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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 October 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS BY MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

Points of interest from the October 2013 duplicates

 

1       Lebensohl 2NT followed by 3NT

 

Board 1 Tuesday 1 October – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

AQ98xx

10xx

xxx

x

 

10xx

AQx

K10x

KQ9x

 

Kx

Kxxxx

Axx

A10x

 

Jx

Jx

QJ9x

Jxxxx

 

 

North opens a routine weak 2 Spades.  East doubles for takeout as his Hearts are too weak to overcall at the three level.  What should West bid?  He cannot jump to 3NT because this would guarantee a Spade stop.  Equally if he simply bids 3 Clubs this shows approximately 8 to 11 points (because when holding fewer than eight points it is customary to start off by bidding a Lebensohl 2NT which forces partner to bid 3 Clubs).  The solution is for West to start off by bidding 2NT Lebensohl which forces East to bid 3 Clubs unless he has a hand which wishes to force to game opposite a hand with 0 to 7 points.  Over 3 Clubs West now bids 3NT.  The message which this conveys is that West has enough points for game but has no Spade stop.  On this occasion East is happy to pass 3NT because he has Kx in Spades.  If East had no Spade stop he would take out 3NT into his longest suit.  As you can see 3NT makes 12 tricks but even the Italian Bermuda Bowl winners would be unable to diagnose that two flat 14 point hands produce a slam on 28 points combined.

 

I cannot emphasize strongly enough that it is absolutely essential to play Lebensohl after your partner doubles an opening 2 Spades.  If you were not playing Lebensohl and your longest suit were Diamonds then you would have to bid 3 Diamonds whether you had 2 points or 10 points.  The doubler would then be playing Russian roulette rather than Bridge in trying to determine whether to continue.  However by always starting off by bidding 2NT when in the 0 to 7 range and reserving immediate bids of 3 Clubs, 3 Diamonds and 3 Hearts for hands in the 8 to 11 range you greatly reduce any subsequent guesswork by the doubler in deciding whether to continue.

 

 

2       Transferring at the two level followed by 4NT is quantitative

        Transferring at the four level followed by 4NT is RKCB

 

 

 

Board 2 Thursday 24 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1NT

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Diamonds

4 NT

6 Hearts

 

 

xx

AKQJxxxx

A

Qx

 

Kxx

xx

KQJ10

AK10x

 

When East opens 1NT (15-17) then West is only really interested in how many Aces East holds.  However if West decides simply to transfer at the two level by bidding 2 Diamonds and over the completion of the transfer jumping to 4NT this would be quantitative showing five cards in Hearts and about 15 or 16 points.  The solution is to transfer at the four level by jumping to 4 Diamonds.  When partner completes the transfer by bidding 4 Hearts a continuation by the transferring hand of 4NT is then Roman Keycard Blackwood.  East replies 5 Clubs (1 or 4 Key Cards) and West jumps to a small slam in Hearts.  Note that if the final contract is played by West that the contract is at the mercy of the position of the Ace of Spades.  However with East the declarer the King of Spades is protected and a Spade lead is necessary to stop the overtrick.

 

While it is theoretically possible from West’s point of view that both the Ace and King of Spades are cashable the defence have to find the lead with no suits having been bid naturally apart from Hearts and what is certain is that if Spades are not opened then it is guaranteed that at least one of West’s two Spades can be discarded on minor suit winners.

 

 

3       Jacoby 2NT pinpoints the way to Slam

 

 

Board 18 Tuesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

2NT

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs

5 Clubs

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Clubs

3 Hearts

4 NT

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Q109xx

Qx

Kx

Axxx

 

J

J8xx

J9xx

KJxx

 

xx

A10xx

10xx

Q10xx

 

AKxxx

Kxx

AQxx

x

 

 

South opens 1 Spade and North’s fifth trump makes his hand too strong to bid simply 3 Spades while he has too good a hand to jump to game in Spades which will leave insufficient room to explore the possibility of bidding a slam.  The solution is for North to jump to 2NT.  This is the Jacoby convention whereby after partner opens one of a major a jump to 2NT shows a game forcing raise of the major suit with an interest in higher things if partner should be suitable.

 

The mainstream way of opener responding is to show a singleton at the three level, to jump to the four level in a minor to show a strong 5-5 hand and to jump to game in the major if opener has no possible interest in reaching a slam.

 

Accordingly South shows a singleton Club by bidding 3 Clubs.  North then bids 3 Diamonds showing a control in Diamonds which can be either the Ace or King.  South now bids 3 Hearts having a control in Hearts and now North bids 4 Clubs which guarantees the Ace opposite known shortage.  This is enough for South to launch into Roman Key Card Blackwood.  North shows one keycard and South then asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds.  North has the Queen of trumps and jumps to slam.  (Note that North would also jump to 6 Spades if his Spades were five small knowing of the 10 card fit requiring only a 2-1 trump break for slam to make which is 78%).  The play is straightforward and a score of 1430 results.  Reaching a slam with only 27 points between the two hands would be almost impossible if not playing Jacoby.