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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

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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

 

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne

 

Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

Northern Midweek Congress

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who won the three session pairs at Harrogate on 20-21st August by a good margin.  Results are on the EBU web site.

EBU Scarborough Summer Congress
 

Congratulations to Jason Hackett and teammates for winning the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett).

Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final.

In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer,

Congratulations to all MBC players - great result!
(Full results are on the EBU web site.)

Green Point Teams

The first event of the 2019-20 season took place at Altrincham on Sunday 21st July. 26 teams took part and, winning by a small margin, were Ollie Burgess, Mark Weeks, Gillian Fawcett and Catherine Draper, the last two practicing for the Women's World Championships in China in September.  . 
Full results are on the Altrincham club web site.
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 Sept 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Game inexplicably missed

 

Board 7 Monday 3 September– Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

AJxxx

xx

Q

KJ9xx

 

Kxx

Jx

AKJxxx

xx

 

Qx

Axx

108xx

AQxx

 

109x

KQ10xxx

xx

10x

 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach 3NT on the above hand which I found quite remarkable.  At four of the eight tables West played in 4 Diamonds plus one.  3NT should be reached regardless of whether South opens a weak 2 Hearts or passes because he is vulnerable and considers his hand a little weak.

 

If South opens a weak 2 Hearts then the auction should be very brief:

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

3NT

2 Hearts

Pass

 

3 Diamonds

Pass

 

With a Heart stop and twelve points opposite a vulnerable three level overcall East expects to make game in notrumps.

 

Should South pass if he feels he a little weak for a vulnerable weak two then the bidding is likely to go:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

 

2 Spades

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 Diamonds

3NT

 

East starts off by cuebidding 2 Spades to promise at least four card Diamond support and 10 plus points.  West holding only 12 points initially signs off in 3 Diamonds.  East is worth a further move with 3 Spades asking if West has a Spade stop and West is happy to oblige  The only difference now is that West is the Declarer.

 

With East the Declarer the likely lead is the King of Hearts.  Declarer wins the second round of Hearts and cashes the Ace and King of Diamonds (best technique is to unblock the 10 on one of the first two rounds to ensure that there is no danger of the Diamond suit subsequently being blocked).  With eight tricks on top Declarer has a choice between the Club finesse and playing a Spade to the Queen.  It is correct to play a Spade to the Queen because while South might have the King of Clubs it is unlikely that he has the Ace of Spades since that would make him a little heavy for a 2 Heart opener.  When the Queen of Spades wins Declarer then runs off the rest of his Diamonds.  North’s discards will give declarer a good clue as to whether he can risk an overtrick by finessing the Queen of Clubs at trick ten.  Result either +600 or +630.

 

With West the Declarer the likely lead is a Spade from North.  Now when the Queen of Spades wins the first trick you can run all the Diamonds and if you watch North’s discards like a hawk (who will have to make five discards on the run of the Diamonds) you will be able to judge whether it is safe to finesse the Clubs for an overtrick.  Again the result is either +600 or +630.

 

 

2       Keycard at the second bid !

 

Board 9 Thursday 6 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J98x

xx

Qxxx

Axx

 

Qxx

10x

xxxx

KQ9x

 

10

Kxx

KJ10x

J10xxx

 

AKxxx

AQJxxx

A

x

 

 

I consider that the South hand is so strong that it is one of the extremely rare occasions on which it is correct to launch straight into Roman Key Card Blackwood on the second round of the bidding.  In some respects the South hand is worthy of a 2 Club opener.  However experience shows that with such a shape it is better in the long run to start off with a humble 1 Heart and accept the very rare occasions on which 1 Heart might be passed out.

 

When North responds 1 Spade the South hand is absolutely huge.  While some might argue for a splinter bid of 4 Clubs this will not achieve anything.  Given that as little as Qxxxx Spades in the North hand and a singleton Heart makes a contract of 6 Spades almost ironclad and as the South hand only has 3 losers the chances of a 5 Spade contract not making if the North hand is unsuitable for slam is quite low.  North shows one keycard and now South bids the next step asking for the Queen of trumps.  The reason why South asks for the Queen of Spades is that if North had both the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts he would respond 5 Hearts which would allow South to bid a grand slam in Spades.  North denies the Queen of Spades by signing off in 5 Spades.  However despite this denial South goes on to the slam.  Why is this?   Well for one thing if North held a 5th trump then the chances of bringing in the Spades would be at least 78% (since the odds of a 3-nil trump split are 22%).  Secondly even if there is a Spade loser then the Heart finesse is still available.

 

We can quantify the approximate odds of 6 Spades making.  If the Spades come in the contract makes.  This is 52.5 % (2-2 split plus singleton Queen = 40% + 12½ %.  If the Spades do not come in then the contract will still make when the Heart finesse is working.  So we can add in one half of the remaining 47.5% or 23.75%.  The total odds of the contract making are therefore 76.25%.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 Spade

5 Clubs

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4NT

5 Diamonds

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

However the play of 6 Spades does have something of a sting in the tail.  Five pairs out of eight reached the slam but two of these five pairs went down after receiving a Club lead.  As the Club lead takes out the only quick entry to the North hand it is crucial to make use of this entry by finessing Hearts at trick two.  The Heart finesse works and now the Ace and King of Spades can be cashed.  The Queen does not drop but this matters not as declarer can continue with the Ace of Hearts and easily set up the Hearts even if they break four one.  However note the difference if Declarer carelessly starts to draw trumps at trick two.  When the Ace and King of Spades fail to drop the Queen Declarer is forced to continue with a third round of Spades.  West wins and forces Declarer’s fourth trump by continuing Clubs.  Now Declarer is forced to hope that East started off with only two Hearts by playing his last trump to the Jack in the Dummy and finessing in Hearts.  When the finesse wins but the Ace does not then drop the King declarer goes at least one trick down depending on whether East has any Clubs left.

 

3       Autosplinter paves the route to slam

 

Board 18 Monday 10 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

109

J10x

Jxx

KJ98x

 

xx

A9xx

A109x

Qxx

 

AKQJxxx

Qx

KQxx

None

 

xx

Kxxx

xx

A10xxx

 

 

Twenty years ago the East hand would have started off proceedings with a strong 2 Spades opener showing at least eight playing tricks in Spades and the bid was forcing for one round ie it could not be passed.  However now that  strong two bids in a major have gone out of fashion largely because of the low frequency with which they occur a method has to be found to catch up later in the bidding.  The answer is that whenever partner responds 1NT to the opening bid of one major the opening bidder is able to describe his hand accurately on the second round by use of the Autosplinter.  If East had a game going hand with Spades and a minor he would jump to the three level in the minor suit to insist that game be reached.  Thus a jump to the four level in a minor cannot possibly be natural.  Instead it is an autosplinter setting his original major as trumps and inviting the responder to cue-bid in case a slam is available.

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

4 Clubs1

5 Spades2

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4 Diamonds

6 Hearts3

Pass

 

1           Autosplinter setting Spades as trumps

2           A jump to the five level after cuebids have been exchanged in two suits says “I have no control in the fourth suit (Hearts), have you got the Ace or King?”

3           I have the Ace of Hearts in case you are interested in a Grand Slam.

 

West cuebids in Diamonds and as East has the King of Diamonds he knows that West must therefore have the Ace.  However East is still worried about the Heart suit.  By jumping to the five level over 4 Diamonds he is asking West to look exclusively at his Heart holding.  If West held the King of Hearts he would jump to 6 Spades.  By bidding instead 6 Hearts he is showing the Ace of Hearts.  In fact if East were desperately in need of a top he might consider bidding 7 Diamonds which only needs a 3-2 break in Diamonds.  However this is very risky as West might have only 3 Diamonds in say a 1=4=3=5 or 2=3=3=5 shape.  Only one East West pair out eight reached 6 Spades.  Clearly the others need to learn Autosplinters!