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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!!

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 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.