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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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A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

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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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

Seniors Trials

Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) took place from 14-15th December in Solihull. 

Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won comfortably and will represent England in the event in Ireland in MayCONGRATULATIONS!

Results are on the EBU web site.

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS RESULTS

 

Twenty five pairs took part in this prestigious competition last Sunday and enjoyed a great festive occasion and fabulous buffet.

Congratulations to 

ANDY BROCKLEHURST & JEFF MORRIS

First Place

RESULTS

MICHAEL FAY & CATHERINE DRAPER

2nd Place

GILLIAN McMULLEN & ROGER HOPTON

3rd Place

SALLY BRAY & GEORGE LEIGH

Intermediate First Place

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! 

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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Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for November 2014
TIPS FOR NOVEMBER 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2014 duplicates

 

1       Rightsiding the slam

 

Board 13 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

xxx

Qxxxx

J

Qxxx

 

AKJx

Jx

AQ10xxx

A

 

Qxx

K10

K9x

KJxxx

 

10xx

A98x

xxx

109x

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Club

1NT

3 Diamonds

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

2 Spades

4 Diamonds

4NT

6NT

 

While 2 pairs managed to bid 6 Diamonds this would be the wrong contract if the defence were able to take 2 Heart tricks on the occasions when the AQ lies over the K or if the opening leader held the Ace and found an inspired underlead of the Ace which in practice would mean that the defence would make the first two tricks.

 

East rebids 1NT over West’s 1 Diamond response.  West now reverses into 2 Spades showing at least five Diamonds and four Spades.  East supports Diamonds.  West is close to slam but cannot bid RKCB as there might be two losers in Hearts.  Accordingly he makes a slam try of 4 Diamonds inviting East to cuebid a Heart control.  When East obliges West now checks that partner has at least one keycard before jumping to slam.  However he chooses the slam in Notrumps rather than Diamonds in order to protect East’s King of Hearts if his one keycard is the King of trumps.  There are no problems in the play and a score of 1440 quickly results.

 

 

2       When opener makes a game try after his major suit opening has been supported if responder is very strong in the game try suit he should raise it rather than just jumping to game in the major to convey the message that he is suitable for a possible slam

 

Board 14 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xx

Axxxx

KJ9x

Jx

 

Q109

xx

Qxx

KQxxx

 

AKJxxx

Q

Ax

A109x

 

xx

KJ10xx

10xxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Clubs

5NT1

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Clubs

 

 

 

1           Pick a slam in Spades or Clubs

 

After the opening 1 Spade has been raised by West then East could simply jump to game.  However much better is for East to make a trial bid of 3 Clubs.  West would initially assume that this is just a try for game.  However rather than jump to 4 Spades it is much more descriptive for West to raise the trial bid to 4 Clubs.  This conveys the message that in accepting the game try that West has a very strong Club holding so that if East’s ambitions were actually towards slam rather than just towards game he is eminently suitable.  Over 4 Clubs East now jumps to 5NT.  This conveys the message “please pick a slam” ie West is being asked to choose between playing in 6 Spades or 6 Clubs.  [Refer to March 2014 Tip 3 for another example of 5NT being used in this way].  On the actual hand there are 12 tricks in either denomination.  However West should probably choose to play in Clubs.  This is because if we make the East hand slightly weaker with a 5=1=3=4 shape ie ♠AKJxx ♥x ♦AJx ♣A109x then now 6 Clubs will always make subject to trumps not being 4-nil while 6 Spades will be at the mercy of the Diamond finesse.

 

 

 

 

3       24 point slam

 

Board 7 Wednesday 26 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

x

AKJ98xx

QJx

xx

 

AQ10x

Q10xxx

x

AQx

 

K9xxx

None

AKxxxx

10x

 

Jxx

x

xxx

KJxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds1

3 Spades

5 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

2NT

4 Clubs

6 Spades

 

1           Although East has only 10 points as he has only 5 losers he should treat his hand as game forcing and respond in his longest suit first.

 

Over the response of 2 Diamonds West has to decide what to rebid.  While it may not be ideal to rebid 2NT with a singleton Diamond the alternative of rebidding such a moth-eaten 5 carder in Hearts is quite gruesome so accordingly 2NT is without a doubt the least of evils.  East now shows his Spades.  Over 3 Spades then West could hardly be stronger for a Spade contract so he makes a cuebid of 4 Clubs which agrees Spades and shows a control in Clubs.  East might jump to 6 Spades over 4 Clubs but in case West has cuebid holding something like ♠QJxx ♥AQxx ♦xx ♣KQx where 6 Spades would rather embarrassingly lose both black suit Aces then it is safer for East to invite slam in Spades by jumping to 5 Spades.  West is delighted to accept with such powerful trumps.  There are no problems in the play and all thirteen tricks are made when the Club finesse works and the Diamonds break 3-3.