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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!

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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!!"

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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.

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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.