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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

 

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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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 May 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2017 duplicates

 

1       Ruff & Discard is the correct defence !

 

Board 7 Wednesday 3 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Axxx

K10x

xx

Qxxx

 

xxxx

x

J98x

xxxx

 

KQJx

QJ8x

AK10xx

None

 

x

A9xxx

Qx

AKJxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Several North South pairs were allowed to make 4 Hearts Doubled because East failed to recognize that the correct defence is to concede a ruff and discard at trick three.

 

Assuming the 9 of Diamonds lead East wins the first two rounds of Diamonds and then has to decide what to do.  Given that East has 16 points it is almost certain that South has 1=5=2=5 distribution rather than 2=5=2=4 because it would be somewhat dubious to accept the invitation to game if South only held ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx.  By playing a third round of Diamonds the presence of the 8 of Hearts makes it 100% certain that East will win two Heart tricks.  If Declarer ruffs in the Dummy then after two rounds of Hearts have been played (East splitting his honours on the second round) East will remain with ♥Q8 and South with ♥9xx, thus guaranteeing two Heart tricks for East.  Alternatively if Declarer ruffs in Hand then after two rounds of Hearts the Dummy will have ♥10, East ♥Q8 and South ♥9x.  Now if South plays a third round of Hearts then East will continue with Diamonds and the contract will go two down.  Note that even if South has aggressively bid to game on the example above of ♠xx♥A9xxx♦Qx♣AKJx then giving a ruff and discard will also guarantee two trump tricks even though the Spade loser now disappears from the South hand.

 

2       Game on 21 points

Board 1 Wednesday 17 May– Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J10xx

Q10xx

A10x

xx

 

Kx

A98x

x

AQJxxx

 

xxxx

KJxx

xxx

Kx

 

AQ9

x

KQxxxx

10xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

Redouble

3 Hearts

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2 Hearts

4 Hearts

 

Only one pair out of six managed to reach the excellent 4 Heart contract.  In fact none of the other pairs even managed to play in Hearts ! ! !

 

When North doubles the overcall of 2 Clubs it is a good idea for East to redouble.  This is best played as showing a tolerance for Clubs typically Honour x but may be two small since to overcall at the two level in a minor suit almost certainly guarantees a six card suit.  West now bids 2 Hearts.  Even though East has only seven points he is delighted to raise the Hearts because all of his points are working.  West with his five loser hand goes to game.

 

On the lead of Ace and another Diamond, Declarer ruffs and then plays Ace of Hearts and a Heart to the Jack expecting the Hearts to be 4-1 after the negative double of the 2 Club overcall.  It is important not to continue with a third round of Hearts at this point as otherwise Declarer will eventually run out of trumps later in the play.  Declarer continues at trick five by playing Clubs.  North ruffs the third round of Clubs at trick seven with the 10 of Hearts overtrumped with the King of Hearts in the Dummy.  This leaves:-

 

 

J10xx

Q

x

None

 

Kx

9

None

Jxx

 

xxxx

x

x

None

 

AQ9

None

Kxx

None

 

 

Now a Spade from the Dummy at trick eight ensures that the Defence can only take two more tricks.  (If South rises with the Ace of Spades to continue with Diamonds, Declarer simply ruffs with his last trump and continues with Clubs).

 

3       Looking for an alternative to 6NT

 

Board 4 Tuesday 30 May– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Ax

Axx

AQxx

Q9xx

 

QJ10xx

xxxx

10xx

x

 

Kxx

J10x

xx

J10xxx

 

Xxx

KQx

KJ9x

AKx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

5 Clubs

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

4NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Many years ago Boris Schapiro writing in the Sunday Times Bridge Column recommended that after the auction starts 1NT – 4NT or 2NT – 4NT that the opener if he is non-minimum but with two four card suits should bid his lowest four card suit with a view to reaching slam in a suit contract rather than in notrumps.

 

The above hand is an excellent example of why this is a good idea.  If the contract is 6NT then this either needs a 3-3 Club break or for East to have Jx or 10x in Clubs and for Declarer to finesse on the third round.  However a contract of 6 Diamonds is excellent and almost certain to make as long as the Diamonds are not five nil (4%).  Thus after the 4NT quantitative raise from South, North bids 5 Clubs showing at least four cards in Clubs, South bids 5 Diamonds and North raises to 6 Diamonds.

 

Should no 4-4 trump fit come to light then the partnership can sign off in 5NT.  In other words if North’s second suit were in Hearts then the bidding would continue 5 Clubs – 5 Diamonds – 5 Hearts – 5NT – Pass.