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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

 

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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.

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 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.