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Welcome to

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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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 2012

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2012 duplicates

 

 

1       The Rule of 19 or the Rule of 20 is only a guide and should be used with discretion

 

Board 19 Tuesday 23 October

 

Even if a hand qualifies as an opening bid because it satisfies the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20 that does not necessarily mean that it should be opened.

 

Consider Board 19:-

 

x

AQxx

987xx

KQx

 

This hand scores 20 if you add up the number of points plus the number of cards in the two longest suits.  However if you open 1 Diamond and partner almost inevitably responds 1 Spade what on earth are you going to rebid.  You cannot rebid 1NT (even if playing strong no trump then a 1NT rebid would show 12-14 balanced), you cannot bid 2 Hearts because this would be a reverse showing 17 plus points and to bid 2 Diamonds is to most minds gruesome.  Accordingly you start off proceedings with NO BID ! ! !

 

However if we change the Hearts and Clubs round to give:-

 

x

KQx

987xx

AQxx

 

Then you could just about open 1 Diamond because if partner bids 1 Spade you can at least rebid 2 Clubs showing the 5-4 shape.

 

So the moral is make sure that you have a sensible rebid if partner responds in your short suit.  If you have no sensible rebid then do not open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2       Do not overcall at the two level on a balanced hand and 5-3-3-2 shape

 

Board 3 Tuesday 23 October – EW Vulnerable

 

                                    K10x

                                    AQxxx

                                    Qxx

                                    xx

Q987x                                                            AJ

None                                                  KJ10xx

AKx                                                     Jx

AKQxx                                                Jxxx

 

                                    xxx

                                    98x

                                    1098xx

                                    10x

 

If West opens the traditional 1 Club when holding 5-5 in the black suits then it is permissible for North to overcall 1 Heart.  However if West opens 1 Spade which is favoured by the modernists then North must not under any circumstances overcall 2 Hearts even though he is not vulnerable.  A two level overcall either shows a six card suit or a good hand in a 5-4-3-1 shape.

 

If North does overcall an opening bid of 1 Spade with 2 Hearts this is what will happen.  East will pass as he has a penalty double.  West will now re-open with a takeout double (note that West does not bid 3 Clubs) because he wishes to allow East to pass if he has a penalty double of 2 Hearts.  2 Hearts doubled becomes the final contract. 

 

East should start off the defence by leading a Club because partner’s 1 Spade has not guaranteed the King.  West wins trick 1 with the Queen of Clubs and returns a Spade to the 10 and Jack followed by the Ace of Spades at trick 3.  East plays a second Club to the King at trick 4 followed by a Spade ruff at trick 5.  When playing a third round of Spades at trick 5 West is careful to play the Queen asking East to switch to a Diamond (the higher ranking suit) at trick 6.  Thus East plays the Jack of Diamonds at trick 6 to the King.  The Ace of Diamonds follows at trick 7 and a Diamond ruff at trick 8.  The defence have taken the first eight tricks and East still has KJ10 of Hearts.  Thus when the smoke has cleared the final result is 2 Hearts doubled minus five for 1100 points to East West.

 

Now while it is true that East West can make 13 tricks in 6 Clubs they are extremely unlikely to bid a slam if West opens 1 Spade whereas if West is of the old fashioned school and opens 1 Club then there is a much better chance of reaching slam.

3       Do not cover an honour with an honour if your own honour can never be caught

 

Board 2 Thursday 18 October – Dealer East

 

                                    Ax

                                    Jxx

                                    K86x

                                    AJ10x

QJ10x                                                 K9x

Qxxx                                                   A10

Qx                                                       AJ109x

KQx                                                    xxx

 

                                    87xx

                                    K9xx

                                    7x

                                    9xx

 

                                    1 Diamond

1 Heart                       1 NT

3 NT

 

South failed to find the killing opening lead of a Club and instead started off with the 7 of Spades (second highest from a bad suit).  North won with the Ace and does best to switch to the Jack of Clubs.  However North returned a second Spade.  Declarer now cashed the third and fourth round of Spades discarding a Club and played the Queen of Diamonds from the Dummy.  North should not cover because he knows that his King can never be caught.  When North instinctively “covered an honour with an honour” then East now made an overtrick for a top score of 430.

 

Some of you might say but what if the Diamond suit were divided:-

 

                                    K86x

 

Qx                                                       AJ7xx

                                    109

 

Any East who knows his suit combinations would start off by playing a low card towards the Queen in this case which pays off against South having a doubleton King for one loser eg:-

 

                                    1086x

 

Qx                                                       AJ7xx

                                    K9