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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

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

 

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.

EBU Scarborough Summer Congress
 

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,

Congratulations to all MBC players - great result!
(Full results are on the EBU web site.)

Green Point Teams

The first event of the 2019-20 season took place at Altrincham on Sunday 21st July. 26 teams took part and, winning by a small margin, were Ollie Burgess, Mark Weeks, Gillian Fawcett and Catherine Draper, the last two practicing for the Women's World Championships in China in September.  . 
Full results are on the Altrincham club web site.
Manchester vs Derbyshire Match

The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July.  Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs.  The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom,  Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks.  Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.
 
Derby match
Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum
(MBC players highlighted)
JUNIOR SUCCESS

Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
 
(Full details are on MCBA website)

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

and to

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)

RESULTS

HARROGATE PAIRS

Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)

RESULTS
EBU Summer Seniors

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.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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...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!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

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 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

*************

2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019

*************

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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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 January 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the January 2015 duplicates

 

1       Kokish gives more room to explore

 

Board 4 Wednesday 21 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AK9

AKJ10x

AQx

Kx

 

x

Qxx

Jxxx

xxxxx

 

Q10xxx

x

K109xx

Qx

 

Jxxx

xxxx

x

AJ10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2 Clubs

2 Hearts1

2NT

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

4NT

5 Diamonds4

6 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2 Diamonds

2 Spades2

3 Clubs

3 Spades3

4 Diamonds

5 Clubs

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 and 2            Kokish relay

3                       Agrees Hearts

4                       Asking for the Queen of trumps

 

In August 2014 Tip 2 I first introduced the concept of the Kokish relay.

 

The Kokish Relay was invented by the Canadian International, Eric Kokish.  After the bidding starts 2C – 2D then a rebid of 2H by the opener is artificial and requests that the responder bids 2S.  After this start a 2NT rebid by opener shows 25+ points (no maximum) and is game forcing even if responder has zero points.  The principle is that with a huge balanced hand worthy of game, opener does not have to eat up bidding space by jumping to 3NT.  He can Puppet to 2S (via 2H) and then bid 2NT.  Responder can use Stayman and Transfers in the usual way after the Kokish relay.

 

On the above hand North has 24 points but because the hand has a very strong 5 card suit and a massive 9 controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) it must be treated as game forcing.  In other words it is simply too good to rebid 2NT after 2 Clubs – 2 Diamonds showing 23-24 balanced.

 

North bids 2 Hearts after the 2 Diamond waiting bid.  This forces responder to bid 2 Spades after which opener can clarify whether he has either

 

A)        a balanced rock crusher or

B)        a single suiter with Hearts or

C)        a two suiter with Hearts and another suit. 

 

When North rebids 2NT this shows 25 plus points balanced and is completely game forcing.  South bids Stayman and North now shows his Heart suit.  South then bids 3 Spades.  BIDDING THE OTHER MAJOR IS AN ARTIFICIAL SLAM TRY SETTING HEARTS AS TRUMPSIF RESPONDER BIDS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE OTHER MAJOR, EXCEPT A NON-SLAM-TRY RAISE TO 4 HEARTS, RESPONDER DENIES FOUR-CARD HEART SUPPORT.  If responder simply held five cards in Spades and no interest in Hearts then he would have transferred over the 2NT rebid.  Cue-bids in the minor suits then follow and after hearing of one Keycard opener then asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding 5 Diamonds (the cheapest non-trump bid over the keycard response).  South denies the Queen of trumps and North signs off in 6 Hearts.

 

East is effectively endplayed at trick one.  His best lead is actually a Diamond from the King as the discard on the second Diamond trick is actually not of much use.  However even if East finds the best lead North cannot fail to make the slam with the Queen of Clubs appearing on the second round to deal with the Spade loser.  Result either 1430 or 1460 depending on how declarer plays the trump suit on the second round.

 

2       Double – the Bridge player’s flexible friend

 

Board 4 Thursday 22 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

None

xxx

AK98xx

K109x

 

xxx

J109xx

QJ10x

x

 

KQJxxxx

Kx

x

xxx

 

A109

AQx

xx

AQJxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

4 Clubs

Pass

 

3 Spades

Pass

Pass

Double

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

North opens 1 Diamond in second seat and East overcalls 3 Spades.  South then has to decide what to say.  While he might bid 4 Clubs that leaves no chance of either playing in either 3NT, 4 Hearts, or defending 3 Spades doubled.  Accordingly the best bid is Double to show a good hand.  If North has a balanced hand say 2=3=5=3 distribution he will probably pass and defend.  However South by doubling gives North more options to choose from when he is unbalanced.  He can either bid 4 Hearts if he has four cards in Hearts, or introduce Clubs or rebid his Diamonds.  On this occasion North is happy to introduce his Clubs at the four level.  While South might bid Roman Key Card for Clubs over the 4 Club bid there is only any point in so doing if he looking for a Grand Slam.  As there must be enough key cards present for a Small Slam to be playable (since North can scarcely have zero keycards) South should go straight to 6 Clubs.  While it is possible to make 7 Clubs in practice the natural line of drawing two rounds of trumps and then playing to establish the Diamonds will fail because the Diamonds are 4-1 and East has three trumps.  In order to make 7 Clubs you would have to win the trump lead with the Jack, ruff a Spade, finesse the Queen of Hearts, ruff another Spade, then overtake the King of Clubs and run all the trumps.  West is now squeezed in the red suits because of the 5-2 Heart break and 13 tricks result.  Anyone who took that line would probably be accused of taking a peek at the West cards !

 

 

3       Splinter bid by weak two opener

 

Board 4 Tuesday 27 January – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AKJxxx

x

xxx

xxx

 

xx

Kxxxx

Jxxx

xx

 

xx

AQ109x

KQ10xx

x

 

Q10x

Jx

A

AKQJxxx

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Spades

4 Hearts

5 Hearts

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4NT

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

When North opens a weak 2 Spades the first reaction of South might be to give up any chance of slam and simply jump to 4 Spades.  However it costs nothing to explore to see if the perfect fit is present.  Accordingly South bids 2NT as an enquiry to see how strong North is for his 2 Spade opener.

 

North in replying to 2NT should reason as follows – “my Spades are almost as strong as they could possibly be and I have a singleton in Hearts.  Therefore as my singleton can be shown below the level of game in Spades I should jump to 4 Hearts”.

 

This is all South needs to use keycard just to check that North actually has the Ace and King of Spades and has not bid 4 Hearts with say ♠KJ98xx ♥x ♦KQx ♣xxx when a better bid would have been 3 Diamonds to show a feature in Diamonds and non-minimum.

 

There are no problems in the play and East has to lead the Ace of Hearts to prevent the overtrick.