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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

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For directions on how to find us please click on the 

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Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

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.

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

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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.

"We aim to please!!"

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Suitable for special occasions such as

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CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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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%.