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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

 

RESULT

Pachabo

Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants& Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.
RESULT

CONGRATULATIONS

to Club Members

MARTIN TAYLOR & BARBARA HACKETT

who won the

HARROGATE PAIRS

last weekend.

BERNARD GOLDENFIELD
BERNARD GOLDENFIELD

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.

His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.

If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am

Link to the full show

RESULTS

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
RESULTS

Goldstone

This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
RESULTS

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.
 
RESULTS

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.

RESULTS

Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

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

*************

2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019

*************

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 !