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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.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JUNE........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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

2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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

2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for September 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2014 duplicates

 

1       Slam on 24 points

 

Board 2 Wednesday 3 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

AJ87x

A10x

854

Ax

 

Qx

Qxxxx

K

Jxxxx

 

K10xxx

xxx

3

KQxx

 

x

KJ

AQJ109762

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 Diamonds

3NT

4 Hearts

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair bid to the almost certain 6 Diamond contract with only 24 points in the combined hands.  Note that even if West had started with Kx in Diamonds that on a passive Club lead Declarer could generate a third Heart trick thanks to the 10 of Hearts in the Dummy to discard the Club loser.

 

When South rebids 3 Diamonds showing at least six cards in Diamonds and a non-minimum hand North should realise that holding three Aces and three trumps that there is a possibility of a slam.  He starts the ball rolling by bidding the opposition suit to get more information from South.  South bids 3NT showing a stop in Hearts.  North now confirms that he is interested in a Diamond slam by supporting Diamonds.  Although South only has 11 points he should be delighted to co-operate given that he has an eight card Diamond suit.  South’s 4 Heart cue-bid is clearly showing the King (since North has the Ace) which is all the information which North needs to justify jumping to slam. 

 

If the Defence start off with the best lead of a Club then the Ace of Clubs wins the first trick.  Trumps are drawn and rather than trying for the overtrick by taking a Heart finesse through the overcaller (which you would have to do if there were a trump loser) Declarer should seek to develop the Spades.  The Ace of Spades is played at trick three followed by a Spade ruff (but not with the 2 of Diamonds).  The Queen drops from West on the second round.  The six or seven of Diamonds is now played to Dummy’s eight of Diamonds.  At trick six the Jack of Spades is covered with the King and ruffed but again not with the 2 of Diamonds.  At trick seven the carefully preserved 2 of Diamonds is played to the 5 in the Dummy and the eight of Spades is played from the Dummy.  There is now a ruffing finesse against East’s 10 of Spades.  Assuming East covers with the 10 then this is ruffed and finally the Dummy is entered with the Ace of Hearts and the winning seven of Spades is played on which the losing Club is discarded for the overtrick.  Score 1390 to North South.

 

 

2       Introduction to the Kokish Relay after a 2♣ Opener

 

When players are first taught how to bid very strong balanced hands after a 2 Club opening bid they are taught that:-

 

2♣ – 2♦ – 2NT shows 23 or 24 balanced and

2♣ – 2♦ – 3NT shows 25 to 27 balanced

 

The problem with the latter bid is that to jump to 3NT showing 25 to 27 points makes life very difficult for responder if he has an unbalanced hand as he has to start to describe his hand at the four level.

 

It is for this reason that for well over 10 years many good players have added the 2 Heart Kokish relay to their bidding toolbox.

 

Board 20 Tuesday 9 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

10x

xx

QJxxxx

xxx

 

AK

AKQx

A109

KQxx

 

Jxxxx

Jx

x

AJ10xx

 

Q9xx

109xxx

Kxx

x

 

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

2 Spades2

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2 Hearts1

2NT

3 Spades

4 Diamonds3

7 Clubs

 

1 and 2              Kokish relay

3                       RKCB for Clubs and Spades

 

The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish.  After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S.  After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points.  The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT.  He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT.  Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.

 

What does opener do with an actual Heart suit?  The answer is that he bids something other than 2NT !  If he repeats his Hearts it shows 6+ Hearts.  If he bids a new suit, it shows that suit and Hearts.  So for example, 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥ - 2♠ - 3♣ shows 5+ Hearts and 4+ Clubs.  It cancels the message of the Kokish relay.  In other words if opener bids anything other than 2NT it is natural and the 2 Heart bid becomes natural.

 

Using this method 2♣ - 2♦ - 3NT would show a running minor something like:-

 

♠Ax  ♥Ax ♦AKQJxxx ♣Kx

 

So on Board 20 above West with his 25 point rock crusher rebids 2 Hearts after the 2 Diamond waiting bid.  This forces responder to bid 2 Spades after which opener can clarify whether he has a balanced rock crusher or a single suiter with Hearts or a two suiter with Hearts and another suit.  When West rebids 2NT this shows 25 plus points and is completely game forcing.  East now transfers into Spades and over the 3 Spade completion of the transfer he bids 4 Clubs.  This is a second suit showing at least five cards in Spades and four cards in Clubs.

 

When responder bids 4 Clubs West wants to bid RKCB.  As explained in Tip 1 June 2014  “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 RKCB for BOTH of responder’s suits”.  (This is because if opener bids 4NT over 4 Clubs this would of course be a sign off denying either three cards in Spades or four cards in Clubs.)

 

Responder shows one Keycard in the black suits and now West with his monster nine controls and the Queen of Clubs can make a practical jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs.  If responder has only four cards in Clubs he will surely have the Queen of Spades to make a slam try while if he has five Clubs you can practically count 13 tricks. 

 

 

3       Minor Suit Transfer with only five cards

 

Board 14 Monday 29 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xx

AKx

K1098x

Axx

 

Qxxxx

J9x

Jx

J109

 

J10xx

10x

xxx

Kxxx

 

AK

Qxxxx

AQx

Qxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 NT

4 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 NT

3 Diamonds

6 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid beyond game on the above hand from the Monday Duplicate.  In fact a Grand Slam is available with both Hearts breaking 3-2 (68%) and the Diamonds coming in for five tricks (85%).  The odds of the Grand Slam making are thus approximately 0.68 x 0.85 = 58%.

 

However while it is almost impossible to bid a Grand Slam nevertheless good bidding does allow a Small Slam to be reached which has approximately a 95% chance of success. 6NT is only likely to fail when Diamonds do not come in and Hearts are not 3-2 ie failure is 0.15 x 0.32 = 5% failure rate.  When South opens a Strong No Trump North should start off by bidding 2NT – Transfer to Diamonds.  This is because although North only has 14 points he has fantastic controls – 6 in total (counting two controls for an Ace and one for a King).  As a generalization balanced slam hands invariably require a minimum of 10 controls between the two hands.  If the responder is weak then a minor suit transfer ought to show a six card suit.  However when responder is strong then it is sufficient to have only a five card suit in order to begin to show the nature of responder’s hand.

Over the 2NT transfer bid opener has a choice between bidding 3 Clubs or 3 Diamonds.  Although some partnerships play it the other way round I would strongly recommend that if you complete the minor suit transfer ie by bidding 3 Clubs over 2 Spades or 3 Diamonds over 2NT then opener is showing a fit for responder’s minor.  A fit is defined as Qxx or better.  If you do not have a fit for responder’s minor suit then opener simply bids the next step ie 2NT over 2 Spades or 3 Clubs over 2NT to convey the message “I do not have a fit for your minor suit”.  In the above hand South bids 3 Diamonds in response to the Transfer of 2NT to say “I like Diamonds”.  North now makes a Quantitative bid of 4NT saying “I have a balanced slam try with no singleton”.  South is happy to accept and as there is unlikely to be any advantage in playing in Diamonds due to the balanced nature of both hands South should jump to 6NT.  Thus by diagnosing the good 5-3 Diamond fit together with North’s control rich hand then it is possible to bid to slam with only 31 points between the two hands.