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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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WILL MBC RE-OPEN?

The simple answer is "definitely but not just yet".

We understand that a few clubs have taken the surprising decision to re-open from August.

We believe, however, that this is extremely unwise and goes against current EBU and governmental recommendations regardless of how many additional safety features are in place.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remain our absolute priority and we will not take any risks to endanger anyone.

We are, of course, constantly reviewing this situation and rest assured that we will be together again as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE

Interesting Bridge Article in this week's Sunday Express

23 JUL 2020

Picture of a woman playing bridge online

Since Lockdown, even those of us who in the past may have shied away from technology, have found ourselves drawn by the game of bridge to dip our toes in the virtual world. Indeed if you haven’t already given it a go there’s never been a better time with plenty of options for every level of player.

Bridge can help improve the mental fitness of those at every age. You are never too young or old to start playing bridge and learning on-line has never been easier. If you have children or grandchildren no doubt you have weekly zoom meetings so why not add a bit of fun and teach them to play?

Writing for the Sunday Express S-Magazine, Essex EBU member, Cath Fox, explores the new virtual world of Bridge during Lockdown and how this has been good for bridge, whatever your age or profile. You can read the full article in this week's Sunday Express on 26th July.

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.

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!

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 May 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2014 duplicates

 

1       When both opponents have bid a suit a bid by the 4th player of one of the opposition suits should be played as natural

 

Board 13 Tuesday 20 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

x

QJ10xx

Kx

KJ9xx

 

AKQ10x

Kx

x

Axxxx

 

Jxx

Axx

Q10xxxx

x

 

9xxx

xxx

AJ9x

Q10

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

Pass

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

4 Spades

 

North opens 1 Heart a routine Rule of 20 opener.  South responds 1 Spade and the focus turns to West.  Many years ago it was recommended that the best course of action was to pass and to come to life later on.  However this has now gone firmly out of fashion and it is best for West to bid 2 Spades.  This would usually show a good 6 card Spade suit in view of Spades being bid on the right of West but with a very strong 5 carder it is acceptable to bid with 5 on this occasion.  East may be tempted to pass but with three trumps headed by an honour, the Ace of Hearts and a singleton Club he is well worth a raise to 3 Spades.  West is happy to go to game with his five loser hand and attractive 5-5 shape.

 

The best lead for the defence is the singleton trump.  Normally a singleton trump is a bad lead but since South is known to have four Spades on the bidding it is unlikely to do any damage.  West must be careful to win in hand with the 10.  He then plays Ace of Clubs and a Club ruff.  A low Heart to the King and a further Club ruff with the Jack of Spades follows.  He thus makes 10 tricks with seven trump tricks, two Heart tricks and one Club trick.

 

 

 

2       Where is the Queen of Clubs ?

 

Board 24 Thursday 22 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

xx

AQJxxxx

x

A10x

 

AK98xx

10x

xxx

?x

 

QJxx

9

AKxx

?xxx

 

x

Kxx

QJ109x

KJxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

4 Spades

Pass

 

5 Hearts

2 Spades

Pass

 

North South quickly brush aside the weak two opener from West and reach a contract of 5 Hearts.

 

At first glance it might appear that the contract depends on locating the Queen of Clubs but as the play develops you will see that this is not the case.

 

East leads the King of Diamonds (usual to lead the King from Ace King against contracts at the four level or higher).  When West plays low it is more likely that the singleton lies with North than with West so East now switches to the Queen of Spades.  West should overtake this with the King and return a trump.  Declarer wins in hand and trumps his second Spade in the dummy.  Now the second round of Diamonds is trumped and a low Heart to the King follows as East discards a Spade at trick six.  At trick seven a third round of Diamonds is trumped but the Ace of Diamonds has not appeared. 

 

At this point Declarer should stop to work out West’s distribution.  West is known to be exactly 6=2=3=2 and therefore East is known to be 4=1=4=4.  The position of the Queen of Clubs is now irrelevant because Declarer plays out his remaining trumps from tricks eight to ten.  At trick ten East in order to keep the Ace of Diamonds has to come down to a doubleton Club.  The Queen of Diamonds is now discarded from the Dummy.  The last three tricks are made with the Ace, King and Jack of Clubs, with the Queen of Clubs certain to fall and it does not matter whether it originally lay with West or East.

 

 

3       Safety Play in Diamonds almost 97%

 

Board 17 Tuesday 27 May – Vulnerability White – Dealer North

 

 

xx

KJ9xxx

x

Jxxx

 

AK10

Q

AKQxx

Qxxx

 

Jxxx

A10x

109

AK109

 

Qxxx

xxx

Jxxxx

x

 

 

North

East

South

West

2 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Double

5NT

Pass

 

North opens a weak 2 Hearts which is passed round to West who doubles.  Over the double East bids 3 Hearts.  As those readers who have received my notes on Lebensohl will know this bid shows an opening hand with a Heart stop and exactly four cards in the other major Spades.

 

How should West respond to East’s cue-bid ?  Clearly the partnership have enough points for slam to be in the offing but it is not clear in which denomination they might belong.  The modern bid in these circumstances is for West to jump to 5NT saying to partner “please choose a slam”.  Over 5NT East looking at his chunky four card holding in Clubs and the Ace of Hearts chooses to play in 6 Clubs which West is delighted to pass holding Queen to four trumps.  (Note that even if West’s clubs were only QJx rather than Qxxx then 6 Clubs would still be a very good contract with the Heart ruff providing an extra trick even with a 4-3 fit.)

 

The play is very interesting.  If trumps break 3-2 then 12 tricks are guaranteed since Declarer would be certain to make five trump tricks, four Diamond tricks, two Spade tricks and one Heart trick.  However after winning the Ace of Hearts at trick one and playing a Club to the Queen followed by a second Club to the Ace the bad news arrives in the form of a 4-1 break with surprisingly the weak two bidder being the defender with four cards.  At this point North is known to have started with 10 cards in Hearts and Clubs and so therefore there is a significant danger that the Diamonds will break 5-1.

 

The correct play at trick four is therefore to run the 10 (or 9) of Diamonds.  If this wins then Declarer can then trump a Heart in the Dummy, finesse against the Jack of Clubs and on the last trump South has to discard in front of the Dummy from ♠Qxx ♦Jxxx.  If South discards a Spade then Declarer discards a Diamond from the Dummy.  If South discards a Diamond then Declarer discards the 10 of Spades from the Dummy.  In either case all thirteen tricks are made resulting in a score of +940 to East West. 

 

If the 10 of Diamonds loses to the Jack in the North hand then now North will return a third trump.  A Heart will then be trumped in the Dummy and now East will seek to enter hand to draw the last trump by playing a second Diamond to the 9 (or 10).  Thus if North has won a trick with the singleton Jack of Diamonds the contract will be defeated.  When the Diamonds are 5-1 the odds are 5 to 1 that the Jack is in the five card holding.  Thus the odds of North having a singleton Jack of Diamonds is one sixth of 14.5% (the odds of a 5-1 break) = 2.4%.  The only other scenario to consider is the possibility of a 6-nil Diamond break which is 1.5%.  If the Diamonds are 6-nil and North ruffs the first round of Diamonds then Declarer will now need to finesse in Spades to make the contract.   Thus on the 6-nil breaks half the time Declarer will succeed and half the time he will fail.

 

Therefore the failure rate of the safety play in Diamonds is 2.4% plus 0.75% which is only 3.15%.