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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

 

HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!
HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!

DOESN'T SHE LOOK GREAT?

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!!

....and she came top this afternoon!

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
took place on Sunday 3rd November
at Altrincham

(See MCBA website for results and photos)
 

SPOOKY SWISS PAIRS

Our Halloween celebrations were enjoyed by all with many members making superb efforts to dress up and scare us all to bits!

Eleven tables played and the Jacket Potatoes were devoured with relish by all - a very special thankyou goes to Eylem for all her hard work in providing a great supper.

Congratulations to Vera Lowson and David Fernley for winning first prize for fab costumes

.........and special mentions also to Maureen Seddon, Ann Wood and Richard Cross.

 

EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
 
 
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
 
 
 
Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!!

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!!"

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

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!