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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

 

 
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 and Michael Byrne (playing with Fiona Brown) in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 

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.

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

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.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

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)
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

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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 July 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2017 duplicates

 

1       Slam try after sign-off accepted

 

Board 1 Tuesday 11 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

K9xx

10xxx

xx

Jxx

QJ10

AJx

AKQx

A109

A8xxx

Kxx

xxxx

Q

x

Q9x

J10x

Kxxxxx

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

3NT

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

3 Spades

4 Clubs

4NT

6 Spades

After transferring into Spades East then signs off in 3NT.  At this point West knows that he is going to play in Spades but rather than lazily bidding 4 Spades it costs him nothing to cue-bid 4 Clubs.  This conveys the message “I have three good Spades and a control in Clubs, there might be a slam on if you are maximum for your sign-off”.  East now cue-bids the King of Hearts.  West bids keycard just in case East has only ♠98xxx♥KQx♦xx♣KQx and the excellent slam is reached.  The 4-1 Spade break means that there is a Spade loser.  However an opening Heart lead would end any worries about where the Queen of Hearts is.  On a Club lead to the Queen, King and Ace, declarer would also have the option of the ruffing finesse in Clubs to generate the 12th trick.

 

2       Smith Peters solves the problem !

 

Board 4 Thursday 20 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

Jxxx

QJ10x

KQ

AKx

Kxxx

A2

J8xxx

10x

xx

953

A9x

J9xxx

AQ10

K876

10xx

Qxx

North

East

South

West

1NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

3NT1

Pass

Pass

1           Not recommended to use Stayman on a 4-3-3-3 shape.

Every single North who declared 3NT on a Club lead was allowed to make the contract.  This can only have been because East West were not playing Smith Peters (see Tip No 2 June 2017).

As we saw last month 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 East is able to convey a message to West as to whether he wants Clubs continuing.  If East fails to peter then he wants a switch to another suit. 

North wins the first Club trick with the King of Clubs and plays the Queen of Hearts at trick two.  East plays the three of Hearts his lowest card to indicate to West that he has no interest in his original Club suit being returned.  If on the other hand East had started off with A9xxx in Clubs he would want Clubs continuing and would therefore play the nine of Hearts his highest card to request a continuation of Clubs.  West thus switches to his fourth highest Diamond.  East wins the Ace of Diamonds at trick three and continues with the 9 of Diamonds.  North can then cash all his Heart and Club winners ending in hand but is forced to take the Spade finesse at trick ten.  When this loses West can cash two more Diamond tricks to defeat the contract by one trick (West will probably have discarded one Diamond on the last rounded winner in order to not bare the King of Spades).

 

3       Scientific sequence to slam

 

Board 15 Monday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

K9xx

AJxxx

Axx

x

Jx

xx

KQJx

QJxxx

10xxx

Qx

98xx

xxx

AQx

K10xx

10x

AK10x

North

East

South

West

2 Clubs

3 Spades1

4 Clubs3

4NT

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

2 Hearts

3NT2

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1           Showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton

2           Where is your singleton?

3           In Clubs

Only three pairs out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Heart contract on the above hand.  It makes when the Hearts are 2-2 or singleton Queen (Total 52.5%).  When the Hearts are not favourable it also makes when the Spades are 3-3 allowing the Diamond loser to be discarded from the South hand.  Thus we add 36% x 47.5% = 17%.  Total probability of making the contract the contract is thus approximately 69.5%.  (There would also be the very small probability of the Queen and Jack of Clubs dropping in three rounds allowing a second Diamond to be discarded from the North hand after ruffing a Club.)

The recommended bidding sequence to reach slam is as above.  After using Stayman and receiving a positive response a bid at the 3 level in the other major is best played as showing slam interest with an undisclosed singleton.  South enquires where the singleton is by bidding the next step ie 3NT over 3 Spades when Hearts is the agreed suit or 3 Spades over 3 Hearts when Spades is the agreed suit.  North shows a singleton Club.  However South is worried about there possibly being two losers in Diamonds so he cue-bids the Ace of Spades.  North having control of Diamonds then bids RKCB and hears 3 keycards opposite.  He does not enquire about the Queen of trumps with a view to a Grand Slam because he knows that South does not have the King of Diamonds.