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Welcome to

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 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 December 2014

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2014 duplicates

 

1       Textbook elimination not recognised

 

Board 10 Thursday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

10

Jxx

KQJ10xx

10xx

 

AKJxx

xxx

x

AJxx

 

Qxxxx

AQ9

A

KQxx

 

xx

K10xx

xxxxx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

4NT

6 Spades

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

4 Diamonds

5 Diamonds

Pass

 

Only 3 pairs out of 8 managed to bid to 6 Spades and those that did failed to appreciate that the presence of the 9 of Hearts in the East hand made the contract 100% once nobody had trumped the opening Club or Diamond lead.

 

Normally when responder makes a splinter bid the opener would sign off if he also held a singleton in the splintered suit.  However as East has 17 points he is strong enough to use RKCB because in the unlikely event of West only having one keycard if he has say AJxxx KJx x ♣J10xx you can still stop safely at the 5 level.  Here when West bids 5 Diamonds it is clearly 3 keycards rather than zero and so bidding a slam is marked.

 

Assuming a neutral ie non-Heart lead then trumps are drawn, Diamonds and Clubs are eliminated from the two hands ending in the Dummy.  This just leaves trumps in both hands and the Heart suit of xxx in the Dummy opposite AQ9.  At this point Declarer can lay down his cards and claim the contract.  Why is this?  The answer is that the 9 of Hearts makes it impossible for the Defence to make two tricks in Hearts provided that when a small Heart is played from the Dummy East simply covers the card that North plays.  Assuming that North plays low then East plays the 9 of Hearts losing to South’s 10.  At this point South can either return a Heart from the King into East’s Ace Queen or he can conceded a ruff and discard with the same result of 1430 to East West.  Alternatively if North plays second hand high with the Jack then East plays the Queen and South on winning with the King is now endplayed from 10x into Declarer’s A9.  Note that it is correct defence for North to rise with the Jack of Hearts on the first round.  This is because if East’s Hearts were only AQ8 (giving South K109) then this would prevent East from ducking the first round cheaply to South and would defeat the contract.

 

 

2       Asking for third round control

 

Board 13 Thursday 18 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

Q109xx

xx

Qxx

KQJ

 

AK

KQJxxx

K109x

A

 

xx

Axxx

AJx

10xxx

 

Jxxx

x

xxx

xxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

Pass

2 Diamonds

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds

5 Hearts

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Clubs

2 Hearts

3 Spades

4NT

6 Diamonds

 

 

West has a routine 2 Club opener because even though he only has 20 points he can almost guarantee game in his own hand.  East could bid 2NT as a positive response but the modern style is to start off with a waiting bid of 2 Diamonds on all hands without a strong 5 card suit even if you do have an Ace and a King.

 

West now introduces his Heart suit and East sets Hearts as trumps.  West cue-bids 3 Spades and East cue-bids 4 Diamonds which following the Italian style of cue-bidding denies holding either the Ace or King of Clubs.  West bids RKCB and on hearing of 2 Keycards opposite in now only interested in whether East has third round control of Diamonds.  The way to find out this information is by bidding 6 Diamonds.  This asks East to jump to the grand slam if he has either the Queen of Diamonds or a doubleton Ace.  East does not have either of these two holdings so he signs off in the small slam.  Please also refer to March 2014 Tip No 2 for another example of asking for third round control.

 

In the play after drawing trumps declarer has a pure guess as to which defender has the Queen of Diamonds in order to see whether he makes an overtrick.

 

 

3       Delayed co-operation

 

Board 3 Tuesday 30 December – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

KQx

None

AK10x

AK108xx

 

109x

AJxx

Qx

Q9xx

 

Jxxx

109xxx

xxx

x

 

Axx

KQxx

Jxxx

Jx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Club

3 Hearts

4 Hearts

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

3NT

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

When North makes a splinter bid of 3 Hearts this agrees Diamonds and shows a singleton or void in Hearts with a possible interest in slam.  At this point if North is showing a singleton in Hearts then South’s hand is not very suitable for slam because the King Queen of Hearts is not a good holding for slam purposes opposite a singleton and South’s Heart stop is reasonable to play in no trumps.  In addition as South has such poor Diamonds he cannot envisage a slam at this stage.

 

However when North bids 4 Hearts over South’s sign off of 3NT this now confirms that the splinter bid was a void rather than a singleton and South now has to reconsider.  As he has already discouraged by bidding 3NT he must now co-operate in North’s slam ventures by cue-bidding 4 Spades.  As North holds the King of Spades he knows that South is cue-bidding the Ace.  This is all the encouragement which North needs to jump to slam in Diamonds.  North should not investigate the possibility of a grand slam because he knows that South’s Diamonds are probably quite weak.