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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!!

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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If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for May 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2016 duplicates

 

 

1       Stopping the tenth trick

 

Board 10 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

AK

AKJ9xxx

xx

Q10

 

109xxx

x

K10xx

xxx

 

Qx

Q10x

Q9x

AKxxx

 

Jxxx

xx

AJxx

Jxx

 

 

At all eight tables every single East player woodenly allowed declarer to make a tenth trick in Hearts whether the contract was 3 Hearts or 4 Hearts.

 

For those playing a weak no trump by East West the auction is more likely to end in 3 Hearts:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Hearts

1NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

 

West transfers into Spades and North bids his Hearts at the three level.  It is then difficult for South to know whether he has enough for game and at pairs he is likely to pass.

 

For those East Wests playing a strong no trump then North South are more likely to get to game via:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

3 Hearts

1 Club

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

The opening lead should be the King of Clubs (KING for COUNT).  West plays low to show an odd number of Clubs.  Every single East has then woodenly cashed the Ace of Clubs at trick two and then looked around for inspiration.  But the horse has already bolted.  When partner plays a low Club at trick one there is a very high risk that Declarer started with Q10 Doubleton in Clubs and the danger of the Jack of Clubs being established for a discard should be blazingly obvious.  It is essential that East must switch at trick two.  With the Jack of Spades in the Dummy it is not very attractive for East to switch to a Spade at trick two holding Qx and accordingly he should instead choose a low Diamond which sets up the defensive Diamond trick before the Ace of Clubs is dislodged keeping the contract to nine tricks.

 

 

2       Too strong for just game

 

Board 17 Monday 23 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

AQ10x

AQJxxxx

x

A

 

xxx

Kxx

K10x

Qxxx

 

J9xx

None

xxx

KJ9xxx

 

Kx

10xx

AQJxxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Heart

5 Hearts

 

3 Clubs

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

6 Hearts

4 Clubs

 

Only one pair out of eight bid to 6 Hearts making all thirteen tricks when the Heart finesse works.

 

What should North say when having opened 1 Heart the bidding is suddenly at the four level when he next has a chance to speak.  To simply bid 4 Hearts is far too cautious with a hand containing only three losers.  Equally if North cue-bid 5 Clubs then this would agree Diamonds.  North must therefore either make a wild leap to six Hearts or more sensibly should invite slam by jumping to 5 Hearts.  How does South know that he has suitable cards for slam.  Well he has three trumps, the Ace of his own suit and the King of Spades with partner certain to have some length in Spades (given that North is unlikely to have more than one Club and has not shown interest in playing in Diamonds). 

 

In 6 Hearts on a Club lead Declarer should cross to the Ace of Diamonds at trick two and play a low Heart to the Jack.  He then ruffs the third round of Spades and repeats the Heart finesse making all thirteen tricks.

 

 

3       Monster three pointer

 

Board 12 Monday 30 May – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

10xxxx

x

K98x

xxx

 

Qxxx

J10xx

xx

xxx

 

KJx

AKxx

Q

KQ1098

 

A

Q9xx

AJ10xxx

AJ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

1 Club

Double

Pass

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of six bid to the excellent 5 Diamond contract on this hand.

 

South has a routine overcall of 1 Diamond after East opens 1 Club.  North has four card trump support and at Green or White it is always best to raise immediately to the level of the fit (ie bid to the three level with nine trumps and the four level with ten trumps).  However the Red vulnerability means that some caution is in order and accordingly North just gives a single raise to 2 Diamonds.  East doubles 2 Diamonds for takeout with a singleton Diamond and sixteen points outside Diamonds.  South now bids 2 Hearts showing a very strong overcall and an interest in game despite North’s very weak bid.  What should North bid over 2 Hearts.  Well although he only has three points he has a fourth trump and the singleton Heart is worth its weight in gold.  Accordingly he jumps to 4 Diamonds and South is delighted to go to game.

 

If West leads Clubs, his partner’s opening suit then game is easily made as it is easy for Declarer to trump three Hearts in the Dummy.  However if West opens with the best lead of a trump then Declarer has to be careful.  On winning the first trick with the Ace of Diamonds he has to maximize the chances of West being unable to lead a second round of trumps.  In other words it is essential that East has the Ace and King of Hearts.  Accordingly Declarer leads the Queen of Hearts from hand at trick two and the defence cannot play a second round of Diamonds so there are then no problems in being able to trump all three losing Hearts in the Dummy before finally drawing the outstanding trump.