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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

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

 

RESULT

Pachabo

Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants& Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.
RESULT

CONGRATULATIONS

to Club Members

MARTIN TAYLOR & BARBARA HACKETT

who won the

HARROGATE PAIRS

last weekend.

BERNARD GOLDENFIELD
BERNARD GOLDENFIELD

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.

His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, 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

RESULTS

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
RESULTS

Goldstone

This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
RESULTS

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.
 
RESULTS

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.

RESULTS

Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

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

*************

2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019

*************

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 August 2013
Tips for Improvers from August 2013 Duplicates by Michael Newman

 

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

 

 

Points of interest from the August 2013 duplicates

 

 

 

1       Lead a Heart but which Heart?

 

 

 

Board 11 Thursday 8 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Heart

2NT

Pass

Pass

1NT

3NT

Pass

 

 

 

 

Qx

Q762

AKJ

AQxx

 

A10x

K10953

xxx

xx

 

J98xx

A4

Q10xx

xx

 

Kxx

J8

xxx

KJ10xx

 

 

 

 

North South reach 3NT after an uncontested auction.  Even though Hearts have been bid by North from West’s point of view the Heart suit still represents the best chance of defeating the contract.  However which Heart should West start with?  If Hearts had not been bid then the correct card to choose would be the 10 of Hearts – the top of an interior sequence.  However given that North has advertised a minimum of four cards in Hearts it is wrong to lead the 10 because this will lessen the chance of the defence establishing long cards in the Heart suit.  Therefore West should open with the 5 of Hearts his fourth highest card.  East wins with the Ace and returns the 4 of Hearts.  West can win with the King and now because he remains with the 1093 he can continue with the 10 of Hearts to drive out the Queen in the Dummy.  Note that if the 10 were the opening lead then West could not continue with the suit because dummy would have Q7 over West’s 953.   Declarer will now go one down if he plays on Spades and two down if he takes the Diamond finesse.

 

 

 

 

A932

 

QJ1074

 

865

 

K

 

 

 

 

In the above example if West was on lead after a similar auction he would start off with the 7 of Hearts to establish three tricks.  The Queen of Hearts would not be a success.

 

2       Using Jacoby 2NT to bid a Slam

 

 

 

Board 8 Thursday 22 August – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

4 Diamonds

6 Hearts

 

 

 

xx

K987x

AKxxx

A

 

AQxx

AQ10x

Jx

xxx

 

 

 

West opens 1 Heart and East should employ the Jacoby 2NT response.  This is only in response to an opening one of a major suit and shows at least 12 points with four card support for opener’s major and is the best way to suggest the possibility of getting to a slam and allows a jump to four of the major by responder to show a more distributional hand with fewer points.

 

 

 

The mainstream way of opener responding to Jacoby is to jump to four of the major with a bad hand which is basically telling the Jacoby bidder to forget all about a slam.  With a singleton West bids the singleton except that if West has a strong 5-5 with two of the top three honours in his second suit he should jump to the four level in his second suit.  If West has a better than minimum hand but with no singleton he simply rebids his suit as the three level.  On the above hand it is clearly more descriptive for West to jump to 4 Diamonds rather than show a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs.  East cuebids the Ace of Spades (since he is worried that there might be two Club losers) and West goes to slam in Hearts.

 

 

 

What are the approximate odds of this contract making?  Assuming that Diamonds do not break worse than 4-2 (84 per cent) the contract will make whenever the Spade finesse is working (A).  When the Spade finesse is wrong then it probably needs either a 2-2 trump break or singleton Jack of Hearts if the Diamonds are 4-2 (B) or Diamonds are 3-3 (C).

 

 

 

A         Spade finesse working and Diamonds no worse than 4-2

 

0.84 x 50% = 42%

 

 

 

B         Spade finesse not working but trumps favourable and Diamonds 4-2

 

0.48 x 50% x 52% (40% 2-2 break + 12% singleton Jack) = 12%

 

 

 

C         Spade finesse not working but Diamonds 3-3

 

            0.36 x 50% = 18%

 

 

 

Thus the approximate probability of the contract making is the sum of A + B + C ie 72% which is very good odds for a small slam whether at Teams or Pairs.

 

3       How do I make an overtrick on a trump lead ?

 

 

 

Board 9 Thursday 29 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

1NT

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

 

 

 

 

A10x

QJ10x

108x

10xx

 

9xx

xxx

AQxxx

Ax

 

xx

K9xx

Jxx

xxxx

 

KQJxx

Ax

Kx

KQJx

 

 

 

 

North South reach a routine 4 Spades after South makes a game forcing jump to 3 Clubs over 1NT to show a minimum of 18 points and a 5-4 shape in the black suits.  I was intrigued to see that Deep Finesse stated that 11 tricks could always be made by South in 4 Spades even on a Spade lead.  Some Wests made the opening lead in Hearts leading the middle card from three small.  This made it easy for Declarer to score an overtrick because even if East correctly ducked the Queen of Hearts from the Dummy at trick one Declarer would be able to continue with the Ace of Hearts at trick two, followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the 10 at tricks three and four.  Then the Jack of Hearts would be played at trick five covered by the King and ruffed.  At trick six the last trump would be drawn with the Ace of trumps and the 10 of Hearts enjoyed discarding one of Declarer’s Diamonds losing just to the minor suit Aces.  However a much better lead would be a trump.  How can Declarer still make 11 tricks now?

 

 

 

The answer is very elegant.  The trump lead is won in the Dummy with the 10 of Spades and the Queen of Hearts run from the Dummy.  Obviously East does not cover the Queen as this would make it too easy for Declarer to enjoy three Heart tricks.  At trick three the continuation is a low Heart to the Ace followed by the King of Spades and a low Spade to the Ace at tricks four and five.  Now at trick six the Jack of Hearts is played which East has to cover and Declarer trumps.  At trick 7 the King of Clubs is played to which West has no answer.  If he wins the Ace then the 10 of Clubs is an entry to the established 10 of Hearts while if he ducks then a second Club is played at trick eight.  West wins but having only Diamonds left has to play the suit establishing the King as the overtrick for South.  Unfortunately no West’s found the best lead of a trump and so no Declarer was tested in this way.