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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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Thankyou.

Tips for December 2015

 TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2015 duplicates

 

1 North dozes off

 

Board 2 Thursday 10 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

                                                    KQ10xx

                                                    Jxxx

                                                    xx

                                                    J8

               Axx                                                                       xx

               xx                                                                         AK10x

               QJ10xxx                                                                AK

               9x                                                                         KQ106x

                                                    Jxx

                                                    Q9x

                                                    xxx

                                                    A7xx

 

North                 East                   South                  West

                         1 Club                Pass                   1 Diamond

Pass                  2 Hearts             Pass                   3 Diamonds

Pass                  ?

                

On the above hand I ended up in the wrong game of 3NT instead of 5 Diamonds but was allowed to make it when North dozed off at trick four.

 

East correctly jumped to 2 Hearts in response to West’s response of 1 Diamond which was a game forcing jump shift showing a minimum of 18 points with at least five Clubs and four Hearts.  I repeated my Diamonds to show a six carder and denying three Clubs and now East had to decide what to say for his third bid.  He should have bid 4 Diamonds because the Ace and King is excellent support opposite a six card suit and he knows that West cannot have more than one stop in Spades as otherwise West would have rebid 2NT over 2 Hearts.  However East chose to bid 3 Spades as fourth suit forcing and now West had no choice but to bid 3NT.  The reason why 3NT is highly likely to fail is that on the expected Spade lead West’s entry to the long Diamonds will be immediately knocked out and unless West has the Queen of Hearts only two Diamond tricks will be made.

 

North opened with the King of Spades against 3NT.  South unblocked the Jack (because North had promised at least KQ10xx).  North continued with Spades and I won the third round of the suit.  As the Diamonds were blocked it was pointless to play Diamonds at trick four so instead I turned my attention to the Club suit.  As I was in my hand for the one and only time I needed North to have the Jack of Clubs.  Accordingly I played the NINE of Clubs and North dozily followed with the EIGHT.  I played small from Dummy and South ducked.  I continued with my second Club at trick five and this went Jack, King and Ace.  Now I had nine tricks with four Club tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Heart tricks and the Ace of Spades.

 

What is wrong with that you might ask.  Well if North covers the nine of Clubs with the Jack on the first round of the suit then South’s SEVEN of Clubs is promoted to winning rank on the fourth round of the suit.

 

So the moral is that in Defence you must be careful not merely to cover honours with honours but to be alert to the occasions when it is essential to cover cards below the rank of honour.

 

A more common situation when the nine must be covered is as follows:-

                                         AJ10x

            Kx                                                               Q8xx

                                          9xx

Here West must cover the nine with the King to promote East’s 8 to winning rank on the fourth round.

 

 

2 The Vanishing 5th Trick

 

Board 4 Monday 21 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

                                                  xxx

                                                  A10x

                                                  xxx

                                                  Axxx

Jxx                                                                                          AQ

Q8xx                                                                                       KJ9xx

AJx                                                                                         Qxx

J10x                                                                                        K9x

                                                  K109xx

                                                  x

                                                  K109x

                                                  Qxx

 

Assuming that East opens 1NT then West has a choice between inviting game via non-promissory Stayman or going straight to game in notrumps.  If West chooses to use non-promissory Stayman then he has little choice but to raise the response of 2 Hearts to 3 Hearts.  East should pass 3 Hearts because although he has a fifth trump he is minimum in points and it is not an asset to have six of his points as AQ doubleton of Spades.

 

Playing in Hearts there is no chance of making more than nine tricks as long as South does not make his opening lead in Diamonds.  On a Spade lead Declarer loses the Ace of trumps, one Diamond and two Club tricks.  On a Club lead Declarer loses the Ace of trumps, one Spade and two Club tricks (the Jack of Spades now being available to park the third round Diamond loser).

 

Alternatively let us suppose that West attaching due importance to the 10 of Clubs chooses to go straight to game in notrumps.  Against this contract South will definitely lead the 10 of Spades (top of an interior sequence).  Declarer wins with the Queen and plays the Jack of Hearts at trick two which North allows to win.  A second Heart is played at trick three to the Queen and Ace on which South discards his low Diamond.  At trick four North continues with a second round of Spades to Declarer’s Ace.  It would appear that the Defence are now going to make five tricks with three Spade tricks plus the Heart and Club Aces but appearances can be deceptive.  East now continues with three more rounds of Hearts.  South can discard his two low Clubs on the third and fourth round of Hearts but on the final round of Hearts at trick seven South has to discard from ♠K9x ♥None ♦K109 ♣Q.  What can he throw?  If he throws the nine of Diamonds then Declarer can make three Diamond tricks.  Accordingly he will probably throw the Queen of Clubs.  However at trick eight Declarer now finesses the Jack of Diamonds and then at trick nine endplays South by exiting with the Jack of Spades from the Dummy.  On the run of the Spades Declarer now throws all his Clubs from both hands (one Club having already been discarded from the Dummy on the fifth Heart) and at trick twelve South is endplayed from the K10 of Diamonds round to Declarer’s Queen with Ace and a small Diamond in the Dummy.  The Ace of Clubs vanishes into thin air for the Defence !

 

 

3 Patterning out the shape helps to reach slam

 

Board 18 Wednesday 23 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

                                                  KQx

                                                  AKxxx

                                                  Ax

                                                  xxx

J9                                                                                          10xxx

Qxx                                                                                        109x

109x                                                                                       xx

AQxxx                                                                                     K109x

                                                   Axxx

                                                   Jx

                                                   KQJxxx

                                                   J

 

North                   East                   South                    West

                           Pass                 1 Diamond              Pass

1 Heart                 Pass                 1 Spade                  Pass

2 Clubs                 Pass                 2 Diamonds             Pass

3 Diamonds           Pass                 3 Hearts                  Pass

4 Diamonds           Pass                 4 Spades                 Pass

4NT                      Pass                 5 Spades                Pass

6 Diamonds           Pass                  Pass                      Pass

 

Only two pairs out of nine managed to reach slam on the above hand.

 

North employs fourth suit forcing after South rebids 1 Spade.  It is definitely correct for South to emphasize the strength of the Diamonds by bidding 2 Diamonds in response to fourth suit forcing.  North is now interested in a slam in Diamonds holding 16 points with six controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) so he raises to 3 Diamonds.  South should now bid 3 Hearts.  This is patterning out his shape ie he must be 4=2=6=1.  North now knows that there is no danger of losing two Club tricks and so bids 4 Diamonds hoping that South can cue-bid the Ace of Spades.  This he duly does and now Roman Key Card is wheeled out leading to the excellent slam.  Assuming that the Defence start off with a Club lead then the second round of Clubs is ruffed.  Trumps are then drawn in three rounds.  Declarer can now establish the Hearts (even assuming the most likely 4-2 split).  Should the Hearts prove to be 5-1 then the contract will still make if the Spades split 3-3 or if the hand with five Hearts holds four Spades then he will be squeezed when the last trump is drawn (for instance if the West hand were originally ♠10xxx ♥Q109xx ♦xx ♣KQ and the East hand were ♠J9 ♥x ♦109x ♣A109xxxx).

 

Suppose we make the South hand somewhat weaker say ♠AJxx ♥Qx ♦K98xxx ♣x then now South should give a simple preference to 2 Hearts in response to the fourth suit forcing bid of 2 Clubs rather than emphasize such a threadbare six card suit.