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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

 

HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!
HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!

DOESN'T SHE LOOK GREAT?

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!!

....and she came top this afternoon!

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
took place on Sunday 3rd November
at Altrincham

(See MCBA website for results and photos)
 

SPOOKY SWISS PAIRS

Our Halloween celebrations were enjoyed by all with many members making superb efforts to dress up and scare us all to bits!

Eleven tables played and the Jacket Potatoes were devoured with relish by all - a very special thankyou goes to Eylem for all her hard work in providing a great supper.

Congratulations to Vera Lowson and David Fernley for winning first prize for fab costumes

.........and special mentions also to Maureen Seddon, Ann Wood and Richard Cross.

 

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.

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.