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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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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 February 2013


Points ofinterest from the February 2013 duplicates

1       Have I got what partner is looking for ?

Board 10 Tuesday 5 February –Vulnerability Amber





Q10                                                     9

AKJxxx                                               xxxx

Qx                                                       J98xx

xxx                                                      KJx





West               North              East                South

                                                Pass               1 Spade

2 Hearts         2 Spades       3 Hearts         4 Hearts

Pass               ?

When South bids 4 Hearts over East’s 3Hearts the time has come for North to re-evaluate his assets.  Clearly the 4 Heart bid is a void showingcue-bid since South must have a control in both minor suits in order to make aslam try.  In other words if North hadthe Ace of Hearts then this would be a duplication of values.  North’s first instinct might be to sign offin 4 Spades but this would be a mistake. North has two cards of enormous importance.  Firstly he has the King of trumps andsecondly he has the King of Diamonds which must be of great value.  Therefore North should co-operate bycue-bidding 5 Diamonds which is then enough for South to jump to 6 Spades.

On the King of Hearts lead declarerwould ruff and start drawing trumps by playing a low Spade to the King (in casethe suit breaks 3-0 with East having all three Spades).  Then leaving the last trump outstanding he playsa low Club to the 9 which wins.  Theremaining trump is drawn at trick 4 and dummy is entered with the King ofDiamonds at trick 5 to take another Club finesse.  The very fortunate lie of the Club suit thengives all thirteen tricks.  I havecalculated the approximate probability of the contract making as 64 per cent.  When trumps are 2-1 declarer needs split Clubhonours ie 78% x 0.75 = 58.5%.  When Easthas all three trumps declarer has about a 50 per cent chance of making thecontract ie 11% x 0.5 = 5.5%.  Totalprobability 64%.

2       Sacrificing at the six level

Board 6 Tuesday 12 February – VulnerabilityEast West





AKJxx                                                 Q10xxxx

A                                                         x

KQxxx                                                            xx

Kx                                                       10xxx





It is extremely rare for a sacrificeto be profitable at the six level.  Thehand above was one of the infrequent occasions on which it could be justified.

West               North              East                South

                                                Pass               1 Heart

Double           3Hearts1        3 Spades       4 Hearts

4NT                 Pass               5 Diamonds2 Pass

5 Spades       Pass               Pass               6 Hearts

Double           Pass               Pass               Pass

1           Pre-emptiveraise after a double

2           0Keycards

West is too strong to overcall South’sopening bid with 1 Spade which would show a maximum of 17 or possibly 18 pointsand so starts off proceedings with Double. At Green or White North would always give a double raise in Hearts afterWest’s takeout double, the rationale being that you are trying to make it moredifficult for East West to exchange information.  When West then employed Roman KeycardBlackwood in response to East’s 3 Spade bid then South could be fairly surethat 5 Spades was going to make since West must have second round control ofboth minor suits in order for the use of RKCB to be correct.  Why is this? The reason is that if West did not have second round control of bothminors then it would be very dangerous for him to use RKCB since if his Clubswere for instance Qx instead of Kx then even if East showed one Keycard then ifthis were the Ace of Diamonds the opposition would still be able to take thefirst two tricks in Clubs.  Therefore trustingthe East West bidding South could be sure that 6 Hearts doubled would becheaper than allowing East West to make 650 in 5 Spades and in fact 6 Hearts doubledonly goes two down for 300 to East West.



3       Takeout double by the Advancer


Board 15 Tuesday 19 February –Vulnerability NS





AKJxxx                                               xxx

Jxx                                                      Qxxx

Qxx                                                     None

x                                                          K108xxx





The term Advancer is one that is usedextensively in American Bridge literature anddescribes the partner of the overcaller.

South passes as Dealer and West opens1 Spade and North overcalls 2 Clubs. Although an overcall in a minor suit at the two level would usually showa six carder North has a strong enough hand to be able to justify bidding agood five carder.  East bids 2 Spades andnow the spotlight turns to South.  Withonly seven HCPs South cannot justify bidding either of his suits at the threelevel.  However as East West have bid andsupported Spades then a takeout double describes his hand perfectly.  This suggests values in the two unbid suitswith at least nine cards in Hearts and Diamonds.  West may now bid 3 Spades defensively butNorth has a strong enough hand to justify jumping to 5 Diamonds.

If the trumps divided 2-1 (78%) then 6Diamonds would actually be a good contract. The 3-nil trump break makes this very difficult.  However 11 tricks are comfortably made whenafter discovering the void in Diamonds with East, Dummy is entered with a Spaderuff and the Diamond finesse taken. Declarer makes seven trump tricks, two Heart tricks and two Club trickswith the aid of a ruffing finesse.

Deep Finesse stated that it ispossible to make 12 tricks in Diamonds and it took me over 15 minutes to workout how this is possible.  If anyone isinterested I will be happy to show them the solution.