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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB., 

We are no longer at Palatine Road or The Casino for any bridge whatsoever! 

 

. . .  BECAUSE WE HAVE MOVED, FROM 2ND JANUARY, TO OUR NEW "HOME" PREMISES. . . .

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See Centre Column on this page ►)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

It's that time of year again when 

your annual membership payment is due.  

The fees are the same as for last year (again!),

so it's £50 for Single Membership,

£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.

Membership runs from January through to December each year. 

Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.

If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are

Barclays Bank -  Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20

"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration."

THANK YOU.

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS

Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.

This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.

CONGRATULATIONS!

(Photo to follow)

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)

Blue Point Teams

Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith.  Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.

3 Jan 2019

2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend

This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.

Representing England:
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould

For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain

The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.

Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.

11 Dec 2018 | Internationals

Teltscher Trophy Trials

This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.

Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett

The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.

Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.

For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:

17 Dec 2018 | Internationals

Latest update...........

Mossop team wins Senior Trials

The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.

The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.

 

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.

The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist

with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place

and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third

Full results details are bottom right of this page.

 

Scottish Congress

Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.

Great Result!

 

European Mixed Teams Trials

 

The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly.  The European event will be in Lisbon in February.

 

Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Senior World Championship

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. 
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

*************

2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

*************

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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

If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they 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 davedebbage@hotmail.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.