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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

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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 September 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2017 duplicates

 

1       No one reaches par !

 

Board 3 Thursday 14 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

AJ9xxx

Qx

Kx

xxx

 

Qxx

J842

xxx

KJ9

 

None

AK9xx

AQJ10xx

Qx

 

K10xx

10x

xx

A10xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

 

4 Diamonds

Double

Pass

 

 

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

5 Hearts

 

There were an astonishing NINE different contracts at the eleven tables on this board but not one of them reached what I consider to be the par contract of 5 Hearts plus one for East West.

 

After two passes North is most likely to open a weak 2 Spades.  While he is too strong for such an action at Green if first or second in hand it is perfectly in order to have 10 points for a third in hand weak two because you know there is no chance of game for North South after partner has passed but equally with very little defence outside Spades a weak two best describes the hand.

 

East is now able to use a convention called LEAPING MICHAELS.  By jumping to four of a minor over a weak two in a major you are showing at least 5-5 distribution in the other major and the minor suit in which you have jumped.  South takes advantage of the vulnerability to bid 4 Spades knowing that he can afford to go three down doubled for -500.  West should pass because he is too flat to bid 5 Hearts voluntarily.  When 4 Spades comes back to East he should double to show a very strong Leaping Michaels hand.  At teams West should probably take the money from 4 Spades doubled which is 500 but at pairs he expects to make 5 Hearts on the majority of occasions holding four trumps to an honour plus the high Club honour so he should bid 5 Hearts.

 

5 Hearts makes if either the trumps come in (52%) or the Diamond finesse works (50% of the remaining 48%) – total probability of success 76%.  On this occasion both are favourable and +680 results.

 

One other point to note is that if East West do choose to defend 4 Spades doubled they need to defend accurately to take +500 rather than +300.  East will make the opening lead of the King of Hearts (King for COUNT).  West plays the 8 (second highest from four cards).  Now East continues with the Ace of Hearts.  The Heart that West plays on the second round will determine which suit East switches to at trick three.  If West held the King of Diamonds he would play the Jack of Hearts on the second round asking partner to switch to the higher ranking suit (ie Diamonds rather than Clubs).  On this occasion West will play the 2 of Hearts on the second round which categorically denies a top Diamond honour and accordingly East will switch to the Queen of Clubs ensuring that the Defence take the maximum penalty available of 500.

 

 

2       Game universally missed

 

Board 27 Monday 25 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

Qxxxx

Kxx

10xx

Kx

 

x

xx

AJxxx

AQ10xx

 

A109x

Ax

KQxx

Jxx

 

KJx

QJ10xxx

x

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Hearts

Pass

Pass

 

Double

5 Diamonds

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

4NT

Pass

 

All of the eight East West pairs who played this hand failed to reach the laydown game in Diamonds.

 

South has a routine 2 Heart opener.  West has to pass because he is too weak to take any action at the three level.  North should raise to 3 Hearts because he knows that East West must have at least a ten trick contract available in one of the minor suits (or possibly even 3NT).  As neither side is vulnerable it is fairly safe for East to make a takeout double of 3 Hearts.

 

The spotlight now turns to West.  Having passed with 11 points and 5-5 in the minor suits it is a near certainty that East West can make game in a minor.   Accordingly he should jump to 4NT to convey the message “please pick game in either minor suit”.  East duly obliges.  In fact this hand is one of the rare breed called a 5 or 7 hand.  That is because on a Heart lead against 5 Diamonds just 11 tricks will be made if the Club finesse fails but all 13 tricks will be made if the Club finesse succeeds as the Heart loser will disappear on the long Clubs.

 

 

3       Two different auctions to game

 

Board 17 Thursday 28 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J10

Q10xxx

xx

KQ10x

 

AQx

x

AK98xxx

Jx

 

xx

J98xx

Q10x

Axx

 

Kxxxxx

AK

J

9xxx

 

 

How should East West get to game on the above hand after:-

A)        South opens 1 Spade after two passes?

 

B)        South opens 2 Spades after two passes?

 

In case A West should overcall 2 Diamonds generally showing a six card suit and 10 to 16 points.  North will double to show Hearts and East should raise to 3 Diamonds.  South passes and now West should bid 3NT.  West knows that the Diamonds are almost certain to run for 7 tricks since even if East’s Diamonds are three small the probability of the missing 3 Diamonds breaking 2-1 is 78%.  While it might appear that it is dangerous for West to bid 3NT with no stop in Hearts on further examination of the bidding this is not so.  This is because North is unlikely to have more than five cards in Hearts as he did not open a weak two and equally South can hardly have more than three cards in Hearts as he would otherwise have bid 3 Hearts over 3 Diamonds following North’s negative double of the 2 Diamond overcall.  Accordingly East must have a minimum of four cards in Hearts which is highly likely to include at least one honour.  Therefore West can bid 3NT with every confidence that at least nine tricks will be forthcoming via seven Diamond tricks and two Spade tricks.

 

In case B West should jump to 3NT over a 2 Spade opener.  This may at first sight seem wild with only fourteen points.  However as North has already passed as dealer it is probable that East has in the region of 7 to 10 points given that South has implied a maximum of 10 points for his weak two.  Note that on this occasion it is perfectly OK for South open 2 Spades at White opposite a passed hand despite having eleven points as he knows that there is very unlikely to be a game on for North South.  If over a weak 2 Spades West chose to just bid 3 Diamonds it would be extremely difficult for East to take any action with just seven points and game in Diamonds looking a very tall order.