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MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

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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

 

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A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

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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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

Seniors Trials

Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) took place from 14-15th December in Solihull. 

Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won comfortably and will represent England in the event in Ireland in MayCONGRATULATIONS!

Results are on the EBU web site.

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS RESULTS

 

Twenty five pairs took part in this prestigious competition last Sunday and enjoyed a great festive occasion and fabulous buffet.

Congratulations to 

ANDY BROCKLEHURST & JEFF MORRIS

First Place

RESULTS

MICHAEL FAY & CATHERINE DRAPER

2nd Place

GILLIAN McMULLEN & ROGER HOPTON

3rd Place

SALLY BRAY & GEORGE LEIGH

Intermediate First Place

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! 

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.

"We aim to please!!"

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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.