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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.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN OCTOBER........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva 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 on Sunday 9th December.
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

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

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 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

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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.