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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

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Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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.

 

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2019

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

Congratulations to the winning team

EVE LIGHTHILL. BOB COOKE,

IAN KANE, HOWARD KAY,

DAVID SARABOWSKI & STUART SHALOM

(Full results bottom right of this page)

2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS
2019 LANCASHIRE MIXED PAIRS WINNERS

Congratulations to

JEFF MORRIS and RHONA GOLDENFIELD

Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 

Update Friday - Seniors reach Final in Wuhan!

The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.

They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.

The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.

The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.

Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.

The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!

....AND FINALLY

In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
 
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
 
Seniors
 
Women Bronze


The teams are:

Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn
 

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne

 

Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.

The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.

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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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.