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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

 

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

Barclays Bank -  Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20

"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.

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)

Blue Point Teams

Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith.  Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.

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!!

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave / Jeff know so they 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 davedebbage@hotmail.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.