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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

 

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BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

For all our members who have already switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

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 October 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2016 duplicates

 

1        Thoughtless opening lead

 

Board 9 Thursday 13 October – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

None

KQxx

Axx

KJ10xxx

 

KJ9

J10xx

KJxxx

x

 

Axxxx

A98x

Q10x

A

 

Q10xxx

x

xx

Q98xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

5 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass

3 Clubs

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

 

At 7 out of 9 tables North South reached a contract of 5 Clubs (doubled at 3 of the 7 tables).  However 6 of the 7 Norths were allowed to make the contract because East made a thoughtless opening lead.  Clearly North has a very good distribution to jump to 5 Clubs over 3 Spades by West.  Therefore North will not have more than one Spade.  One danger of leading the Ace of Spades is that the King might be in the Dummy and immediately become established for the discard of a loser in one of the red suits.  On this occasion the Spade lead allows Declarer to ruff and immediately play the King of Hearts to establish a Heart winner to deal with the Diamond loser prior to drawing trumps.  Accordingly the correct opening lead is the Ace of trumps.  On looking at the Dummy East will know that Declarer is void in Spades given West supporting Spades in the bidding.  It is then completely clear to switch to a Diamond at trick two which leads to one down.  While it is true that an opening Diamond lead at trick one would also defeat the contract that is very much the second best lead since a Diamond lead could easily allow Declarer to discard a loser on a different layout for instance:-

 

North ♠x♥KQxx♦Ax♣KJ10xxx

South ♠Q10xx♥x♦KJx♣Q98xx

 

Where a Diamond lead allows Declarer to win with the Ace and then finesse the Jack before discarding his singleton Spade on the King of Diamonds.

 

2        North’s shape an open book at trick six

 

Board 15 Monday 17 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

A10x

KQxxx

x

xxxx

 

98xxx

xxx

K10x

Jx

 

KQxx

Ax

AJ98xx

A

 

J

J10x

Qxx

KQ10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

3 Hearts

Pass

 

 

1 Diamond

Double

Pass

 

Pass

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Spades

 

Only one of the eight East West pairs managed to bid and make 4 Spades on this hand.

 

East opens 1 Diamond in fourth seat and South overcalls 2 Clubs.  West is too weak to speak and now North should make a Fit Jump bid of 3 Hearts.  As previously explained (refer to June 2013 Tip 3, July 2016 Tip 3 and September 2016 Tip 3) this shows four card Club support and five Hearts.  East doubles 3 Hearts for takeout showing a very strong hand almost certainly with four cards in Spades.  South goes to game in Hearts despite his low point count because of his singleton Spade and knowing that his side possess a double fit in both Hearts and Clubs.  Note that to defeat 4 Hearts the defence would need to take a Club ruff which would dictate either a Club or Heart lead so that West can later gain the lead with the King of Diamonds to give East a Club ruff which is a somewhat unlikely defence.

 

West is delighted to now emerge from his slumbers with a bid of 4 Spades because he expects that his side have a nine card Spade fit and the Diamond holding of K10x will be of great value.

 

Against 4 Spades North should lead the King of Hearts (note that to lead the singleton Diamond would make things very easy for Declarer).  Let us assume that Declarer allows the King to win the first trick and a second Heart is won with the Ace.  Now the King of Spades is played from the Dummy and North wins with the Ace.  A third Heart is then ruffed in the Dummy and the play of the Queen of Spades at trick five shows that North still has a trump winner.  West should now build up a picture of North’s shape. The Fit jump bid of 3 Hearts showed five Hearts and four Clubs.  North also has three Spades, therefore he has a singleton Diamond in a 3=5=1=4 shape.  Accordingly Declarer cashes the Ace of Diamonds and then plays a low Diamond to the 10.  North can win his 10 of Spades whenever he wishes but that is the third and last trick for the Defence.

 

 

3        Sharp pairs double would bring in +300.

 

Board 14 Thursday 27 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

KJxx

Ax

Kxx

Q1074

 

AQ1098x

Qxx

A

J98

 

x

KJ10xx

xxxxx

32

 

xx

xxx

QJ10x

AK65

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

1 Spade

2 Spades

Pass

 

After South initially passes when West’s opening 1 Spade bid returns to him he can safely make a protective double with 10 points and only two cards in Spades.  West might think that it is safe for him to bid 2 Spades but if he does so then North should double this for penalties at pairs.  The fourth trump in North’s hand makes it highly likely that North can score a ruff as well as two natural trump tricks.  The double should be penalties because the opposition have not found a fit.  While at teams there would be an element of risk to this bid at pairs it is absolutely clear-cut because you expect to take a penalty of approximately 300 at least four times out of five and it is the frequency of gain which is important.

 

In order to achieve +300 North will probably open with the 4 of Clubs lead to South’s King.  South then has a choice between playing the Queen of Diamonds or a trump.  He should switch to a trump because he knows that West has three Clubs and in order for the Defence to later enjoy a third Club trick should North have the Queen then the trump must be removed from the Dummy.  Declarer probably finesses the Queen losing to the King.  Now North should then switch to Ace and another Heart.  Declarer can win the second Heart and continue with Ace and another Spade.  However North wins with the Jack of Spades, plays a second Club to South’s Ace in order to receive a Heart ruff with his last trump before cashing a third Club trick for +300.