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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

 

RESULT

Pachabo

Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants& Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.
RESULT

CONGRATULATIONS

to Club Members

MARTIN TAYLOR & BARBARA HACKETT

who won the

HARROGATE PAIRS

last weekend.

BERNARD GOLDENFIELD
BERNARD GOLDENFIELD

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.

His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, 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

RESULTS

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
RESULTS

Goldstone

This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
RESULTS

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.
 
RESULTS

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.

RESULTS

Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

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

*************

2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019

*************

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 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.