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Welcome to

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

 

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 and Michael Byrne (playing with Fiona Brown) in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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 August 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2016 duplicates

 

1        Grand Slam universally missed

 

Board 20 Monday 8 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

K98xx

AKx

AQ

Kxx

 

10x

xxxx

J109xx

xx

 

Qxx

QJ109xx

Kxxx

None

 

AJx

None

xx

AQJ109xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3NT

4 Diamonds

4NT

7 Clubs

 

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single one of the twelve North South pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand Slam 7 Club contract on this hand.

 

I have assumed in the above auction that East overcalls on his shapely 3=6=4=0 shape despite the low point count.  Should East instead Pass then South bids Clubs at a lower level.

 

When North jumps to 3NT South knows that a slam is almost certain.  He bids 4 Clubs showing at least a six card suit.  North then cuebids 4 Diamonds and South return cuebids with 4 Hearts.  Now when North discovers that all the keycards are present he knows that there is no danger of a third round Spade loser because in view of South’s cuebid in Hearts which must show a singleton or void that the King of Hearts will provide a parking place for any losing Spade should South’s distribution be a less extreme 3=1=3=6.  Accordingly North can bid the Grand Slam in Clubs with confidence.

 

2        What is the difference between 1NT – 4 Diamonds – 4 Hearts and 1NT – 2 Diamonds – 2 Hearts – 4 Hearts ?

 

Board 5 Monday 15 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

KQ10

Q10x

AQ10x

Axx

 

xx

x

KJxxxx

K10xx

 

Jxxxx

Kxx

x

xxxx

 

Axx

AJxxxx

xx

QJ

 

 

Not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach the excellent contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand.

 

The key to reaching slam is to have an understanding of the difference between the sequence:-

 

1NT              4 Diamonds

4 Hearts

 

and

 

1NT              2 Diamonds

2 Hearts       4 Hearts

 

By going down the slow route the transferor is showing a mild interest in slam while by transferring directly at the four level the transferor will usually then pass the correction to 4 Hearts.

 

The South hand is an excellent example of a hand which wishes to show a mild interest in slam having six Hearts, two Aces and 12 points without driving directly to it.  North is delighted to advance having 5 controls and three good trumps.

 

The odds of the contract making are very high.  On a Club or Diamond lead the contract has approximately a 75% chance of success because North is the Declarer.  On a neutral Spade lead then 12 tricks are certain if the Heart finesse works.  (Note that if the Heart finesse works then Declarer would then take the Club finesse and not the Diamond finesse because this guarantees to set up a second Club trick to deal with the Diamond loser even if the Club finesse loses)   Here with all three finesses working 13 tricks roll in.

 

3        Upgrade to 2 Club opener on 22 points

 

Board 19 Monday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

KJ98

Jx

98xx

KQ9

 

Axxx

A10

AKQxx

AJ

 

Qx

xxxxxx

Jx

xxx

 

10xx

KQx

10x

10xxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2NT

4 Hearts

 

From studying the results of the above hand I noted that only three pairs out of eight bid to 4 Hearts.  Three other pairs ended in 3 Hearts while one pair was passed out in 1 Diamond and the final pair played in 2 Spades.

 

While West does have 22 points his hand is simply too powerful for an opening 2NT bid.  Holding a huge nine controls (Ace = two, King = one) plus a very strong five card suit this is a good example of a 22 point hand which must be upgraded to a 2 Club opener.  West then rebids 2NT showing 23-24 over the 2 Diamond response.  East should then transfer into Hearts at the four level.  The reason why you should transfer into Hearts at the four level is because in a similar vein to Tip 2 above when we discovered that 1NT – 2 Diamonds – 2 Hearts – 4 Hearts is a mild slam try this applies equally to 2NT – 3 Diamonds – 3 Hearts – 4 Hearts which should also be played as a mild slam try.  4 Hearts is certain to make at least 10 tricks on a 3-2 trump break.  It will make 11 on a Spade lead while on a neutral Diamond lead it is essential for South to switch to a Club when he wins the second round of Hearts to prevent the overtrick.

 

Those pairs who ended up in 3 Hearts must have failed to recognize the need to upgrade and after opening 2NT on the West hand the bidding then died at the three level when East transferred into Hearts and then passed the conversion to 3 Hearts.