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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!!"

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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 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.