MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
Now firmly established in our new home premises at
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
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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.
Congratulations to Jason Hackett and teammates for winning the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett).
Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final.
In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer,
Green Point Teams
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019
This has taken place over 3 sessions
with the final having been played
on Tuesday 9th July.
Congratulations to First Place Winners
Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend
the Second Place team
Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)
Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.
(Full results are bottom right of this page)
Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT
THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!
(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)
WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
EBU 6 Jun 2019
During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.
If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am
Link to the full show
21 Feb 2019
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.
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!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Tony Wood Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
May 2019 until the end of August 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
Points of interest from the November 2014 duplicates
1 Rightsiding the slam
Board 13 Wednesday 5 November – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North
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
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
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.