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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 February 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2017 duplicates

 

1       Don’t concede the contract with the opening lead !

 

Board 10 Thursday 9 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

QJ98xx

9xx

KJ

Ax

 

10x

Kxxx

97x

Q9xx

 

Kxx

J108

Q108x

K10x

 

Ax

AQx

Axxx

Jxxx

 

 

I was astounded to see that all seven North South’s who played in 4 Spades were allowed to make the contract.  In three cases South was the Declarer and in four cases North was the Declarer.

 

South would be the Declarer after opening a strong no-trump and North transferring into Spades.  For South to make the contract West must have started with a low Heart which is a very poor lead from Kxxx into a strong no-trump.  He should start off with a Diamond as the safest lead (preferably the middle card MUD – middle up down).  In fact on any lead other than a Heart South must lose four tricks.

 

When North was the Declarer East must have made the opening lead of a Diamond.  While this is not such a bad lead as a Heart from West nevertheless the safest lead is for East to lead the suit in which he has a run of two honours, namely the Jack of Hearts.  After the Jack of Hearts from East then North must again lose four tricks.

 

Strangely enough the eighth pair managed to arrive in 3NT which cannot be beaten making nine tricks on any lead.

 

 

2       Don’t be a slave to showing your shape if it is not the most descriptive rebid available

 

Board 3 Thursday 16 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

Jx

9x

KQJ10x

J9xx

 

A10

J108xx

Axxx

A10

 

K9xxxxx

Axx

x

Qx

 

Qx

KQx

xxx

Kxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

1NT

Pass

 

I was fascinated to note that nine pairs out of ten played in Hearts (six in partscore and three in game) and only one pair correctly played in Spades although they still failed to reach game.

 

The only explanation for this outcome is that having opened 1 Heart and received a 1 Spade response from East that all the Wests must have rebid 2 Diamonds.  While it is true that this shows the 5-4 shape it is not a very sensible choice for several reasons.  Firstly West’s Hearts are so weak that he does not particularly want to end up in a 5-2 Heart fit.  Secondly only five of West’s thirteen points are in his two suits.  Thirdly having A10 in each of the black suits it only needs Jxx in Clubs and 9xxx in Spades in the East hand for each suit to have a second stop for notrump purposes.  Therefore despite the 5-4 shape the sensible rebid for West is to rebid 1NT.  This makes East’s second bid easy as assuming that West has at least two Spades then 4 Spades is highly likely to make and even if West were to have made an off centre rebid with say the singleton Queen of Spades then the contract would still be playable.

 

Note that in the defence the Club suit is what is termed a “frozen suit”.  That is to say neither defender can lead the suit without surrendering a trick.  Therefore on a neutral Diamond lead Declarer can win, draw trumps and play Hearts at every opportunity to make an overtrick for +650.

 

 

3       Don’t invite game with points in the short suits

 

Board 5 Thursday 23 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

109xx

Kx

AJx

98xx

 

Qxx

Axxxx

xxx

J10

 

AJxx

Q8x

xxx

Qxx

 

Kx

J109

KQxx

AKxx

 

 

South opens 1NT and North has to decide whether to take any action.  While he might be tempted to invite game due to holding eight points one should not push for borderline games at pairs and in any event it is not good for your points to be in your short suits.  If the majority of the eight points were in the long suits then it would be acceptable.

 

Six of the eight Norths wrongly invited game and four of the six Souths who received the invitation then went on to game.  On competent defence this contract has absolutely no chance of making.

 

Note that on the lead of the fourth highest Heart from West to the Queen winning in East’s hand that on the return of the 8 of Hearts that West must duck in order to keep communication with his partner.  West can tell from the return of the 8 of Hearts that South originally started with J109.

 

When South wins the second trick with Dummy’s King of Hearts he has quite a dilemma at pairs.  He can either run for home with four Diamonds, two Clubs and a Heart or he can play a Spade to the King hoping that the Ace of Spades is in the East hand thus making eight tricks.  However note that if he plays a Spade and the King loses to the Ace should West have been dealt this card then now South will not even make 1NT because he will lose four Heart tricks and three Spade tricks.