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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS

 
26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
 

Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

third

Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie

EBU ARTICLE

4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.

RESULTS

Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)

RESULTS

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Green Point Pairs

Manchester's Annual Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March.  Forty eight pairs competed with many MBC members taking part.
Full details and photos are on the MCBA website. Results are bottom right of this page.
RESULTS
RESULTS

The Cantor Cup

The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club.  
21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. 
 
Full results and photos are on the MCBA website

 

RESULTS

Tollemache

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

26 Feb 2019

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

(Full details on the EBU website)

RESULTS

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 Feb 2019

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

 

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)

NEWS

EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course
See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!
EBU ARTICLE

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.

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 know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.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.