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World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
Update Saturday 21st September
With only two round robin matches remaining all the England teams are in the top eight which, if they remain so, means they qualify for the knock out phase.  Best placed are the Mixed team who have been leading since round five and are now certain to qualify.  The Seniors are in fourth place 13 VPs ahead of the ninth placed team.  The Women's team is in sixth place nine VPs ahead of the ninth team.






















"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog).  This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham).  There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!).  The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."

Welsh Foursomes
Congratulations to Jeff Smith, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Peter Foster and John Roberts who won the Welsh Fours at Wrexham over the weekend of 14-15th September. 
Full results are on the North Wales web site.
Peter Foster, John Roberts, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne


Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.

The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.


Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
(Full details are on MCBA website)




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...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!

(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)




EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, 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

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 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 2019



The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their



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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.

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Tips for December 2012



Points of interest from the December 2012 duplicates from Michael Newman


1       Visualise the distribution and always bear in mind the principle of vacant spaces


Board 22 Wednesday 5 December – Vulnerability East West


East                South             West               North

3 Hearts         Double           Pass               4 Spades      

Pass               Pass               Pass


North                          South

Axxxx                         KJ10x

A                                 KJ

xxx                              AQxx

AQxx                          Jxx


East’s opening lead is the Jack of Diamonds.  As it is extremely unlikely that East would lead from KJ10 of Diamonds rather than from a known 7 or 8 card Heart suit you should rise with the Ace.  At trick two we unblock the Ace of Hearts and then at trick three we cross to the King of Spades, both defenders following but the Queen does not appear.  Before playing a second round of Spades we then cash the King of Hearts at trick 4 discarding a Diamond.  At trick 5 you have to decide whether to play for the drop of the Queen of Spades or finesse through West.  The answer is that you should finesse through West ignoring the mantra “eight ever nine never” which as a generalization means that when you have nine trumps then other things being equal you should play for the Queen to drop.  However other things are not at all equal in this instance.  East is known to have at least seven Hearts while West has a maximum of three Hearts.  Therefore if the Hearts are 7-3 then outside the Heart suit there are six unknown cards or vacant spaces in the East hand and ten unknown cards in the West hand.  Therefore the odds are 10 to 6 that any particular card (in this case the Queen of Spades) will be in the West hand.  If in fact the Hearts are 8-2 (which is quite possible at the prevailing Red vulnerability) then the vacant spaces odds are actually 11 to 5 (because East now has 5 unknown cards outside the Heart suit and West has 11).  Thus at trick 5 we successfully run the Jack of Spades and East now shows out.  At trick 6 taking advantage of being in the Dummy we temporarily abandon trumps and play a low Club to the Queen on which East discards a Heart !  We now at trick 7 draw the outstanding trump and pause to visualize the distribution of the two defenders hands.  As East has only one card in the black suits his distribution must be 1=8=4=0 which correspondingly means that West must be 3=2=2=6.  Thus we now know that West’s King of Diamonds must now be bare.  We play a low Diamond ducking in the Dummy and West is now endplayed from his King of Clubs round to Dummy’s Jack and 12 tricks are the result for +480.


2       As a Defender always be alert for playing second hand high when it important that you get the lead


Board 23 Wednesday 12 December – Vulnerability Amber






Axx                                                     Kx

xxx                                                      xxx

K108                                                   J9xx

87xx                                                    9xxx







South                                     North

1NT (15-17)               3 NT                           


Note that North does not waste time with Stayman when holding a 3=4=3=3 shape.


Say West leads the 7 of Clubs (second highest from a poor suit).  Declarer should win in the Dummy with the King or Queen and then play a low Spade.  Let us see what happens if East dozily plays second hand low.  West will probably win with the Ace and continue with Clubs but the horse has already bolted.  Declarer drives out the other Spade honour and emerges with 11 tricks for +660.  However look what happens if East rises with the King of Spades on the first round.  He then switches to a low Diamond.  If Declarer tries the Queen he risks being defeated so to give himself the best chance of making the contract he is forced to play low and the 8 of Diamonds forces the Ace.  Now when West wins the third round of Spades (he should hold up to get a better count of South’s hand) he knows that South must have the rounded Aces in order to have 15 points and accordingly cashes the King of Diamonds to restrict Declarer to ten tricks and +630.


How does East know that it is correct to rise with the King of Spades?  The answer is that he knows it cannot do any harm since as the Dummy has only small cards in Spades Declarer can always take a finesse if required.  However East does know that if Declarer’s Diamonds are either Qx or Qxx then it is essential for the Diamond lead to come from East’s side of the table.  Morever it has to come from the East hand before Declarer’s Spades are established.  So it cannot cost to rise with the King and is highly likely to gain.

3       Deciding on the best way to compete after your RHO opens with a pre-emptive bid


Board 17 Tuesday 18 December – Vulnerability White


You pick up:-


What would you bid if:-










Your RHO opens 1 Club

Your RHO opens 3 Clubs

a)         Over an opening 1 Club you would overcall a simple 1 Spade.  This shows at least 5 Spades and a hand between 8 and 17 (occasionally 18) points.  Thus your hand is the strongest possible for such action.  Should your LHO raise Clubs to the two or three level and this comes back to you then you will re-open with a double to show a strong overcall with tolerance for the two unbid suits.


b)         Over an opening 3 Clubs the best call is double and not 3 Spades.  Why is this?  The reason is that at the three level an overcall of 3 Spades is too unilateral putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak and lessens the chances of playing in either Hearts or Diamonds.


The full deal:-           xxx




QJ9                                                     xx

xx                                                        Jx

Axxx                                                   Jx

QJxx                                                   AK1098xx







Over an opening 3 Clubs if you make the mistake of bidding 3 Spades then an astute West, realizing that North South almost certainly have game on will pass rather than bidding 4 Clubs.  North will almost certainly pass 3 Spades with only four high card points and game will be missed.


However if you double 3 Clubs then West will probably bid 4 Clubs.  North will make a disciplined pass but you will now re-enter the bidding with a second double to show a strong take out.  North with a six card Heart suit will be very happy to bid 4 Hearts which will make comfortably.