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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 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.