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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!!"

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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 June 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS 

 

Points of interest from the June 2015 duplicates 

 

1     Mini-Splinter points the way to slam 

 

Board 10 Thursday 11 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East 

 

 

xxx 

KQ9xxx 

Axxx 

None 

 

Q10xx 

10x 

Qxx 

QJ10x 

 

Jx 

J 

KJ10xx 

A98xx 

 

AKxx 

Axxx 

x 

Kxxx 

 

 

 

 

North 

East 

 

South 

 

West 

 

1 Heart 

4 Diamonds 

6 Hearts 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

1 Club 

3 Diamonds 

4 Spades 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

 

 

None of the five North South pairs managed to reach the excellent slam contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand.  After North responds 1 Heart to South’s opening bid of 1 Club South has to decide what to say.  While he might bid 3 Hearts showing 16 to 18 points including shape as he has 14 points with four card Heart support plus a singleton Diamond for which we should count 3 points once a trump fit has been found (total 17 points) there is a much more descriptive bid available.  That bid is to make a MINI SPLINTER of 3 Diamonds. 

 

A mini-splinter is where responder’s major suit is agreed by the opener jumping to the 3 level after a 1 Heart or 1 Spade response to the opening bid of 1 Club or 1 Diamond in a higher ranking suit to the one opened. 

Opener promises either:- 

 

1     A raise to at least the three level of partner’s with a singleton in the mini-splintered suit. 

 

or 

 

2     A raise to the three level with a void in the mini-splintered suit but insufficient points to splinter at the four level. 

 

There are four such sequences:- 

 

A         1 Club               1 Spade 

3 Diamonds 

 

B          1 Club               1 Spade 

  3 Hearts 

 

C          1 Club               1 Heart 

  3 Diamonds 

 

D          1 Diamond        1 Spade 

  3 Hearts 

 

They are called mini-splinters because in each case responder can sign off in 3 of the major if he is minimum or has a bad holding in the mini-splintered suit.  For instance in the above hand if North held ♠xxxx ♥Q10xx ♦KJx ♣Jx then he would sign off in 3 Hearts and the bidding would end in a part-score. 

 

When South makes a Mini-Splinter of 3 Diamonds the North hand has enormous playing strength.  However North cannot bid Keycard because he has a void and in any event there might be two losers in Spades if South has for instance:- 

 

♠QJxx    ♥Axxx    ♦x    ♣AKxx 

 

Accordingly North bids 4 Diamonds as a cue-bid showing the Ace (since it would be completely pointless to cue-bid a King opposite the known shortage in the South hand).  South then cue-bids in Spades and North can then jump to slam in Hearts.  Thus slam is reached on only 23 points between the two hands and even then the King of Clubs is superfluous to its success. 

 

On a passive Jack of Hearts lead North should win in hand and then trump three Diamonds in the Dummy using Club ruffs as a means of transport each time.  Even though the Diamonds split 5-3 the fourth Diamond is trumped with the Ace of Hearts and 12 tricks roll in :  +1430 to North South. 

 

 

2     Agreeing opener’s major suit after a 2NT opening 

 

Board 15 Wednesday 24 June – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South 

 

 

 

QJxxx 

Axxx 

x 

Q10x 

 

Ax 

109x 

Qxxxx 

xxx 

 

xx 

Qxxx 

J109 

xxxx 

 

K109x 

KJ 

AKxx 

AKJ 

 

 

 

North 

East 

South 

West 

 

3 Clubs 

4 Hearts 

5 Clubs 

6 Spades 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

2NT 

3 Spades 

4NT 

5 Diamonds 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass  

Pass 

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to the excellent 6 Spade contract on the above hand. 

 

After the bidding starts 2NT – 3 Clubs – 3 Spades, responder holding four Spades has to be able to set Spades as trumps and investigate slam.  FOUR HEARTS, THE OTHER MAJOR, IS AN ARTIFICIAL SLAM TRY SETTING SPADES AS TRUMPS.  IF RESPONDER BIDS ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOUR HEARTS, EXCEPT A NON-SLAM TRY RAISE TO FOUR SPADES, RESPONDER DENIES FOUR-CARD SPADE SUPPORT.  The use of the other major in this sequence is not needed as a natural bid. 

 

When South shows a four card Spade suit in response to Stayman then the North hand is definitely worth a slam try with five trumps, a singleton, an Ace and nine points opposite a 2NT opener.  The way to express this is to bid the other major at the lowest level ie 4 Hearts over 3 Spades.  (If South had shown a four card Heart suit in response to Stayman then similarly 3 Spades by North would agree Hearts). 

 

South holding a maximum with eight controls bids keycard and over the 5 Club response showing one Keycard asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds.  North holding the Queen of trumps then jumps to 6 Spades as he has no other King to show.  There are no problems in the play and a score of +1460 to North South is soon entered. 

 

 

3     Minor suit game missed 

 

Board 19 Monday 29 June Vulnerability East West – Dealer South 

 

 

None 

Ax 

AQ109x 

J109xxx 

 

Jxxxx 

K109 

xxx 

Kx 

 

KQ10x 

Jxxx 

Jxx 

Ax 

 

Axxx 

Qxxx 

Kx 

Qxx 

 

 

North 

East 

South 

West 

 

 

1 Club 

2 Clubs 

3 Diamonds 

Pass 

 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

1 Heart 

2NT 

5 Clubs 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on the above hand. 

 

After South responds 1 Heart to the 1 Club opener West is too weak to make an overcall in Spades at red.  North rebids 2 Clubs and South having a maximum pass bids 2NT implying a good 10 or 11 points.   

 

North is very unhappy with notrumps and so he should now bid 3 Diamonds.  This implies a very unbalanced hand but one which is limited by the failure to reverse earlier.  In fact it is highly likely that it shows six Clubs and five Diamonds.  This is because there would be an element of risk in bidding a higher ranking suit over 2NT with only a 6-4 shape because it would commit to playing in Clubs if South’s shape were exactly 4=5=2=2. 

 

Over 3 Diamonds the South hand now looks very promising for playing in a Club contract.  There is a known nine card fit in Clubs; South’s honour in Clubs will be of great value; Kx in Diamonds is a great holding in partner’s second suit since if North is missing the Queen South will be able to ruff the third round and finally the Ace of the unbid suit is ideal opposite shortage in the North hand (whereas KJ in Spades would be a very bad holding). 

 

Accordingly South should jump to 5 Clubs.  In the play if East opens with the King of Spades North would win with the Ace in Dummy discarding his losing Heart.  A trump is then played to the nine and Ace.  Spades are continued and declarer ruffs the second Spade.  At this point Declarer should continue with King of Diamonds, Ace of Diamonds and ruff a Diamond with the Queen of trumps.  This is in case the trumps are splitting 3-1 and one of the defenders originally held Jxxx in Diamonds.  On this particular occasion the precaution is unnecessary but the technique is important.