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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 

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

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45328519

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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.

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

If not - please let Jeff know so he 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 jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for August 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2015 duplicates

 

1       Slam universally missed

 

Board 4 Wednesday 5 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AQ9

x

AK10xx

KQxx

 

xx

K1098xx

xxx

xx

 

J10xxx

AQJx

x

J10x

 

Kxx

xx

QJxx

A9xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

4 Hearts

4NT

6 Diamonds

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

4 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

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

 

 

Axx

AK

AJ9

A98xx

 

Q109xx

Qx

10xx

QJx

 

xxx

109xx

KQxxxxx

None

 

KJ

Jxxxx

x

K10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2NT

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds1

4 Spades2

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

4NT3

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Roman Key Card in Hearts and Clubs

2           How many Queens (in Hearts and Clubs)

3           Zero

 

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

 

 

10xxx

xxx

AQ10

Axx

 

AQxx

xx

xxx

Kxxx

 

xx

109x

Kxx

Q10xxx

 

KJx

AKQJx

Jxxx

J

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

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.