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For all our members who have switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

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Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

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NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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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 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 !