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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

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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 and Michael Byrne (playing with Fiona Brown) 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!!

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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for February 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2014 duplicates

 

1       Slam rarely bid

 

Board 24 Wednesday 19 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

x

Ax

AK10xx

AJ108x

 

Qxx

J109x

9x

xxxx

 

J10xx

Qxxx

xx

KQx

 

AKxxx

Kxx

QJ8x

x

 

 

Only 2 out of 6 pairs bid to 6 Diamonds on the above deal.  In fact the grand slam is a very good contract but is difficult to reach with confidence.  (Even if the KQ of Clubs are in the four card holding all thirteen tricks are made with careful play – The Heart lead is won in the Dummy with the King and Ace of Clubs and a Club ruff follow.  A low Heart to the Ace follows at trick four and a second Club ruff at trick five.  Now the Jack of Diamonds to the Ace and a third Club ruff at trick seven.  Now Ace of Spades and a Spade ruff allow trumps to be drawn and declarer does not even need to make use of the King of Spades !)

 

A sensible auction to the small slam is:-

 

North

East

South

West

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 Clubs

4NT

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

2 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

The key bid here is that after South bids 4th suit 2 Hearts and hears opener show 5-5 in the minors that South should jump to 4 Diamonds with such strong trump support and the excellent controls in the majors.

 

 

2       Work out the only chance and play for it

 

Board 1 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

No Declarer who reached 3NT on this deal worked out what the only chance to make the contract was and played on that assumption.

 

 

KQxx

AKx

K

Q9xxx

 

Ax

xxx

9xxx

KJ108

 

J109xx

QJ109

xxx

A

 

xx

xxx

AQJ10x

xxx

 

 

There are two possible ways to get to game depending on whether East overcalls in Spades or passes.

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 Spade

2 NT1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 NT2

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Showing a good hand of about 17-18 points either 4=2=5=2 or 4=3=1=5.  (If the latter then responder will have to hope that Diamond is singleton King!)

 

2           Showing a sound Spade stop and a good 17 to 19 points

 

The opening lead against 3NT was the Queen of Hearts.  Assuming that the Diamonds break 4-3 then Declarer has eight winners, five Diamonds (obviously overtaking the King with the Ace on the first round), two Hearts and one Spade.  There is no chance of making any tricks in Clubs because by the time that any Club might become established the Defence are certain to make at least five tricks.  Therefore in order to make a ninth trick the only chance is for West to have started with either the singleton Ace of Spades or doubleton Ax.

 

Accordingly Declarer wins the first trick with the King of Hearts and immediately plays the King of Diamonds overtaking with the Ace in the Dummy.  The Queen, Jack, 10 and the fifth Diamond then follow on which Declarer discards two Clubs, one Heart and one Spade.  At trick seven a low Spade to the Queen follows which wins the trick.  Now a second Spade is played and the Ace appears on the second round giving the ninth trick with the Ace of Hearts as entry to the second Spade trick.

 

Yes this is a very fortunate lie of the Spade suit but it is the only chance to make the contract and therefore the hand must be played on the basis that such a fortunate distribution exists.

 

3       Passive lead defeats game

 

Board 9 Thursday 20 February – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

J10x

Qxxx

Jxx

K97

 

843

KJx

KQxx

Jxx

 

97xx

None

1087

AQ8xxx

 

AKQ

A109xxx

A9x

10

 

 

South opens 1 Heart in third seat, North gives a single raise and South goes straight to game as his sixth trump makes the hand too strong for a trial bid in Diamonds.

 

With only the trump suit having been bid West should seek maximum safety in his opening lead.  Accordingly he should lead his middle Spade intending to play MUD (Middle – Up – Down).  On a Spade lead Declarer will probably play the 10 of Clubs at trick 2 covered by the Jack, King and Ace.  Provided that East now returns a Diamond the contract is certain to be defeated (selecting the 10 to make it clear that he can contribute nothing to the establishment of any Diamond tricks).  West can win the Queen of Diamonds at trick three and exit safely in either black suit to wait for his trump trick and second Diamond trick.

 

Note that if the opening lead is the King of Diamonds (which was selected at three out of the six tables) that the contract makes comfortably as now declarer only loses one Heart, one Diamond and one Club trick.

 

So the moral is that providing there is no indication from the bidding that an attacking lead is required you should make the lead which is least likely to give away a trick.  Here it was clear to be passive as no suits had been bid apart from trumps.