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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

 

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 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).