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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

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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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For all our members who have 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.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

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 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 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).