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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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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

 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 
Update Saturday 21st September
With only two round robin matches remaining all the England teams are in the top eight which, if they remain so, means they qualify for the knock out phase.  Best placed are the Mixed team who have been leading since round five and are now certain to qualify.  The Seniors are in fourth place 13 VPs ahead of the ninth placed team.  The Women's team is in sixth place nine VPs ahead of the ninth team.
 
RAY'S "JOG" FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT  "JOG"

https://exrayraylejog.home.blog

 

"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog).  This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham).  There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!).  The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."

Welsh Foursomes
 
Congratulations to Jeff Smith, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Peter Foster and John Roberts who won the Welsh Fours at Wrexham over the weekend of 14-15th September. 
Full results are on the North Wales web site.
 
Winners
Peter Foster, John Roberts, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne

 

Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.

The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.

JUNIOR SUCCESS

Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
 
(Full details are on MCBA website)
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!

(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)

WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, 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

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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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for March 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2016 duplicates

 

1       Not the classical shape but correct to double

 

Board 20 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

x

QJ109x

xx

KJxxx

 

Q10x

xx

Axxx

10xxx

 

KJxxx

Kx

KQJx

xx

 

A9xx

Axxx

xxx

AQ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

4 Hearts

 

1 Spade

Pass

 

Double

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

 

I was fascinated to note that seven out of eight pairs played in Spades by East West and the only North South pair who played in Hearts did so only at the three level.

 

The reason for this is that after East opened 1 Spade it was clear from the scores that all the Souths passed.  West raised to 2 Spades and there the bidding ended.  However while South’s shape is not the classical shape for a takeout double in that it has length in Spades it is correct to double.  This is because the crucial thing is that South has four cards in the unbid major and holding three Aces the hand is far from minimum.  It is true that occasionally by choosing to double the partnership may end up in an ungainly 4-2 fit in Clubs but this will happen very rarely.  Note that North will always bid a four card Heart suit ahead of a five card minor suit on this auction.

 

Once South does decide to double then it is easy for North holding an attractive 1=5=2=5 shape and only seven losers to go straight go game in Hearts.  With the Heart finesse working then this should make an overtrick with careful play losing just two tricks in Diamonds.

 

 

 

2       Scientific approach not best

 

Board 25 Monday 21 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

A109xx

Kx

xxxxx

x

 

Qxx

10xxx

AQ10

QJx

 

x

AJxxxx

None

AK1098x

 

KJxx

Q

KJxxx

xxx

 

 

Assume that you open 1 Heart on the East hand and West jumps to 3 Hearts what should you now do as East.  The hand has enormous playing potential and if West held ♠AJx ♥Kxxx ♦Qxxx ♣Jx then you are likely to make all thirteen tricks.  However at the other end of the scale if West held ♠KQx ♥109xx ♦KQx ♣xxx then if the Clubs do not come in you might make only 10 tricks.

 

There are thus three possible choices:-

 

1          Cue bid 4 Clubs hoping to hear West cue-bid 4 Spades.

 

2          Jump to 5 Diamonds – Exclusion Key Card Blackwood – asking partner to count his keycards excluding the Ace of Diamonds.

 

3          Simply jump to 6 Hearts.

 

In the Monday Duplicate only three pairs out of eight bid to slam and only one of these three made the contract.  I made further enquiries and discovered that the successful pair simply chose Option 3 and jumped to 6 Hearts.   The reason why this was successful is that on this auction South would either lead a neutral Club or his fourth highest Diamond.  He would have no reason to lead a Spade which would have defeated the slam.

 

On the other hand if East chose Option 1 and cue bid 4 Clubs then when West cue-bid 4 Diamonds South would be much more likely to lead a Spade against either 4 Hearts or 6 Hearts.  Equally if East chose Option 2 and asked for keycards outside Diamonds then South would definitely not lead a Diamond knowing that the East hand were void in Diamonds.

 

So the moral is that as the chances of making all thirteen tricks are extremely low the practical choice for East is simply to jump to 6 Hearts which is what he expects to make on the majority of occasions.  After all if a Spade is cashable then the opposition may need to lead Spades at trick one and even then if West’s Hearts are Q10xx or Kxxx then the slam is still a good bet.

 

 

3       Slam on 24 points

 

Board 5 Monday 28 March – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

QJxx

xxx

xx

9xxx

 

Ax

Qxxx

KQ10xxx

x

 

K109x

None

A9x

KQJxxx

 

xxx

AKJ10xx

Jx

A10

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Diamonds

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

3 Diamonds

4 Spades

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid to the 90% small slam in Diamonds (only going down on a Heart lead if the trumps break 4-nil).

 

Having opened 1 Club East is forced to rebid 2 Spades over West’s 2 Diamond bid.  Note that this is not a reverse as if South had not overcalled then East would have rebid 1 Spade after West’s response of 1 Diamond.

 

West should definitely rebid his Diamonds to show a strong six card suit.  Now the East hand has become extremely powerful and the most descriptive bid is for East to jump to 4 Hearts as a splinter bid confirming Diamonds as trumps and showing a singleton or void in Hearts.  West should now cue-bid 4 Spades and this is enough for East to jump to slam in Diamonds.  Note that even if West’s Spades were Axx instead of Ax there is no danger of a third round Spade loser because the Clubs can be established to deal with any slow Spade loser.

 

On a Heart lead this is ruffed in the Dummy and the King of Clubs played.  South wins with the Ace.  Declarer can now either establish the Clubs (as long as he wins a Spade switch with the Ace) or he can take a second Heart ruff for 12 tricks.