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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

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

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2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

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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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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

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

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

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for July 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2014 duplicates

 

1       The convention with no name !

 

Board 16 Wednesday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

AKJ98xxx

Qx

Ax

x

 

x

Jxx

KQJxx

KQJx

 

xx

10xx

109xxx

xxx

 

Qx

AKxxx

x

A10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

4 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

4NT

7 Spades

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid to 7 Spades on the above hand in the Wednesday Duplicate which has 13 top tricks even discounting the Diamond ruff.

 

The key to getting there is to have in your armoury a convention which to the best of my knowledge has no name.  If your right hand opponent opens 1 Club or 1 Diamond then a jump to the FOUR LEVEL in that minor shows a very strong jump to four in either major.

 

On this hand South knows that North has Spades and therefore bids RKCB to find out whether partner has two or three keycards in Spades before choosing between a small or a grand slam.

 

If South had a much weaker hand and was unsure which major suit his partner was showing he would simply bid 4 Hearts as a “pass or correct bid”.

 

 

 

2       Game universally missed

 

Board 15 Thursday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

QJ9xx

xx

J10x

10xx

 

10x

KQJxx

xx

QJxx

 

xx

Axxxx

Qxxx

Ax

 

AKxx

x

AKxx

K98x

 

 

South opens 1 Club, West overcalls 1 Heart and North passes.  At the favourable vulnerability East has a choice between making an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Clubs showing Heart support and at least 9 HCPs or bidding 4 Hearts.  Given the vulnerability it is perhaps more attractive to go straight to game. 

 

Looking at the score sheet all the East West’s were left to play unmolested in Hearts either at the three or four level.  However South should not have subsided over 4 Hearts but should instead have doubled for takeout.  The reason why the double should be for takeout and not penalty is that over 100 hands it is far more likely for South to wish to compete with a strong hand and not more than a singleton Heart rather than make a penalty double when the opposition have theoretically shown a 10 card Heart fit.  On those rare occasions when South does have a penalty double of 4 Hearts he should simply pass.

 

When South doubles 4 Hearts for takeout then North is delighted to bid 4 Spades as the Double of 4 Hearts guarantees a minimum of three cards in Spades (the unbid major) and usually four.  North has no wasted honour in Hearts (whereas if he had for instance Kx in Hearts he might well choose to defend) and his minor honours in Clubs and Diamonds will definitely be pulling their weight.

 

4 Spades makes comfortably.  If the Defence start off with two rounds of Hearts then Declarer can ruff high in the Dummy draw trumps ending in hand then play a Club to the 9 and Jack.  Whichever minor suit West now plays only three tricks will be lost.

 

 

 

3       Bidding out the shape to diagnose the perfect fit

 

Board 13 Tuesday 29 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

x

Axxx

xxx

AKQJx

 

KQJx

KQx

xxx

xxx

 

Axxxx

J109x

xx

10x

 

10xx

xx

AKQJx

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 Heart

3 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 Clubs

5 ♣ or 5 ♦

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

It is quite unusual to play at the game level in a minor suit with only eight trumps but the above deal is a good example of such a hand.

 

When North rebids 1 Heart this can be assumed to show at least five Clubs (the only exception to this hypothesis would be if North were specifically 4=4=1=4).  South should then jump to 3 Clubs showing around 10 or 11 points with at least three Clubs.  Over 3 Clubs North’s first instinct might be to pass but as he has very pure values he should bid out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds.  By so doing North is highlighting the fact that he is very short in Spades almost certainly 1=4=3=5.  South can now visualize that the hands fit perfectly because as South has no wasted honours in Spades – apart from the Ace any other honours would be completely useless opposite a singleton Spade in the North hand – and should now jump to game in a minor.  He could bid either 5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds.  5 Diamonds has a slight edge because on a black suit lead to 5 Diamonds it is possible to make 12 tricks whereas regardless of the opening lead to 5 Clubs only 11 tricks can be made.