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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

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

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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Thankyou.

Tips for October 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2014 duplicates

 

1       Exclusion Key Card + Asking for 3rd round Club control on same hand !

 

Board 26 Monday 27 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

10xxx

x

QJxx

10xxx

 

AQxx

Q109x

Kx

Qxx

 

KJx

AKxxx

None

AKJxx

 

xx

Jxx

A109xxxx

x

 

 

North                         East                         South                         West

                                 1 Heart                   Pass                           2NT

Pass                          5 Diamonds             Pass                            5 Spades

Pass                          6 Clubs                   Pass                            7 Hearts

Pass                          Pass                       Pass

 

Only one pair managed to even reach a small slam on the above hand and nobody reached the Grand Slam which is effectively 100%.

 

Although East has a very powerful hand with only four losers on the losing trick count it is still best to start off with a simple 1 Heart opener as the chances of the bidding dying at this level are very remote.  West has a routine Jacoby 2NT response showing four card Heart support and at least the values for game. 

 

At this point it is pointless for East to use ordinary RKCB as he has a void in Diamonds.  Consequently East should jump to 5 Diamonds.  As previously illustrated in Tip 1 April 2014 this inexplicable jump to the five level shows a void in that suit and asks partner to show how many key cards he has OUTSIDE that suit.  With 0 or 3 keycards he bids one step up – 5 Hearts – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 5 Spades.

 

Here West responds the second step showing one keycard.  At this point East might gamble on 7 Hearts but if partner’s Clubs are three small this would be a poor contract.  In such circumstances when all the keycards are present (the Ace of Diamonds not being required in this instance) the bid of a new suit at the six level asks responder “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of this suit”.  Over 6 Clubs West is delighted to jump to 7 Hearts.  Refer to Tip 2 March 2014 for another example of this.

 

 

2       Jumps to 3 of a Minor after partner opens 1NT

 

Board 5 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

Ax

K109xx

AKx

Jxx

 

J10xxx

Qxx

Jxx

xx

 

KQxxx

xxx

xx

xxx

 

x

AJ

Q109xx

AKQ10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

1NT

3 Spades1

5 Diamonds

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

4NT2

5NT

7♦ or 7NT                

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1           Sets Diamonds as trumps

2           RKCB for Diamonds

 

The above hand is a great example of playing the modern three level responses to 1NT which I first learnt in 2005 when I started studying five card majors as played by the American Steve Robinson.

 

After a 1NT opening a jump to 3 Clubs shows 5-5 in the minors invitational ie 7 – 9 points.  A jump to 3 Diamonds shows 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam. 

 

Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT.  If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades.  The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed.  Here South goes straight to RKCB for Diamonds and on hearing of three Keycards opposite then bids 5NT to announce that all the keycards are present.  North bids 6 Hearts to show the King of Hearts.  Thus North has shown 14 of his 15 points through Keycard.  South has a choice between playing in 7 Diamonds or 7NT.  If North only has two small Clubs there might be some advantage in playing in Diamonds rather than No Trumps so one might bid 7 Diamonds at teams but gamble on 7NT at pairs.

 

The odds of the Grand Slam making are approximately 85% (all 3-2 breaks = 68% plus 4-1 breaks with either ♦Jxxx or ♦xxxx or ♦J on right = 16.8%)

 

Only one pair out of eight reached the Grand Slam in the Wednesday Duplicate.

 

 

3       Easts hang your heads in shame

 

Board 10 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

QJ10

Kxxx

xx

Q108x

 

9432

A9xx

Ax

xxx

 

A6

10

KQ9xx

AKJxx

 

K875

QJxx

J10xx

9

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 Clubs

3NT

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

 

Four pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand but all four misplayed it and so went down.

 

Note that despite having 17 points East should only rebid 2 Clubs because a jump to 3 Clubs would be game forcing and East is not strong enough to insist upon game when partner has only promised 6 points.

 

As West has a good 8 points he gives a false preference to 2 Diamonds to allow for East being strong enough to make a third bid.  When East now bids 3 Clubs this shows a strong 5-5 (at least 16 points) and an interest in game.  West should now co-operate but cannot bid 3NT as he has no stop in Spades the unbid suit.  Accordingly he bids 3 Spades to which East is happy to bid 3NT.

 

The opening lead is the 5 of Spades.  East must win the first trick because a switch to Hearts would be most unwelcome.  In addition it is important to appreciate that even if South has craftily led his 5th highest Spade from KQ875 that the presence of the 9 in the Dummy means that the suit is certain to be blocked and the defence will be unable to take four Spade tricks.

 

Declarer has a choice between playing on Diamonds or Clubs.  It is correct to play on Clubs for two reasons.  Firstly you have an eight card fit rather than a seven card fit and secondly if the Diamonds are breaking they will still be breaking if you are forced to revert to Diamonds later in the play.

 

At trick two the Ace of Clubs is cashed in case South should have a singleton Queen.  Then Dummy is entered with the Ace of Diamonds and a Club finesse of the Jack taken which wins.  However although a 4-1 break is disclosed this is of no concern provided that when Declarer continues with the King of Clubs at trick five and another Club at trick six he must be careful to discard a Heart and not a Spade from the Dummy.  The defence continues with Spades but even if Spades are 5-2 they cannot cash four Spade tricks as previously observed and so 9 tricks are made with four Club tricks, three Diamond tricks and the major suit Aces.

 

I would strongly recommend that those Easts who failed to distinguish themselves should buy copies of two excellent books written by the American author Eddie Kantar titled Take All Your Chances at Bridge published in 2009 and Take All Your Chances at Bridge 2 published in 2011.  Each book has 100 hands which give excellent advice on how declarer should combine his chances to best effect to maximize the chances of success.

 

By playing on Clubs you will only do down if Declarer’s LHO has Queen to four Clubs and the Diamonds do not break 3-3.  The odds of the Clubs coming in for four tricks are:-

 

3-2 break = 68%

4-1 onside = half of 28% = 14%

Singleton Queen onside = 1/5 of 14% = 2.8%

Total Probability of Clubs coming in = 84.8%

 

When Clubs do not come in then if the Diamonds are 3-3 you will also make ie 15.2% x 36% = 5.4%

 

Thus the total probability of making the contract is 90.2%.