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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

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

 

Manchester vs Derbyshire Match

The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July.  Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs.  The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom,  Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks.  Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.
 
Derby match
Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum
(MBC players highlighted)
JUNIOR SUCCESS

Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
 
(Full details are on MCBA website)

THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019

This has taken place over 3 sessions

with the final having been played

on Tuesday 9th July. 

Congratulations to First Place Winners

Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend

and to

the Second Place team

Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)

Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.

(Full results are bottom right of this page)

RESULTS

HARROGATE PAIRS

Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)

RESULTS
EBU Summer Seniors

Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!

(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)

WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.

If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am

Link to the full show

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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 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!!

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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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Thankyou.

Tips for June 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Game inexplicably missed

 

Board 9 Thursday 7 June  – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

xxx

10xx

AQJxx

Jx

 

Jxxx

AJ8

x

AKQ10x

 

AK10x

Q9xx

xxx

xx

 

Qx

Kxx

Kxxx

xxxx

 

 

Not a single East West pair out of the ten tables managed to bid and make a contract of 4 Spades on this hand which is quite extraordinary.

 

If North overcalls 1 Diamond then the auction is very quick and simple:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

 

 

East doubles to show both majors.  When South raises pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds then it is important for West to jump to game in Spades since if he bids only 3 Spades on his six loser hand and powerful five card Club suit then it would not be clear for East to go to game as West would feel able to bid a major at the three level with any 4=3=1=5 shape even if minimum points.

 

If instead North passes then the bidding will take a more nuanced route:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Spades

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

By bidding in this fashion West is showing a good 4=3=1=5 hand.  As we have previously noted in this column (see in particular August 2012 Tip No 3) if you have a minimum 4=3=1=5 hand you must raise Hearts immediately rather than go via the slow route if you are in the 11 to 14 range.  (Refer also to January 2014 Tip No 1).

 

 

2       Nul points for West in Milton’s and his Defence !

 

Board 13 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

J

Ax

AQx

AK10xxxx

 

109xxx

109xx

98xx

None

 

AKQxxx

Kxxx

J10

x

 

x

QJx

Kxxx

QJ98x

 

 

This hand caught my eye because at five of the twelve tables North South reached an excellent 6 Club contract which should always go one down but astonishingly it would appear that in each case they were allowed to make the contract because each West despite having no points discarded in a suicidal way allowing the contract to make.

 

A possible bidding sequence would be:-

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

6 Clubs

1 Spade

Pass

3 Clubs

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

 

East leads the King of Spades (King for Count).  West shows five Spades by playing low.  East then switches to the Jack of Diamonds won by Declarer with the Ace. 

 

The outstanding trump is drawn and Declarer runs off five more rounds of trumps knowing that he needs either for the Diamonds to break 3-3 or for the Heart finesse to be taken (total probability of success 68 per cent). (Note that the last trump cannot be cashed as this would squeeze the Dummy).  Declarer then tests the Diamond break before falling back on the Heart finesse.  One of the Golden Principles of defence when discarding is always to keep the same length in a suit as the Dummy.  Here as long as West keeps all his Diamonds then Declarer will eventually have to take the Heart finesse and go quietly one down.  However each of the five Wests feeling sorry for themselves at not having been dealt any points must have discarded a Diamond on one of the first six rounds of trumps letting the contract succeed, no doubt to much gnashing of teeth from East.

 

 

3       Only 33% of the field reach routine slam

 

Board 17 Monday 11 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Kxxx

Jx

KQxx

10xx

 

x

KQ1098xxx

x

KQx

 

J10x

Ax

AJxx

AJ9x

 

AQ98x

x

109xx

xxx

 

 

This should be a very routine slam to reach but again only four pairs out of twelve managed to get there.

 

There are two possible routes to get there:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4 Hearts

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Hearts

 

West transfers into Hearts at the four level and then bids Roman Keycard Blackwood.  On hearing of three keycards opposite he bids 6 Hearts. 

 

However it could be argued that there is perhaps a 5 per cent chance of East only having one Ace if he has something like:-  ♠KQJx♥Ax♦KQ10♣Jxxx

 

For this reason it is perhaps safer to simply use Gerber:-

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Clubs

6 Hearts

 

 

(The responses to Gerber are 4 Diamonds = No Ace, 4 Hearts, = one Ace, 4 Spades = 2 Aces, 4NT = 3 Aces).