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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45328519

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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.

Click here for details

13 Sep 2018 | Internationals

Premier League started last weekend (16/17th Sept)

The Premier League started last weekend, with 28 teams competing across the three divisions.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

  • Competition information; Results
  • 17 Sep 2018 | Internationals

    MBC Team come second in Round 1

    The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

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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 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.