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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

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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!!"

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 know so he can make sure you are included.

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

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for March 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2015 duplicates

 

1       Cue-bid by opener to create a game force

 

Board 19 Wednesday 4 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

KJ10xx

AJx

Qxxx

x

 

xx

KQx

A

AKJxxxx

 

AQx

10xxxx

Kx

10xx

 

xxx

xx

J10xxxx

Qx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Double

3NT

4 Spades

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Clubs

 

When East makes a negative double to show Hearts after North’s 1 Spade overcall West knows that his side belong in game at the very least.  However he does not know whether the partnership will end up in Clubs, Hearts or Notrumps.  Accordingly in such situations West should cue-bid the enemy suit to create a game force.

 

Over 2 Spades the most descriptive bid for East to make is to jump to 3NT which suggests that he has a double stop in Spades.

 

Over 3NT West has visions of slam but if partner’s Spades were say only QJxx then no slam would be available.  To suggest a strong interest in slam West now continues with 4 Clubs showing a minimum of six Clubs.  If East had only QJxx in Spades he would now sign off in 4NT.  However he is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades and now West can jump to 6 Clubs which basically only requires the Spade finesse through the overcaller.  If of course East had the Jack of Hearts then the slam would be almost certain as on a Spade lead the Ace could be played and after drawing trumps and unblocking the Ace of Diamonds the losing Spade could be discarded on the King of Diamonds.

 

2       Gilt-edged 7 pointer

 

Board 1 Thursday 19 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

K10xx

xx

xxx

KJ10x

 

QJ

A109xx

xxxxx

x

 

A98xx

Q8xx

AK

Qx

 

xx

KJ

QJ10

Axxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

3 Clubs

1 Spade

3 Hearts

2 Clubs

Pass

Double

?

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to game in Hearts on this hand.  It is likely that the other Wests having made a negative double of the 2 Club overcall by South then decided that they had done enough when East bid 3 Hearts.

 

However it is clearcut for West to go on to game.  Why is this?  Although West has only 7 points there are three very good things about his hand.  Firstly he has a fifth trump, secondly he has a singleton Club and thirdly the QJ doubleton in Spades the first suit bid by East will be worth their weight in gold.

 

Say South cashes the Ace of Clubs before switching to the Queen of Diamonds.  Declarer wins the Diamond and plays a Heart to the Jack and Ace.  Now the winning Spade finesse is taken, the Diamonds are easily established and eleven tricks quickly result, +450 to North South.

 

 

3       Splinter eases way to slam

 

Board 23 Thursday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

KQ9

Kxxxx

xx

Jxx

 

None

AQJ9

K108x

AK8xx

 

Axx

10x

AQ9xx

Q109

 

J10xxxxx

xx

Jx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight got to 6 Diamonds on the above hand from the Swiss Pairs.  In fact 7 Diamonds is almost certain to make but is not straightforward to bid.  However there is absolutely no excuse for missing 6 Diamonds assuming that you are playing Splinter bids.

 

When East responds 2 Diamonds after North’s 1 Heart overcall West knows that the partnership is very close to slam.  Accordingly having four card support for Diamonds and only a four loser hand West should jump to 4 Spades.  This is a VOID SHOWING SPLINTER (since 3 Spades would show a singleton and agree Diamonds).  The least that East can do over 4 Spades is to jump to slam in Diamonds as he has good trumps and the partial fit in Clubs is a great asset.

 

I noted that 7 Diamonds is not straightforward to bid.  I think that the only way in which the Grand Slam might be reached is for East to bid 5 Clubs over 4 Spades.  If East chooses this option then West can now visualize that any slow Heart loser will disappear on the established Clubs.  Accordingly West would then bid 5NT – the old fashioned Grand Slam force.  This would ask East to bid 7 Diamonds if he has any two of the top three trump honours (AK, AQ or KQ).  Note that here 5NT is clearly the Grand Slam force and not the “Pick a Slam” use of 5NT which we have previously seen in March 2014 Tip No 3 and November 2014 Tip No 2 where more than one possible trump suit had been suggested in the previous bidding.  On the hand above the void showing splinter of 4 Spades had unilaterally set Diamonds as trumps.