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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 March 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Moysian fit is the best game

 

Board 14 Thursday 8 March – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xxx

Axx

Jxx

xxxx

 

KQJx

Qx

KQ9x

AQ9

 

A10x

xx

A10xxx

Jxx

 

xxx

KJ10xxx

x

K10x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

3 Spades

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

3 Hearts

4 Spades

 

 

As previously noted in Tip No 1 January 2013 The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit.  It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was said to love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.

 

Only two pairs out of ten managed to reach 4 Spades.  After South opens a weak two in Hearts West doubles and East bids 3 Diamonds.  This shows 8 to 11 points and denies a four card major.  If East held fewer than 8 points with Diamonds he would start off with a Lebensohl 2NT bid.  West now expects game to be on with 19 points opposite East’s positive bid and accordingly bids 3 Hearts which generally asks partner if he has a stop in Hearts.  East has no Heart stop but he does have three good Spades and so bids 3 Spades.  West is delighted to raise to game in Spades.  Even though this is only a seven card trump fit as long as Spades do not split worse than 4-2 it is certain to make and indeed makes an overtrick when the Club finesse is working.  Refer also to Tip No 1 October 2013 for further clarification of how Lebensohl works.

 

 

2       Minor suit game missed

 

Board 4 Monday 12 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

QJxx

AKJxxx

x

Kx

 

A10xxx

Q

QJ9x

A10x

 

None

10xxx

AKxxx

QJxx

 

K9xx

xx

10xx

xxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

 

 

Double

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

 

Only two pairs out of twelve managed to reach the laydown 5 Diamond contract on this hand.

 

East has a routine takeout Double of North’s 2 Heart overcall and West is happy to bid 3 Diamonds.  East should not pass 3 Diamonds.  He has a fifth trump, no wasted honours in Hearts and only 6 losers on the Losing Trick Count.  Accordingly he should raise to 4 Diamonds.  West is delighted to then go to game because he has a singleton Heart, two Aces and four good trumps.

 

Assuming that North starts off  with two rounds of Hearts the safest way to make 11 tricks is as follows.  Ruff the second Heart.  Queen of Diamonds wins followed by nine of Diamonds to the King.  Ruff a third round of Hearts, discard Dummy’s fourth Heart on the Ace of Spades.  Now ruff a Spade, draw the last trump which still leaves a trump in the Dummy and play a low Club to the Ace at trick nine and the 10 of Clubs to the King at trick ten.  If you do not play the cards in this order there is a danger of South’s 10 of Diamonds being promoted.

 

3       Rectifying the count followed by positional squeeze against North

 

Board 13 Monday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

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Jxx

Jxxx

QJxx

 

KQxx

AKx

Kxx

Kxx

 

Ax

Q10x

AQxx

Axxx

 

J1098x

xxxx

109

109

 

 

A nice brief auction.  East opens 1NT and West goes directly to 6NT.  Opening lead Jack of Spades.

 

However despite a combined point count of 34 HCPs there are only eleven top tricks and only one declarer out of eight managed to make 6NT.

 

The Golden Rule in such situations where you only have eleven top tricks is to give up a trick in a suit in which you are certain to lose a trick in order to create a situation where one or both of the defenders may have too much to look after towards the end of the hand.  Such a process is called Rectifying the Count.  Here Clubs is the suit in which a trick should be lost immediately.  Accordingly after winning the Ace of Spades at trick one Declarer plays a Club at trick two and allows South to win the trick with the 9.  South continues with Spades at trick three.  At tricks four and five Declarer continues with King and Ace of Clubs discovering that North still has a Club winner.  The Ace and King of Diamonds are cashed at tricks six and seven followed by three rounds of Hearts from tricks eight to ten.  At trick eleven we have reached:-

 

 

None

None

Jx

Q

 

Qx

None

x

None

 

None

None

Qx

x

 

109

x

None

None

 

The Queen of Spades is now played from the Dummy.  North is forced to concede the twelfth trick.  Knowing that Declarer still has a small Club he discards a Diamond.  East now throws his Club and makes the last two tricks in Diamonds.

 

This is a positional squeeze and only works because East is discarding after North at trick eleven.  If the North and South hands were reversed (with North holding length in Spades) the squeeze would not work because South can discard after East plays at trick eleven.