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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 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.