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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 May 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2018 duplicates

 

1       West or East for Keycard?

 

Board 10 Wednesday 9 May  – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

x

QJxx

J10xxx

Jxx

 

Kxx

A109x

Axx

Axx

 

AQx

x

KQx

KQxxxx

 

J10xxxx

Kxxx

xx

10

 

 

It ought to be relatively straightforward for East West to reach a Small slam on this hand although astonishingly only three out of eight pairs managed to do so.  However none of the eight pairs managed to reach the laydown Grand slam.  I believe that this was because the wrong hand used keycard.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs

?

 

After East makes an automatic jump to 3 Clubs with his 16 points and strong six card suit several Wests appear to have made the underbid of the year by signing off in 3NT.  Holding three Aces and a King a Small slam is almost underwritten opposite a jump rebid.  Accordingly West should raise Clubs which is forcing.  East should now cuebid 4 Diamonds.  At this point I believe that the three Wests who managed to reach the Small slam then used keycard.  Although all the keycards were present West could not be certain that there were more than 12 tricks available and so had to sign off in 6NT.  The reason why West was wrong to use keycard is that by so doing he then has to guess what his partner holds in terms of side suit Queens.  If on the other hand West lets East do the asking then all of West’s 15 points can be shown in the responses to keycard.  The bidding continues:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

4NT

5NT

7NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

6 Spades

Pass

 

West shows three keycards in response to RKCB.  East’s 5NT bid confirms that all the keycards are present and asks West to show any side suit King or to bid 7 Clubs with a strong side suit.  West owns up to the King of Spades and East can now count thirteen tricks.

 

 

2       Bidding lesson for South

 

Board 17 Wednesday 9 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Kxx

Qxx

109x

AJxx

 

J10xx

KJ10xx

x

Qxx

 

Qx

A9xxx

Kxx

Kxx

 

Axxx

None

AQJxxx

109x

 

 

From an examination of the scores on this board it is clear to me that none of the eight Souths who held this hand had an understanding of the correct way in which their assets should be shown.

 

After East opens 1 Heart South has to decide whether to overcall in Diamonds or to make a takeout double.  The correct call is to overcall 2 Diamonds.  This is because with such a low point count South cannot Double and then bid Diamonds if North bids Clubs.  After South overcalls it is practical for West to jump straight to game in Hearts.  This is automatic for those playing five card majors and even for those playing four card majors it seems the sensible choice not vulnerable with the singleton Diamond.  When 4 Hearts comes back to South he has the perfect hand to double.  THIS IS NOT A PENALTY DOUBLE.  Rather it implies that in addition to the six card Diamond suit already shown that South has a very attractive hand on which to compete further with tolerance for both the unbid suits.  The most likely shapes for South to make such a bid are 3=1=6=3 or 4=0=6=3 or 4=1=6=2. 

 

For instance if we give North ♠Kx♥xxx♦xx♣KQJxxx then he can bid 5 Clubs which is certain to make.  If instead we give North ♠QJ10xx♥xxx♦xx♣Axx then he can bid 4 Spades which is almost certain to make.  On the actual hand North is very balanced and is delighted to convert the take out double to penalties by passing 4 Hearts doubled and collecting +300 for North South after the natural lead of the 10 of Clubs.  While it is true that on the actual hand 5 Diamonds does make for +400 this is a poor contract as it requires the Diamond finesse as well as split Club honours.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

Double

4 Hearts

Pass

 

 

3       Breaking the transfer

 

Board 7 Monday 21 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Ax

J9x

AJ10

AKxxx

 

KQxxx

Qxx

Qxx

10x

 

J109x

xx

Kx

QJ9xx

 

xx

AK10xx

xxxxx

x

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach game in Hearts on this hand.

 

There are two ways in which game should be reached.  Although the North hand is within the point range for a 15-17 strong no trump there is a good case for upgrading the 17 point hand with a strong five  card suit and seven controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) and treating the hand as if it were 18-19.  In this case the bidding would go:-

 

1 Club             1 Heart

2NT                 3 Clubs or 3 Diamonds depending on partnership methods

3 Hearts         4 Hearts

 

After the jump to 2NT South either bids a natural 3 Diamonds promising five Hearts or an artificial 3 Clubs as a major suit checkback looking for either three card Heart support or four card Spade suit.

 

 

 

Alternatively if North opens the top heavy 1NT then after South transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds if North simply bids 2 Hearts then this will end the auction.  Instead North should break the transfer by bidding 2NT.  This implies a maximum 1NT with three or four Hearts.  South then retransfers with 3 Diamonds and raises 3 Hearts to game.

 

On the Jack of Spades lead careful play should lead to eleven tricks and a score of +650 to North South.