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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.


to Club Members


who won the


last weekend.


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.


Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)

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.




Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"



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 November 2012
Tips for Improvers from November's Duplicates



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:-





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






10xx                                                    xxx

xx                                                         Q10xx

xxx                                                       KQxx

J109xx                                                Kx







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






98xx                                                    Jx

Qx                                                       A8xx

xx                                                         KJxx

Q10xxx                                               Axx







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.