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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 April 2018

 

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Slam only biddable with Kokish

 

Board 8 Thursday 12 April – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Q9xxx

Kxx

xx

xxx

 

10xx

Jxx

Qxxx

Kxx

 

None

10xxxx

J109x

QJ10x

 

AKJxx

AQ

AKx

Axx

 

 

Playing traditional methods there would be no way to reach 6 Spades on the above hand.  South would open 2 Clubs, North would respond 2 Diamonds and South would jump to 3NT showing 25 to 27 points.  This would end the auction.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

2 Spades

3 Hearts

3 NT

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

2 Hearts

2 NT

3 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

We have previously seen in September 2014 Tip No 2 and January 2015 Tip No 1 how the Kokish relay allows very powerful balanced hands to be bid. The problem with jumping to 3NT to show 25 to 27 points is that it makes life very difficult for responder if he has modest values which cannot be described at the four level.

 

The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish.  After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S.  After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points.  The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT.  He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT.  Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.

 

Here after opener finally rebids 2NT responder shows a five card Spade suit by bidding 3 Hearts.  As we are in a game forcing situation there is no need for South to jump in Spades so he simply contents himself by carrying out the transfer request.  North now rebids 3NT showing that he is balanced or semi-balanced.  South now bids 4 Clubs.  The message this conveys is that South has at least three good Spades and is highly suitable for slam.  North now cuebids 4 Hearts showing the King of Hearts.  South can now count 12 tricks in Spades because as long as the King of Hearts is in a three card holding it does not matter in which minor suit North has a doubleton as the King of Hearts will provide a parking space for one of South’s minor suit losers.  In other words if North has a doubleton Club then we will discard the Diamond loser on the King of Hearts.  If North has a doubleton Diamond then we will discard a Club loser on the King of Hearts.  Note that as North South are known to have a 10 card Spade fit that there is no need to ask for the Queen of trumps since the odds of a 2-1 split are 78% and as we have the Jack of Spades the odds of bring in the suit with the Queen of Spades missing  rises to 89% when Qxx in the East hand can be easily picked up.

 

 

2       25 point slam universally missed

 

Board 26 Wednesday 25 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

Kx

xx

Axxx

Axxxx

 

Jxx

Axxx

Q9xx

Qx

 

Q10x

J109xx

K10xx

x

 

Axxxx

KQ

J

KJ10xx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Clubs

4NT

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

5 Spades1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Responds to RKCB as if he has the Queen of trumps because he knows that the side possess a 10 card fit.

 

None of the seven North South pairs managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract.  As we so often see on low point count slam hands the key to getting to slam is through the use of a Splinter bid which at one go gets across the singleton and excellent trump support.

 

Although South only has 13 working points (ignoring the Jack of Diamonds) his huge support for Clubs warrants him making a splinter bid of 3 Diamonds when North bids 2 Clubs.  Now the focus shifts to North.  While North has “only” 11 points the splinter bid has dramatically increased the potential of his hand.  A Diamond holding of Axxx opposite a singleton is ideal for slam and equally crucially he has the golden King of Spades opposite a five card suit in the South hand.  Accordingly he goes straight to RKCB.  Note that North does not need to worry about there being two losers in Hearts because as a general rule when the opener makes a splinter bid in the third suit he promises high cards in the fourth suit.

 

I will try and quantify the odds of 6 Clubs making.  It always makes when Clubs break 2-1 (78 per cent).  When Clubs are 3-nil (22%) on half of the occasions you will guess wrong which way to play the Clubs.  In addition when Clubs break 3-0 you will in practice need Spades to break no worse than 4-2 (84 per cent).  Thus the total odds of 6 Clubs making are:-

 

78% plus 11% x 0.84 = 78% plus 9% = 87%

 

 

3       North South go back to school

 

Board 2 Thursday 25 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

xx

AJx

QJ9xx

xxx

 

QJ109x

109xx

xx

108

 

Kxxx

Qx

K

KJ9xxx

 

Ax

Kxxx

A10xxx

AQ

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Clubs

2 NT1

Pass

1 Club

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 NT

2 Hearts

3 NT

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Denying four Spades

 

Only one of the nine North South pairs managed to reach game on this hand which is truly woeful and the other eight North South pairs should hang their heads in shame.

 

When East opens 1 Club South has a routine overcall of 1NT despite his shape being semi-balanced.  1NT shows 16 to 18 points ideally with a double Club stop.  What better description could there be of the South hand.  At teams North should go straight to game.  At pairs he might err on the side of caution by using Non-promissory Stayman to invite game.  South is delighted to accept the invitation with 17 points, a double stop in Clubs and a five card suit.

 

In the play assuming the lead of the Queen of Spades you should win the second round of Spades and cross to dummy by playing a low Heart to the Ace.  Then lead the Queen of Diamonds.  When the finesse is successful you now have nine tricks on top.  You then cash the King of Hearts dropping the Queen for 10 tricks and run the rest of the Diamonds before safely finessing the Club at trick eleven making two overtricks for +660.  (It is impossible for the Club finesse to not be working in view of the opening 1 Club from East.)