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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 June 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS 

 

Points of interest from the June 2015 duplicates 

 

1     Mini-Splinter points the way to slam 

 

Board 10 Thursday 11 June – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East 

 

 

xxx 

KQ9xxx 

Axxx 

None 

 

Q10xx 

10x 

Qxx 

QJ10x 

 

Jx 

J 

KJ10xx 

A98xx 

 

AKxx 

Axxx 

x 

Kxxx 

 

 

 

 

North 

East 

 

South 

 

West 

 

1 Heart 

4 Diamonds 

6 Hearts 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

1 Club 

3 Diamonds 

4 Spades 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

 

 

None of the five North South pairs managed to reach the excellent slam contract of 6 Hearts on the above hand.  After North responds 1 Heart to South’s opening bid of 1 Club South has to decide what to say.  While he might bid 3 Hearts showing 16 to 18 points including shape as he has 14 points with four card Heart support plus a singleton Diamond for which we should count 3 points once a trump fit has been found (total 17 points) there is a much more descriptive bid available.  That bid is to make a MINI SPLINTER of 3 Diamonds. 

 

A mini-splinter is where responder’s major suit is agreed by the opener jumping to the 3 level after a 1 Heart or 1 Spade response to the opening bid of 1 Club or 1 Diamond in a higher ranking suit to the one opened. 

Opener promises either:- 

 

1     A raise to at least the three level of partner’s with a singleton in the mini-splintered suit. 

 

or 

 

2     A raise to the three level with a void in the mini-splintered suit but insufficient points to splinter at the four level. 

 

There are four such sequences:- 

 

A         1 Club               1 Spade 

3 Diamonds 

 

B          1 Club               1 Spade 

  3 Hearts 

 

C          1 Club               1 Heart 

  3 Diamonds 

 

D          1 Diamond        1 Spade 

  3 Hearts 

 

They are called mini-splinters because in each case responder can sign off in 3 of the major if he is minimum or has a bad holding in the mini-splintered suit.  For instance in the above hand if North held ♠xxxx ♥Q10xx ♦KJx ♣Jx then he would sign off in 3 Hearts and the bidding would end in a part-score. 

 

When South makes a Mini-Splinter of 3 Diamonds the North hand has enormous playing strength.  However North cannot bid Keycard because he has a void and in any event there might be two losers in Spades if South has for instance:- 

 

♠QJxx    ♥Axxx    ♦x    ♣AKxx 

 

Accordingly North bids 4 Diamonds as a cue-bid showing the Ace (since it would be completely pointless to cue-bid a King opposite the known shortage in the South hand).  South then cue-bids in Spades and North can then jump to slam in Hearts.  Thus slam is reached on only 23 points between the two hands and even then the King of Clubs is superfluous to its success. 

 

On a passive Jack of Hearts lead North should win in hand and then trump three Diamonds in the Dummy using Club ruffs as a means of transport each time.  Even though the Diamonds split 5-3 the fourth Diamond is trumped with the Ace of Hearts and 12 tricks roll in :  +1430 to North South. 

 

 

2     Agreeing opener’s major suit after a 2NT opening 

 

Board 15 Wednesday 24 June – Vulnerability North South – Dealer South 

 

 

 

QJxxx 

Axxx 

x 

Q10x 

 

Ax 

109x 

Qxxxx 

xxx 

 

xx 

Qxxx 

J109 

xxxx 

 

K109x 

KJ 

AKxx 

AKJ 

 

 

 

North 

East 

South 

West 

 

3 Clubs 

4 Hearts 

5 Clubs 

6 Spades 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

2NT 

3 Spades 

4NT 

5 Diamonds 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass  

Pass 

 

Only two pairs out of seven managed to get to the excellent 6 Spade contract on the above hand. 

 

After the bidding starts 2NT – 3 Clubs – 3 Spades, responder holding four Spades has to be able to set Spades as trumps and investigate slam.  FOUR HEARTS, THE OTHER MAJOR, IS AN ARTIFICIAL SLAM TRY SETTING SPADES AS TRUMPS.  IF RESPONDER BIDS ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOUR HEARTS, EXCEPT A NON-SLAM TRY RAISE TO FOUR SPADES, RESPONDER DENIES FOUR-CARD SPADE SUPPORT.  The use of the other major in this sequence is not needed as a natural bid. 

 

When South shows a four card Spade suit in response to Stayman then the North hand is definitely worth a slam try with five trumps, a singleton, an Ace and nine points opposite a 2NT opener.  The way to express this is to bid the other major at the lowest level ie 4 Hearts over 3 Spades.  (If South had shown a four card Heart suit in response to Stayman then similarly 3 Spades by North would agree Hearts). 

 

South holding a maximum with eight controls bids keycard and over the 5 Club response showing one Keycard asks for the Queen of trumps by bidding the next step 5 Diamonds.  North holding the Queen of trumps then jumps to 6 Spades as he has no other King to show.  There are no problems in the play and a score of +1460 to North South is soon entered. 

 

 

3     Minor suit game missed 

 

Board 19 Monday 29 June Vulnerability East West – Dealer South 

 

 

None 

Ax 

AQ109x 

J109xxx 

 

Jxxxx 

K109 

xxx 

Kx 

 

KQ10x 

Jxxx 

Jxx 

Ax 

 

Axxx 

Qxxx 

Kx 

Qxx 

 

 

North 

East 

South 

West 

 

 

1 Club 

2 Clubs 

3 Diamonds 

Pass 

 

 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

1 Heart 

2NT 

5 Clubs 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

Pass 

 

Only one pair out of eight managed to reach the excellent 5 Club contract on the above hand. 

 

After South responds 1 Heart to the 1 Club opener West is too weak to make an overcall in Spades at red.  North rebids 2 Clubs and South having a maximum pass bids 2NT implying a good 10 or 11 points.   

 

North is very unhappy with notrumps and so he should now bid 3 Diamonds.  This implies a very unbalanced hand but one which is limited by the failure to reverse earlier.  In fact it is highly likely that it shows six Clubs and five Diamonds.  This is because there would be an element of risk in bidding a higher ranking suit over 2NT with only a 6-4 shape because it would commit to playing in Clubs if South’s shape were exactly 4=5=2=2. 

 

Over 3 Diamonds the South hand now looks very promising for playing in a Club contract.  There is a known nine card fit in Clubs; South’s honour in Clubs will be of great value; Kx in Diamonds is a great holding in partner’s second suit since if North is missing the Queen South will be able to ruff the third round and finally the Ace of the unbid suit is ideal opposite shortage in the North hand (whereas KJ in Spades would be a very bad holding). 

 

Accordingly South should jump to 5 Clubs.  In the play if East opens with the King of Spades North would win with the Ace in Dummy discarding his losing Heart.  A trump is then played to the nine and Ace.  Spades are continued and declarer ruffs the second Spade.  At this point Declarer should continue with King of Diamonds, Ace of Diamonds and ruff a Diamond with the Queen of trumps.  This is in case the trumps are splitting 3-1 and one of the defenders originally held Jxxx in Diamonds.  On this particular occasion the precaution is unnecessary but the technique is important.