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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 October 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the October 2014 duplicates

 

1       Exclusion Key Card + Asking for 3rd round Club control on same hand !

 

Board 26 Monday 27 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

10xxx

x

QJxx

10xxx

 

AQxx

Q109x

Kx

Qxx

 

KJx

AKxxx

None

AKJxx

 

xx

Jxx

A109xxxx

x

 

 

North                         East                         South                         West

                                 1 Heart                   Pass                           2NT

Pass                          5 Diamonds             Pass                            5 Spades

Pass                          6 Clubs                   Pass                            7 Hearts

Pass                          Pass                       Pass

 

Only one pair managed to even reach a small slam on the above hand and nobody reached the Grand Slam which is effectively 100%.

 

Although East has a very powerful hand with only four losers on the losing trick count it is still best to start off with a simple 1 Heart opener as the chances of the bidding dying at this level are very remote.  West has a routine Jacoby 2NT response showing four card Heart support and at least the values for game. 

 

At this point it is pointless for East to use ordinary RKCB as he has a void in Diamonds.  Consequently East should jump to 5 Diamonds.  As previously illustrated in Tip 1 April 2014 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 – 5 Hearts – with one keycard he bids two steps up – 5 Spades.

 

Here West responds the second step showing one keycard.  At this point East might gamble on 7 Hearts but if partner’s Clubs are three small this would be a poor contract.  In such circumstances when all the keycards are present (the Ace of Diamonds not being required in this instance) the bid of a new suit at the six level asks responder “Please bid a Grand Slam if you have third round control of this suit”.  Over 6 Clubs West is delighted to jump to 7 Hearts.  Refer to Tip 2 March 2014 for another example of this.

 

 

2       Jumps to 3 of a Minor after partner opens 1NT

 

Board 5 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

Ax

K109xx

AKx

Jxx

 

J10xxx

Qxx

Jxx

xx

 

KQxxx

xxx

xx

xxx

 

x

AJ

Q109xx

AKQ10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

1NT

3 Spades1

5 Diamonds

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

4NT2

5NT

7♦ or 7NT                

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1           Sets Diamonds as trumps

2           RKCB for Diamonds

 

The above hand is a great example of playing the modern three level responses to 1NT which I first learnt in 2005 when I started studying five card majors as played by the American Steve Robinson.

 

After a 1NT opening a jump to 3 Clubs shows 5-5 in the minors invitational ie 7 – 9 points.  A jump to 3 Diamonds shows 5-5 in the minors game forcing with possible interest in slam. 

 

Over 3 Diamonds if opener is very strong in the majors and has no interest in playing in a minor suit then he bids 3NT.  If opener wishes to set Clubs as trumps he bids 3 Hearts while if opener wishes to set Diamonds as trumps he bids 3 Spades.  The beauty of this is that responder knows which trump suit has been agreed.  Here South goes straight to RKCB for Diamonds and on hearing of three Keycards opposite then bids 5NT to announce that all the keycards are present.  North bids 6 Hearts to show the King of Hearts.  Thus North has shown 14 of his 15 points through Keycard.  South has a choice between playing in 7 Diamonds or 7NT.  If North only has two small Clubs there might be some advantage in playing in Diamonds rather than No Trumps so one might bid 7 Diamonds at teams but gamble on 7NT at pairs.

 

The odds of the Grand Slam making are approximately 85% (all 3-2 breaks = 68% plus 4-1 breaks with either ♦Jxxx or ♦xxxx or ♦J on right = 16.8%)

 

Only one pair out of eight reached the Grand Slam in the Wednesday Duplicate.

 

 

3       Easts hang your heads in shame

 

Board 10 Wednesday 29 October – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

QJ10

Kxxx

xx

Q108x

 

9432

A9xx

Ax

xxx

 

A6

10

KQ9xx

AKJxx

 

K875

QJxx

J10xx

9

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Diamond

2 Clubs

3 Clubs

3NT

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

3 Spades

 

Four pairs managed to reach 3NT on the above hand but all four misplayed it and so went down.

 

Note that despite having 17 points East should only rebid 2 Clubs because a jump to 3 Clubs would be game forcing and East is not strong enough to insist upon game when partner has only promised 6 points.

 

As West has a good 8 points he gives a false preference to 2 Diamonds to allow for East being strong enough to make a third bid.  When East now bids 3 Clubs this shows a strong 5-5 (at least 16 points) and an interest in game.  West should now co-operate but cannot bid 3NT as he has no stop in Spades the unbid suit.  Accordingly he bids 3 Spades to which East is happy to bid 3NT.

 

The opening lead is the 5 of Spades.  East must win the first trick because a switch to Hearts would be most unwelcome.  In addition it is important to appreciate that even if South has craftily led his 5th highest Spade from KQ875 that the presence of the 9 in the Dummy means that the suit is certain to be blocked and the defence will be unable to take four Spade tricks.

 

Declarer has a choice between playing on Diamonds or Clubs.  It is correct to play on Clubs for two reasons.  Firstly you have an eight card fit rather than a seven card fit and secondly if the Diamonds are breaking they will still be breaking if you are forced to revert to Diamonds later in the play.

 

At trick two the Ace of Clubs is cashed in case South should have a singleton Queen.  Then Dummy is entered with the Ace of Diamonds and a Club finesse of the Jack taken which wins.  However although a 4-1 break is disclosed this is of no concern provided that when Declarer continues with the King of Clubs at trick five and another Club at trick six he must be careful to discard a Heart and not a Spade from the Dummy.  The defence continues with Spades but even if Spades are 5-2 they cannot cash four Spade tricks as previously observed and so 9 tricks are made with four Club tricks, three Diamond tricks and the major suit Aces.

 

I would strongly recommend that those Easts who failed to distinguish themselves should buy copies of two excellent books written by the American author Eddie Kantar titled Take All Your Chances at Bridge published in 2009 and Take All Your Chances at Bridge 2 published in 2011.  Each book has 100 hands which give excellent advice on how declarer should combine his chances to best effect to maximize the chances of success.

 

By playing on Clubs you will only do down if Declarer’s LHO has Queen to four Clubs and the Diamonds do not break 3-3.  The odds of the Clubs coming in for four tricks are:-

 

3-2 break = 68%

4-1 onside = half of 28% = 14%

Singleton Queen onside = 1/5 of 14% = 2.8%

Total Probability of Clubs coming in = 84.8%

 

When Clubs do not come in then if the Diamonds are 3-3 you will also make ie 15.2% x 36% = 5.4%

 

Thus the total probability of making the contract is 90.2%.