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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

 

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne

 

Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

Northern Midweek Congress

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who won the three session pairs at Harrogate on 20-21st August by a good margin.  Results are on the EBU web site.

EBU Scarborough Summer Congress
 

Congratulations to Jason Hackett and teammates for winning the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett).

Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final.

In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer,

Congratulations to all MBC players - great result!
(Full results are on the EBU web site.)

Green Point Teams

The first event of the 2019-20 season took place at Altrincham on Sunday 21st July. 26 teams took part and, winning by a small margin, were Ollie Burgess, Mark Weeks, Gillian Fawcett and Catherine Draper, the last two practicing for the Women's World Championships in China in September.  . 
Full results are on the Altrincham club web site.
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

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

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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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 June 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2017 duplicates

 

1       How to play the trump suit for the overtrick

 

Board 4 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Qxxxx

AKQJ

x

xxx

 

A

xxx

J98xxx

Qxx

 

J9x

9x

KQx

KJ98x

 

K10xx

10xxx

A10x

Ax

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

4 Spades1

 

Pass

Pass

 

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1              Although minimum in points any hand with a 5-4-3-1 distribution should almost always accept a game invitation.

 

Every North who declared this hand on the lead of the 9 of Hearts played it on autopilot without stopping to think about the distribution of the East hand.  Ten tricks are certain but in order to make an overtrick it is necessary to diagnose which of the two defenders is more likely to have been dealt the singleton Ace of Spades.  Clearly the lead of the 9 of Hearts is either a singleton or doubleton.  If East had been dealt a singleton Ace of Spades then this would mean that he would have started with 10 or 11 cards in the minor suits and would presumably have made some noise in the bidding.  Therefore the only defender who might have started off with the singleton Ace of trumps is West.  Accordingly after winning the first round of Hearts, Declarer should then cross to Dummy by playing a low Diamond to the Ace.  Now a low Spade from the Dummy at trick three sees the Ace appear and when East still has to follow suit to the second round of Hearts then an overtrick is made for +650.

 

 

2       Which suit to return at trick four ?

 

Board 20 Wednesday 14 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

109x

xxx

AJ10976

J

 

Q9xxx

xx

53

K97x

 

Jx

QJx

K82

Q8xxx

 

AKx

AK10xx

Q4

A10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

3NT

Pass

Pass

 

 

The above is the agricultural sequence.  Alternatively South might bid 2NT as an enquiry and then follow with a forcing 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds.

 

Let us assume that the contract is 3NT and West leads a fourth highest Spade to the Jack and King.  Declarer then leads the Queen of Diamonds which wins the trick as East follows low smoothly.  Now Declarer plays a second Diamond to the Jack and King.  How does East decide whether to return his partner’s suit Spades or switch to another suit (Clubs clearly being more promising than Hearts in view of the shortage in the Dummy).

 

The answer lies in having agreed with your partner that you are playing Smith Peters.  A Smith Peter can be defined as follows:  “Against no trumps, a defenders first spot card, unless it is essential to give the count should indicate attitude to the opening leader’s suit”.  By petering in the first side suit played by Declarer West is conveying the message to East that he wants Spades continuing.  If West fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit.  Here in following suit in Diamonds West plays the 3 followed by the 5 to say to partner “Do not return my suit, I want you to switch”.   Having interpreted the message conveyed by the absence of a Smith Peter then East knows not to return a Spade.  Accordingly he simply has to decide which Club to switch to.  Whenever South started with either A10x or K10x it is essential to switch to the Queen of Clubs.  With the Dummy now dead East later wins a Heart trick and continues Clubs defeating the contract by two tricks (four Club tricks, one Diamond trick and one Heart trick).

 

Note that South made a crucial error on the hand.  When the Queen of
Diamonds won the second trick then South should have switched to Hearts guaranteeing nine tricks via four Heart tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Club trick.

 

 

3       Successfully avoiding 3NT

 

Board 6 Wednesday 21 June – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

98xx

J10x

Qxxx

J9

 

xx

Axx

K9xx

Q8xx

 

KQJx

x

A10x

AK10xx

 

A10x

KQxxxx

Jx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

2 Spades

3 Diamonds

3NT

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Clubs

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

 

On the above hand the secret is to avoid playing in 3NT which has no play provided that South is not careless enough to discard a Diamond on the fifth round of Clubs which happened at one table.

 

Playing 5 card majors West has little alternative but to bid 1NT after the 1 Heart overcall even though one would prefer to have a double Heart stop for such action.  East reverses into Spades and West’s 3 Club bid is game forcing having shown 8 to 10 points with his 1NT bid.  East now bids out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds to suggest a 4=1=3=5 distribution.  With only one Heart stop West now judges well to take out 3NT back into Clubs and the best game is reached.

 

One pair reached 5 Clubs and easily made 11 tricks.  However at another table after the above auction East made an indisciplined raise to 6 Clubs.  This was because he assumed wrongly that making 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly.  It is true that if 3NT is making 10 tricks then 11 tricks in a minor suit would score badly.  However East should have considered the significant possibility that 3NT would not make 9 tricks if West had only one stopper in Hearts.  Thus he was wrong to raise to slam.  However the East in question justified his optimism with first class card play.  At first glance it appears that 6 Clubs has no chance of making (unless the Queen & Jack of Diamonds are doubleton or South holds a singleton Quack (a quack is the recognized term for a Queen or Jack).  However by reversing the Dummy East was able to create an end position where North was squeezed at trick ten.

 

The play went as follows:-  The King of Hearts was won with the Ace and a Heart immediately ruffed.  Then East exited with the King of Spades which South won with the Ace and played back the 10 of Spades at trick four.  Declarer now played Ace of Clubs and the 10 of Clubs to the Queen drawing the trumps.  At trick seven the third round of Hearts was ruffed with the King of Clubs.  At trick eight the Queen of Spades was cashed.  Now a low Club was played to the 8 at trick nine leaving the following ending:-

 

 

9

None

Qxx

None

 

None

None

K9x

x

 

x

None

A10x

None

 

None

Qx

Jx

None

 

 

At trick ten the play of the last Club from the Dummy inexorably squeezed the North hand who had to choose between discarding the winning 9 of Spades or discarding a Diamond which would allow Declarer to make the last trick with the 9 of Diamonds.  The beauty of reversing the Dummy is that this allowed Declarer to make six trump tricks without having to ruff a Spade in the Dummy.  Then because North had started with four Diamonds and at least four Spades he had too much to look after when the last Club was played from the Dummy.