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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

 

 
World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 
 
Update Saturday 21st September
With only two round robin matches remaining all the England teams are in the top eight which, if they remain so, means they qualify for the knock out phase.  Best placed are the Mixed team who have been leading since round five and are now certain to qualify.  The Seniors are in fourth place 13 VPs ahead of the ninth placed team.  The Women's team is in sixth place nine VPs ahead of the ninth team.
 
RAY'S "JOG" FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT  "JOG"

https://exrayraylejog.home.blog

 

"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog).  This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham).  There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!).  The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."

Welsh Foursomes
 
Congratulations to Jeff Smith, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Peter Foster and John Roberts who won the Welsh Fours at Wrexham over the weekend of 14-15th September. 
Full results are on the North Wales web site.
 
Winners
Peter Foster, John Roberts, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne

 

Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.

The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.

JUNIOR SUCCESS

Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
 
(Full details are on MCBA website)
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT

THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

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...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!

(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)

WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.

If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am

Link to the full show

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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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.