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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB., 

We are no longer at Palatine Road or The Casino for any bridge whatsoever! 

 

. . .  BECAUSE WE HAVE MOVED, FROM 2ND JANUARY, TO OUR NEW "HOME" PREMISES. . . .

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See Centre Column on this page ►)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS
CHEADLE ROYAL WINNERS

CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS

Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.

This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.

CONGRATULATIONS!

(Photo to follow)

The 2018 Manchester Congress

Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. 
Guests were welcomed from all over the UK including two teams from Norway. 
David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs
by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy).  
Manchester Bridge Club players were well represented and are highlighted in the honours below
presented by International Sally Brock.
 
PAIRS FINAL
winners
Winners DAVID DEBBAGE & ANDREW WOODCOCK (not shown)
 
2nd and mens
Pairs 2nd & Mens Pairs MICHAEL BYRNE & ANDREW MURPHY
 
TEAM A FINAL
Teams Winners
Winners JOHN HASSETT, JEFFREY SMITH, JACKIE PYE & JOHN HOLLAND
 
Second
2nd JUSTIN & BARBARA HACKETT, MARTIN TAYLOR & PAUL HACKETT
 
TEAM B FINAL
Teams B 2nd
2nd  KIRIL DELEV, MICHAEL BYRNE, ALEXANDRA BIRCHALL & ANDREW MURPHY (not shown)
 
3rd CHRISTOPHER HINE, STEPEN WARD, PAUL MORRELL & ANDY GREEN
(No photo available)
 
TEAM C FINAL
4th BARBARA LEWIS, ANN THORNTON, CELIA & KEVIN COMRIE
(No photo available)
 
INTERMEDIATE
Int 2
 
2nd HENRY BISSELL & JOSH CLARKE
 
ASCENDERS 
Ascenders
ANDY GREEN & DAVID HAMMONDS (not shown) 
 
THE PLAYERS PROGRESS CUP
5th
5th ANN WOOD & ANNIE CURTIS
 
THE KEVIN COMRIE CUP
3rd
3rd. ANNIE CURTIS & ANN WOOD
 
(For full results see the bottom right of this page and the MCBA website)

It's that time of year again when 

your annual membership payment is due.  

The fees are the same as for last year (again!),

so it's £50 for Single Membership,

£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.

Membership runs from January through to December each year. 

Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.

If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are

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"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration."

THANK YOU.

3 Jan 2019

2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend

This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.

Representing England:
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould

For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain

The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.

Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.

11 Dec 2018 | Internationals

Teltscher Trophy Trials

This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.

Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett

The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.

Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.

For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:

17 Dec 2018 | Internationals

Latest update...........

Mossop team wins Senior Trials

The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.

The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.

 

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.

The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist

with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place

and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third

Full results details are bottom right of this page.

 

Scottish Congress

Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.

Great Result!

 

European Mixed Teams Trials

 

The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly.  The European event will be in Lisbon in February.

 

Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Senior World Championship

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. 
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

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

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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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.

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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%.