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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

 

 
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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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 November 2013

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2013 duplicates

 

1       Grand Slam with only 28 points

 

Board 14 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs1

4 Spades

5 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

Pass

4 Diamonds

4 NT

7 Clubs

 

2 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

 

A

Qx

AQxxxx

Kxxx

 

QJ98xxx

Jx

Jxx

10

 

K10x

Kxxxxx

xx

Jx

 

xx

A10x

K10

AQxxxx

 

 

1           Having previously bid 3 Diamonds then 4 Clubs is now completely game forcing.

 

East deals and although some might open with a weak two in Hearts the quality of the suit makes this somewhat unattractive.  South opens 1 Club and West makes a weak jump overcall of 2 Spades.  North bids 3 Diamonds and East bids 3 Spades.  South passes at this stage awaiting further information from North.  North supports Clubs and now the key bid is for South to cue-bid 4 Diamonds.  In a situation like this the cue-bid should always be the Ace or King and not a singleton in partner’s suit.  North return cue-bids in Spades and now South bids RKCB.  North responds 5 Diamonds showing zero or three keycards (clearly three in this instance) and now South can jump to the Grand Slam in Clubs because he envisages making six Club tricks at least five Diamonds and the major suit Aces.

 

There are no problems in the play and effectively South has 15 winners.

 

 

2       Supporting responder’s minor suit

 

Board 22 Tuesday 12 November – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

Kxxx

KQ10x

Kxxx

J

 

x

A

J98xx

AK9xxx

 

Ax

J98xx

AQx

Q10x

 

QJ10xxx

xxx

10

xxx

 

 

Playing strong no trump East opens 1 Heart and West responds 2 Clubs.  North is likely to pass as his strongest suit is Hearts and therefore it is unwise to suggest a sacrifice.  East rebids 2NT showing 12 to 14 balanced and now West rebids 3 Diamonds.  What should East now say at his third bid ?

 

The immediate reaction might be that since East has a Spade stop that he should bid 3NT.  However this would be wrong for three reasons.  Firstly as East only has one Spade stop and Spades are certain to be opened then the defence are likely to establish at least four Spade tricks immediately if the suit is divided round the table 4=2=5=2.  Secondly as eight of East’s 13 points are in the two suits which West has bid then this is not suggestive of playing in no trumps.  Thirdly West’s bidding is almost certain to show at least 6-4 in the minors since if West had a 2=2=4=5 shape he would almost certainly raise 2NT to 3NT rather than bidding 3 Diamonds.  Therefore East should give preference to 4 Clubs with two Club honours and the excellent Diamond support.  West should then express an interest in slam by cue-bidding 4 Spades holding a singleton Spade.  This is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to 6 Clubs.  The play is straightforward and after drawing trumps ending in hand the Jack of Diamonds is played.  North does not cover and eventually makes the King on the fourth round to prevent an overtrick from being made.  Result +1370 to East West and slam on only 25 points between the two hands.

 

 

3       Breaking the transfer with only three trumps

 

Board 18 Tuesday 19 November – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

xx

Q9xx

10x

J10xxx

 

KQx

AK

J98xx

A9x

 

1098xxx

Jxx

K

Qxx

 

AJ

10xxx

AQxxx

Kx

 

 

South opens 1 Diamond and West has a routine 1NT overcall showing 16 to 18 points with a good Diamond stop.  North passes and East makes a transfer bid of 2 Hearts.  West now has to decide how to respond.  When responding to a transfer bid after an opening bid of 1NT it is recommended that you should only break the transfer when holding four trumps.  However on this occasion there is a strong reason for going against this mantra.  West has very strong three card Spade support and it is highly likely that East has a shortage in Diamonds.  The fact that West has only one point in Diamonds opposite this shortage (compared to for instance a holding of KJx) means that the hands are likely to be fitting well.  Therefore West should jump to 3 Spades in spite of only having three trumps.  East is happy to accept the invitation as he has a sixth trump by going to game.

 

Against 4 Spades the opening lead is the 10 of Diamonds.  South wins the Ace and switches to a low Heart.  West wins the Heart and plays the King of Spades.  South wins the Ace of Spades at trick three and plays a second Heart at trick four.  At trick five the Queen of Spades draws the remaining trumps and now West has to decide how to continue.  One possibility is to play South for King doubleton Club.  Although this works on this occasion there is a 100% alternative.  West has a perfect loser on loser play of the Jack of Diamonds at trick six discarding a low Club from the Dummy.  South wins the Queen but now West has the 98 of Diamonds as winners to deal with the remaining Club loser in the dummy.  Thus 4 Spades makes losing only the Ace of trumps and two Diamond tricks.