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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 December 2016

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2016 duplicates

 

1       Withhold the Ace of trumps on the first round

 

Board 25 Wednesday 14 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J108x

A10x

QJx

10xx

 

AKxx

KQJxx

Kxx

J

 

Qxx

xxx

xxx

A9xx

 

9x

xx

A108x

KQ8xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

2NT1

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Spades

3 Clubs

Pass

 

1           Showing a bad hand after a reverse.  It forces opener to bid 3 Clubs as East may wish to play in 3 Clubs if he has say:-

 

            ♠xx♥xx♦Jxx♣KQ10xxx

 

            or 3 Diamonds if he has say:-

 

            ♠xx♥xx♦QJ10xxx♣Kxx

            or 3 Hearts as on the above hand.  Note that an immediate 3 Hearts over the reverse of 2 Spades should be played as game forcing.

 

The above hand is a very instructive one in the play.

 

Four out of five pairs correctly stopped in 3 Hearts on this hand.  At pairs you should not bid borderline games. Say North opens with the Queen of Diamonds lead against 3 Hearts.  South wins with the Ace and continues with a low Diamond.  After winning with the King declarer should play the King of Hearts.  If North takes his Ace immediately then Declarer can make a tenth trick.  He does this by drawing a second round of trumps before playing on Spades.  By so doing he is hoping that when the Spades break 4-2 (as expected) that the last trump is in the hand with four Spades.  However if North holds up his Ace of Hearts on the first round then Declarer cannot make ten tricks.  This is because if he continues with Hearts then North can play a third round preventing Declarer from ruffing the fourth round of Spades in the Dummy.  So the moral is:- always be aware of the benefit of holding up the Ace of trumps on the first round on hands where Declarer wishes to draw exactly two rounds of trumps but does not wish to draw a third round.

 

 

2       1NT in response to a takeout double is a constructive bid

 

Board 22 Thursday 15 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

A10xx

Kxx

xx

10xxx

 

J9x

109xxxx

x

Kxx

 

KQ8xx

J

KJ9xx

Jx

 

x

AQx

AQ108x

AQ9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1NT

Pass

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Double

3NT

Pass1

Pass

 

1           The vulnerability makes bidding 2 Spades unattractive.  Perfect defence would yield 800 against 2 Spades doubled.

 

I was mystified why only two out of seven pairs managed to reach 3NT.  East should open the bidding with his shapely 5-5 distribution despite the low point count.  South has a routine takeout double.  North should respond 1NT.  This promises a Spade stop and about 7 ½ to 10 points.  It is not a dustbin bid.  If North held a very weak hand he would have to bid 2 of a suit even with zero points.  South then raises to 3NT knowing that the partnership possesses a minimum of 25 points.

 

In the play on a Spade lead North must hold up the Ace until the third round, discarding Diamonds from the Dummy.  Then by playing on Clubs he will make a minimum of 9 tricks and 10 on perfect play.

 

3       Easy slam missed

 

Board 8 Thursday 22 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

J9

AKQxx

Kxxx

Kx

 

Q10x

xx

x

AQ10xxxx

 

xxxx

xx

10xxx

Jxx

 

AKxx

10xxx

AQJx

x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Spades

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Hearts

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to bid to 6 Hearts.

 

When North overcalls the pre-emptive opening bid South is far too strong to simply raise to game in Hearts.  He might consider bidding an immediate 4NT RKCB for Hearts but this might get the partnership too high if for instance North has overcalled on a borderline ♠Qxx♥KJ98xx♦Kx♣Kx when there might be two Heart and one Club losers.

 

Therefore the correct course of action is for South to cue-bid 4 Clubs which agrees Hearts by inference and asks partner to cue-bid if suitable.  North is delighted to cue-bid 4 Diamonds and now RKCB can be wheeled out.  South can count 12 tricks in Hearts unless North has a singleton Club.