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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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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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Thankyou.

Tips for October 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2017 duplicates

 

 

1       Remarkable trump promotion

 

Board 5 Tuesday 3 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

AJ8xx

xx

Kx

Qxxx

 

xx

AK8

xxx

A109xx

 

K10xx

7xx

J109x

KJ

 

Q9

QJ109x

AQxx

xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

This hand caught my eye when I realized that it is possible for East West to make a third trump trick with the eight of Hearts following a remarkable trump promotion.

 

In the bidding North is not quite strong enough to bid 2NT over South’s rebid of 2 Diamonds especially in view of his poor intermediates and so contents himself with simply giving a preference to Hearts.

 

West is not keen to lead the unbid suit Clubs as it is headed by the Ace and so instead leads the top of his doubleton Spade.  East wins with the King and returns a Spade won in the South hand with the Queen.  South now starts to draw trumps (he does not need to ruff a Diamond because after trumps have been drawn the losing Diamond will be discarded on a Spade winner in the Dummy).  Say South leads the Queen of Hearts at trick three.  West wins with the King and continues with Ace and another Club at tricks four and five.  East wins the second round of Clubs with the King and plays a third round of Spades.  South ruffs with the nine and following general principles in these instances West discards a minor suit because he sees the possibility of the eight of Hearts becoming significant.  At trick seven South continues with the Jack of Hearts.   West wins with the Ace and now applies the coup de grace by playing a third round of Clubs.  East ruffs with the vital 7 of Hearts which South overruffs with the ten but abracadabra the eight of Hearts is now a master !   Result one down for plus 100 to East West.

 

 

2       Trump suit bid for the first time at the six level !

 

St Titus League Match

Board 4 Wednesday 4 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Qxxxx

109xx

Qxx

x

 

AKxx

Jxx

Kx

A9xx

 

J

x

A109xxx

KQ87x

 

10xx

AKQxx

Jx

J10x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

3 Diamonds

3 Spades

4 Hearts

5 Spades

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Hearts1

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Clubs

 

1           Sets Clubs as trumps

 

The above hand had a textbook bidding sequence to 6 Clubs by Byrne/Newman as East West in a recent league match.

 

As previously explained in Tip No 2 October 2014 a jump to 3 Diamonds over 1NT should be played as showing at least 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam.  Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT.  If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades.  The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed.

 

After agreeing Clubs by rebidding 3 Hearts East then cue-bid in Spades and West cue-bid in Diamonds.  Finally when East bid cue-bid 4 Hearts (doubled by South) West knew that there was no danger of there being two losers in Hearts and so was able to bid RKCB for Clubs reaching the excellent slam with just a combined 25 points.  North opened with a Heart lead but there were no problems in the play and a score of 1370 to East West resulted.  (Note that in the play of the trump suit it is important to start off with the Ace in case North started with J10xx which would arise 5 times in 100).  The amusing thing about the auction was that the final bid was the first time that the trump suit had actually been bid!

 

 

3       Par not achieved at any table

 

Board 2 Wednesday 25 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

109xxx

Kxx

J10xx

x

 

x

QJxxx

xx

AQJxx

 

Qxx

A9xx

xx

10xxx

 

AKJx

10

AKQxx

Kxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

4 Spades

Double

Pass

4 Hearts

5 Hearts

Pass

1 Diamond

Double

Pass

Pass

2NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

At the six tables where this board was played not a single one ended in what I consider the par contract of 5 Hearts doubled minus one for 100 to North South.

 

At the favourable vulnerability West has an ideal hand for an overcall of 2NT showing at least 5-5 distribution in Hearts and Clubs.  North should pass as he only has four points and three of these are in a suit held by West.  East should now jump to 4 Hearts because in addition to being not vulnerable he knows that his side possess a nine card fit in both Hearts and Clubs.  South makes a take out double of 4 Hearts and North is delighted to bid 4 Spades because South should have a minimum of three Spades in addition to a strong hand to make such a bid.  The spotlight now returns to East.  It is extremely unlikely that 4 Spades will not make but what is absolutely certain is that the penalty for going down in 5 Hearts doubled cannot possibly be greater than the value of the opposition making 620 or 650 in 4 Spades.

 

South now makes a forcing pass over 5 Hearts and North should unquestionably double 5 Hearts.  Although it is possible to make 5 Spades seeing all four hands the correct bid is definitely double because holding the King of Hearts opposite a singleton in the South hand does not make it attractive to bid on.