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. . . .
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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.
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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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
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.
Senior World Championship
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!
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
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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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
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
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
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.