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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

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

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For all our members who have 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.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

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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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 June 2013
Tips for June 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the June 2013 duplicates

 

1       Watch the pips – especially in the trump suit

 

Board 6 Tuesday 4 June – Vulnerability East West - Dealer East

 

AKQxx

976

x

A10xx

9xx

J

Q109xxx

Kxx

10x

K1043

AKJx

Jxx

Jxx

AQ852

xx

Q9x

 

If playing 5 card majors then East will open 1 Diamond.  South will overcall 1 Heart and West will raise pre-emptively to 3 Diamonds.  If West had a full high card raise to 3 Diamonds he would bid 2 Hearts.  Over 3 Diamonds North should go straight to game in Hearts because he has three trumps a singleton Diamond a very strong 5 card Spade suit and the Ace in the fourth suit Clubs.

The best defence against 4 Hearts is to play two rounds of Diamonds forcing the Dummy to ruff.  A Heart to the Queen and Jack follows.  Dummy is re-entered with a Spade to the Ace and the 9 of Hearts is then covered by the 10 and Ace.  At this stage the remaining Hearts are:-

 

                                                            East  K4

                                    South

                                    852

 

It is essential for declarer to realise that his 8 and 5 are equals to drive out West’s King.  Say he plays the 8 losing to the King and East perseveres with another Diamond ruffed with the 2 of Hearts.  Now finally the 5 of Hearts draws the outstanding 4 and all Dummy’s beautiful Spades can be enjoyed unmolested.  Result eleven tricks +450.  Isn’t that remarkable how important the 5 of Hearts proved to be.

 

2       Promoting a trump trick out of thin air

 

Board 11 Tuesday 18 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

93

Jx

Jxxx

Q9xxx

KQ54

98xx

Q10xx

10

A876

xxx

AK9

AKJ

J102

AKQ10

xx

xxxx

 

East opens 1 Spade fourth in hand.  West raises to 3 Spades and East goes to game.  South opens with the King of Hearts and follows with the Ace and Queen.  Now at trick four South continues with the 10 of Hearts.

 

North must not idly discard on the fourth round of Hearts.  Instead he should use his 9 of Spades to try and promote a trump trick for the defence.  For instance if South’s Spades were originally J107 a trump promotion is guaranteed.  Even though in this case the promotion is not guaranteed to work nevertheless Declarer is heavy favourite to go down.  Having overtrumped the 9 of Spades with the Ace then if we look at all four hands we can see that the winning play is for East to run the 8 of Spades from hand.  However the only occasions on which this is the winning line is when North started with A) Singleton 9, B) Doubleton 9 and 3, C) Doubleton 9 and 2.  There are five other occasions where to take a first round finesse will fail namely when North started with D) Doubleton 10 and 9, E) Doubleton Jack and 9, F) Three cards 10,9 and 3, G) Three cards 10, 9 and 2, and H) Three cards J, 10 and 9.

 

Thus the odds favour not finessing against South for the Jack and 10 and thus the contract goes one down.

 

 

If there any keen students of the Principle of Restricted Choice reading this article then note that in H) when North has J, 10 and 9 that a competent declarer will go down even after playing a high Spade on the first round.  After playing a Spade to the Queen dropping either the J or 10 from North then following the principle of Restricted Choice (see Terence Reese The Expert Game, 1958 Chapter 3) he will take a finesse against South for the remaining honour on the second round of the suit.

 

 

3       Fit Jump by Advancer

 

Board 20 Tuesday 25 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

Kx

K10x

AQJxx

J10x

Jxxx

AQxxxx

x

Qx

Q109xxx

J

Kxxx

Ax

A

9xx

109x

K98xxx

 

A Fit Jump is a bid made in a competitive auction.  It can be made either by Responder (the partner of the opening bidder) or by Advancer (the partner of the overcaller). 

 

On the hand above we see an example of a Fit Jump by Advancer.

 

West deals and passes.   While some would open with a weak two in Hearts I am strongly of the Tony Forrester school who frowns on opening a weak two first or second in hand when holding four cards in another major. 

North opens 1 Diamond and East overcalls 1 Spade (the hand being too strong for a weak jump overcall).  South will probably pass but might bid 2 Diamonds.  The spotlight now turns to West.  He should jump to 3 Hearts.  For those playing Fit Jumps this shows four card support for Overcaller’s Spades and at least five cards in Hearts and a raise to at least the three level in Spades.  North passes and now East has to decide whether to sign off in 3 Spades or jump to game.  Although East has only 10 points his 6-4 shape has enormous playing strength once partner shows a four card fit for Spades.  Accordingly East should jump to 4 Spades.  This contract has three top losers and looking at all four hands you can see that it is impossible for the defence to establish a Club trick before East’s King of Diamonds can be enjoyed for a Club discard from the Dummy.  On the 10 of Diamonds lead North wins and switches to the Jack of Clubs.  East rises with the Ace and immediately discards the Queen of Clubs from the Dummy on the now established King of Diamonds.  The play continues Diamond ruff, Ace of Hearts and Heart ruff, Club ruff at trick seven, Heart ruff at trick eight with the 9 of Spades, last Diamond ruffed in the Dummy at trick 9 and only now at trick 10 plays the Jack of Spades.  Result +620.