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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 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 November 2012
Tips for Improvers from November's Duplicates

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2012 duplicates

 

 

1       Always try and count up the points which a defender has shown up with during the play – sometimes this will tell you where an outstanding Queen is

 

Board 20 Tuesday 6 November – Vulnerability Amber

 

West was the dealer and the bidding proceeded:-

 

West               North               East                South

Pass               1 Diamond     Pass               1 Spade

Double            1NT                 Pass               3NT

Pass               Pass               Pass

 

West’s delayed double implied 9 cards in Clubs and Hearts.

 

North                           South

Kx                                AQ10xx

K10x                           Q8x

K1087x                       AJx

K98                             xx

 

East’s opening lead was a low Heart to the Ace and West returned 4th highest Club to the 9 and Jack.  East now returned a second Club to the 10 and King.

 

Declarer cashed three rounds of Spades and found that the Jack was still outstanding in East’s hand.  To make the contract Declarer now needed to work out who had the Queen of Diamonds.  The odds overwhelmingly favour playing East for the outstanding Queen.  Why is this?  The answer lies in the fact that originally West passed and yet has already turned up with:-

 

xx

Axxx

??

AQ10xx (by inference)

 

If West had been dealt the Queen of Diamonds he would have almost certainly opened the bidding.  Therefore come to hand with the King of Hearts and play a Diamond to the Jack making 11 tricks when as expected the finesse works.

 

It may seem a great effort at first but the rewards of counting points soon become evident.

 

2       After 4th suit forcing a jump to 4NT is natural not keycard since a trump suit has not been agreed

 

Board 1 Wednesday 28 November

 

                                    AKQJxx

                                    xx

                                    108x

                                    Qx

10xx                                                    xxx

xx                                                         Q10xx

xxx                                                       KQxx

J109xx                                                Kx

 

                                    x

                                    AKJxx

                                    AJ9

                                    Axxx

 

North                           South

1 Spade                     2 Hearts

2 Spades                   3 Clubs

3 Diamonds               4NT

 

After South bids 3 Clubs forcing to game North should bid the 4th suit 3 Diamonds as he has no Diamond stop and xx in Hearts is hardly good enough for delayed support.  South who has 17 points and very good controls now jumps to 4NT.  This cannot be asking for keycards since no trump suit has been agreed.  Rather it shows a strong hand which is very close to slam.

 

It is not clear whether North should accept the invitation since the only reason why a 6NT slam makes is because East has all the outstanding strength and is mercilessly squeezed on the run of the Spades.  6 Spades would however be quite a good contract because the long Heart can be established but is difficult to reach.

 

The play is interesting.  Assuming that West leads the Jack of Clubs against 4NT.  It would be poor play to cover with the Queen in dummy since West should be looking for a safe lead against opposition who are close to a slam.  South wins with the Ace and cashes the Ace of Hearts.  He now runs six tricks in Spades on which he discards his remaining three Clubs, the Jack of Diamonds and a low Heart.  It is clear from East’s discards that he is under pressure.  If East discards three Diamonds and keeps all his Hearts at trick 9 a low Diamond to the King and Ace is followed by the nine of Diamonds overtaken with the 10 at trick 10 and the 8 of Diamonds at trick 11 on which East now comes down to the bare Queen of Hearts.  Result all 13 tricks and 520.

 

 

 

 

3       Always be on the lookout to upgrade a hand with good intermediates

 

Board 19 Wednesday 28 November – dealer South EW Vulnerable

 

                                    A10xx

                                    9x

                                    A9xx

                                    KJ9

98xx                                                    Jx

Qx                                                       A8xx

xx                                                         KJxx

Q10xxx                                               Axx

 

                                    KQx

                                    KJ10xx

                                    Q10X

                                    xx

 

If we assume that you are playing a weak no trump on this hand then the South hand is a routine 1NT opener especially not vulnerable.  Yes it only has 11 points but is has a strong 5 card suit with three honours plus the 10 of Diamonds.  North employs Stayman and over a 2 Heart response North should jump to 3NT.  The reason why North jumps to game with only 12 points is because North has a very good 12 points with the 10 of Spades and three nines.  Indeed the nine of Hearts is a crucial card allowing three Heart tricks to be established even though the Hearts break 4-2.  The nine of Clubs is equally crucial.  On a Club lead the only problem is whether to play the Jack hoping that the lead is from AQ or the 9 hoping that the lead is from Q10.  Assuming that you guess right by playing the 9 then nine tricks cannot be prevented and the most that the defence can score is two Hearts, a Club and a Diamond.  Indeed if when West wins with the Queen of Hearts he fails to switch to a Diamond then 10 tricks and 430 will result.

 

Of course for those playing a strong no trump then likewise the South hand is opened 1 Heart and when North responds 1 Spade South rebids 1NT and North again goes straight to game.

 

It is interesting to note that four of the six North South’s failed to appreciate the significance of the intermediate cards and played in 2NT either because South failed to open the bidding or because North mistakenly stopped in a part-score.