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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

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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.

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Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

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NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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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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Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for March 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2017 duplicates

 

1       The modern way to play 2C – 2D – 3NT

 

Board 23 Thursday 9 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

KJ

QJxxxx

10x

Axx

 

Ax

Ax

AKQJxxx

xx

 

Q109xx

109x

xx

KJx

 

xxxx

Kx

xx

Q109xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

3NT

 

Until the introduction of the Kokish convention (which I have covered previously in September 2014 Tip No 2, January 2015 Tip No 1) the sequence 2♣-2♦-3NT showed 25 to 27 points.

 

However playing Kokish there no need to jump the bidding on such a hand.  Rather a jump to 3NT shows a running minor suit.  As only one pair out of eight ended up in 3NT on the above hand it would appear that the rest have not taken on board the advantages of Kokish.

 

Here although West has only 18 points with nine clear tricks it is not unreasonable to open 2 Clubs.  After a response of 2 Diamonds from East then West now jumps to 3NT to show a running minor suit in a semi-balanced hand ie 7-2-2-2 or 6-3-2-2.

 

There are nine tricks on top but after a Heart lead from North if West wins and cashes all his Diamond winners then the North hand is inexorably squeezed on the last Diamond winner and declarer can make an overtrick for +630.

 

2       Support Double by opener helps to get to sensible contract

 

Board 4 Monday 13 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

10xxxx

Qxx

10xx

Qx

 

AQx

xxx

xxx

AKxx

 

KJxx

AJ10

x

J9xxx

 

x

K9xx

AKQJxx

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Spade

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

 

2 Diamonds

Double2

Pass

1 Club

Double1

Pass

Pass

 

1           Support double showing three card Spade support

2           Takeout suggesting six Diamonds and four Hearts

 

There were a whole variety of contracts on this deal.  However only one East West pair out of eight played in a sensible Club contract making 11 tricks for +150 and a 100% score.

 

The recommended auction is as shown above.

 

The key to the auction is West making a support double after the overcall of 2 Diamonds.  This shows three card support for responder’s major suit whereas if West raised Spades in competition it would promise four cards.  Thus East is not tempted to play in Spades with only a combined seven card fit and instead supports Clubs.  South now makes a takeout double of 3 Clubs suggesting 6-4 in the red suits and North goes back to 3 Diamonds.  East is happy to bid 4 Clubs with a singleton Diamond.  Game in Clubs is actually a reasonable bet needing only the Clubs to come in for no loser (52%) but is almost impossible to bid due to West having nothing wasted in Diamonds.

 

Support doubles were invented by Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 30 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) in the early 1990’s.  Rodwell proposed the use of a double in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for responder’s major suit and 4 card support. This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit. There are 10 situations in which this support double could arise:-

 

West

North

East

South

 

(1)

1 Club           

Pass

1 Heart

1 Spade

 

(2)

1 Club        

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

 

(3)

1 Club

Pass

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

 

(4)

1 Club

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

 

(5)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Heart

1 Spade

 

(6)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

 

(7)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Spade

2 Clubs

 

(8)

1 Diamond

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

 

(9)

1 Heart

Pass

1 Spade

2 Clubs

 

(10)

1 Heart

Pass

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

 

 

In each of the above 10 cases if West has 4 card support for partner’s major suit he raises the suit immediately.  If West has only 3 card support for partner’s suit he doubles.

 

Refer also to September 2013 Tip No 3 for the use of a Support Redouble in a similar vein.

 

 

3       Unusual No-trump overcall points the way to game

 

Board 24 Monday 27 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Axx

10x

J10xxx

Jxx

 

K10xxx

xxxx

K9

xx

 

QJxx

Kx

Q

AQ10xxx

 

x

AQJ9x

Axxxx

Kx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

1 Club

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only two pairs out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Diamond contract on the above hand and of these only one was with North the declarer.

 

After 1 Club from East the South hand is best described by a jump to 2NT showing 5-5 or 5-6 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits.  With the exception of the vulnerability being Green I would suggest that this shows a hand with not more than six losers.

 

West passes and although North only has six points he should jump to 4 Diamonds.  This is because he knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Diamonds and the Ace of Spades is sure to be invaluable.  South is happy to raise to game with two Aces and only five losers.

 

Note that when North is the Declarer if East makes a passive Spade lead then the contract should make an overtrick for +420.  This is because after the Ace of Spades wins the first trick Declarer then leads the 10 of Hearts.  If this wins then a second Heart to the King and Ace follows.  Now the Ace of Diamonds is cashed at trick four.  As West has four Hearts he has to follow helplessly when the remaining Heart winners are cashed and all North’s Clubs disappear on the Hearts.

 

The contract requires the Heart finesse plus a 2-1 trump split.  In view of the opening bid by the East hand the Heart finesse has at least a 70% likelihood of success.  Therefore the approximate probability of the contract making is 0.7 x 0.78 (2-1 trump split) = 55%.