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Welcome to

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 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

 

 

xx

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.