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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

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

 

Manchester vs Derbyshire Match

The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July.  Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs.  The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom,  Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks.  Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.
 
Derby match
Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum
(MBC players highlighted)
JUNIOR SUCCESS

Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
 
(Full details are on MCBA website)

THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019

This has taken place over 3 sessions

with the final having been played

on Tuesday 9th July. 

Congratulations to First Place Winners

Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend

and to

the Second Place team

Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)

Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.

(Full results are bottom right of this page)

RESULTS

HARROGATE PAIRS

Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)

RESULTS
EBU Summer Seniors

Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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...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!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

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 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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 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.