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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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WILL MBC RE-OPEN?

The simple answer is "definitely but not just yet".

We understand that a few clubs have taken the surprising decision to re-open from August.

We believe, however, that this is extremely unwise and goes against current EBU and governmental recommendations regardless of how many additional safety features are in place.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remain our absolute priority and we will not take any risks to endanger anyone.

We are, of course, constantly reviewing this situation and rest assured that we will be together again as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE

Interesting Bridge Article in this week's Sunday Express

23 JUL 2020

Picture of a woman playing bridge online

Since Lockdown, even those of us who in the past may have shied away from technology, have found ourselves drawn by the game of bridge to dip our toes in the virtual world. Indeed if you haven’t already given it a go there’s never been a better time with plenty of options for every level of player.

Bridge can help improve the mental fitness of those at every age. You are never too young or old to start playing bridge and learning on-line has never been easier. If you have children or grandchildren no doubt you have weekly zoom meetings so why not add a bit of fun and teach them to play?

Writing for the Sunday Express S-Magazine, Essex EBU member, Cath Fox, explores the new virtual world of Bridge during Lockdown and how this has been good for bridge, whatever your age or profile. You can read the full article in this week's Sunday Express on 26th July.

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.

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!

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 January 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the January 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Elementary Grand Slam

 

Board 3 Thursday 11 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

x

Qxxx

Qxxx

xxxx

 

KQxx

AKxx

x

AKJx

 

AJ109xx

10xx

Axx

x

 

xx

Jx

KJ10xx

Q10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Diamonds

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Diamonds

4NT

7 Spades

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach what is really a very easy Grand Slam to bid. 

 

After East responds 1 Spade to the West’s opening 1 Club bid West should make a mini-splinter of 3 Diamonds.  As previously explained in June 2015 Tip No 1 this shows the values for at least 3 Spades with a singleton in Diamonds.  East how cue-bids 4 Diamonds which shows the Ace as there would be little point in cue-bidding the King opposite shortage.  Now West can bid RKCB.  East responds 5 Spades to the RCKB bid.  This is not a misprint.  When you know that the partnership possesses a 10 card trump fit you respond to Keycard as if you have the Queen of trumps.  West can now count 13 tricks as long as East has three cards in Diamonds (six Spades, two Clubs, two Hearts, the Ace of Diamonds and two Diamond ruffs).  Only if East had started off with precisely Ax of Diamonds would West need either the Club finesse or for East to have the Queen of Clubs or the Queen of Hearts.

 

 

 

2       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 19 Monday 15 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

10xx

AK109xx

Qxx

J

 

A98xx

x

Ax

AQ98x

 

x

Jxx

KJxxx

Kxxx

 

KQJx

Qxx

10xx

10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Hearts

Pass

 

 

Double

Pass

 

Pass

3 Hearts

Pass

1 Spade

5 Clubs

 

Only one pair out of eleven managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on this hand.

 

After a 2 Heart overcall from North East has a perfect hand to make a negative double which implies at least four cards in each minor suit and approximately 8 plus points.  When South raises to 3 Hearts it would be very timid for West to only bid 4 Clubs with a very attractive 5-5 distribution, three Aces and only five losers.  Accordingly he should jump to 5 Clubs.

 

While it is possible to make 12 tricks in Clubs by finessing in Diamonds it is safest to play the hand on a cross ruff and make just 11 tricks for +600 to East West.

 

 

 

3       Poor Judgment by East

 

Board 19 Monday 22 January – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

QJx

Q98xxxx

x

J9

 

10x

KJx

KJ9xxxx

x

 

Axxxxx

Ax

AQ10x

x

 

Kx

10

x

AKQ10xxxxx

 

 

This hand caught my eye because at eight of the twelve tables East showed extremely poor judgment by choosing to defend 5 Clubs instead of bidding 5 Diamonds.

 

South should open just 1 Club because if he opens 5 Clubs first or second in hand there is too great a risk of missing a slam.  West does best to make a weak jump overcall of 2 Diamonds.  While he does have a seven card suit the Red vulnerability makes the suit quality too poor to jump to the three level.  North passes and the spotlight turns to East.  First of all there is a high likelihood that West has a seven card Diamond suit given that East has AQ10x in support and the vulnerability is red.  Secondly whenever West has a singleton Spade it is almost certain that the Spades can be established in a 5 Diamond contract.  Thirdly if West has either rounded King (Hearts or Clubs then 5 Diamonds is almost certain to make).  This is because if West has the King of Clubs then on a Club lead the King will immediately become established to deal with any possible Heart loser.  Finally if for instance West’s Hearts were originally Qxx then on a Club lead to South if the King of Hearts is in the South hand the defence will not  be able to attack Hearts before the Spades are established.

 

Had the eight East pairs correctly judged to bid 5 Diamonds then South would need to bid 6 Clubs which East would of course double and take the absolute par of +300 to East West.