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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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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 Aug 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2018 duplicates

 

1       The vanishing overtrick

 

Board 4 Thursday 2 August– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

A10x

xxx

Axxx

QJx

 

Kx

AKQJ

K10xx

AKx

 

QJxxxx

xxx

x

xxx

 

xx

10xx

QJ9x

109xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Clubs

2NT

4 Spades

 

This hand caught my eye because at first sight it appears easy to make eleven tricks in the routine 4 Spade contract with apparently five Spade tricks, four Heart tricks and two Club tricks.  Note that in the bidding East transfers at the four level after West rebids 2NT showing 23-24 points because if he instead simply transfers at the three level and then bids to game in the major suit this should be played as a mild slam try.

 

However appearances can be deceptive and accurate defence prevents the overtrick.

 

The most sensible opening lead is the Queen of Clubs.  On the lead of the Queen of Clubs South must play the TEN to indicate that he also has the NINE.  Otherwise North will be reluctant to continue the suit when he gains the lead.  West starts to draw trumps by playing the King of Spades.  It is essential for North to duck this trick.  He then wins the second round of Spades with the Ace and continues Clubs.  Now although Declarer appears to have eleven tricks he has no means of drawing the last trump because the simple action of ducking the first round of trumps by North has severed the link with the Dummy.  At trick five Declarer would have  to choose between settling for ten tricks by exiting with the King of Diamonds to create a route to the Dummy to draw the last trump or live dangerously in trying to make an overtrick by playing his winning Hearts in the hope that the hand with the last trump held four Hearts.  However this would risk the contract being defeated if the third round of Hearts were ruffed.

 

 

2       Textbook demonstration of why 4-4 fit beats 5-3 fit

 

Board 16 Thursday 2 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

J10

J9

Kxxxx

KJ10x

 

AKxxx

Qxxx

Ax

xx

 

xxx

AK10x

Jxx

Axx

 

Q9x

xxx

Q10x

Qxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

Pass

 

 

East is forced to bid a 3 card Club suit in response to the opening bid of 1 Spade until the eight card Heart fit comes to light.

 

If the final contract were in Spades with the 5-3 fit there would be three inescapable losers, one Spade, one Diamond and one Club.

 

However playing in Hearts with the 4-4 fit provided that the major suits both break 3-2 there is an easy overtrick available.  It does not matter which minor suit North elects to lead.  Let us suppose that he chooses his fourth highest Diamond.  This runs to the 10 and Ace.  Trumps are drawn in three rounds and Declarer continues by giving up the first round of Spades.  Diamonds are continued and declarer ruffs the third round with his last trump.  When the Spades break he now has eleven tricks because two Clubs are discarded from the Dummy on the fourth and fifth round of Spades.

 

The result is the same if the opening lead is a Club rather than a Diamond the only difference now being that two Diamonds are discarded from the Dummy on the long Spades.

 

3       Par contract missed at all eight tables

 

Board 15 Wednesday 15 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

xx

109x

xx

AQJ10xx

 

xxx

x

AJ109x

K9xx

 

KQJ10

Jxxxx

Kxx

x

 

Axxx

AKQx

Qxx

xx

 

 

I was astonished that at none of the eight tables did North South reach the par contract of 3 Clubs.  This is remarkable because this contract should be reached regardless of whether North South are playing a strong or a weak no trump.

 

If North South are playing a strong no trump then the bidding should go as follows:

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Spades1

3 Clubs

 

 

Pass

Pass

 

1NT

2NT2

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1           Showing Clubs usually a six card suit if weak

2           Denying a fit for Clubs

 

A fit for Clubs is defined as Qxx or better.  Thus when South effectively denies having the King of Clubs then North knows that 3NT will be a poor contract and settles for a part score in Clubs which makes exactly losing just four tricks after the lead of the King of Spades.

 

If North South are playing a weak no trump with four card majors then the bidding should go as follows:

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Hearts

Pass

3 Clubs

 

Pass

2 Spades

Pass

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

Pass

Pass

 

 

When 2 Hearts comes back to West he balances with a protective Double.  East’s Hearts are not strong enough to risk defending 2 Hearts doubled and so he bids 2 Spades.  North is now able to compete further with 3 Clubs which implies six Clubs and three Hearts.  South passes because he does not have a fifth Heart and so again North is left as Declarer in 3 Clubs.