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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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

 

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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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 July 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2016 duplicates

 

1       1 Heart – Pass – 1 Spade – Pass – 3NT

 

Board 6 Wednesday 6 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

AQJxxx

10xx

Q

Qxx

 

xx

Qx

J108x

KJ10xx

 

10x

xx

K9xxxx

xxx

 

Kxx

AKJ98x

Ax

Ax

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

3NT

4NT

5 Diamonds

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on this hand.  In fact the only reason why it is not 100% is that if East had the King of Clubs then a Club lead might lead to defeat on those occasions when one defender had three Hearts to the Queen and was able to ruff the second or third Spade before declarer could discard his Club loser.

 

It is generally accepted that after 1 Minor – 1 Major that a jump to 3NT shows a long minor suit and honours in the unbid suits.  While less universal I would also strongly recommend that 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 3NT should also show the values for game with a strong six (or seven) card Heart suit.

 

When North hears South jump to 3NT he ought to realise that the partnership may well be very close to a slam in Hearts as North has three Hearts, a singleton Diamond and very strong Spades.  Accordingly he should cue-bid 4 Diamonds which inferentially agrees Hearts since South has shown a strong six or seven card suit.  If over 4 Diamonds the South hand had poor controls he would sign off in 4 Hearts.  As the South hand is very powerful with eight controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) he bids 4NT as RKCB for Hearts.  Partner shows one Keycard and now 5 Diamonds asks for the Queen of trumps.  North denies this card and the partnership settles for the small slam.  As the opening leader has the King of Clubs the contract cannot fail and all thirteen tricks are made when the Queen of trumps falls in two rounds for +1010.

 

2       Poor competitive judgment by North South

 

Board 15 Wednesday 6 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Ax

Qx

AKJxxx

xxx

 

Jxx

AJ8x

xxx

Jxx

 

KQ10xxxx

9

x

K10xx

 

x

K10xxxx

Qxx

AQx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

Double

Pass

 

 

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the correct contract of 5 Diamonds on this hand.

 

South opens 1 Heart and North responds 2 Diamonds.  At the Green vulnerability for East West it is certainly correct for East to jump to 4 Spades with his shapely 7=1=1=4 distribution.

 

South now passes and when the bidding returns to North he doubles.  This should not be played as unilaterally for penalties but rather it shows a good hand and asks South to do something sensible.  As South has a singleton Spade he is unlikely to get rich defending 4 Spades doubled (it only goes one down) but South does have undisclosed secondary Diamond support opposite the known five or six card suit in the North hand.  Accordingly South bids 5 Diamonds which makes in comfort even on the lead of a singleton Heart from East for +600.  Note that should East switch to a Club at trick three having taken his Heart ruff that there is no need to risk the Club finesse.  The Ace of Clubs wins trick three and a low Heart is ruffed high at trick four.  Two rounds of trumps are then played ending in the Dummy at tricks five and six.  Although West still has a trump Declarer simply plays winning Hearts at tricks seven and eight.  Say West ruffs the fifth Heart at trick eight then Declarer overruffs and then returns to the Dummy by ruffing the second Round of Spades.  Declarer’s last Club is then discarded on the final Heart.

 

 

3       Fit Jump cruises to slam on combined 26 count

 

Board 14 Monday 25 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

J

10x

KQJ10xx

AJxx

 

AK98xx

AJx

Axx

K

 

Q10xx

KQxxx

x

10xx

 

xx

xxx

xxx

Q9xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

3 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4NT

6 Spades

 

Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Spade contract on this hand with a combined 26 count (and even then the King of Clubs is not relevant to the success of this).  Unless North starts off with the Ace of Clubs lead then all thirteen tricks are made.

 

The only explanation for the failure to bid a slam is that the East West pairs appear not to have in their armoury a very important bidding tool called a FIT JUMP.  A fit jump is a single jump in a new suit which in one bid shows four card support for partner’s suit and a good five card side suit.  It can be made in any of the following circumstances:-

 

a)         After the opposition double the opening bid

b)         After the opposition overcall the opening bid

c)         In response to partner’s overcall

d)         Any jump in a new suit by a passed hand is a fit jump even with no intervention from the opposition thus Pass – Pass – 1 Heart – Pass – 3 Clubs would show five Clubs and four Hearts and a raise to at least 3 Hearts.

 

Here East by jumping to 3 Hearts over the 2 Diamond overcall is showing four Spades and five Hearts with a good Heart suit.  This is all the information which West needs to go slamming.  Note that there is no need to ask about the Queen of trumps because West knows that the partnership possess a 10 card fit and the odds of a 2-1 split even if the Queen of trumps should be missing are 78%.

 

Suppose we change the East hand to:-  ♠Q10xx♥Qxxxx♦Kx♣Qx then now East would simply cue-bid 3 Diamonds to show a good raise to at least 3 Spades rather than emphasise the threadbare Hearts.

 

Please refer also to Tip 3 from the June 2013 Tips titled “Fit Jump by Advancer” which is an example of circumstance c) described above.