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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

 

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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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 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.