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Welcome to

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 July 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the July 2015 duplicates

 

1       Transferring with weak 5-5 in the minors

 

Board 7 Monday 13 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

K109xx

Axx

xx

QJx

 

Axx

10x

AQxx

AKxx

 

x

xx

KJxxx

9xxxx

 

QJxx

KQxxxx

10x

10

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

Pass

Pass1

Pass

Pass

1NT

3 Diamonds

 

 

1           While some would open a weak 2 Hearts this is not ideal holding such a strong four card holding in Spades as a Spade contract might be missed.

 

When West opens a 15-17 no trump the East hand is very unhappy to play in no trumps holding 5-5 in the minors.  Clearly he should transfer into a minor but which minor?  East wants to ensure that the partnership end up in a minimum of an eight card fit. 

 

The answer is that when holding a weak 5-5 in the minors you should always transfer into Diamonds by bidding 2NT.  The reason is that as explained in Tip No 3 September 2014 when opener has a fit for the minor (defined as Qxx or better) he completes the minor suit transfer by bidding 3 Diamonds over 2NT (or 3 Clubs over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs).  If opener does not have a fit for the minor then he simply bids the next step ie 3 Clubs over 2NT (or 2NT over 2 Spades if responder has transferred into Clubs).  Therefore in this case if opener does not have a fit for Diamonds he will bid 3 Clubs and this will almost certainly result in the partnership playing in at least an eight card Club fit.

 

The play is straightforward and 10 tricks in Diamonds result when the Clubs split the expected 3-1.  (A 2-2 split is 40% and a 3-1 split is 50%).

 

2       Minor suit Stayman after a 2NT opening

 

Board 7 Tuesday 14 July – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

J10xxxx

xxx

Jx

Kx

 

x

AQx

Q98xx

Jxxx

 

Ax

Kx

AKxx

AQ9xx

 

KQ9x

J109xx

10x

10x

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

2NT

4 Diamonds

4NT

5 Hearts

6 Diamonds

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Spades

4 Hearts

5 Clubs

5NT

Pass

 

When responding to a 2NT opener if responder has at least 4-4 in the minors and slam-invitational values he should bid 3 Spades as minor suit Stayman asking opener to bid a four-card minor.  If opener has a four card minor he bids it.  Otherwise opener bids 3NT.

 

When East hears West bid 3 Spades he immediately knows that the partnership is probably headed for slam.  He has a choice between bidding 4 Clubs or 4 Diamonds.  You might think that as he has more Clubs that he should set Clubs as trumps.  However there is a possibility of a Grand Slam and if opener sets Clubs as trumps he would never be able to find out about the Queen of Diamonds through Roman Keycard.  However by setting Diamonds as trumps opener can find out about both the Queen of Diamonds and the King of Clubs. 

 

Responder cue-bids 4 Hearts over 4 Diamonds showing a Heart control (Ace, King or singleton).  Opener now bids RKCB for Diamonds.  Responder now shows one keycard.   Opener now needs to know if opener has the Queen of trumps before looking for a possible Grand Slam.   Accordingly he bids the lowest non-trump suit to ask.  In this case because trumps are a minor suit the 5 Heart bid has already committed the partnership to a minimum of a Small Slam.  If responder does not have the Queen of trumps he would sign off in 6 Diamonds.  However because he has the Queen of trumps he bids 5NT.  This conveys the message that West has the Queen of Diamonds but no other King.  If West had both the Queen of trumps and the King of Clubs he would bid 6 Clubs.  If this were the case then East would then be able to jump to the Grand Slam in Diamonds.  On this occasion on hearing West bid 5NT then East knows that the King of Clubs is missing and settles for the laydown Small Slam in Diamonds.

 

 

3       No room for science

 

Board 14 Wednesday 15 July – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

xxxx

Qx

x

A109xxx

 

AQ109xx

Kxx

xxx

Q

 

Kx

None

AKJ10xxxx

Kxx

 

J

AJ109xxxx

Q

Jxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

6 Diamonds

4 Hearts

Pass

4 Spades

Pass

 

There are times when the opposition crowd the auction to such an extent that there is no room for scientific exploration of possible slam and you simply have to bid what you expect to make.

 

South jumps to 4 Hearts over 1 Diamond with his strong eight carder and West bids 4 Spades with his strong six card suit.  East has no room to explore and if he were to bid 5 Hearts this would be taken as a void showing cue-bid agreeing Spades.  However holding eight Diamonds East should surely only want to play in Diamonds.  In order for 6 Diamonds to be a good contract East only needs his partner to hold either of the black suit Aces and not to be void in Diamonds.  Accordingly he should jump to 6 Diamonds.

 

Only two out of eight pairs managed to bid the Diamond slam.  Moreover the two that did received a naïve Ace of Hearts lead from South and all thirteen tricks were made.  The bidding was strongly suggestive of a Heart void in the East hand since East had not used RKCB.  Therefore South should lead the unbid suit Clubs against 6 Diamonds rather than fruitlessly trying to cash the Ace of Hearts.  This would prevent the overtrick and it is even possible that East West might have two losers in Clubs on some occasions.