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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 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 December 2017

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2017 duplicates

 

 

1       Textbook rectification of the count

 

Board 24 Thursday 14 December – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Jxx

Q108xx

1098x

10

 

KQx

xxx

AKx

K9xx

 

Axx

AK9x

Qxxx

AQ

 

10xxx

J

Jx

Jxxxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

6NT

 

Pass

1NT

Pass

 

 

Note that in the bidding as East knows that the partnership possess at least 34 points then no purpose is served in using Stayman.

 

The above hand is a textbook example of how when you are in a notrump slam with only eleven top tricks that you should lose an early trick in order to subsequently leave the defenders with too much to do in keeping a stop in the key suits.  Such a process is technically known as rectifying the count.  Here West has eleven top winners with several chances to develop a twelfth trick.

 

The safest opening lead against the slam is for North to lead the 10 of Diamonds.  Against a no trump slam you are not trying to establish tricks but simply trying to avoid giving away a trick.  West has eleven top tricks and the only suit in which he can afford to concede a trick without losing the chance of an extra trick is in Hearts.  Accordingly after winning the first trick with the King of Diamonds West should play a Heart and duck in the Dummy.  South wins with the Jack of Hearts and returns the Jack of Diamonds.  West should win with the Ace and now continue with the Ace and King of Hearts discovering that North started with five Hearts.  At tricks six and seven the Ace and Queen of Clubs are unblocked from the Dummy.  Now three rounds of Spades are cashed from tricks eight to ten leaving:-

 

 

None

Q

98

None

 

None

None

x

K9

 

None

9

Qx

None

 

10

None

None

Jx

 

 

West plays the King of Clubs and because North has to discard before East the last two tricks will be won in the Dummy.  If North throws his winning Heart then Dummy throws the small Diamond, if North throws a Diamond then Dummy throws the 9 of Hearts.  This is a positional squeeze and only works because North has to discard before East.  If the North and South hands were reversed then the squeeze would not work.

 

 

2       Responder takes charge

 

Board 8 Monday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

Kx

Qx

KQxxx

Qxxx

 

Axx

AKJxx

10

KJ98

 

QJ10xxx

x

AJxxx

A

 

xx

1098xx

xx

10xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

2 Diamonds

4NT

6 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

3 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

 

Only one pair out of twelve managed to reach the excellent 6 Spade contract on this hand.

 

After a routine start of 1 Heart – 1 Spade – 2 Clubs the East hand is too strong for an invitational bid of 3 Spades and so should use fourth suit forcing to request more information from partner.  West is delighted to jump to 3 Spades.  Not only does this show three card Spade support in a 3=5=1=4 shape but it also shows extra strength.  This is because as previously illustrated (refer to Tip No 1 January 2014 or Tip No 3 August 2012) if opener has a minimum 3=5=1=4 shape in the range 11 to 14 points you must raise the major suit immediately because you are not strong enough to bid two suits and then go back to responder’s first bid suit.

 

East now knowing that West has a Diamond shortage can take charge.  There is no need for him to cue-bid because he does not need the King of Diamonds to make slam.  He can immediately bid Roman Key Card Blackwood and jump to 6 Spades on hearing of 2 keycards opposite.

 

In the play South is likely to lead a Diamond.  On winning with the Ace of Diamonds Declarer should not draw trumps but should instead ruff Diamonds twice in the Dummy and then discard his fourth and fifth Diamonds on the King of Clubs and King of Hearts losing only one trick to the King of trumps.

 

 

3       King for Count or Unblock, Ace for Attitude

 

Board 2 Wednesday 20 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

QJ10xx

Jx

xx

109xx

 

xxxx

10x

AKJ10x

xx

 

Kx

Q98xx

Q9xx

Xx

 

Ax

AKxx

xx

AKQJx

 

 

Three of the North South pairs who reached 3NT were allowed to make this contract because on the lead of the King of Diamonds East failed to throw the Queen under it.  When you have a very strong suit either AKJxx or AKJ10x you should start off by leading the King.  This demands that either partner shows his count in the suit or unblocks by throwing the Queen under the King.  For instance if the suit were divided:-

 

 

                        xxx

 

AKJ10x                                  9x

 

                        Qxx

 

Then on the lead of the King East would play the 9.  This would deny the Queen but would make West aware that South had at least three cards in the suit and West would switch suits and hope that East would later on be able to lead through Declarer’s remaining Queen. 

 

When East failed to throw the Queen of Diamonds under the King then West naturally switched to the 10 of Hearts allowing the contract to be made.

 

If instead West had started off with only four cards AKJx in Diamonds he would lead the Ace for Attitude.  Here East would encourage if he had the Queen but discourage if he did not have the Queen.  The point being that if the suit is divided:-

                        xx

 

AKJx                                       Q9x

 

                        108xx

 

Then you do not want partner throwing the Queen under the Ace because now Declarer will make a trick with the 10 on the fourth round.

 

I understand that at one of the three tables where East did not thrown the Queen under the King that divorce proceedings are now under way !