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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT "JOG"
"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog). This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham). There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!). The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."
The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).
In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.
EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne
Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.
The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.
Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.
The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.
This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.
Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.
The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.
The Welsh Cup is now a double elimination knockout leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
Stanza Greens: not only do you get Green Points for winning a match but you get Greens for any stanza you win which usually means you get something even when you lose a match.
Double elimination: you are guaranteed two matches and you can get to the final even if you lose one match.
Click here for details.
The Cambria Cup is now a double elimination mixed pivot aggregate knockout (similar to the Hubert Phillips) leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
There has to be at least one woman and one man playing and they play one-third of the boards with each other team member.
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT
THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!
(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)
WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
EBU 6 Jun 2019
During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.
If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am
Link to the full show
21 Feb 2019
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.
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!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
September 2019 until the end of December 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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!!"
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 email@example.com
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the April 2017 duplicates
1 Good game on 24 points missed
Board 23 Thursday 13 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South
Not a single one out of the nine East West pairs managed to reach 3NT by West on the above hand.
The East hand is too strong in playing strength to open 1NT as well as the shape being somewhat off centre. After opening 1 Diamond and then receiving preference to Diamonds (which could show anything between 6 and 9 points) East should make a game try by bidding 3 Clubs. Despite West having only seven points he should accept with such a strong Club holding and the Queen of Diamonds is sure to be extremely valuable.
Strangely enough this bidding sequence has actually “wrong-sided” the contract. By this I mean that on a Heart lead from North if the Dummy plays low and South manages to diagnose to play the 10 then now North South will take five tricks. If East is the Declarer the contract is unbeatable.
However the natural lead on the North hand is to lead Dummy’s second suit Spades as North’s holding in the fourth suit (Clubs) is not very attractive from which to lead. On a Spade lead Declarer simply wins in the Dummy and immediately plays the Jack of Clubs to drive out the Ace. Now North needs to switch to a low Heart to stop the overtrick.
2 Too strong to overcall
Board 5 Friday 28 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North
1 Cannot sacrifice at Red as this will cost 500.
All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 4 Spade contract which requires only the Heart finesse to make.
After North opens 1 Club note that South should respond 1NT. This shows 8 to 10 points with four Clubs. If South has Club support with only 5 to 7 points he would respond 2 Clubs.
While West could overcall 2 Hearts he is too strong for this action with his powerful 6-4 shape in the majors and only four losers on the losing trick count. Accordingly he starts off with a double. When East bids Spades West goes straight to game since as little as the Queen of Hearts in the East hand is enough for game to be laydown. If instead East were to bid Diamonds then the West hand is strong enough to bid 2 Hearts showing a minimum of 18 points with at least five Hearts.
Assuming South leads the Ace of Clubs and then switches to a Diamond, East can win the second Diamond in the Dummy, draw two rounds of trumps ending in hand and play a Heart to the Jack and Ace for +420.
3 West accepts the second invitation
Board 18 Friday 28 April– Vulnerability North South – Dealer East
All the East West pairs failed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract which is cold against Spades 2-1 (78 per cent).
East reverses at his second bid with 2 Diamonds showing a minimum of 17 points with at least five Clubs and four Diamonds. West owns up to having at least five Spades by rebidding the suit. East now makes a splinter bid of 4 Hearts showing a singleton or void in Hearts and agreeing Spades with a strong interest in slam. At this stage West cannot co-operate as his King of Hearts is of dubious value and so he signs off in 4 Spades. East now makes a second slam try of 5 Hearts confirming that his shortage in Hearts is actually a void. Now West must accept the invitation since his Spades might have been as weak as J109xx rather than the actual Q109xxxx.
Note that if North were to lead his singleton Club that West should take the precaution of discarding his second Club by cashing the Ace and King of Diamonds before starting to draw trumps by playing a low Spade from the Dummy. Now even if South had the singleton Ace of Spades and North started off with Jx then there would be no danger of running into a Club ruff because West could ruff the second Club with the Queen of Spades and draw the outstanding trump.