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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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WILL MBC RE-OPEN?

The simple answer is "definitely but not just yet".

We understand that a few clubs have taken the surprising decision to re-open from August.

We believe, however, that this is extremely unwise and goes against current EBU and governmental recommendations regardless of how many additional safety features are in place.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remain our absolute priority and we will not take any risks to endanger anyone.

We are, of course, constantly reviewing this situation and rest assured that we will be together again as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE

Interesting Bridge Article in this week's Sunday Express

23 JUL 2020

Picture of a woman playing bridge online

Since Lockdown, even those of us who in the past may have shied away from technology, have found ourselves drawn by the game of bridge to dip our toes in the virtual world. Indeed if you haven’t already given it a go there’s never been a better time with plenty of options for every level of player.

Bridge can help improve the mental fitness of those at every age. You are never too young or old to start playing bridge and learning on-line has never been easier. If you have children or grandchildren no doubt you have weekly zoom meetings so why not add a bit of fun and teach them to play?

Writing for the Sunday Express S-Magazine, Essex EBU member, Cath Fox, explores the new virtual world of Bridge during Lockdown and how this has been good for bridge, whatever your age or profile. You can read the full article in this week's Sunday Express on 26th July.

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.

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!

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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2013 duplicates

 

1       Slam on 27 points

 

Board 2 Monday 23 September – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

1NT

3 Hearts

4NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

6 Hearts

 

 

AQJxx

xx

10x

Q10xx

 

xx

KQxxx

KQ98x

J

 

Kx

A10xx

AJx

Axxx

 

98xx

Jx

xxx

Kxxx

 

 

East opens a strong (15-17 No Trump).  West transfers by bidding 2 Diamonds.  As East has good four card Heart support and a near maximum he should break the transfer by jumping to 3 Hearts.  Although West has only 11 points he has only a five loser hand and should suggest the possibility of slam by making a cuebid of 4 Clubs.  By bidding 4 Clubs West is showing a control in Clubs either the Ace, King or a singleton.  At the same time West is denying any control in Spades.  Why is this?  The answer is that when commencing a cue-bidding sequence you should generally make the cheapest cue-bid available.  Thus when you bypass a cue-bid at a lower level (3 Spades being lower than 4 Clubs) you are denying a control in the suit which you have bypassed.  East now wheels out 4NT Roman Keycard Blackwood.  Note that for East to do so it is compulsory for him to have a control in Spades.  If East’s Spades were QJx instead of Kx he would simply sign off in 4 Hearts because he would know that two Spade losers were off the top.  West’s response of 5 Clubs shows 1 or 4 Keycards.  East now bids 5 Diamonds the next step which is asking West whether he has the Queen of trumps.  West answers in the affirmative by jumping to 6 Hearts.  (In some situations West might bid 6 Diamonds to show both the King of Diamonds and the Queen of trumps.  However in this situation it is almost impossible for a grand slam to be on and so he simply bids 6 Hearts).

 

2       The Six of Clubs saves the day

 

Board 7 Monday 23 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

1 Diamond

Pass

 

Redouble1

Pass

2NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Pass

2 Clubs

3NT

 

 

AK10x

Jxxx

QJxx

8

 

xx

Axx

Ax

AJ7642

 

QJxx

K109x

K9x

Q3

 

98x

Qx

10xxx

K1095

 

 

1           Showing at least 9 points usually with not more than two cards in partner’s suit.

 

Note that having redoubled when East then passes North’s bid of 1 Diamond this is a forcing pass in case West wishes to double 1 Diamond for penalties.

 

South makes the opening lead of a low Diamond to the Jack and King.  Clearly in order to make nine tricks the Club suit will need to yield five tricks.  If the suit breaks 3-2 there is no problem but if the suit breaks 4-1 (quite likely in view of North’s take out double) then as long as North’s singleton is the 10, 9 or 8 then this is possible.  At trick 2 the Queen of Clubs is covered by the King and Ace, North dropping the 8.  Declarer now returns to hand with a low Heart to the King and plays a second Club.  If South plays the 5 then the 6 is inserted from the Dummy and five Clubs tricks result.  Equally if South splits his equals of 109 then the Jack also wins and the 76 in the Dummy are now equals against 105 or 95 to again yield five Club tricks. 

 

Note however that if we swop round West’s 6 of Clubs with South’s 5 of Clubs that the contract could not make as K1096 would be guaranteed to make two tricks as after South splits with the 9 on the second round he would be left with 106 with the Dummy having 7542.

 

 

 

3       Support Redouble makes reaching slam easy

 

Board 14 Thursday 26 September – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

Double

Pass

1 Diamond

Redouble1

4 Diamonds

Pass

2 Clubs

Pass

1 Heart

4 Clubs2

6 Hearts

 

 

KQxx

J7

xx

AJ10xx

 

A10xx

KQ109864

A

x

 

Jx

A52

KQ109x

Q9x

 

xxx

3

Jxxxx

Kxxx

 

 

1           Support Redouble showing three cards in Hearts.  2 Hearts would show four card support.

 

2           Splinter bid showing singleton or void

 

In the early 1990’s Eric Rodwell (one half of the greatest American partnership of the last 25 years Meckstroth and Rodwell) proposed the use of a redouble in competitive auctions to be able to distinguish between having 3 card support for partner’s major suit and 4 card support.  Thus suppose you open 1 Diamond, left hand opponent passes, partner bids 1 Heart and right hand opponent doubles.  Rodwell’s innovation is that if you support partner’s hearts you are guaranteeing 4 card support while if you redouble then this is a support redouble showing exactly three card support for partner’s hearts. 

 

In the play if North opens with Ace and another Club Declarer must be careful not to use the precious 4 of Hearts.  He trumps with an intermediate Heart, unblocks the Ace of Diamonds and then plays King of Hearts and a second Heart (again keeping back the 4 of Hearts) to the Ace.  The King and Queen of Diamonds are cashed, exposing the ruffing finesse against the Jack.  The 10 of Diamonds is covered by the Jack ruffed with any Heart other than the 4 and now at trick 9 the precious 4 of Hearts is played to Dummy’s 5 to enjoy the now established 9 of Diamonds for +980.  (I have deliberately changed the layout of the North South Diamonds from that which existed at the table so that any Declarer who carelessly used the 4 of Hearts at trick 2 would be punished for their profligacy).