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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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For all our members who have 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.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

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.