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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

 
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.
 
RAY'S "JOG" FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT  "JOG"

https://exrayraylejog.home.blog

 

"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.
 
Winners
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.

JUNIOR SUCCESS

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)
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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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)

WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

CLUB CHAMPION 2019
CLUB CHAMPION 2019

CLUB CHAMPION 2019

"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

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2019 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 2019

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WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for May 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2013 duplicates by Michael Newman

 

 

1       Western Cue Bid

 

Board 17 Tuesday 14 May – Vulnerability White Dealer North

 

 

K10xxx

K10xxx

None

Kxx

 

Q87x

AQx

xxx

QJ9

 

Jx

Jx

AKQ98xx

A10

 

Ax

xxx

J10x

xxxxx

 

 

North opens 1 Spade with a shapely 5-5 in the majors. East has almost certainly got seven tricks in Diamonds plus the Ace of Clubs.  While he could make a regular overcall of 2 Diamonds it is quite likely that if West has a stop in Spades that 3NT will be a good contract.  How does East ask West if he has a Spade stop?  The answer is by making a Western Cue Bid of 3 Spades.  Thus West bids 3NT and if North leads a Spade South will need to switch to a Heart to prevent an 11th trick.  While if North decides that a Heart lead is required then 11 tricks are certain.

 

I believe that the term Western Cue Bid probably arose because they were first played on the West Coast of the USA.

 

It can be used in all suits by making a double jump over the suit opened.  While it normally shows a solid minor suit you could also consider making such a bid over 1 Spade when holding solid Hearts ie:-

 

Jx

AKQxxxx

Jx

A10

 

 

2       Game or Part-Score?

 

 

Board 24 Wednesday 29 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Jxxx

Axxx

QJxxx

None

 

xx

Jxxx

Kx

Axxxx

 

Axx

Q10x

109x

KJxx

 

KQ10x

Kx

Axx

Q10xx

 

 

After three passes South opens a weak no trump and North employs Stayman.  South responds 2 Spades and now North has to decide what to do.

 

It is not possible to bid scientifically in terms of inviting game when holding a void in a side suit.  At teams North should probably jump to 4 Spades and hope that South does not have too many wasted values in Clubs.  That would be the right decision on this occasion and ten tricks roll in with the Spades and Diamonds both breaking, Declarer making four Diamond tricks, two Heart tricks and four trump tricks. 

 

However at pairs it is correct to simply pass 2 Spades as it does not pay to bid borderline games at Pairs.  To illustrate why suppose we simply give South the King of Clubs instead of the King of Spades ie South holds:-

 

Q10xx

Kx

Axx

KQ10x

 

Now with five points in Clubs opposite the Club void the chances of making ten tricks is significantly less than 50% and so it is clearly right at pairs to stay in a part-score even though South has a maximum 14 points.

 

 

3       Suit Preference at trick one when Dummy has a singleton

 

Board 13 Monday 27 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

AJ64

KJ10xx

x

K10x

 

KQ973

Q

98

AQJxx

 

108

x

AKQxxxxx

xx

 

52

A98xxx

J10

xxx

 

 

I noted with interest that at four of the eight tables that East West played in 5 Diamonds two of the four being doubled. 

 

After 1 Heart from North then East has a choice between 4 Diamonds and 5 Diamonds with the modern trend being for the more aggressive action.

 

South opens with the Ace of Hearts and North follows with his lowest Heart.  As Dummy has a singleton Heart then the low Heart should always be interpreted as suit preference ie requesting a Club rather than a Spade switch.

 

If South switches to a Club then the contract goes quietly one down.  However suppose that South thinks that there is no hurry for a Club switch and instead switches to the Jack of trumps.  East can now punish South for his overconfidence.  He wins the Jack of trumps with the Queen and deliberately leaves the last trump outstanding.  He then plays the 10 of Spades to the 5, Queen and 6.  Note that North has to duck the Spade otherwise he is endplayed in both black suits or to give a ruff and discard by playing a second Heart.  Now at trick 4 East uses the carefully preserved second trump in the Dummy both to get back to hand and exert pressure on the North hand by running off all his trumps.  At trick 10 North has to discard from AJ of Spades and K10 of Clubs.  If he discards the Jack of Spades then East exits with a Spade at trick eleven to endplay North in Clubs.  If he discards the 10 of Clubs then East drops the King of Clubs at trick 11 since after the opening lead of the Ace of Hearts North is marked with the black suit honours.

 

So the moral is trust partner’s signal and don’t think that time is on your side.  It may not be!