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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 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.