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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

 

 
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 and Michael Byrne (playing with Fiona Brown) in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 

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.

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

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.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

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)
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

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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 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.