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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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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 April 2017

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

 

 

J10xx

KQxx

10

Axxx

 

x

9xxxx

Qxx

KQ10x

 

AKxx

Jx

AKJ9x

Jx

 

Qxxx

A10

xxxx

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

 

1 Diamond

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

3 NT

 

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

 

 

xx

Ax

Kxxx

KQJxx

 

AKQx

KJ109xx

AJ

x

 

Jxxxx

xx

109xx

xx

 

10x

Qxx

Qxx

A10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

Pass

Pass1

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

1NT

3 Clubs

Pass

Double

4 Spades

 

 

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

 

 

Ax

J98xxx

xxxx

x

 

Q109xxxx

K10x

x

xx

 

Kxx

None

AKQ10

AKJ9xx

 

J

AQxx

Jxxx

Q10xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Spades

4 Spades

6 Spades

 

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.