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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 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.