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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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For all our members who have 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.

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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.

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 March 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the March 2015 duplicates

 

1       Cue-bid by opener to create a game force

 

Board 19 Wednesday 4 March – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

KJ10xx

AJx

Qxxx

x

 

xx

KQx

A

AKJxxxx

 

AQx

10xxxx

Kx

10xx

 

xxx

xx

J10xxxx

Qx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Double

3NT

4 Spades

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

2 Spades

4 Clubs

6 Clubs

 

When East makes a negative double to show Hearts after North’s 1 Spade overcall West knows that his side belong in game at the very least.  However he does not know whether the partnership will end up in Clubs, Hearts or Notrumps.  Accordingly in such situations West should cue-bid the enemy suit to create a game force.

 

Over 2 Spades the most descriptive bid for East to make is to jump to 3NT which suggests that he has a double stop in Spades.

 

Over 3NT West has visions of slam but if partner’s Spades were say only QJxx then no slam would be available.  To suggest a strong interest in slam West now continues with 4 Clubs showing a minimum of six Clubs.  If East had only QJxx in Spades he would now sign off in 4NT.  However he is delighted to cue-bid 4 Spades and now West can jump to 6 Clubs which basically only requires the Spade finesse through the overcaller.  If of course East had the Jack of Hearts then the slam would be almost certain as on a Spade lead the Ace could be played and after drawing trumps and unblocking the Ace of Diamonds the losing Spade could be discarded on the King of Diamonds.

 

2       Gilt-edged 7 pointer

 

Board 1 Thursday 19 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

K10xx

xx

xxx

KJ10x

 

QJ

A109xx

xxxxx

x

 

A98xx

Q8xx

AK

Qx

 

xx

KJ

QJ10

Axxxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

3 Clubs

1 Spade

3 Hearts

2 Clubs

Pass

Double

?

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to game in Hearts on this hand.  It is likely that the other Wests having made a negative double of the 2 Club overcall by South then decided that they had done enough when East bid 3 Hearts.

 

However it is clearcut for West to go on to game.  Why is this?  Although West has only 7 points there are three very good things about his hand.  Firstly he has a fifth trump, secondly he has a singleton Club and thirdly the QJ doubleton in Spades the first suit bid by East will be worth their weight in gold.

 

Say South cashes the Ace of Clubs before switching to the Queen of Diamonds.  Declarer wins the Diamond and plays a Heart to the Jack and Ace.  Now the winning Spade finesse is taken, the Diamonds are easily established and eleven tricks quickly result, +450 to North South.

 

 

3       Splinter eases way to slam

 

Board 23 Thursday 26 March – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

KQ9

Kxxxx

xx

Jxx

 

None

AQJ9

K108x

AK8xx

 

Axx

10x

AQ9xx

Q109

 

J10xxxxx

xx

Jx

xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Heart

Pass

Pass

 

 

2 Diamonds

6 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Club

4 Spades

Pass

 

Only one pair out of eight got to 6 Diamonds on the above hand from the Swiss Pairs.  In fact 7 Diamonds is almost certain to make but is not straightforward to bid.  However there is absolutely no excuse for missing 6 Diamonds assuming that you are playing Splinter bids.

 

When East responds 2 Diamonds after North’s 1 Heart overcall West knows that the partnership is very close to slam.  Accordingly having four card support for Diamonds and only a four loser hand West should jump to 4 Spades.  This is a VOID SHOWING SPLINTER (since 3 Spades would show a singleton and agree Diamonds).  The least that East can do over 4 Spades is to jump to slam in Diamonds as he has good trumps and the partial fit in Clubs is a great asset.

 

I noted that 7 Diamonds is not straightforward to bid.  I think that the only way in which the Grand Slam might be reached is for East to bid 5 Clubs over 4 Spades.  If East chooses this option then West can now visualize that any slow Heart loser will disappear on the established Clubs.  Accordingly West would then bid 5NT – the old fashioned Grand Slam force.  This would ask East to bid 7 Diamonds if he has any two of the top three trump honours (AK, AQ or KQ).  Note that here 5NT is clearly the Grand Slam force and not the “Pick a Slam” use of 5NT which we have previously seen in March 2014 Tip No 3 and November 2014 Tip No 2 where more than one possible trump suit had been suggested in the previous bidding.  On the hand above the void showing splinter of 4 Spades had unilaterally set Diamonds as trumps.