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Welcome to

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 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 June 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the June 2014 duplicates

 

1       When after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.

 

Board 7 Thursday 12 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Axx

10x

xx

xxxxxx

 

KJ9xx

xxx

AJxx

x

 

Qxx

AKJx

K10x

AKQ

 

10x

Qxxx

Q9xx

Jxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

3 Spades

4 Hearts

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

Pass

 

When West bids 4 Diamonds he is making a slam try showing five cards in Spades and at least four cards in Diamonds.  Over four-of-a-minor, opener needs to be able to sign-off, support responder’s major, bid keycard for responder’s major and bid keycard for responder’s minor.  There is only one method to accomplish all of the above.  After responder bids four-of-a-minor, opener with a minimum, bids four of responder’s major to show three or four-card support or bids five of responder’s minor with support for the minor.  Opener bids 4NT to deny a fit for either of responder’s suits.  Opener bids the lower off-suit (non-trump suit) as keycard for BOTH of responder’s suits.  Since there are two trump suits, there are six keycards, four Aces and two Kings.  There are also two Queens.

 

The responses are:-

 

 

1st step                       1 or 4 keycards

2nd step                      0 or 3 keycards

3rd step                       2 keycards no Queen of Diamonds or Spades

4th step                       2 keycards plus one Queen

5th step                       2 keycards plus two Queens

 

Thus in the example West responds to the keycard bid of 4 Hearts by bidding 5 Clubs the third step to show 2 keycards and no Queen.  This is sufficient for East to bid 6 Spades.

 

In the play let us assume that the opening lead is a low Club to the Queen.  Declarer plays a low Spade to the Jack and Ace at trick two and North returns a trump at trick three.  The last trump is drawn at trick four.  Declarer should then seek to combine his chances in the red suits by trying to ruff out the Queen of Hearts.  Accordingly at trick five he plays a low Heart to the King and cashes the Ace of Hearts at trick six.  At tricks seven and eight the King and Ace of Clubs are cashed discarding one Heart and one Diamond from the Dummy.  At trick nine the third round of Hearts is ruffed in the Dummy but the Queen has not yet appeared.  Now the last trump is cashed at trick ten on which Declarer discards his low Diamond.  This actually squeezes South who in order to keep the Queen of Hearts is forced to come down to only two Diamonds.  In the three card ending the Dummy has AJx in Diamonds while Declarer has K10 of Diamonds and the Jack of Hearts.  A low Diamond to the King at trick eleven and a second Diamond at trick twelve then shows up the Queen.  However note that even if South had started off with 9xxx in Diamonds rather than Q9xx then Declarer would drop the Queen of Diamonds offside at trick twelve because he knows that South’s last card is the Queen of Hearts.

 

 

2       Using Dummy’s long suit as a substitute for drawing trumps

 

Board 11 Thursday 26 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

K109xxx

xx

Jxx

Jx

 

xxx

KQJx

K10xxx

Q

 

None

Axxxxxx

AQxx

Kx

 

AQJx

None

x

A10xxxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

 

3 Hearts

6 Hearts

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

6 Spades

Double

1 Diamond

5 Hearts

Pass

 

East’s bid of 3 Hearts is a “fit jump” showing four card Diamond support and at least five Hearts.  While South might be tempted to double 6 Hearts holding two Aces he should respect the fact that East has bid 6 Hearts freely and almost certainly has a void to bid the slam.  East opens with the Ace of Diamonds and continues with a second Diamond reducing the Dummy to three trumps.  At tricks three and four Declarer plays Ace and another Club to establish the long suit in the Dummy.  At trick five East plays the Ace of Hearts which is ruffed with the Jack of Spades in the Dummy.  At trick six the Queen of Spades is cashed.  On this trick the three nil trump break is disclosed.  South is left with only the Ace of trumps while West still has two trumps.  However Declarer now uses the now established Clubs as a means of drawing trumps.  As soon as West trumps one of the established Club winners North will overtrump and then draw the last trump by playing a low Spade to the Ace in the Dummy to then enjoy the remaining Club winners.  Alternatively if West refuses to trump the winning Clubs then all of Declarer’s losers in the red suits will be discarded.  Thus the contract goes just one down for minus 100 which is a terrific result against 6 Hearts making.

 

 

3       Slam universally missed

 

Board 27 Monday 30 June – Vulnerability White – Dealer South

 

 

Axxx

A10x

AK9xx

x

 

Q109xx

Kxx

xxx

Qx

 

Kxx

xxxx

Jx

109xx

 

J

QJx

Q10x

AKJxxx

 

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

2 Spades

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

4NT

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Clubs

3 Diamonds

3NT

4 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single North South pair out of the ten tables managed to bid to a slam in Diamonds on this hand.  In fact a Grand Slam is makeable but I doubt that the odds would justify bidding the Grand.

 

South rebids 2 Clubs guaranteeing a six carder and North shows his second suit Spades.  At this point I can only guess that all the Souths in question foolishly bid No trumps at this stage.  However as North has shown a strong hand with at least five Diamonds and four Spades it is much more important for South to show the excellent Diamond support holding two honours in the suit.  North now bids the 4th suit and now South bids No trumps to admit to a Heart stop.  North is still interested in a slam and takes 3NT out  to 4 Diamonds.  Now South cuebids four Spades showing either the King or a singleton.  Over 4 Spades North could probably jump to 6 Diamonds but he goes through the motions of RKCB to check that partner has one keycard before doing so.