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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

 

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)

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.

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

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 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.