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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

For all our members who have already switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability.

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.

"We aim to please!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for April 2013

 

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS by Michael Newman

 

Points of interest from the April 2013 duplicates

 

 

1Declarer with only 4 points

 

Board 9 Tuesday 23 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

1087xx

J9x

x

QJ10x

JxA9

AKQxxx10xx

KxQ10xxx

xxxKxx

KQxx

x

AJxxx

Axx

 

South opens 1 Diamond in third seat and West overcalls 1 Heart.  North passes and East raises to 2 Hearts.  Although South only has 14 HCPs he has the perfect shape to make a takeout double of 2 Hearts.  West now ups the ante with 3 Hearts as he has a sixth Heart and the spotlight now turns to North.  

 

North should expect South to either have a 4=1=5=3 hand or a stronger 3=1=6=3 hand.  Therefore although North has ‘only’ four HCPs and the Jack of Hearts is wasted nevertheless North has a very good hand for playing in Spades.  There is highly likely to be a nine card fit in Spades, the singleton Diamond is excellent if the Diamonds need to be established and QJ10x in Clubs is also hugely valuable.  Thus North should jump to 4 Spades over West’s 3 Heart bid which ends the bidding.

 

Admittedly the East West cards are lying very favourably in that the trumps break 2-2 and the Club finesse is also right.  However that merely results in an overtrick being made (six trump tricks, four Club tricks and the Ace of Diamonds).  The chances of making just ten tricks are very good and certainly well above 50% even though the combined North South hands have just 18 points.

 

 

2Text Book Avoidance Play

 

Board 13 Tuesday 23 April – Vulnerability Amber

 

xx

KQx

AQ10xx

Kxx

A109xxQxx

xxxJxx

KxJxx

Q10xJ9xx

KJx

A109x

xxx

Axx

 

North opens 1 Diamond and South responds 1 Heart.  West overcalls 1 Spade and North doubles.  This is a support double by opener to show three card support for responder’s Hearts whereas if North bid 2 Hearts this would guarantee four cards.  South with a good Spade stop could bid either 2NT or 3NT but should err on the side of caution at pairs.  Whatever he decides North will not stay out of game with 14 points.

 

It was Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 25years Meckstroth and Rodwell) who in the early 1990’s suggested that in competitive auctions if opposition overcall in a suit at the cheapest level then a double by the opener should show exactly three card support for responder’s major suit while a raise would promise 4 cards.  This allows responder to be much better able to decide how high to bid in a competitive auction because he knows whether his side have a 7 card, 8 card or 9 card fit.

 

The opening lead to 3NT is a low Spade to the Queen and King.  East has now become the danger hand in that if he gains the lead a second Spade lead would sink the contract.  Declarer needs to establish the Diamond suit and one possibility would be to play for the King and Jack in the West hand.  However that only represents a 25% possibility of success.  Much better is simply to play West for the King but to play the suit in a way which lessens the chance of East gaining the lead to continue Spades through declarer’s remaining Jx.  Declarer plays a low Diamond to the Queen which wins.  He then returns to hand with the Ace of Clubs and plays a second Diamond; when West plays the King he ducks in the Dummy.  His Spade tenace is thus protected and Declarer now makes four Diamond tricks, two Club tricks, four Heart tricks when the Jack drops and one Spade for eleven tricks +460.  If West had played low on the second Diamond having started with Kxx then Declarer would have risen with the Ace dropping East’s Jack and played a third Diamond losing to West and again East never gets the lead.

 

 

3King for Count or Unblock & Queen for Attitude

 

Board 11 Monday 29 April – Vulnerability White

 

         xxx

A10xx

KQ10

xxx

QJxK10

KxxxQJ9x

A9xxxx

A109KQxx

Axxxx

x

Jxxx

Jxx

 

North South are defending against West’s contract of 4 Hearts.  North leads the King of Diamonds.

 

Playing traditional methods there is a great danger that if South plays small and West allows the King to win that North may assume that West has AJx and that he will surrender a trick if he continues with Diamonds.  As you can see this will be disastrous as Declarer will drive out the Ace of Spades as soon as he gets the lead so establishing a second Spade trick to deal with one of the Diamond losers.

 

The solution is something which I became aware of more than 10 years ago when I read David Bird’s book published in 2000 titled 10 Ways to Improve Your Bridge.  In a suit contract when leading from a three or four card suit headed by the King and Queen you should lead the King from KQ10(x) but should lead the Queen from KQx(x).  Thus on the above example on the lead of the King of Diamonds South knows that his partner is promising at least KQ10 and can safely throw the Jack of Diamonds under the King.  North can then continue with Diamonds if Declarer holds up the Ace and the fourth defensive trick is quickly established.  Likewise if North’s Diamonds were only KQx he would start off by leading the QUEEN of Diamonds.  South would know that he could not afford to throw the Jack but he would encourage the lead by playing his second highest Diamond so that North would know that a continuation would be safe.

 

To summarise if you lead the King from KQ10(x) and partner plays low you know he does not have the Jack and if you lead the Queen from KQx(x) and partner plays the lowest outstanding card you also know he does not have the Jack1.  In other words you are about to be Bath Couped.

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1He might have Jx doubleton when partner leads the Queen but cannot have Jxx