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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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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 July 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the July 2013 duplicates

 

1       Classic Morton’s Fork

 

Board 5 Thursday 18 July – Vulnerability North South - Dealer North

 

 

K

QJx

109

AQJxxxx

 

1098x

A10xx

KQJx

K

 

Axxxx

K9xx

xx

xx

 

QJx

xx

A8xxx

10xx

 

 

North opens 1 Club and although East has only 7 points he should overcall 1 Spade not vulnerable.  It is always important to get into the auction at the one level whenever possible especially when not vulnerable.  South might venture 2 Clubs as he is not strong enough to bid 1NT which should show 8 to 10 points with a good Spade stop after an overcall.  West should bid 3 Clubs to show a good raise of Spades.  East has no interest in game and so signs off in 3 Spades.  The best lead for the Defence is a doubleton Heart from South to the Jack and King.  Counting his losers East should be aware that if the trumps split 3-1 (the most likely scenario as a 3-1 break is more likely than a 2-2 break) that there is a danger of losing two Spade tricks, one Heart trick, one Diamond trick and one Club trick.  East should start off by playing a low Diamond to the Jack which wins followed by a Spade to the King and Ace.  At trick four East continues with a second Diamond.

 

Here South is placed in the classic Morton’s Fork dilemma.  If he takes his Ace of Diamonds then there are now two Diamond winners in the Dummy which will park Declarer’s Heart loser resulting in +140 while if he ducks the Ace a second time Declarer also makes +140 as Declarer now loses a Heart trick instead of the Ace of Diamonds.

 

The term Morton’s Fork is derived from Cardinal Morton, King Henry VII’s Lord Chancellor, because of his method of extracting taxes.  If a merchant lived ostentatiously Morton averred that it was obvious that he could afford to pay for his King’s upkeep.  Alternatively, if the merchant lived frugally, he argued that he must have saved enough and similarly could afford to contribute to His Majesty’s Treasury.  Either way he was impaled upon “Morton’s Fork”.

 

 

2       North’s silence is deafening

 

Board 12 Tuesday 23 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer West

 

 

xxx

Axx

10xx

AQxx

 

Ax

10xx

A9xx

Kxxx

 

KJ109x

QJ9x

KJ8

J

 

Qxx

Kxx

Qxx

10xx2

 

 

East opens 1 Spade third in hand.  West has a choice of responding 1NT or 2NT.  The recommended bid is 1NT because it is better to play 2NT even by a passed hand as a good raise of partner’s major suit.  The other thing to consider is that third in hand at Green is the most common time for East to open on sub-minimum values.  Note that it would be completely wrong for West to respond 2 of a minor because this GUARANTEES A FIVE CARD SUIT IF ALREADY A PASSED HAND.  East rebids 2 Hearts to show his 5-4 shape.  West now has a choice between 2 Spades and 2NT.  While at teams he might bid 2NT with his maximum 11 count at pairs it is probably wiser to just give simple preference to Spades.

 

South’s opening lead is the 2 of Clubs.  Dummy plays low and North wins with the Queen.  A low Heart to the King and a second Heart to the Ace follow at tricks two and three.  At trick four North continues with a third round of Hearts.

 

Already after four tricks an alert Declarer can be 95% certain that South has both the Queen of Spades and the Queen of Diamonds !  Why is this.  Well North has already shown up with the Ace of Hearts and the Queen of Clubs and he also has by inference the Ace of Clubs since it is poor defence to underlead Aces at trick one against suit contracts.  Therefore 10 of North’s points are accounted for and yet he did not open the bidding.  If he had either of the pointed Queens he would have done so.  Therefore at trick five declarer confidently runs the Jack of Spades which wins as expected.  A second Spade to the Ace follows at trick six and then a Club is trumped at trick seven.  The outstanding trumps are now drawn at trick eight followed by the thirteenth Heart at trick nine.  At trick ten Declarer now turns his attention to Diamonds.  Knowing that South has the Queen of Diamonds he takes a BACKWARD FINESSE by running the Jack of Diamonds.  If South covers with the Queen then now Declarer plays a low Diamond to the 8 finessing against the 10 in North’s hand.  Result 10 tricks for +170.

 

 

3       In a competitive auction a 1NT bid by Advancer is a constructive bid and not the “dustbin” response

 

Board 8 Tuesday 30 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

Axx

Jx

109xx

Q109x

 

10xxxx

xx

Jx

AJxx

 

K9x

Q9x

KQxx

Kxx

 

QJ

AK108xx

A8x

xx

 

 

East opens 1 Diamond in third seat and South overcalls 1 Heart.  West bids 1 Spade (showing five cards as Double would show four Spades).  Some North’s were tempted to bid 1NT but this is wrong.  Why is this?  South has only overcalled and not opened the bidding.  He might have as few as seven or eight points.  Therefore if North were to bid 1NT this would be a constructive bid showing in the region of 8 to 11 points.  The maximum for an overcall is generally about 17 points so there is no danger of missing game if North passes, especially as West’s 1 Spade bid allows South a second bite at the cherry if he is maximum.

 

For those North’s who wrongly bid 1NT then South could hardly bid less than jump to 3 Hearts to invite game.  This contract was certain to go down with the obvious five losers regardless of whether West made the opening lead in Spades or Diamonds.  Thus the 1NT bid by Advancer caused North South to go minus quite unnecessarily.

 

A bid of 1NT is only called the “dustbin” bid in circumstances where your partner has opened one of a major and you feel obliged to respond on 6 points as opener might have up to 20 points.  Eg respond 1NT to 1 Spade on ♠x ♥Kxxx ♦Qxxx ♣Jxxx so that you can still reach for instance 4 Hearts when opener has ♠AKJ10x ♥AQxx ♦J10x ♣A.