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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

 

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!!

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.