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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 July 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2014 duplicates

 

1       The convention with no name !

 

Board 16 Wednesday 16 July – Vulnerability East West – Dealer West

 

 

AKJ98xxx

Qx

Ax

x

 

x

Jxx

KQJxx

KQJx

 

xx

10xx

109xxx

xxx

 

Qx

AKxxx

x

A10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

4 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

4NT

7 Spades

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

Not a single pair managed to bid to 7 Spades on the above hand in the Wednesday Duplicate which has 13 top tricks even discounting the Diamond ruff.

 

The key to getting there is to have in your armoury a convention which to the best of my knowledge has no name.  If your right hand opponent opens 1 Club or 1 Diamond then a jump to the FOUR LEVEL in that minor shows a very strong jump to four in either major.

 

On this hand South knows that North has Spades and therefore bids RKCB to find out whether partner has two or three keycards in Spades before choosing between a small or a grand slam.

 

If South had a much weaker hand and was unsure which major suit his partner was showing he would simply bid 4 Hearts as a “pass or correct bid”.

 

 

 

2       Game universally missed

 

Board 15 Thursday 24 July – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South

 

 

QJ9xx

xx

J10x

10xx

 

10x

KQJxx

xx

QJxx

 

xx

Axxxx

Qxxx

Ax

 

AKxx

x

AKxx

K98x

 

 

South opens 1 Club, West overcalls 1 Heart and North passes.  At the favourable vulnerability East has a choice between making an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Clubs showing Heart support and at least 9 HCPs or bidding 4 Hearts.  Given the vulnerability it is perhaps more attractive to go straight to game. 

 

Looking at the score sheet all the East West’s were left to play unmolested in Hearts either at the three or four level.  However South should not have subsided over 4 Hearts but should instead have doubled for takeout.  The reason why the double should be for takeout and not penalty is that over 100 hands it is far more likely for South to wish to compete with a strong hand and not more than a singleton Heart rather than make a penalty double when the opposition have theoretically shown a 10 card Heart fit.  On those rare occasions when South does have a penalty double of 4 Hearts he should simply pass.

 

When South doubles 4 Hearts for takeout then North is delighted to bid 4 Spades as the Double of 4 Hearts guarantees a minimum of three cards in Spades (the unbid major) and usually four.  North has no wasted honour in Hearts (whereas if he had for instance Kx in Hearts he might well choose to defend) and his minor honours in Clubs and Diamonds will definitely be pulling their weight.

 

4 Spades makes comfortably.  If the Defence start off with two rounds of Hearts then Declarer can ruff high in the Dummy draw trumps ending in hand then play a Club to the 9 and Jack.  Whichever minor suit West now plays only three tricks will be lost.

 

 

 

3       Bidding out the shape to diagnose the perfect fit

 

Board 13 Tuesday 29 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

x

Axxx

xxx

AKQJx

 

KQJx

KQx

xxx

xxx

 

Axxxx

J109x

xx

10x

 

10xx

xx

AKQJx

xxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

1 Heart

3 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3 Clubs

5 ♣ or 5 ♦

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

It is quite unusual to play at the game level in a minor suit with only eight trumps but the above deal is a good example of such a hand.

 

When North rebids 1 Heart this can be assumed to show at least five Clubs (the only exception to this hypothesis would be if North were specifically 4=4=1=4).  South should then jump to 3 Clubs showing around 10 or 11 points with at least three Clubs.  Over 3 Clubs North’s first instinct might be to pass but as he has very pure values he should bid out his shape by bidding 3 Diamonds.  By so doing North is highlighting the fact that he is very short in Spades almost certainly 1=4=3=5.  South can now visualize that the hands fit perfectly because as South has no wasted honours in Spades – apart from the Ace any other honours would be completely useless opposite a singleton Spade in the North hand – and should now jump to game in a minor.  He could bid either 5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds.  5 Diamonds has a slight edge because on a black suit lead to 5 Diamonds it is possible to make 12 tricks whereas regardless of the opening lead to 5 Clubs only 11 tricks can be made.