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(After Round #2)

The nine competing teams went into "battle" again last night (Tuesday 18th June)

resulting in the following interim result.....

1st Paul Murray Team

2nd Peter Carey-Yard Team

3rd Vera Lowson Team

4th Sam Herman Team

5th Eve Lighthill Team

6th Raymond Semp Team

7th Richard Cross Team

8th Maggie McPhillips Team

8th Anne Naylor Team

Full results from this round are under the yellow tab top left of this page.

The final takes place on Tuesday 9th July.



to Club Members


who won the


last weekend.



Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants& Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.

His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, 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


John Armstrong Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.


This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.


Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

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.




"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


2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019



The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their



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Tips for September 2012



Points of interest from the September 2012 duplicates



1       2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major


Board 6 Tuesday 11 September


If you open 2 Clubs and partner bids 2 Diamonds then a rebid of 2 of a major is forcing to game.  Therefore if you choose to jump to 3 of a major then by taking up extra space you are showing a solid suit and setting that major as trumps.


South                         North


AKJ10xxxx                xx

A                                 Qxxxx

K10                             AQxxx

Jx                                x



First of all note that although South has only 15 points it is essential to open 2 Clubs because you have about 9 tricks in your hand and you will have great difficulty in describing your hand if you only open 1 Spade.  North responds 2 Diamonds because he lacks the traditional Ace and a King to make a positive response.  Now South jumps to 3 Spades to show a solid suit and setting Spades as trumps.  Now while it is true that you are missing the Queen of the suit the fact that you do have eight Spades makes it sensible to treat the suit as being solid for all practical purposes.


After the sequence 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds – 3 Major then responder shows an Ace by bidding it at the lowest level.  If responder has no Ace then be bids 3NT if he has at least one King.  If responder has neither an Ace or a King then he raises to four of the major which is the weakest response.


The bidding now continues:-


2 Clubs                      2 Diamonds

3 Spades                   4 Diamonds

4 Hearts                     4 Spades

5 Diamonds              6 Spades


North cuebids the Ace of Diamonds, South cuebids the Ace of Hearts and at this point North signs off in 4 Spades.  However when South now continues with 5 Diamonds showing the King he is directing North’s attention to the Club suit.  North knows that he is being asked to jump to slam if he has either the King of Clubs or a singleton.                    


2       When supporting partner’s overcall always raise to the level of the fit especially when not vulnerable


This means that if you have a known 9 card fit then always go straight to the 3 level (9 tricks) and if you have a known 10 card fit then always go straight to the 4 level (10 tricks).  This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to show support by cue-bidding the opposition’s suit which you would usually do if you had 10 plus points.


Board 9 Tuesday 18 September






Jx                                                        A87xxxx

x                                                          Ax

Q9xx                                                   10x

A10xxxx                                             KJ







After 1 Spade from East and a 2 Heart overcall from South, West passes and now North must raise to 4 Hearts knowing of the minimum 10 card fit.  This is the best call because it prevents East from either rebidding 3 Spades or making a takeout double if North only bids 3 Hearts.


Against 4 Hearts West leads the Jack of Spades to East’s Ace.  Now while it is true that if East switches to the King of Clubs then Declarer has four losers it is far from certain that East will find this play.  He is far more likely to either return a Spade hoping that West’s lead was a singleton or to switch to a Diamond which would be the correct defence if South held instead:-







When vulnerable you need to exercise a little more caution when raising to the level of the fit since for instance there is a greater danger that the opposition will double say a bid of 3 Spades for penalties if they do not think that they have game their way.






3       As responder don’t jump the bidding when holding a two suited hand regardless of how strong you are


Board 12 Tuesday 18 September


A9xx                           10

KJ9xxxx                     Q

None                          AKJ10

Q7                               AKJ1098x


1 Heart                       2 Clubs

2 Hearts                     3 Diamonds

3 Hearts                     3 Spades

4 Clubs                      4NT

5 Clubs                      6 Clubs


First of all note that West should open with just 1 Heart.  First or second in hand you must never open with a pre-emptive bid if your hand qualifies as a regulation one opener on the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20.  The West hand is 21 on this rule (points + number of cards in two longest suits = 10+11 = 21).  East has a monster hand but wants to bid both his suits at a reasonably economical level so he simply replies 2 Clubs.  West rebids Hearts and now East introduces his second suit.  Now West simply shows the Hearts for a third time and East now bids 3 Spades fourth suit forcing requesting more information.  At this point some might be tempted to bid 3NT having a Spade stop but a 4=7=0=2 hand is hardly suitable for No Trumps and in any event East is far more likely to be interested in West’s delayed Club support. Roman Key Card Blackwood using the 1430 responses (ie 5 Clubs = 1 or 4 Keycards) is wheeled out and the Club small slam is reached.


In the play if you get a Spade lead you simply trump both Diamonds guaranteeing the contract even if Hearts break 4-1.  If you get a trump lead then you draw trumps and play the Queen of Hearts.  If they win then you make 12 tricks with seven Clubs, two Diamonds, two Hearts and one Spade while if they duck the Queen of Hearts you revert to Diamonds making 12 tricks with seven Clubs, three Diamonds, one Heart and one Spade.