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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!
HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!

DOESN'T SHE LOOK GREAT?

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!!

....and she came top this afternoon!

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
took place on Sunday 3rd November
at Altrincham

(See MCBA website for results and photos)
 

SPOOKY SWISS PAIRS

Our Halloween celebrations were enjoyed by all with many members making superb efforts to dress up and scare us all to bits!

Eleven tables played and the Jacket Potatoes were devoured with relish by all - a very special thankyou goes to Eylem for all her hard work in providing a great supper.

Congratulations to Vera Lowson and David Fernley for winning first prize for fab costumes

.........and special mentions also to Maureen Seddon, Ann Wood and Richard Cross.

 

EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
 
 
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
 
 
 
Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

CLUB CHAMPION 2019
CLUB CHAMPION 2019

CLUB CHAMPION 2019

"She's done it again!"

Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2019 Club Champion.

This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2018 and May 2019.

Well Done Eve! 

Current Competitions

2019 / 20 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2019 until the end of April 2020

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2019 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 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!!

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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for February 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2016 duplicates

 

1       Partial elimination turns -300 into -100

 

Board 18 Tuesday 16 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

KQJxx

10xxx

xx

xx

 

Axxx

xx

106xx

xxx

 

10x

A

KQJ975

AJ10x

 

9x

KQJxxx

A

KQxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

1 Diamond

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Heart

4 Hearts

Double

Pass

5 Diamonds

 

This hand caught my eye when I realized that a small mistake by South at trick three allows declarer to escape for just one down in 5 Diamonds doubled.

 

When South bids 4 Hearts it is clearcut for West to sacrifice in 5 Diamonds.  This is because it is likely that each side has a ten card fit and the “Law of Total tricks” suggests that very often the total number of tricks available on any deal is approximately equal to the total number of trumps.  So if North South and East West each have ten trumps it is often the case that a total of twenty tricks can be made if each side play in their long trump suit.  So if North South can make 10 tricks in Hearts then East West may be able to make 10 tricks in Diamonds.  If North South can make 11 tricks in Hearts then East West can make 9 tricks in Diamonds and will therefore show a profit against the vulnerable game available for North South.

 

Against 5 Diamonds Doubled the opening lead is the King of Hearts and after winning with the Ace Declarer should play the King of Diamonds.  South takes the Ace of trumps and if he were to switch to Spades at trick three then the contract would have to go two down as Declarer would be unable to avoid the loss of one Spade, one Diamond and two Club tricks (since North would switch to Clubs on winning his Spade trick to breaking up any possible endplay.)

 

However if South lazily continues with the Queen of Hearts then Declarer can punish this mistake in the following manner.  Rather than trump the second round of Hearts Declarer should discard a Spade so keeping the lead in the South hand.  South now exits with the 9 of Spades at trick four.  Declarer wins with the Ace and then trumps the second round of Spades high at trick five.  At trick six he then draws the second round of trumps by playing the 9 and overtaking with the 10 (so leaving the 6 as a possible later entry to the Dummy).  At trick seven a Club follows from the Dummy to the 10 and Queen.  At trick eight South is now endplayed.  Having no more Spades he has either to continue with Clubs or concede a ruff and discard by playing a third Heart.  Yes East was lucky to find South with only two cards in Spades but by discarding a Spade on the second round of Hearts East was simply exchanging a Spade loser for a Heart loser and if South did have a third Spade East would still be able to ruff high and cross to the Dummy with the 6 of Diamonds in order to try and take another Club finesse.  So in making ten tricks Declarer lost just one Heart, one Diamond and one Club but no Spade tricks.  At pairs -100 is likely to be a top while at teams it is likely to gain 5 IMPS against teammates collecting +300 at the other table.

 

2       Knowledge of 10 card fit leads to slam on a combined 27 count

 

Board 3 Wednesday 17 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

xx

K9xxx

Axxx

Qx

 

Kxx

x

Q9xx

K98xx

 

AJ10x

AQ

K10

AJxxx

 

Q98x

J108xx

Jxx

10

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Hearts

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Spades

Pass

 

Although East has only 19 points it is clearcut to upgrade this to a 2NT opener.  This is because East has a five card suit, two 10s and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control).

 

West bids 3 Spades showing at least eight cards (and usually nine) in the minors.  If East has no interest in playing in a minor suit he would sign off in 3NT.  However if East bids 4 of a minor he is showing four cards in that minor and an interest in slam if West is suitable.  On those occasions when East has five cards in the minor he bids 4 Hearts to show five Clubs and 4 Spades to show five Diamonds.  This allows use to be made of a bid which cannot possibly be natural as having opened 2NT showing a balanced or semi-balanced hand it makes no sense to suddenly introduce Hearts or Spades as a trump suit at the four level.

 

When East bids 4 Hearts then West knowing of the 10 card trump fit no longer needs to worry about the Queen of trumps.  This is because when 10 trumps are present the odds of a 2-1 split are 78% whereas if only 9 trumps are present missing the Queen then the odds of a 2-2 split are only 40% plus the odds of a singleton Queen if the Jack is present in the 9 card fit.  Accordingly West cue-bids the King of Spades and East can then jump to 6 Clubs.

 

Against this contract South is likely to lead the Jack of Hearts which immediately gives two Heart tricks and a Spade discard from the Dummy and so removes any need to worry about the whereabouts of the Queen of Spades.

 

 

3       North South asleep at the wheel in the bidding

 

Board 12 Monday 29 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

AKxx

x

Jxxxx

Axx

 

QJx

KJxx

KQ10x

xx

 

x

Q109xx

9x

KQxxx

 

10xxxx

Axx

Ax

J10x

 

 

I was extremely puzzled to note that seven out of eight North South pairs let East West play in Hearts on this hand despite the fact that North South are cold for game in Spades.  There are three ways in which the bidding might go.

 

 

Firstly for those playing weak no trump:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Double

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

4 Spades

1NT

3 Hearts

Pass

 

Here North is able to double 3 Hearts for takeout and South is delighted to jump to game in Spades knowing of the likely nine card fit and the ideal holding of Axx Hearts opposite a probable singleton in the North hand.

 

Secondly for those playing strong no trump and four card majors:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Double

Pass

 

 

4 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

1 Heart

Pass

 

Thirdly for those playing strong no trump and five card majors:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

4 Spades

 

1 Heart

Pass

 

1 Spade

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Hearts

Pass

 

There is no defence to 4 Spades.  On the best lead of a Club South can duck to the Queen.  Now the Defence cannot stop the long Diamond becoming established to eventually discard the second losing Club.

 

The absolute par on the hand is for East West to then sacrifice in 5 Hearts doubled losing only 300 but since the only North South pair who played in Spades did so at the 2 level no East West pair was faced with this decision !