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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.

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Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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!!

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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.

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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.