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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 January 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the January 2017 duplicates

 

1       Learn your safety plays !

 

Board 22 Monday 9 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

10x

AKxxx

K8xx

AK

 

xxx

x

109x

10xxxxx

 

Jxx

Q108x

Qx

QJ9x

 

AKQxx

J9x

AJxx

x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Hearts

4NT

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Clubs

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Three pairs out of eight bid to the best contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand.  However they went down because they failed to play the trump suit correctly.

 

Assuming the Queen of Clubs lead the only danger to the contract is losing two trump tricks.  Accordingly after cashing the Ace of trumps on the first round you should then continue with a low Heart towards the Jack.  This restricts East to only one trump trick when he started with Q10xx.  The odds of East having started with such a holding are 14 per cent – one half of the 28 per cent odds of a 4-1 trump split.

 

While it is true that by playing the trumps in this way you give up any chance of making all thirteen tricks nevertheless in a modest field you are almost certain to score above average whenever you bid and make a slam contract in a major suit (with 6 Hearts making scoring better than 6 Diamonds plus one).

 

 

2       Landy or Multi-Landy to reach game

 

Board 15 Thursday 19 January – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Jx

AKQJ

K10xx

Jxx

 

K10xxx

xxx

Axx

xx

 

AQxx

109xxx

Q

AKx

 

xx

x

J9xxx

Q109xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

 

Only one pair out of nine managed to reach the laydown 4 Spades on the above hand.  Whether you play the simple Landy defence or the more comprehensive Multi-Landy defence to 1NT reaching game should not be a problem.

 

By overcalling 2 Clubs East is showing at least nine cards in the majors (some authors recommend making the bid not vulnerable with only eight cards) and a point count in the range 9 to 16.  What should West respond?  Well knowing of the minimum nine card Spade fit and holding a side suit Ace he should jump to 3 Spades to invite game.  East holding only six losers and a non-minimum hand (even if the Queen of Diamonds does prove to be wasted) is delighted to accept the invitation.

 

Even against those pairs playing weak no trump who open 1 Heart on the North hand it is still possible to reach game.  When 1 Heart comes round to West he should bid 1 Spade not vulnerable even though he only has 7 points as he has an Ace and a King and it is quite likely that East has passed the opening bid on account of Heart length.  East has a comfortable raise to 4 Spades because assuming that West has at least three Diamonds the hands are likely to fit extremely well together.

 

 

 

3       Slam missed at nine out of ten tables

 

Board 15 Thursday 26 January – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

Jxx

Q98xx

Qx

K6x

 

Kx

x

AK98x

AQJ108

 

AQxx

AKJ10

10x

7xx

 

109xx

xxx

Jxxx

9x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass
Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

3NT

4 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Clubs

 

Only one pair out of ten managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract on this hand although they they failed to play it correctly and went down.

 

Note that although West has 17 points his correct rebid is just 2 Clubs rather than 3 Clubs.  This is because a jump to the three level in a new suit is 100% game forcing and as East’s response of 1 Heart might have as few as 6 points this would be completely unsound.  Thus a rebid at the two level in a lower ranking suit than opener’s can be anywhere in the range 11 to 18 points.

 

After East then jumps to 3NT showing 13 to 15 points with a good Spade stop West is worth a slam try of 4 Clubs showing a strong 5-5 and knowing that if the East hand is unsuitable for slam (ie with poor controls) that East can sign off in 4NT.  However here East is delighted to cuebid 4 Spades.  RKCB is wheeled out and 6 Clubs is the final contract. 

 

The play is interesting.  Say North opens with a low Heart.  Declarer wins with the Ace in the Dummy and immediately takes a Club finesse.  If North wins to return a second trump the appearance of the 9 of Clubs from South on the second round means that it is relatively safe to leave the last trump outstanding and instead ruff the third round of Diamonds in the Dummy with the 7 of Clubs.  Then you can return to hand with the King of Spades, draw the last trump and two Diamonds left in Declarer’s hand disappear on the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts.

 

However alternatively suppose that North defends more strongly and allows the first Club finesse to succeed.  Declarer should now turn his attention to Diamonds.  As North does not have the nine of Clubs it does not help him to ruff the third Diamond in front of the Dummy and so after ruffing the third Diamond in the Dummy, Declarer now repeats the Club finesse.  Even though the second Club finesse loses Declarer is still safe because North having no more Diamonds cannot cash the Defence’s Diamond winner and later on Declarer’s two remaining Diamonds disappear on the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts.