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Welcome to

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.

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45328519

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU 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.
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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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!!

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. 

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.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for November 2014
TIPS FOR NOVEMBER 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2014 duplicates

 

1       Rightsiding the slam

 

Board 13 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

xxx

Qxxxx

J

Qxxx

 

AKJx

Jx

AQ10xxx

A

 

Qxx

K10

K9x

KJxxx

 

10xx

A98x

xxx

109x

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

1NT

3 Diamonds

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Spades

4 Diamonds

4NT

6NT

 

While 2 pairs managed to bid 6 Diamonds this would be the wrong contract if the defence were able to take 2 Heart tricks on the occasions when the AQ lies over the K or if the opening leader held the Ace and found an inspired underlead of the Ace which in practice would mean that the defence would make the first two tricks.

 

East rebids 1NT over West’s 1 Diamond response.  West now reverses into 2 Spades showing at least five Diamonds and four Spades.  East supports Diamonds.  West is close to slam but cannot bid RKCB as there might be two losers in Hearts.  Accordingly he makes a slam try of 4 Diamonds inviting East to cuebid a Heart control.  When East obliges West now checks that partner has at least one keycard before jumping to slam.  However he chooses the slam in Notrumps rather than Diamonds in order to protect East’s King of Hearts if his one keycard is the King of trumps.  There are no problems in the play and a score of 1440 quickly results.

 

 

2       When opener makes a game try after his major suit opening has been supported if responder is very strong in the game try suit he should raise it rather than just jumping to game in the major to convey the message that he is suitable for a possible slam

 

Board 14 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xx

Axxxx

KJ9x

Jx

 

Q109

xx

Qxx

KQxxx

 

AKJxxx

Q

Ax

A109x

 

xx

KJ10xx

10xxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Clubs

5NT1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Clubs

 

 

 

1           Pick a slam in Spades or Clubs

 

After the opening 1 Spade has been raised by West then East could simply jump to game.  However much better is for East to make a trial bid of 3 Clubs.  West would initially assume that this is just a try for game.  However rather than jump to 4 Spades it is much more descriptive for West to raise the trial bid to 4 Clubs.  This conveys the message that in accepting the game try that West has a very strong Club holding so that if East’s ambitions were actually towards slam rather than just towards game he is eminently suitable.  Over 4 Clubs East now jumps to 5NT.  This conveys the message “please pick a slam” ie West is being asked to choose between playing in 6 Spades or 6 Clubs.  [Refer to March 2014 Tip 3 for another example of 5NT being used in this way].  On the actual hand there are 12 tricks in either denomination.  However West should probably choose to play in Clubs.  This is because if we make the East hand slightly weaker with a 5=1=3=4 shape ie ♠AKJxx ♥x ♦AJx ♣A109x then now 6 Clubs will always make subject to trumps not being 4-nil while 6 Spades will be at the mercy of the Diamond finesse.

 

 

 

 

3       24 point slam

 

Board 7 Wednesday 26 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

x

AKJ98xx

QJx

xx

 

AQ10x

Q10xxx

x

AQx

 

K9xxx

None

AKxxxx

10x

 

Jxx

x

xxx

KJxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds1

3 Spades

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2NT

4 Clubs

6 Spades

 

1           Although East has only 10 points as he has only 5 losers he should treat his hand as game forcing and respond in his longest suit first.

 

Over the response of 2 Diamonds West has to decide what to rebid.  While it may not be ideal to rebid 2NT with a singleton Diamond the alternative of rebidding such a moth-eaten 5 carder in Hearts is quite gruesome so accordingly 2NT is without a doubt the least of evils.  East now shows his Spades.  Over 3 Spades then West could hardly be stronger for a Spade contract so he makes a cuebid of 4 Clubs which agrees Spades and shows a control in Clubs.  East might jump to 6 Spades over 4 Clubs but in case West has cuebid holding something like ♠QJxx ♥AQxx ♦xx ♣KQx where 6 Spades would rather embarrassingly lose both black suit Aces then it is safer for East to invite slam in Spades by jumping to 5 Spades.  West is delighted to accept with such powerful trumps.  There are no problems in the play and all thirteen tricks are made when the Club finesse works and the Diamonds break 3-3.