MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB.,
We are no longer at Palatine Road or The Casino for any bridge whatsoever!
. . . BECAUSE WE HAVE MOVED, FROM 2ND JANUARY, TO OUR NEW "HOME" PREMISES. . . .
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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It's that time of year again when
your annual membership payment is due.
The fees are the same as for last year (again!),
so it's £50 for Single Membership,
£80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.
Membership runs from January through to December each year.
Payments should be made asap (by end February latest) in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.
If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are
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"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.
Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.
Club Membership includes EBU Registration."
CHEADLE ROYAL TROPHY WINNERS
Congratulations to STEPHEN WARD & CHRISTOPHER HINE for winning the 2018 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP.
This is awarded to the top pair on Monday Nights between September & December each year.
(Photo to follow)
The 2018 Manchester Congress
Blue Point Teams
3 Jan 2019
This weekend sees the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', hosted by the Welsh Bridge Union in Mold, North Wales, taking place from 4th - 6th January.
Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski
Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins
Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi
NPC Alan Mould
For full details of all team taking part, visit Bridge Great Britain
The action starts at 7pm on Friday evening, and will be shown on Bridgebase.com.
Results will be updated next week. Good luck to all involved.
11 Dec 2018 | Internationals
This weekend the Senior Trials take place at West Midlands Bridge Club.
Manchester players participating are John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett
The winning team will be chosen to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy, set to be held in Edinburgh Scotland, 5th-7th April 2019.
Coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online starting at 10.45 on Saturday.
For full details on eligibility criteria and entries:
17 Dec 2018 | Internationals
The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.
The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
Palatine Road enjoyed it's last FULL HOUSE when 22 pairs took part in the annual Santa Claus Pairs event - Manchester Bridge Club's flagship event.
The eventual winners were JOY and IRVING BLAKEY Ist
with MBC's OLLIE BURGESS playing with Dan Crofts in 2nd Place
and TRACY CAPAL & JOHN STELL in Third
Full results details are bottom right of this page.
Congratulations to Josh Clarke and Daniel Kelsall for coming second in the Swiss Pairs at the Scottish Congress in Peebles.
European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly. The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Senior World Championship
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!
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
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the November 2015 duplicates
1 Unusual 4NT overcall
Board 8 Tuesday 24 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer West
6♣ or 6♦
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:-
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:-
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
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.