Full Screen Print Page Latest Enhancements Web Administration Help and Guide
Release 2.19m
Home Page
DIRECTIONS TO CLUB
Contact Us
Committee Photo 2016
Statistics
BEGINNERS COURSES
NEWCOMERS & IMPROVERS
INTERMEDIATE EVENTS
2019 RUIA CUP Round 2
Rubber Bridge Scoring
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS ARCHIVE
Tips for December 2018
Tips for November 2018
Tips for October 2018
Tips for Sept 2018
Tips for Aug 2018
Tips for July 2018
Tips for June 2018
Tips for May 2018
Tips for April 2018
Tips for March 2018
Tips for February 2018
Tips for January 2018
Tips for December 2017
Tips for November 2017
Tips for October 2017
Tips for September 2017
Tips for August 2017
Tips for July 2017
Tips for June 2017
Tips for May 2017
Tips for April 2017
Tips for March 2017
Tips for February 2017
Tips for January 2017
Tips for December 2016
Tips for November 2016
Tips for October 2016
Tips for September 2016
Tips for August 2016
Tips for July 2016
Tips for June 2016
Tips for May 2016
Tips for April 2016
Tips for March 2016
Tips for February 2016
Tips for January 2016
Tips for December 2015
Tips for November 2015
Tips for October 2015
Tips for September 2015
Tips for August 2015
Tips for July 2015
Tips for June 2015
Tips for May 2015
Tips for April 2015
Tips for March 2015
Tips for February 2015
Tips for January 2015
Tips for December 2014
Tips for November 2014
Tips for October 2014
Tips for September 2014
Tips for August 2014
Tips for July 2014
Tips for June 2014
Tips for May 2014
Tips for April 2014
Tips for March 2014
Tips for February 2014
Tips for January 2014
Tips for December 2013
Tips for November 2013
Tips for October 2013
Tips for September 2013
Tips for August 2013
Tips for July 2013
Tips for June 2013
Tips for May 2013
Tips for April 2013
Tips for February 2013
Tips for January 2013
Tips for December 2012
Tips for November 2012
Tips for October 2012
Tips for September 2012
Tips for August 2012
Useful Links
Archive 2019
2019 AGM
Archive 2018
2017 ANNUAL REVIEW
Archive 2017
2017 M. BRUNNER RESULTS
Archive 2016
2016 ANNUAL REVIEW
2016 Eve Lighthill Results
2016 Ruia Cup Final Results
2016 PAR Contest Results
2016 Ben Beever Tribute by Vera
2016 Martin Braid Photos
Archive 2015
2015 Eve Lighthill Cup
Newsletters 2015
Santa Claus Pairs Photos
2015 Ruia Cup Final Results
Martin Braid Photos & Results
Archive 2014
2014 Club Annual Review
2014 Ruia Cup
2014 Michelle Brunner
2014 Eve Lighthill Cup
Archive 2013
2013 Annual Review
2013 Halloween Photos
2013 Michelle Brunner
2013 Ruia Cup
2013 Newsletters
2013 Newcomers League Feb
2013 Playing Bridge on Holiday
Archive 2012
2012 December Newsletter
2012 News
2012 Santa Claus Pairs
2012 Santa Claus Pairs Photos
2012 Eve Lighthill Trophy Photos
Archive 2011
2011 Annual Review
2011 December Newsletter
Recent Updates
Home Page
23rd Oct 2019 09:50 BST
Archive 2019
17th Oct 2019 09:33 BST
Statistics
13th Sep 2019 09:29 BST
Bulletin
4th Sep 2019 10:33 BST
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2019
Bulletin

Welcome to

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

 

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.

 

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2019

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

Congratulations to the winning team

EVE LIGHTHILL. BOB COOKE,

IAN KANE, HOWARD KAY,

DAVID SARABOWSKI & STUART SHALOM

(Full results bottom right of this page)

2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS
2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS

Congratulations to

JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD

Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 

Update Friday - Seniors reach Final in Wuhan!

The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.

They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.

The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.

The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.

Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.

The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!

....AND FINALLY

In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
 
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
 
Seniors
 
Women Bronze


The teams are:

Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn
 

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.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.

The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.

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 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 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?

Image result for card playing partner pics

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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.