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
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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."
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.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
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.
Senior World Championship
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!
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
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the August 2015 duplicates
1 Slam universally missed
Board 4 Wednesday 5 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West
Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand.
The West hand is too weak to open a weak 2 Hearts at Amber. North opens 1 Diamond and after a 1 Spade overcall from East then South should bid 2 Spades to show a good high card raise to at least 3 Diamonds.
North can now accurately describe his hand and show an interest in slam by making a splinter bid of 4 Hearts. South is delighted to co-operate over the splinter bid because he has no wasted honours (King, Queen or Jack) opposite the splinter. Accordingly South cue-bids in Spades. This could be either the King or a singleton but is more likely to be the King in view of East’s overcall not being supported. North wheels out Roman Key Card to check that South does have one Keycard and jumps to 6 Diamonds over the reply.
For the slam to make it needs either a 3-2 club break (68 per cent) or West having a singleton 10 of Jack of Clubs (two fifths of 14 per cent). Total probability of success is therefore approximately 74 per cent.
2 Roman Key Card in two suits
Board 18 Wednesday 12 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
1 Roman Key Card in Hearts and Clubs
2 How many Queens (in Hearts and Clubs)
Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Clubs on the above hand.
North opens 2NT and South transfers into Hearts. Then after the transfer South bids his second suit which is a slam try showing at least five Hearts and four Clubs. Note that if South had the same point count but with only a 2=5=2=4 distribution then he would bid 3NT over 3 Hearts because it would be too ambitious to be looking for a slam holding ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦xx ♣K10xx. At this point there is a good case for North simply jumping to 6 Clubs with all the Aces and five trumps. However if he wishes to bid the hand scientifically then he should bid 4 Diamonds. As explained in June 2014 Tip No 1 when after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.
South shows one Keycard and now the next step asks how many Queens South has in his two suits (Hearts and Clubs). The first step shows no Queens, the second step one Queen and the third step two Queens.
North signs off in 6 Clubs once South has denied any Queen. In fact in spite of missing the Queen of Clubs 7 Clubs requires only a 2-1 trump split which is a 78% chance. It is extremely difficult to bid a Grand Slam because neither side knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Clubs since from North’s point of view South might have made a slam try on say ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦Kx ♣K10xx and South cannot know that North has five Clubs.
3 Lead the unbid suit !
Board 6 Wednesday 19 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East
I was astonished to see that four out of six Wests made the opening lead of a trump on the above auction.
This makes declarer’s life very easy. Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse is taken at trick four. A Club return is won in the Dummy with the Ace and a low Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick six. A second round of Clubs is ruffed at trick seven, the Diamonds are unblocked at tricks eight and nine. At trick ten a second Spade to the King and Ace follows. The third round of Clubs is ruffed at trick eleven and Declarer wins the last two tricks with the Jack of Diamonds and the established 10 of Spades.
There is absolutely no reason not to lead the unbid suit Clubs on this auction. Look how different things would have been on a Club lead in spite of the fact that trumps split 3-2.
Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse follows at trick five. The second round of Clubs is ruffed with Declarer’s fourth trump and the two Diamond winners in the Dummy unblocked at tricks seven and eight. A Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick nine. At trick 10 a further Club lead takes out Declarer’s last trump and the Jack of Diamonds is cashed at trick 11. The Defence now take the last two tricks with the Ace of Spades and a winning Club. One down.