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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 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.