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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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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 August 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2017 duplicates

 

1       Opening lead critical

 

Board 8 Monday 7 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

J10x

K10x

QJ9xx

KQ

 

Kxx

87

xx

xxxxxx

 

AQxxxx

J96x

AKx

None

 

9

AQ5x

10xx

AJ10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

 

1 Spade

4 Spades

Pass

 

 

Double

Double

 

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

 

Several North South pairs allowed 4 Spades doubled to make on the above hand when South made a poor opening lead.

 

South initially made a negative double after East’s 1 Spade overcall and then doubled 4 Spades for penalty having two Aces and eleven points.   Those South’s who made the opening lead of a Diamond were soon to regret it.  Declarer wins the Diamond with the King and continues with Ace of Diamonds and a Diamond ruff at trick three.  He then plays the 8 of Hearts from Dummy, low from North, low from East, won by the Queen with South.  Belatedly South switches to a Spade at trick five won with the King in the Dummy.  Now a second Heart is played from the Dummy.  North has to rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps.  However Declarer wins in hand and draws the last trump at trick eight.  At trick nine East now applies the Coup de Grace by playing the Jack of Hearts, pinning North’s 10 and promoting the 9 of Hearts as the 10th trick.

 

While it is not generally recommended to lead a singleton trump here the indications were that it was the correct lead on this occasion.  North South clearly had the balance of the high card strength while East must surely have a six card Spade suit and a very shapely hand to go straight to game after the single raise from West.  Therefore the only way in which East West were likely to have a chance of making 4 Spades doubled would be if Declarer were able to score two ruffs in the Dummy.  Note the difference which an initial trump lead makes.  This has to be won in the Dummy and Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds and Diamond ruff follows.  Now when a Heart is played from the Dummy at trick five North can rise with the King in order to play a second round of trumps.  The difference now is that the remaining Hearts are 10x in the North hand, J96 in the East hand and AQ5 in the South hand.  Declarer has to make the second lead of Hearts from his own hand and thus the 10 of Hearts is certain to make a trick so Declarer loses four tricks for +100 to North South.

 

 

2       Superior Grand Slam

 

Board 21 Tuesday 8 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

AK10

Kxx

AJ10x

AJx

 

xx

Jxxxx

xxx

109x

 

Jxxx

Q109x

Qxx

xx

 

Q9xx

A

Kxx

KQxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2NT

3 Diamonds

4 Diamonds1

4NT

5NT

7 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

3 Clubs

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Spades

6 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Cue-bid agreeing Clubs

 

When North opens 2NT South knows that the partnership is heading for a minimum of a small slam as he holds 14 points and the partnership therefore possess a minimum of 34 points.  However in order to give the partnership a chance of reaching a Grand Slam he should start off by bidding 3 Clubs, Stayman.  North denies a major suit and now  South rebids 4 Clubs showing a slam try in Clubs with at least a five card suit.  If North did not like Clubs he would sign off in 4NT.  Thus when North bids 4 Diamonds this is a cue-bid agreeing Clubs as trumps.  South return cue-bids in Hearts.  Now North wheels out Roman Key Card and on hearing that all the keycards are present bids 5NT asking if South has any extras.  Holding the King of Diamonds and 14 points South is happy to bid 6 Diamonds and this is sufficient for North to gamble on the Grand Slam in Clubs.

 

7 Clubs is a significantly better contract than 7NT.  This is because let us assume that the defence lead either a Heart or a Club (since a Diamond or Spade lead would immediately concede the thirteenth trick).  On say a Club lead, trumps are drawn in three rounds followed by the unblocking of the Ace of Hearts.  Now the King and Ace of Diamonds are cashed at tricks five and six followed by cashing the King of Hearts at trick seven on which the third Diamond is discarded from the South hand.  Now the third round of Diamonds is ruffed at trick eight.  When the Queen appears we now have the thirteenth trick.  Only if the Queen has yet to make an appearance would we have to rely on the Jack of Spades dropping.

 

 

3       Fourteen top tricks

 

Board 15 Monday 28 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

10xx

KJxx

109xxx

X

 

Kxxxx

Ax

AJx

Kxx

 

AQ

x

KQxx

AQJ10xx

 

Jxx

Q10xxxx

x

xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Spades

3 Hearts

4NT

7NT

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

3 Clubs

3 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach 7 Clubs on the above hand and not a single pair managed to reach 7 Notrumps despite there being 14 top tricks (16 given that the Spades are 3-3).

 

The best way for East to start to describe his hand after West opens a 15-17 Notrump is to transfer into Clubs.  Over the 2 Spade bid West has a choice between bidding 2NT and 3 Clubs.  In previous issues I have recommended that by opener bidding the minor directly this promises a fit for the minor which is defined as Qxx or better.  If West did not like Clubs he would bid 2NT.

 

East should then bid 3 Hearts which as previously explained in Tip No3 September 2015 shows a singleton in that major.  West might then bid RKCB but it is better for West to cue-bid 3 Spades.  The reason for this is that by waiting for East to bid Roman Key Card West is able to show where 14 of his points lie.  Thus in responding 5 Diamonds to show 3 keycards, East knows that all the keycards are present plus the King of Spades shown on the previous round of bidding.  Thus there are a minimum of 13 tricks (6 Club tricks, three Diamond tricks, three Spade tricks and one Heart trick).