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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

 

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!!

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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.

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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.