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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

 

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

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2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019

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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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

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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 November 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2015 duplicates

 

1       Unusual 4NT overcall

 

Board 8 Tuesday 24 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

AJxx

x

AQxx

109xx

 

Q10xx

K10xx

10x

Jxx

 

xxx

AQJxxxx

Jx

x

 

Kx

x

Kxxxx

AKQxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

6♣  or 6♦

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

4NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

West deals and passes and North should also pass because you should not open borderline 4-4-4-1 hands.

 

East pre-empts with 3 Hearts and South has to decide what to bid.  It is not sensible to double for takeout because having only two cards in the unbid major South cannot cope with partner bidding Spades.  Equally if South bids 3NT this would be natural showing 16+ points with a stop in Hearts.

 

However in the same way that a jump to 2NT over an opening bid at the one level shows 5-5 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits a jump to 4NT over an opening three level preempt shows a strong 5-5 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits.  Here South is showing a good hand with 5-5 in the minors and a maximum of five losers on the losing trick count.

 

How should North reply to this?  He is maximum for his original pass, he has four card support for both of South’s suits and he has two Aces.  Accordingly he should jump to straight to slam in either Clubs or Diamonds.  Even if South has six cards in one of the minors in a 1=1=6=5 or 1=1=5=6 shape it will make no difference in which minor suit North South should declare.

 

There are no problems in the play and a score of +920 results.  (Even if South’s Spades were say Qx instead of Kx then the contract would just require the Spade finesse through the partner of the pre-emptor).

 

2       The Rule of 19 or the Rule of 20 is only a guide and should be used with discretion

 

Board 11 Tuesday 24 November

 

Even if a hand qualifies as an opening bid because it satisfies the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20 that does not necessarily mean that it should be opened.

 

Consider Board 11:-

 

AKxx

Q98xx

J

Jxx

 

First of all we ignore the singleton Jack when calculating whether the hand is within the R19 or R20.

 

Thus the above hand is 19 (ten High Card Points plus nine cards in the two longest suits).  However, if you open 1 Heart and partner responds 2 Diamonds, what on earth are you going to rebid?  You cannot rebid 2 Spades because this would be a reverse showing at least 16 points after a two level response and to rebid the moth eaten Heart suit is to most minds gruesome.  Accordingly you start off proceedings with NO BID ! ! !

 

However if we swop the Spades and Hearts round to give:-

 

Q98xx

AKxx

J

Jxx

 

Then you could just about open 1 Spade because if partner bids 2 Diamonds you can at least rebid 2 Hearts showing the 5-4 shape.

 

So the moral is make sure that you have a sensible rebid if partner responds in your short suit.  If you have no sensible rebid then do not open.

 

This is a theme which I first mentioned back in October 2012 Tip No 1.

 

3       Expensive Sacrifice

 

Board 14 Monday 30 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

A9xxx

J10x

x

AKQx

 

QJ

xxx

109xxx

Jxx

 

x

AQ9

AKQJx

10xxx

 

Kxxxx

Kxxx

xx

xx

 

 

Four out of eight East West pairs unwisely sacrificed in 5 Diamonds on the above hand and when this was doubled they deservedly went three down for -500 for a shared bottom.

 

East opens 1 Diamond which is passed round to North who bids 1 Spade.  East should then double this for takeout showing a good hand with short Spades because although partner has denied more than 5 points East West might still have a good part score available in Hearts or Clubs.  Let us assume that South raises to 4 Spades (raising to the level of the fit non-vulnerable ie bidding to the three level with nine trumps and to the four level with ten trumps).

 

The spotlight now shifts to West.  While he might consider sacrificing because his side also possess a likely ten card fit he does know that except in the unlikely event of East having the singleton King of Spades that his Queen Jack of Spades will be completely useless.  In other words only his Jack of Clubs might be of any value (although not on this occasion).  It is extremely unlikely that at equal vulnerability that 5 Diamonds doubled will escape for a lower penalty than 500 which at pairs is a disaster against 420 for 4 Spades making for North South.

 

Note that if we replace East’s 9 of Hearts with a small Heart then 5 Diamonds doubled would be even more expensive costing 800 on accurate defence losing one Spade, two Hearts and three Clubs.