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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 January 2013



Points of interest from the January 2013 duplicates


1       Moysian Fit is sometimes the only game


Board 18 Tuesday 22 January – VulnerabilityNorth South


North                          South

AQJ                            Kxxx

K1097                                    Axx

AQJ10x                      Kx

x                                  9xxx


North opens in 4th seatwith 1 Diamond, South responds 1 Spade and North reverses with 2 Hearts showing17+ points with at least five Diamonds and four Hearts.  (While one might occasionally reverse with 16points after a one level response one should always aim to have a minimum of 17).


At this point South requires moreinformation in order to determine the best contract especially as he has nostop in Clubs for no trump purposes. Accordingly he bids 3 Clubs which is 4th suit forcing (togame).  When North now bids 3 Spades itis clear that North South cannot play in No Trumps and so South now has tochoose to play in game in either Spades or Hearts.  Both are seven card trump fits but Southshould choose to play in Spades because on the expected Club lead the ruffswill be taken in the hand with only three trumps rather than the one with fourwhich would be the case if the final contract were in Hearts.


The play is straightforward.  On a Club lead and continuation declarertrumps with the Jack of Spades and then continues with the Ace and Queen ofSpades.  He then crosses to hand with theKing of Diamonds and continues with a third round of Spades discarding a Heartfrom the Dummy.  If the Spades are 3-3then twelve tricks result.  On the morenormal 4-2 break then Declarer continues with Diamonds making 11 tricks ifDiamonds break 3-3 (as all the remaining Clubs will be discarded on the thirdand fourth round of Diamonds or just 10 tricks if the third round of Diamondsis ruffed with the last remaining trump as the defence now have one Club trickto cash.


The term Moysian fit means playing in a 4-3 trump fit.  It is named after the American Alphonse Moyse Jr (1898 – 1973) who was saidto love playing in 4-3 fits often at the game level.






2       Trust partner’s bidding !


Board 14 Wednesday 23 January –Vulnerability White






xx                                                        QJ10xxx

x                                                          xx

Qxxxx                                                 xx

KJ98x                                                 AQx







I was absolutely staggered when Istudied the computer scoring for the above board and discovered that only twoout of eight North South pairs had managed to bid 6 Hearts on the above hand.


Assume that East opens with a routineweak two in Spades.  South should jump to4 Hearts with only four losers as the shape is too off-centre to start with atakeout double.  Now the spotlightfocuses on North.  If South can jump togame in Hearts and you have KJ9 in trumps a singleton Spade and the Ace ofDiamonds then it is extremely unlikely that a five level contract will be injeopardy.


Accordingly North should make a slamtry of 4 Spades which shows either a void or singleton (cannot be the Ace asSouth has that card).  South now bids 5Clubs showing a control in Clubs and North bids 5 Diamonds.  That is enough for South to jump to 6Hearts. 


In the play a Grand Slam is made butit is difficult to bid the Grand Slam because if North’s Spade cue-bid is asmall singleton rather than the King there might only be 12 tricks.


Thus it would appear that apart fromthe two North’s who made a move towards slam that the remaining North’s eithershowed very poor judgment or they are used to their partner overbidding on aregular basis !






3       Take Tony Forrester’s advice !



Board 22 Thursday 31 January –Vulnerability EW


In Tony Forrester’s daily bridgecolumns in the Daily Telegraph over the years he has given several examples inwhich he demonstrates that if the opposition open 1NT (whether weak or strong)that the opening leader should make a lead from a safe doubleton or tripletonrather than lead from a broken four card suit.


Board 22 on 31st was an excellentexample of putting this principle into practice:-






Qxx                                                     KJx

A109xx                                               Jx

Jx                                                        A96xx

xxx                                                      K9x







East opened a weak no trump which waspassed out.  South was faced with leadingfrom two four card suits, either of which had a high chance of blowing atrick.   Accordingly followingForrester’s advice the best opening lead is the 9 of Spades.  When Declarer plays low from the Dummy Northmust also play low in order to ensure that the Queen of Spades never becomes anentry to the dummy.  Declarer wins thetrick with the King of Spades.  (Notethat he should win with the King and not the Jack so that if the lead is fromA98xx then the Queen will still be a later entry to the dummy.  At trick two Declarer will probably play theJack of Hearts which South covers with the King and won with the Ace in theDummy.  Declarer then continues with the10 of Hearts.  North now has to decidewhether to win the Queen on the second round or to duck which would be correctif East had three Hearts.  While it mightappear a guess it is actually not so. Why is this?   The answer israther subtle.  North knows that Southhas a maximum of two cards in Spades (since if South started with 98x he wouldhave opened with the 8 (the middle card). Therefore had South started with only two cards in Hearts this wouldmean that he had a five card minor which he would surely have chosen as theopening lead if his shape were 2=2=5=4 or 2=2=4=5.  Thus South’s shape is almost certainly2=3=4=4 and North wins the second round of Hearts for that reason.  North now switches at trick four to the Jackof Clubs.  The defence will take fourClub tricks and at trick eight South can play the King of Diamonds whichestablishes a seventh defensive trick before the Ace of Spades isdislodged.  Result one down for +100 toNorth South.