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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

 

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BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

For all our members who have already switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

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 February 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the February 2015 duplicates

 

1       Splinter bid paints the perfect picture

 

Board 18 Monday 16 February – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

xxxxxx

xx

xxx

xx

 

K10x

Jx

Jxx

Q9xxx

 

AJx

AKxxx

x

AK10x

 

Q

Q10xx

AKQ10xx

Jx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Heart

Double

4 Diamonds

6 Clubs

2 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Clubs

4 Spades

Pass

 

None of the East Wests covered themselves in glory on this hand from the Monday duplicate.  Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Club contract and half the field failed even to reach game !

 

East opens 1 Heart and South’s 2 Diamond overcall is passed back to him.  At this stage the correct bid is Double because East has a shortage in Diamonds and support for both unbid suits.  East would be happy whatever West bids even if West had strong Diamonds and chose to pass for penalties.  West bids 3 Clubs and now the East hand has become hugely powerful.  While West’s 3 Club bid does not promise more than four cards there is a high probability that he has five given that he has denied either four cards in Spades or three cards in Hearts.  Accordingly East should now jump to 4 Diamonds as a splinter bid agreeing Clubs and suggesting the possibility of a slam.  West is delighted to co-operate as he has a fifth trump and the King of Spades is a key card.  Accordingly he cue-bids 4 Spades showing either the Ace or King and this is all the encouragement which East needs to jump to 6 Clubs.  There are no problems in the play as after drawing trumps declarer should seek to establish the fifth Heart rather than having to worry about the whereabouts of the Queen of Spades.  Result +920 to East West.

 

 

2       When a partnership has bid and supported two suits in an uncontested auction then 4NT is Roman Key Card in both suits – ie there are six keycards and two Queens

 

Board 13 Monday 16 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

AJx

KQ10x

K10xxx

x

 

10x

Jxx

x

QJ10xxxx

 

K9xx

xxx

xxx

Kxx

 

Q8xx

Axx

AQJx

Ax

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Diamond

2 Spades

3 Hearts

5 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

3 Diamonds

4NT

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

North opens 1 Diamond in and South responds 1 Spade.  A rebid of 2 Diamonds by North would guarantee a six card suit (because if North has say a 2=4=5=2 distribution he would rebid 1NT).  Therefore North’s correct bid is 2 Spades.  Note that although the North hand is close to a 3 Spade bid in terms of losers you cannot give a double raise when holding only three trumps.

 

South now bids 3 Diamonds forcing.  At this stage North should now bid 3 Hearts.  This conveys two messages.  Firstly that North has only three card Spade support and also strongly suggests that his shape is 3=4=5=1.  Now South knowing of the likely singleton Club opposite is very close to slam.  However because the partnership have bid and supported two suits it is logical that a jump to 4NT Roman Key Card should include the keycards in both Diamonds and Spades.  Thus the King of Diamonds and the King of Spades are included in the responses:-

 

1st step                       1 or 4 keycards

2nd step                      0 or 3 keycards

3rd step                       2 keycards no Queen of Diamonds or Spades

4th step                       2 keycards plus one Queen

5th step                       2 keycards plus two Queens

 

 

3       Asking for a Diamond control

 

Board 4 Thursday 19 February – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AJ

AKJ

J9x

AJ9xx

 

Q1098

10xx

AQ10xx

x

 

xxxxx

x

Kxxx

xxx

 

Kx

Qxxxxx

x

KQ10x

 

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Club

2NT

3 Spades

5 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

3 Hearts

4 Clubs

6 Hearts

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

North jumps to 2NT showing 18-19 over South’s response of 1 Heart.  South now rebids 3 Hearts forcing (as in the modern style if South had a weak hand and wanted to sign off in 3 Hearts he would bid 3 Clubs as prelude to signing off).  North now cue-bids 3 Spades and South co-operates in a possible slam venture by cue-bidding 4 Clubs.  At this stage all that North is worried about is the Diamond position.  Clearly he cannot bid Roman Key Card as if South shows zero keycards North will be none the wiser as to whether the defence can cash the first two tricks in Diamonds (even the first three tricks on a bad day).  Accordingly North jumps to 5 Hearts.  This asks partner to bid the slam if he has a Diamond control ie either a singleton, the King or the Ace.  South is happy to oblige and West has to lead the Ace of Diamonds to prevent the overtrick.

 

This may be put down in the form of a rule:-

 

IN AN UNCONTESTED AUCTION AFTER A MAJOR SUIT HAS BEEN AGREED AS TRUMPS AND CUE-BIDS EXCHANGED IN TWO OF THE NON-TRUMP SUITS A JUMP TO THE FIVE LEVEL OF THE TRUMP SUIT ASKS PARTNER TO BID A SLAM IF HE CAN PREVENT THE OPPOSITION FROM TAKING THE FIRST TWO TRICKS IN THE FOURTH SUIT.