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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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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 November 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2016 duplicates

 

1       Jump Overcalls are STRONG after weak opposition opening bids

 

Board 21 Thursday 10 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

98xx

AQ10xxx

x

10x

 

KJ

xx

98xxx

K9xx

 

AQ10xxx

x

AJ

A8xx

 

x

KJxx

KQ10xx

QJx

 

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to reach 4 Spades by East on this hand.  Assuming that North opens with a weak 2 Hearts what should East bid?  His hand is too strong to simply overcall 2 Spades with the attractive 6-4 shape and about 7 ½ tricks.  Equally while one might consider doubling were South to raise to 4 Hearts East is not comfortable about bidding Spades at the four level.

 

Accordingly the correct call for East to make is to jump to 3 Spades.  Note that YOU NEVER MAKE A WEAK JUMP OVERCALL AFTER A WEAK OPENING BID.  Here 3 Spades implies a strong hand with at least six Spades.  South bids 4 Hearts (only one down) and West can comfortably bid 4 Spades with the KJ of Spades and the King of Clubs.  (The prevailing vulnerability prevents North South from sacrificing in 5 Hearts doubled because two down is 500 and in Eurovision Song Contest speak nul points.)  The contract of 4 Spades needs either a 3-2 Club break or a singleton Queen, Jack or 10 in the North hand.  Approximate odds of success = 68% + 3/5 of 14% = 76%.

 

2       24 point slam

 

Board 25 Wednesday 16 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

xx

A109xx

Jxxxx

x

 

10xxxx

xxx

None

KQxxx

 

AKQJ9x

J

Axxx

A10

 

None

KQxx

KQ10x

Jxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

 

Only one of the five East West pairs managed to reach the laydown slam on this hand.

 

After a 2 Club opening from East although West has an attractive hand he should start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional requirements for a positive response of an Ace and a King.  When East bids 2 Spades then now the West hand is enormously powerful.  The most descriptive bid is to jump to 4 Diamonds showing a singleton or void in Diamonds and four card Spade support.  Now East cuebids 4 Hearts and West cuebids 5 Clubs.  This is bound to be the King rather than a singleton in view of the earlier splinter in Diamonds.  East jumps to 6 Spades and South needs to lead a Heart to prevent the overtrick.

 

3       Good game but don’t get too greedy for an overtrick

 

Board 12 Monday 28 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

Axxx

x

AKJ109xx

x

 

xx

KJ10xx

9

AKxxx

 

KQJ10xx

x

xx

Q1087

 

x

AQxxxx

Qxx

J9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

Pass

 

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of six managed to bid to 5 Diamonds.

 

When South raises his partner’s overcall the North hand has enormous playing strength.  In such circumstances when the opposition have bid 2 suits North bids the suit in which he has a high honour to express an interest in game.

 

South is delighted to accept the invitation holding a singleton Spade, the Ace of Hearts and a high Diamond honour.

 

(As the cards lie North South can actually make 3NT.  This is because the club pips are such that the suit is blocked in that only East can win the fourth round of Clubs.  However it would be rather wild for South to try 3NT with such poor Clubs.)

 

Assuming the lead of a singleton Heart Declarer wins with the Ace and then plays Ace of Spades followed by trumping a Spade low in Dummy.  He should then return to hand with a low Diamond to the King and trump the third Spade with the Queen of Diamonds making exactly 11 tricks for +600.  Even if West does not peter in Spades it would be extremely unwise to try and ruff three Spades in the Dummy.  This is because East West have only 19 points between then and yet East has bid freely at the two level in a higher ranking suit than opener with a hand which cannot contain more than 9 points.  This would be hard to justify without six Spades.  If South does get greedy and try to ruff three Spades in the Dummy then West will overruff the third round of Spades and can then underlead the Ace and King of Clubs so that East can play a trump resulting in only one ruff being taken in the Dummy for one down.