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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

 

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BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

For all our members who have already switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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 November 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2017 duplicates

 

 

1       Too strong for strong no trump

 

Board 26 Monday 27 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

K10xx

Kxx

J9xxx

J

 

AQ9xx

Qxxx

x

Qxx

 

Jx

J109x

K10x

9xxx

 

xx

Ax

AQ8x

AK10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3NT

 

1 Spade

Pass

 

 

Only two out of eight pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand.  I would guess that this may have been because some Souths may have opened a 15-17 No trump and if West intervened to show the majors by overcalling 2 Clubs then North South on several occasions languished in a part score in Diamonds.  The South hand with 17 points, three Aces and a five card suit is too strong for 1NT.  Accordingly South should open 1 Club.  West will overcall 1 Spade and North should bid 1NT.  Note that after an overcall 1NT by North is not a dustbin bid but is a constructive bid showing 8 to 10 points (perhaps a good 7 ½) and at least one Spade stop.  South then has a comfortable raise to game and even if East finds the best lead of the Jack of Hearts North should have no trouble in making nine tricks after losing one Diamond trick.  (Although seeing all four hands the Diamond suit can be picked up without loss Declarer has no reason to play for East having started with K10x and so in practice will lose a Diamond trick, making four Diamonds, two Clubs, two Hearts and one Spade for +600.)

 

 

 

2       Slam on 24 points

 

Board 11 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

J10x

10

AKJ10xxxx

x

 

xxx

xx

xx

KJ10xxx

 

AKQxxx

Jxxx

x

Qx

 

x

AKQ9xx

Qx

Axxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Diamonds

3 Diamonds

4NT

6 Diamonds

 

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

3 Clubs

4 Spades

5 Spades

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Only one pair out of six managed to reach the laydown 6 Diamonds.

 

After the 2 Spade overcall South is strong enough to bid 3 Clubs which should be played as Game forcing.  North emphasises his Diamonds showing a minimum of six cards.  Now South has a choice.  While he might be tempted to rebid his Hearts to show six it is much more sensible for him to jump to 4 Spades as a splinter bid agreeing Diamonds since Qx is excellent support opposite a minimum of six cards in the North hand.  Now North has an easy RKCB bid and on hearing either a response of 5 Hearts or 5 Spades can bid the slam with confidence.

 

 

 

3       Slam universally missed

 

Board 14 Wednesday 29 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xx

Q9x

xxxx

J10xx

 

AK108xxx

J

AQJxx

None

 

J9

AKxxxxx

x

Qxx

 

Qx

10x

K10x

AK9xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

Pass

3 Spades

4 Hearts

Pass

 

2 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs

6 Spades

 

None of the six tables managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract.  I suspect that this may have been because East rebid his Hearts over North’s 3 Club bid.  Having opened on just 10 HCPs East is best advised to pass the 3 Club bid since West will bid again if strong enough.  When West bids 3 Diamonds at his second bid then again East should not rebid his Hearts because holding J9 of Spades having not supported Spades on the previous round is excellent support.  The point to appreciate is that if for instance West’s distribution had been say 5=2=5=1 or 6=2=4=1 then he would probably have reopened the bidding with a double rather than showing his second suit so he is less likely to have two cards in Hearts.

 

Over 3 Spades West cue-bids 4 Clubs and East should cuebid 4 Hearts which should definitely show the Ace opposite known shortage.  Now West can bid the slam with confidence because the Diamond finesse is a heavy favourite to work on the bidding after South’s overcall in Clubs.  On the Jack of Clubs lead Declarer should ruff and then play a Heart to the Ace.  He then finesses the Jack of Diamonds, cashes the Ace of Diamonds and ruffs a Diamond.  When the King drops 12 tricks are assured and now trumps are drawn making all 13 tricks when the Queen of trumps falls.  Even if the King of Diamonds had not appeared on the third round then Declarer could have ruffed another Club before trumping the fourth round of Diamonds in the Dummy again making the contract.