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Welcome to

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 

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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.

Click here for details

13 Sep 2018 | Internationals

Premier League started last weekend (16/17th Sept)

The Premier League started last weekend, with 28 teams competing across the three divisions.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

  • Competition information; Results
  • 17 Sep 2018 | Internationals

    MBC Team come second in Round 1

    The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

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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

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

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!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for July 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2015 duplicates

 

1       Transferring with weak 5-5 in the minors

 

Board 7 Monday 13 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

K109xx

Axx

xx

QJx

 

Axx

10x

AQxx

AKxx

 

x

xx

KJxxx

9xxxx

 

QJxx

KQxxxx

10x

10

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

Pass

Pass1

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Diamonds

 

 

1           While some would open a weak 2 Hearts this is not ideal holding such a strong four card holding in Spades as a Spade contract might be missed.

 

When West opens a 15-17 no trump the East hand is very unhappy to play in no trumps holding 5-5 in the minors.  Clearly he should transfer into a minor but which minor?  East wants to ensure that the partnership end up in a minimum of an eight card fit. 

 

The answer is that when holding a weak 5-5 in the minors you should always transfer into Diamonds by bidding 2NT.  The reason is that as explained in Tip No 3 September 2014 when opener has a fit for the minor (defined as Qxx or better) he completes the minor suit transfer by bidding 3 Diamonds over 2NT (or 3 Clubs over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs).  If opener does not have a fit for the minor then he simply bids the next step ie 3 Clubs over 2NT (or 2NT over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs).  Therefore in this case if opener does not have a fit for Diamonds he will bid 3 Clubs and this will almost certainly result in the partnership playing in at least an eight card Club fit.

 

The play is straightforward and 10 tricks in Diamonds result when the Clubs split the expected 3-1.  (A 2-2 split is 40% and a 3-1 split is 50%).

 

2       Minor suit Stayman after a 2NT opening

 

Board 7 Tuesday 14 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

J10xxxx

xxx

Jx

Kx

 

x

AQx

Q98xx

Jxxx

 

Ax

Kx

AKxx

AQ9xx

 

KQ9x

J109xx

10x

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Diamonds

4NT

5 Hearts

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

5NT

Pass

 

When responding to a 2NT opener if responder has at least 4-4 in the minors and slam-invitational values he should bid 3 Spades as minor suit Stayman asking opener to bid a four-card minor.  If opener has a four card minor he bids it.  Otherwise opener bids 3NT.

 

When East hears West bid 3 Spades he immediately knows that the partnership is probably headed for slam.  He has a choice between bidding 4 Clubs or 4 Diamonds.  You might think that as he has more Clubs that he should set Clubs as trumps.  However there is a possibility of a Grand Slam and if opener sets Clubs as trumps he would never be able to find out about the Queen of Diamonds through Roman Keycard.  However by setting Diamonds as trumps opener can find out about both the Queen of Diamonds and the King of Clubs. 

 

Responder cue-bids 4 Hearts over 4 Diamonds showing a Heart control (Ace, King or singleton).  Opener now bids RKCB for Diamonds.  Responder now shows one keycard.   Opener now needs to know if opener has the Queen of trumps before looking for a possible Grand Slam.   Accordingly he bids the lowest non-trump suit to ask.  In this case because trumps are a minor suit the 5 Heart bid has already committed the partnership to a minimum of a Small Slam.  If responder does not have the Queen of trumps he would sign off in 6 Diamonds.  However because he has the Queen of trumps he bids 5NT.  This conveys the message that West has the Queen of Diamonds but no other King.  If West had both the Queen of trumps and the King of Clubs he would bid 6 Clubs.  If this were the case then East would then be able to jump to the Grand Slam in Diamonds.  On this occasion on hearing West bid 5NT then East knows that the King of Clubs is missing and settles for the laydown Small Slam in Diamonds.

 

 

3       No room for science

 

Board 14 Wednesday 15 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xxxx

Qx

x

A109xxx

 

AQ109xx

Kxx

xxx

Q

 

Kx

None

AKJ10xxxx

Kxx

 

J

AJ109xxxx

Q

Jxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

6 Diamonds

4 Hearts

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

 

There are times when the opposition crowd the auction to such an extent that there is no room for scientific exploration of possible slam and you simply have to bid what you expect to make.

 

South jumps to 4 Hearts over 1 Diamond with his strong eight carder and West bids 4 Spades with his strong six card suit.  East has no room to explore and if he were to bid 5 Hearts this would be taken as a void showing cue-bid agreeing Spades.  However holding eight Diamonds East should surely only want to play in Diamonds.  In order for 6 Diamonds to be a good contract East only needs his partner to hold either of the black suit Aces and not to be void in Diamonds.  Accordingly he should jump to 6 Diamonds.

 

Only two out of eight pairs managed to bid the Diamond slam.  Moreover the two that did received a naïve Ace of Hearts lead from South and all thirteen tricks were made.  The bidding was strongly suggestive of a Heart void in the East hand since East had not used RKCB.  Therefore South should lead the unbid suit Clubs against 6 Diamonds rather than fruitlessly trying to cash the Ace of Hearts.  This would prevent the overtrick and it is even possible that East West might have two losers in Clubs on some occasions.