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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

 

HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!
HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!

DOESN'T SHE LOOK GREAT?

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!!

....and she came top this afternoon!

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
took place on Sunday 3rd November
at Altrincham

(See MCBA website for results and photos)
 

SPOOKY SWISS PAIRS

Our Halloween celebrations were enjoyed by all with many members making superb efforts to dress up and scare us all to bits!

Eleven tables played and the Jacket Potatoes were devoured with relish by all - a very special thankyou goes to Eylem for all her hard work in providing a great supper.

Congratulations to Vera Lowson and David Fernley for winning first prize for fab costumes

.........and special mentions also to Maureen Seddon, Ann Wood and Richard Cross.

 

EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
 
 
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
 
 
 
Full results are on the EBU web site.

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 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 April 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the April 2014 duplicates

 

1       Exclusion Key Card a.k.a Voidwood

 

Board 7 Tuesday 22 April – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

None

AKQx

KJxxx

J10xx

 

AQxx

J98xx

Qxx

x

 

1098xxx

10xx

109

xx

 

KJx

x

Axx

AKQxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

5 Spades

7 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

1 Club

3 Clubs

5NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

When South jumps to 3 Clubs over North’s response of 1 Diamond North can be almost certain that a slam in Clubs is on the cards.  However it is no use using ordinary Key Card Blackwood as the Ace of Spades in the South hand is of absolutely no use to North.  Consequently North should jump to 5 Spades.  This inexplicable jump to the five level shows a void in that suit and asks partner to show how many key cards he has OUTSIDE that suit.  With 0 or 3 keycards he bids one step up – 5NT – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 6 Clubs – and with two keycards he bids three steps up – 6 Diamonds.

 

Here South responds the first step showing 3 keycards (he cannot have zero after his jump to 3 Clubs) and North can now jump straight to the Grand Slam in Clubs.  Note that there is no need to ask about the Queen of trumps as there is a known 10 card fit and the odds of bringing in the suit even if the Queen were to be missing is 89 per cent as only Qxx offside will cause any problems.

 

Some of you might ask the question how will the bidding go if West overcalls 1 Heart.  The correct auction is now:-

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

4 Diamonds

4NT

7 Clubs

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

where 3 Spades is a splinter bid, 4 Diamonds and 4 Hearts are cue-bids.  Now when South bids 4NT RKCB North jumps to 6 Clubs to show 1 or 3 keycards and a void (which can only be in Spades after the earlier splinter).

 

 

2       Accepting the invitation with minimum points

 

Board 2 Wednesday 23 April – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

10xx

J98xxx

KJ

10x

 

AQxx

xx

xxxx

AJx

 

Kx

AKQ

AQ

Q97xxx

 

J98x

10x

10xxxx

K8

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

3 Diamonds

6NT

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Clubs

4NT

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight reached 6NT on the above hand because the other seven pairs failed to appreciate the power of a six card suit.

 

East opens 2NT, West employs Stayman and then bids a quantitative 4NT over the 2 Diamond denial.  Although East has a minimum 20 points he should accept the invitation because of the six card Club suit.  Although there is a small possibility that the hand is off the Ace and King of Clubs this is unlikely and whenever the long Club is opposite Ace to three or better then the slam is a good bet.

 

On West’s actual Club holding the slam is actually 95% certain to make and would only go down when South holds all four outstanding Clubs (a 5% chance).

 

To illustrate the principle suppose we change West’s Clubs from AJx to Axx.  What is the probability of the contract making now?  The contract will now make when the outstanding Clubs are:-

 

A)        2-2 = 40%

B)        North having three Clubs = 25% (one half of the 3-1 breaks)

C)        North having a singleton King = 6.25% (one quarter of the 3-1 breaks in the South hand)

 

Giving a total probability of 71.25% which is excellent odds to justify bidding a slam.

 

 

3       Change of Trump Suit for Slam

 

Board 16 Tuesday 29 April – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

AQx

Kxx

xxx

AKxx

 

1098xx

xxx

Qxx

xx

 

Kxx

Jx

KJ109x

xxx

 

Jx

AQ109x

Ax

QJ109

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1NT

2 Hearts

3 Hearts

6 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North opens a strong no-trump and South transfers into Hearts.  South now shows his second suit by bidding 3 Clubs.

 

This gives North a problem.  He has a dilemma between bidding 3 Hearts or raising to 4 Clubs.  At this stage North does not know the extent of South’s ambitions on the hand.  If South is simply bidding on a 5-5 nine count to explore whether the hand should be played in no-trumps or a suit contract then the hand should be played in Hearts eg if South has ♠x ♥AQxxx ♦xx ♣QJxxx.  This is especially true at Pairs scoring when making ten or eleven tricks in Hearts will score better than eleven tricks in Clubs.

 

However if South has a stronger hand with 14 plus points (which is the minimum recommended to make a slam try on a balanced 2=5=2=4 distribution) then a slam is quite possible.  Therefore the bid which keeps both possibilities in play so to speak is to temporize by bidding 3 Hearts.

 

Over 3 Hearts South is now able to cue-bid 4 Diamonds showing the Ace or King of Diamonds and an interest in slam. 

 

Over 4 Diamonds North can now visualize a slam but should jump to 6 Clubs rather than use keycard for Hearts because as a rule a 4-4 trump fit almost always produces one more trick than a 5-3 fit.

 

The above hand aptly demonstrates this principle.  On a Diamond lead to 6 Hearts the contract is dependent on the Spade finesse which fails and so 6 Hearts will not make.  However on a Diamond lead to 6 Clubs after drawing trumps and discarding two of Dummy’s Diamonds on the Heart winners the Spade finesse is taken for the overtrick and not the contract.