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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

 

 
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.

"We aim to please!!"

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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.