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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!!

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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.

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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.