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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 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.