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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 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 !