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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.


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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 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.