now the last trump is cashed at trick ten on which Declarer discards his low Diamond.  This actually squeezes South who in order to keep the Queen of Hearts is forced to come down to only two Diamonds.  In the three card ending the Dummy has AJx in Diamonds while Declarer has K10 of Diamonds and the Jack of Hearts.  A low Diamond to the King at trick eleven and a second Diamond at trick twelve then shows up the Queen.  However note that even if South had started off with 9xxx in Diamonds rather than Q9xx then Declarer would drop the Queen of Diamonds offside at trick twelve because he knows that South’s last card is the Queen of Hearts.

 

 

2       Using Dummy’s long suit as a substitute for drawing trumps

 

Board 11 Thursday 26 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

K109xxx

xx

Jxx

Jx

 

xxx

KQJx

K10xxx

Q

 

None

Axxxxxx

AQxx

Kx

 

AQJx

None

x

A10xxxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

 

3 Hearts

6 Hearts

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

6 Spades

Double

1 Diamond

5 Hearts

Pass

 

East’s bid of 3 Hearts is a “fit jump” showing four card Diamond support and at least five Hearts.  While South might be tempted to double 6 Hearts holding two Aces he should respect the fact that East has bid 6 Hearts freely and almost certainly has a void to bid the slam.  East opens with the Ace of Diamonds and continues with a second Diamond reducing the Dummy to three trumps.  At tricks three and four Declarer plays Ace and another Club to establish the long suit in the Dummy.  At trick five East plays the Ace of Hearts which is ruffed with the Jack of Spades in the Dummy.  At trick six the Queen of Spades is cashed.  On this trick the three nil trump break is disclosed.  South is left with only the Ace of trumps while West still has two trumps.  However Declarer now uses the now established Clubs as a means of drawing trumps.  As soon as West trumps one of the established Club winners North will overtrump and then draw the last trump by playing a low Spade to the Ace in the Dummy to then enjoy the remaining Club winners.  Alternatively if West refuses to trump the winning Clubs then all of Declarer’s losers in the red suits will be discarded.  Thus the contract goes just one down for minus 100 which is a terrific result against 6 Hearts making.

 

 

3       Slam universally missed

 

Board 27 Monday 30 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

Axxx

A10x

AK9xx

x

 

Q109xx

Kxx

xxx

Qx

 

Kxx

xxxx

Jx

109xx

 

J

QJx

Q10x

AKJxxx

 

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

2 Spades

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Clubs

3 Diamonds

3NT

4 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single North South pair out of the ten tables managed to bid to a slam in Diamonds on this hand.  In fact a Grand Slam is makeable but I doubt that the odds would justify bidding the Grand.

 

South rebids 2 Clubs guaranteeing a six carder and North shows his second suit Spades.  At this point I can only guess that all the Souths in question foolishly bid No trumps at this stage.  However as North has shown a strong hand with at least five Diamonds and four Spades it is much more important for South to show the excellent Diamond support holding two honours in the suit.  North now bids the 4th suit and now South bids No trumps to admit to a Heart stop.  North is still interested in a slam and takes 3NT out  to 4 Diamonds.  Now South cuebids four Spades showing either the King or a singleton.  Over 4 Spades North could probably jump to 6 Diamonds but he goes through the motions of RKCB to check that partner has one keycard before doing so.