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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 May 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2015 duplicates

 

1       Two Key Cards and a Void

 

Board 19 Tuesday 19 May – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

None

A10x

10xxxxx

AQ10x

 

KJxx

Qxxx

Jx

xxx

 

A98xx

J9xx

x

xxx

 

Q108x

Kx

AKQ9

KJ9

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Spades

5NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

4NT

7 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

While those playing five card majors will obviously open 1 Diamond it is also often a good idea when holding 18-19 balanced and playing four card majors to open 1 Diamond when holding four Diamonds and a four card major and then jump to 2NT if partner bids the major in which you do not hold four cards.  The above hand is a good example of why this is so.

 

Over 1 Diamond North should make a splinter bid of 3 Spades showing very good Diamond support (almost certainly five card support) and a singleton or void in Spades.

 

South’s first reaction might be to bid 3NT over the splinter as Q108x is a respectable holding opposite a singleton to play in notrumps.  However as South has 16 working points outside Spades and it is highly probable that North has two keycards in view of his splinter bid South should immediately wheel out Roman Key Card Blackwood.  North has two keycards but he also has a void.  The way to show this is to bid 5NT.  This is music to South’s ears.  In view of North’s splinter he is almost guaranteed to have a Queen in the rounded suits (Clubs or Hearts) and South does not care in which suit the Queen lies so 13 tricks can be underwritten.  Accordingly South jumps to the Grand Slam and the play does not present any problems.

 

Note that for those playing four card majors who choose to open 1 Spade they have a real headache what to bid when North responds 2 Diamonds because to jump to 4 Diamonds would show an unbalanced hand with at least five Spades and to bid 3NT to show the point count might end the auction.

 

 

2       When you know that you have an 8 card major suit fit divided 6-2 then you must play in the major not 3NT !

 

Board 5 Monday 25 May – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

109

AJx

J10xx

xxxx

 

AKxx

10x

AQ98x

K10

 

xxx

Q98xxx

Kx

Ax

 

QJxx

Kx

xx

QJ9xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

4 Hearts

 

The above hand graphically illustrates that when you have an eight card major suit fit divided 6-2 then you must always play in the major and not gamble on 3NT simply because you have honours in the unbid suits.  Five of the eight East West pairs in the Monday duplicate played in 3NT and four of them deservedly went down on a Club lead.  One North unwisely led a low Diamond which allowed this poor contract to make.

 

East will open 2 Hearts at the favourable vulnerability.  If vulnerable then the suit quality would be somewhat dubious but is fine at Green or White.

 

West holding a good 16 points is interested in game and bids 2NT enquiry.  East is happy to bid 3 Clubs showing a high Club honour and a maximum.  Now West should jump to 4 Hearts because there is a much higher likelihood of making ten tricks in Hearts than nine tricks in notrumps.

 

On the likely Queen of Clubs lead from South to 4 Hearts this contract will make an overtrick due to the favourable location of the Jack of Hearts.

 

3       Extreme good fortune required

 

Board 13 Thursday 28 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

KQxx

A

QJxx

A107x

 

None

Q9xxx

976x

KQJx

 

109xx

J10xx

K10

xxx

 

AJxxx

Kxx

A8x

98

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

I found myself in a very poor 6 Spade contract on the above deal from the Swiss Pairs.  Extreme good fortune was required to make the contract.

 

North raised South’s response of 1 Spade to game since the jury is split on whether it is a good idea to splinter when holding a singleton Ace.  I felt that holding a fifth trump and having 5 controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) that there was likely to be a good play for slam.  I jumped straight to six as there was no need to use Roman Key Card since it was not possible for two keycards to be missing in view of North bidding 4 Spades.  While one cannot criticize North’s bid of 4 Spades in the sense that as he has only five losers it is not unreasonable to go to game the hand does illustrate that 4-4-4-1 hands are never as good offensively as you might expect.  For instance if North held for example a 4=1=3=5 hand say ♠KQxx♥A♦QJx♣AJ10xx then now slam would be a much better bet as you would have a good chance of establishing the Clubs to deal with any possible Diamond losers.

 

When the opening lead of the King of Clubs was made and the Dummy went down I realized that I was in a very poor contract.  I won the Ace of Clubs and cashed the King of Spades discovering that the trumps were 4-nil.  I unblocked the Ace of Hearts at trick three and then conceded my Club loser at trick four.  As East had played upwards in Clubs West knew that the Queen of Clubs was not cashing and so had to continue with a red suit.  Diamonds is a safer switch than Hearts in case Declarer’s Hearts were KJx(x) and you give Declarer a free finesse.  So a Diamond switch (the seven) at trick five goes to the Queen, King and Ace.  In order to have a chance of making the contract West will need to have four Diamonds since if the Diamonds are 3-3 there is no chance of a squeeze.  At trick six a low Heart is ruffed in the Dummy.  The remaining trumps are drawn at tricks seven to nine and at trick ten the King of Hearts is cashed.  At trick 11 I was left with the last trump and 8x in Diamonds.  West had 96 in Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs while the Dummy held the 10 of Clubs and Jx in Diamonds.  When I played the last trump at trick eleven West had to surrender.  If the threw the Queen of Clubs then the 10 in Dummy would be boss.  So he threw the 6 of Diamonds and now the 10 of Clubs could be thrown from the Dummy.  The last two tricks were thus made with the Jack and eight of Diamonds.

 

The next day when I looked at the hand records I discovered that Deep Finesse stated that while North can always make 6 Spades South on the other hand can be defeated in 6 Spades.  It took a couple of minutes for me to understand that the reason for this is that if West had chosen to make his opening lead as the 7 of Diamonds (second highest from a bad suit) and then continued with Diamonds when he won his Club trick that this would destroy the communication in Diamonds necessary for the squeeze at trick 11 described above to operate.