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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.

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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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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!
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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

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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!!"

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Thankyou.

Tips for April 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2015 duplicates

 

1       Game still possible opposite a passed hand

 

Board 6 Monday 6 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

xx

Jx

J10xxxx

xxx

 

AQxx

K9xx

Q

K10xx

 

J108xx

Q

K98x

Axx

 

Kx

A10xxxx

Ax

QJx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

4 Spades

 

 

East deals and passes and South opens 1 Heart.  West cannot take any action holding a singleton Diamond and East now balances with 1 Spade.  All the Wests in the Monday duplicate decided that as East was already a passed hand that there was no possibility of game and simply played in a part-score in Spades.  However as West has only a six loser hand and the partnership has a nine card Spade fit he should not give up on game simply because East passed as Dealer.  West starts by making an unassuming cue bid of 2 Hearts showing good Spade support and logically an interest in game even opposite a passed hand.  East should co-operate by bidding 3 Diamonds showing his 5-4 shape because when he balanced with 1 Spade he might have had as few as 7 or 8 points and so could hardly be stronger in view of his original pass.  This is all the encouragement which West needs to jump to game in Spades.  With the Spade finesse working eleven tricks roll in for a score of 650 to East West.

 

For West to have an interest in game it is highly likely that his shape is either 4=4=1=4 or 4=5=1=3 or 4=5=3=1 to explain his interest in game opposite a passed hand.   East thus knows that with his singleton Heart that the hands will fit together very well.  This is because if West had for instance a 4=4=2=3 or 4=4=3=2 twelve count he would not be inviting game knowing that East has only 7 to 11 points.

 

2       Delayed signs of life

 

Board 6 Thursday 9 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

K9xx

Jxxxx

Jx

xx

 

x

Qx

xxx

KQJ10xxx

 

AQ10xx

K10x

Ax

A9x

 

Jxx

Axx

KQ10xxx

x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

Double

5 Clubs

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Clubs

Pass

 

The East hand is too strong for a 15-17 No trump holding 17 points plus two 10’s and a five card major.  Accordingly East should open 1 Spade.  South overcalls 2 Diamonds.  West should not bid 3 Clubs because a new suit at the three level is forcing to game and the last thing West wants to hear is for East to rebid 3 Spades.

 

Accordingly West should pass and East now reopens with a takeout double.  What should West now bid ?  If he bids only 3 Clubs this will end the bidding since East can hardly continue over a bid which might be made on say just J10xxx and very few points.  West should therefore jump to 4 Clubs which suggests that he has a strong 6 or 7 card suit but was not strong enough to force to game on the previous round.  Over 4 Clubs East is delighted to go to game.  While it is possible to make twelve tricks in Clubs this would mean taking the Spade finesse into the overcaller and would risk making only 10 tricks if the finesse failed.  Thus it would be poor play and eleven tricks are guaranteed on a Diamond lead simply by trumping the third Diamond in the dummy.

 

 

 

3       Vacant Spaces improves the odds of making slam

 

Board 7 Wednesday 22 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

xx

Kxx

AQJxx

A10x

 

KQ9x

xxx

xxx

xxx

 

Jx

QJ10xx

xx

Q9xx

 

A10xxx

Ax

K10x

KJx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2NT

4NT2

Pass

 

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

3 Diamonds1

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Showing a fit for Diamonds.

2           Balanced slam try not keycard

 

When South opens a 15-17 Notrump North might simply raise to 3NT.  However this would be a lazy bid.  Although North knows that the partnership does not possess enough points for a Notrump slam there is nevertheless still a chance of there being a slam available in Diamonds as North has a strong 5 card suit with 5 controls (Ace = 2 controls and King = 1 control).  Accordingly North transfers into Diamonds by bidding 2NT.

 

Over a minor suit transfer if opener does not have a fit for the minor suit (a fit is defined as Queen to three or better) then he should bid the next step up ie 3 Clubs over 2NT or 2NT over 2 Spades if responder has shown Clubs.  When opener has a fit he bids the minor suit shown directly.

 

Here South is delighted to show a fit for Diamonds by bidding 3 Diamonds rather than 3 Clubs.  North now bids 4NT.  This is quantitative showing a balanced slam try with only 5 Diamonds.  (If North had an unbalanced hand he would bid a new suit showing shortage in that suit).

 

When North invites slam by bidding a quantitative 4NT then South’s first inclination might be to pass because he has a minimum 15 points.  However in the same way that the North hand was much stronger than 14 points because of having 5 controls the South hand is similarly much strong than 15 points because of having 6 controls.  Thus South should jump to slam in Diamonds.  Note that a slam has been reached on a combined 29 count with two balanced hands largely because the North and South hands are so rich in controls.  (Note that as a generalization you require a minimum of 10 controls to make a suit slam with two balanced hands and on the above hand there are 11 out of the 12 controls present).

 

The play is interesting.  On a Heart lead the best line is to win with the Ace and immediately trump the third round of Hearts with the 10 of Diamonds.  Trumps are drawn in three rounds, Declarer discarding a Spade and then Declarer ducks the first round of Spades.  Assuming that East wins with the Jack and returns a Spade then Declarer wins the Ace and trumps the third round of Spades in the Dummy discovering that the suit has broken 4-2 as expected.

 

Declarer should now use the principle of Vacant Spaces to work out which way to take the Club finesse.  At this stage Declarer knows that the distribution of the East hand was either 2=5=2=4 or 2=4=2=5.  In the former case the odds of the Queen of Clubs being in the East hand are 4 to 3 and in the latter case the odds of the Queen of Clubs being in the East hand are 5 to 2.  Thus the Club finesse is through East is not an even money bet but is 57% if East started with four Clubs and 71% if East started with five Clubs.

 

Refer also to Tip No 3 from September 2014 for another example of reaching a minor suit slam after a transfer with a balanced 5-3-3-2 hand also with good controls.