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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

 

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BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

For all our members who have already 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.

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

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 October 2018

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2018 duplicates

 

 

1       Silence is Golden

 

Board 1 Wednesday 10 October– Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

Jxxx

xx

K109x

9xx

 

AK109x

None

Axxx

Q1076

 

Qx

10xxxx

Qx

AKJ8

 

xx

AKQJ9x

Jxx

xx

 

 

I believe that if on this hand South passes throughout that it is almost impossible for East West to reach the excellent contract of 6 Clubs.  However if South makes a delayed entry into the auction then it becomes dramatically easier.

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Clubs

6 Clubs

Pass

2 Hearts

Pass

 

1 Spade

4 Hearts

Pass

 

Most Souths will not be able to resist the temptation to bid a natural 2 Hearts on the second round of the bidding.  However they should live to regret so doing.  This allows West to agree Clubs violently by making a splinter bid in opener’s suit and jumping to 4 Hearts.  This shows interest in a slam in Clubs and is more likely to be on a void than a singleton given that South is almost certainly showing a 6 card suit.  Now the spotlight turns to East.  As he has nothing wasted in Hearts opposite West’s shortage, he has excellent trumps and the pointed Queens are certain to be of value he should jump to 6 Clubs.

 

How should this contract be played on the lead of the King of Hearts ruffed in the dummy?  The priority is to see whether a second Diamond trick can be established by playing a low Diamond towards the Queen.  Assume that North rises with the King.  If North returns a trump everything is plain sailing.  East wins with the 8 of Clubs and ruffs a second Heart in the dummy with the 10 of Clubs.  Now a Diamond to the Queen is followed by a third Heart ruff with the Queen of Clubs.  Finally a low Spade to the Queen allows Declarer to finish drawing the trumps and the remaining Hearts disappear on the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Diamonds.  Declarer makes seven trump tricks, three Spade tricks and two Diamond tricks and will make the contract even if trumps split 4-1.  If instead North returns a second Diamond then now Declarer wins with the Queen, ruffs a second Heart with the 10 of Clubs, plays a low Spade to the Queen and ruffs a third Heart with the Queen of Clubs and only then draws trumps by playing the 7 of Clubs to the Ace.  On this defence Declarer would go down if North had started with four trumps including the 9.

 

 

2       Grand Slam available but even Small Slam missed

 

Board 13 Monday 22 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

None

J10xxx

KQ9x

AQJx

 

AQx

KQ9x

xx

xxxx

 

KJ98xxxx

xx

x

10x

 

10x

Ax

AJ10xxx

Kxx

 

 

North South can make a Grand Slam in Diamonds on this hand.  However while the Grand Slam is almost impossible to bid nevertheless it was a pretty poor showing that not a single one of the eight North South pairs managed to reach even 6 Diamonds.

 

North

East

South

West

1 Heart

6 Diamonds

3 Spades

Pass

4 Diamonds

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

 

South has choice between making a negative double over East’s pre-emptive 3 Spade overcall or bidding a natural 4 Diamonds.  It seems preferable to emphasize the strong six card Diamond suit.  When West raises to 4 Spades the spotlight turns to North.  It is unlikely that South has much wasted in Spades given that West has raised Spades at Amber.  Thus the partnership possess a likely ten card Diamond fit and even if the King of Clubs is not with South then the Club finesse is a heavy favourite to succeed given East’s pre-emptive bid in Spades.  Thus the only worry is in the Heart suit. It is thus extremely unlikely that that there are two losers in Hearts and even if South has for instance only Kx in Hearts with something like ♠Axx♥Kx♦AJ10xxx♣xx then a winning Club finesse will take care of the second Heart loser.  The moral is that sometimes the opposition bidding has taken away any space to be scientific and you have to make what is likely to be the winning bid in the long run.

 

 

3       Poor execution by North

 

Board 17 Wednesday 31 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

K9x

Axxx

AJ10x

AQ

 

Jxx

108xx

xxxxx

x

 

xxx

K9

Qx

J1098xx

 

AQ10x

QJx

Kx

Kxxx

 

 

This is a very instructive hand and I noted that only three out of five pairs bid to the automatic 6NT but in each case they planned the play very poorly and went down even though the Declarers were of Division 2 standard in the Manchester League and really ought to have done better.

 

The bidding playing 5 card majors would go very simply 1 Diamond – 1 Spade – 2NT – 6NT.

 

East opens with the Jack of Clubs.  There are only nine tricks on top with potential extra tricks available in Spades, Hearts and Diamonds.  There is no hurry to try the Spades and in any event you might later on get a complete count of the suit.  Thus there is a choice between playing Diamonds and Hearts.  Hearts is the correct suit to play on because this offers a good chance of making two extra tricks while in the Diamonds you are only likely to get one extra trick unless West started with Qxx exactly.  However what is the correct way to play the Hearts?  The answer is that you should take an indirect finesse by winning the Queen of Clubs and immediately playing a low Heart towards the QJx in the Dummy.  This will allow you to make three Heart tricks not only when the suit breaks 3-3 (36 per cent) but also on all occasions when East has the King and the suit does not break 3-3 (ie half of the remaining 64 per cent).  Thus by playing on Hearts in this fashion the total probability of making three Heart tricks is 36 + 32 = 68 per cent.  As you can see the lie of the Heart suit does indeed allow three Heart tricks to be made.  You now have eleven tricks on top and have plenty of time to first of all try and drop the Jack of Spades in three rounds for your twelfth trick before falling back on the Diamond finesse if necessary.

 

The declarers who failed crossed to Dummy at trick two in Spades and ran the Queen of Hearts.  When this lost to the King and the Hearts did not break they later on took a losing Diamond finesse and deservedly went down.