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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.
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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

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

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!!"

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 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 August 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2014 duplicates

 

1       The 2NT Scramble – to find an 8 card fit

 

Board 24 Tuesday 19 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

xx

A9x

AKJx

AJ9x

 

AQxx

KQxxxx

None

Kxx

 

10xx

10xx

xxxx

Qxx

 

KJ9x

J

Q109xx

10xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

Pass

?

 

Pass

Pass

 

 

Pass

Double

 

1 Heart

2 Hearts

Pass

 

West opens 1 Heart and North overcalls 1NT with 17 points and a stop in Hearts.  South passes because with only 7 points the chances of game are low and at pairs it is not sensible to look for borderline games.

 

When West rebids 2 Hearts on his attractive 6-4 shape South now doubles for takeout.  How should North respond to this?

 

When South Doubles 2 Hearts his distribution could be any one of the five possibilities listed below:-

 

a)         4=1=4=4

b)         4=2=3=4

c)         4=2=4=3

d)         4=1=5=3

e)         4=1=3=5

 

In the case of a) it will not matter which minor suit North bids in response to the takeout double.  However in examples b) to e) if North guesses wrong then the partnership will end in a 7 card fit instead of an 8 or 9 card fit.  How can North ensure that the partnership end up playing in at least an 8 card fit?

 

The answer is that North bids 2NT which is called a Scrambling 2NT bid.  North cannot be bidding 2NT to play since if his Hearts were so strong he would pass the Double for penalties.  Instead the 2NT bid denies four cards in Spades and asks partner to choose the minor suit himself.

 

In response to the 2NT Scramble South bids 3 Diamonds which is passed out.  There are no problems in the play (finessing twice in Clubs) and 10 tricks result for a score of +130.

 

 

2       Plan the Defence in the Bidding !

 

Board 11 Wednesday 20 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

KJ10x

K

KJ10xx

xxx

 

Q

AQJxxx

xx

109xx

 

xx

109xxxx

AQxx

A

 

A987xx

None

xx

KQJxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

4 Spades

 

?

 

1 Spade

 

3 Hearts

 

 

When North jumps to 4 Spades after West’s weak jump overcall in Hearts East’s initial reaction might be to bid 5 Hearts.  However that would be both a lazy and a very shortsighted bid.  Why is this?

 

East knows that it is almost certain that North South are going to play the hand in 5 Spades.  Therefore he must ensure that the Defence gets off to the best start against this contract.  (While it is true that East West can actually make 6 Hearts with the Diamond finesse working that is impossible to bid).  Hence East should bid 5 Diamonds over 4 Spades.  Now while it is theoretically possible that this might be passed out that is extremely unlikely and in any event because East West are not vulnerable there is no danger attached to this course of action because seven down undoubled in 5 Diamonds is only -350.

 

Over 5 Diamonds from East this will not deter South from bidding 5 Spades.  However now a Diamond lead from West will result in East winning the first three tricks with the Queen and Ace of Diamonds followed by the Ace of Clubs.  Already that is one down.  When East now continues with a third round of Diamonds South now has a difficult decision whether to trump the third Diamond with an intermediate Spade or with the Ace.  If he guesses wrong he will now go three down as he will also suffer a Club ruff at trick five.  So East West get a plus score of either +100 or +300.

 

Note that if East bids a lazy 5 Hearts then now West might start off with the disastrous lead of the Ace of Hearts as happened at three of the eight tables in the Wednesday Duplicate.  This is ruffed, trumps are drawn ending in the Dummy and a low Club to East’s bare Ace leaves East endplayed at trick five and one of the Diamond losers now goes up in smoke.  Result +450.

 

SO IN A COMPETITIVE AUCTION YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A LEAD DIRECTING BID ESPECIALLY WHEN NON-VULNERABLE.  Note that if East were already a passed hand that 5 Diamonds would agree Hearts. 

 

 

3       Transfer starts route to slam

 

Board 2 Monday 25 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

A

A109xx

Qxxx

Kxx

 

Q9xxx

QJx

Jxx

xx

 

K10xxx

x

10xx

J9xx

 

Jx

Kxxx

AKx

AQ10x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

4 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 NT

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

4 NT

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair bid to the almost certain small slam in Hearts on the above hand.  North starts off by transferring when South opens a strong no trump.  South should break the transfer because he has four trumps.  He can either do this by jumping to 3 Hearts showing four trumps or an alternative treatment would be for South to bid 2 Spades which is best played as showing a small doubleton in Spades and a maximum with four Hearts.  North now cuebids 3 Spades over 3 Hearts.  South cuebids 4 Clubs and now North repeat cuebids in Spades to show second round control and at the same time of course it denies either first or second round control of Diamonds.  That is enough for South to put in place RKCB and settle for a small slam when he discovers that the Queen of trumps is missing.  There are no problems in the play and a score of +1430 results.