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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.

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.
JOYCE GOLDSTONE

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018

JOYCE GOLDSTONE

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!!"

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 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 September 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2015 duplicates

 

1       Game universally missed

 

Board 7 Wednesday 16 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Kxxxx

xx

xx

AQxx

 

A9xx

Qx

KQ10x

KJx

 

Jx

10xx

Jxx

10xxxx

 

Q10

AKJ98x

Axxx

x

 

 

All five North South pairs ended up in a Heart part score thus missing the excellent game.

 

South opens 1 Heart and West doubles.  North bids 1 Spade and East passes.

 

At this stage it would appear that most of the South pairs simply rebid 2 Hearts.  However the hand is too strong for this action.  Equally with only 14 HCPs the hand is not really good enough to jump to 3 Hearts especially as it does not have the seven playing trick strength that such a bid would suggest.  Accordingly South should simply rebid 2 Diamonds.

 

When as opener you rebid a second lower ranking suit after a one level response by responder you are showing anywhere between 11 and 17 points (occasionally 18 if the hand is not strong enough to insist upon game).  Here North gives preference to 2 Hearts holding two cards in each suit and now South can make a game try of 3 Hearts.  This shows a good hand with 6-4 shape (since responder’s preference to 2 Hearts does not promise more than two cards in Hearts).  Over the invite North is delighted to raise to game holding nine points including an Ace and  a King plus the doubleton in Diamonds.

 

In the defence West has a dilemma.  If he opens with a trump in order to stop a Diamond ruff in the Dummy then he sacrifices any chance of the Queen of Hearts making a trick and Declarer will easily make 10 tricks with six Heart tricks, two Club tricks after finessing the Queen (which has at least a 70% chance of success on the bidding in view of West’s take out double) one Spade and one Diamond trick.  Alternatively if West opens with the King of Diamonds then Declarer allows the King to win the first trick.  On a Club switch the Queen is finessed and a Diamond discarded on the Ace of Clubs.  The Ace of Diamonds is followed by the third round of Diamonds is ruffed in the Dummy. If Declarer now diagnoses the trump position he will make an overtrick.  If instead he finesses the Jack of Hearts he will lose one Heart, one Spade and one Diamond making just ten tricks for +620.

 

 

2       Inferential count for the overtrick

 

Board 9 Monday 21 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

A9x

Q10x

KQJ10xx

x

 

Kxxx

Ax

xx

K10xxx

 

QJ8xx

K

Axx

AJxx

 

10

Jxxxxxx

xx

Qxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Spades

 

Only three pairs out of eight managed to reach game in Spades for East West and of the seven pairs who played in Spades only four managed to make the overtrick which is a near certainty if they had bothered to count the North South hands properly.

 

West makes an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Diamonds after East overcalls.  This promises a minimum of nine points with Spade support.  East has a good hand but with the singleton King of Hearts it would be a little wild to jump to game in Spades so accordingly East bids his second suit.  This is all the encouragement which West needs to bid game in Spades especially as he has a fourth trump.

 

South leads a Diamond which East wins with the Ace.  At trick two the Queen of Spades is played.  Let us assume that North allows the Queen to win before winning the second Spade with the Ace.  North then cashes his Diamond trick at trick four before exiting with his last trump at trick five.

 

At trick six Declarer unblocks the King of Hearts and then trumps his third Diamond in the Dummy at trick seven on which South discards a Heart.  At trick eight the Ace of Hearts is cashed.  At this stage North is known to have three Spades, at least two Hearts and exactly six Diamonds.  In other words he cannot have more than two Clubs and his shape is likely to be either 3=3=6=1 or 3=2=6=2.  Conversely South’s shape will be either 1=7=2=3 or 1=8=2=2.  Due to the fact that eight card suits are extremely rare beasts East should play North for 3=3=6=1 and when a low Club to the Ace at trick nine yields only low cards he should then confidently run the Jack of Clubs at trick ten for the overtrick.

 

 

3       Minor Suit Game missed

 

Board 10 Monday 28 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

Axx

x

Q10x

Q109xxx

 

KQx

K109xxx

xxx

J

 

10xxxx

QJ

J9xx

Ax

 

Jx

Axxx

AKx

Kxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Spades

3 Hearts

5 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1NT

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the laydown 5 Club contract on the above hand.

 

After a strong no trump from South then North transfers into Clubs.  As explained in Tip No 3 from September 2014 if you complete the minor suit transfer by bidding 3 Clubs over 2 Spades (or 3 Diamonds over 2NT if responder has transferred into Diamonds) then you are showing a fit for responder’s minor.  A fit is defined as Qxx or better.  If you do not have a fit for responder’s minor then opener simply bids the next step ie 2NT over 2 Spades or 3 Clubs over 2NT.

 

 

 

When opener shows a fit for Clubs then 3 of either major by responder shows a shortage (singleton or void in that major).  This highlights that opener cannot insist on playing in no trumps without a very good stop in that major.  Here when responder shows Heart shortage opener knows that 3NT is unlikely to be the best contract holding only one stop but equally the hand is very suitable for playing in at least game in Clubs.  Accordingly opener cue-bids 4 Diamonds showing the Ace of Diamonds and denying a control in Spades.  Responder then signs off in 5 Clubs.  5 Clubs needs just a 2-1 trump break (78%) or if the Clubs are 3-0 then opener needs simply to guess who has the three trumps.  Thus the chances of success are 78% + half of 22% = 89%.