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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.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JUNE........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

*************

2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

*************

2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

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.

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

Thankyou.

Tips for October 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2015 duplicates

 

1       The 8 of Diamonds saves the day

 

Board 20 Thursday 9 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Jxxx

xxxx

9

J10xx

 

Q10x

KJ10x

None

AKQxxx

 

A9xx

Ax

AQJ108xx

None

 

Kx

Qxx

K7xxx

xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Diamond

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

1 Heart

3 Clubs

3NT

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract above. 

 

West opens 1 Club and East responds 1 Diamond.  Note that you never jump as responder when you have a two-suited hand.  West rebids 1 Heart and now East bids 4th suit forcing.  Now West should jump to 3 Clubs to show the strong six card suit and extra values.  East repeats his Diamonds to show a good six carder and now West can bid 3NT with a stop in Spades.  East is still interested in slam and continues with 4 Diamonds which implies that his suit is self supporting and can play opposite a singleton or void.  Although West has a void in Diamonds it costs nothing to cue-bid 4 Hearts showing the King or Ace  of Hearts (East knows that it is the King as he has the Ace).  That is all the encouragement East needs to jump to 6 Diamonds.  South has a difficult lead and is hardly likely to lead a Spade from Kx.  Say he leads a Club Declarer should trump in hand and immediately play Ace of Diamonds followed by Queen of Diamonds.  Although the Diamonds are 5-1 fortunately North has the singleton 9 of Diamonds so on a Club continuation Declarer wins in the Dummy discarding a Spade plays a Heart to the Ace and draws the rest of the trumps with the 8 of Diamonds proving the crucial card.  Finally Declarer crosses to the King of Hearts and discards his remaining Spade losers on Dummy’s winning Clubs.

 

The odds of the Diamonds coming in are 3-3 break (36%) + 4-2 break (48%) + 5-1 break with the singleton being the 9 (1/6th of 15% = 2.5%).  Total probability of success = 86.5%.

 

 

2       Breaking the Transfer with 2NT

 

Board 6 Thursday 15 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

Axx

A9xx

AJx

KJ8

 

Qx

Qxx

Q98x

9xxx

 

KJ10

J108xx

10xx

A10

 

98xxx

K

Kxx

Qxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1NT

2NT

3 Spades

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

3 Hearts

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 4 Spade contract.  Some pairs reached 3NT which would always be defeated on the lead of the fourth highest Heart from East but which should make if East makes the more normal lead of the Jack of Hearts.  (On the Jack of Hearts opening lead North’s 9 of Hearts becomes a third guard in the suit and provided Declarer plays Spades to keep West off lead the contract cannot then be defeated).

 

However back to the bidding.  When South transfers into Spades if North simply bids 2 Spades this will (or should) end the bidding.  South should definitely not make a game try with a poor eight points at pairs and ten tricks would result for +170.  However while most readers are familiar with the idea that when opener has four card support for responder’s major he should break the transfer by jumping to 3 of the major it is perhaps less well known that when you have a maximum 17 points with three card support and good controls in a balanced hand you should break the transfer by bidding 2NT.  South now knowing that North has a maximum with three card Spade support wants to be in game but he first of all retransfers by bidding 3 Hearts and then raises 3 Spades to game.

 

4 Spades makes if:-

 

a)         Trumps break 3-2 and the Clubs break 3-3

 

            68% x 36% = 24%

 

b)         Trumps break 3-2, Clubs do not break 3-3 and the Diamond finesse is working

 

            68% x 64% x 50% = 21%

 

c)         East may sometimes lead a Diamond at trick one from a holding which includes the Queen as with only Spades having been bid naturally he would have three suits to choose from and might not have a Heart holding which looks safe to lead from.

 

d)         Either East of West has 109 of Clubs doubleton.

 

So in practice whenever Spades break 3-2 you want to be in game.

 

 

3       6 Diamonds – the play’s the thing

 

Board 21 Monday 26 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

AQ9xx

None

AKxx

AKxx

 

xx

KQ109xx

9

109xx

 

KJ10xx

Jxx

10xx

Jx

 

x

Axxx

QJxxx

Qxx

 

 

Only four out of 12 pairs managed to reach 6 Diamonds on the above hand.  However of these four pairs three of them played it so carelessly that they failed to make the contract.

 

I will give two bidding sequences depending on whether West makes a WJO in Hearts.

With West silent

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

3 Clubs

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

3 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

With West bidding

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

Double

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

4 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

 

Note that where West is silent that North should jump in Clubs not Diamonds because it keeps the bidding at a lower level.  As 3 Clubs is game forcing South should simply bid 3 Diamonds which shows at least a 5 card suit and denies either three Spades or four Clubs.  When North hears South bid Diamonds his hand is absolutely enormous.  Rather than simply raise Diamonds he should jump to 4 Hearts which is almost certainly a void showing splinter showing either a 6=0=3=4 shape or 5=0=4=4 shape.  With South holding a singleton Spade, good Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs (not forgetting his Ace of Hearts) this is all the encouragement which he needs to jump to the slam.

 

Where West makes a weak jump overcall then North doubles for takeout.  South bids Diamonds and North cue-bids showing a hand too good to simply raise to game in Diamonds.  Again for the reasons in the first auction South jumps to slam.

 

Let us assume that West makes the opening lead of the King of Hearts.  South has three losers in Hearts and no losers in any other suit.  Accordingly South needs only to ensure that he trumps two Heart losers in the Dummy in order to make 12 tricks.  Let us go through the play trick by trick in order to see how 12 tricks are guaranteed with maximum safety.  In fact as we shall see correct play actually leads to all 13 tricks being made on a squeeze against West.

 

Trick 1 – King of Hearts ruffed in the Dummy.

Trick 2 – The Ace of Diamonds is cashed to check that Diamonds are not 4-0.

Trick 3 – Low Diamond to the Jack (trumps are 3-1 the most likely break).

Trick 4 – Trump the second round of Hearts in the Dummy with the King of Diamonds.

Trick 5 – Low Club to the Queen.

Trick 6 – Cash the Queen of Diamonds discarding a Spade from the Dummy.

Trick 7 – Spade to Ace.

Trick 8 – Trump the second round of Spades.

Trick 9 – Low Club to the King.

Trick 10- Trump the third round of Spades.

 

On this trick West is squeezed.  He is still to discard in the following position:

 

 

Q

None

None

Ax

 

None

Q10

None

109

 

KJ

J

None

None

 

None

Ax

None

x

 

 

If West throws a Club then South cashes the Ace of Hearts and makes the last two tricks with Ax of Clubs for 13 tricks.  If West throws the 10 of Hearts then now South has two Heart winners and makes the last trick with the Ace of Clubs.