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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

 

Now firmly established in our new home premises at

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

 

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.

EBU Scarborough Summer Congress
 

Congratulations to Jason Hackett and teammates for winning the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett).

Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final.

In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer,

Congratulations to all MBC players - great result!
(Full results are on the EBU web site.)

Green Point Teams

The first event of the 2019-20 season took place at Altrincham on Sunday 21st July. 26 teams took part and, winning by a small margin, were Ollie Burgess, Mark Weeks, Gillian Fawcett and Catherine Draper, the last two practicing for the Women's World Championships in China in September.  . 
Full results are on the Altrincham club web site.
Manchester vs Derbyshire Match

The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July.  Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs.  The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom,  Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks.  Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.
 
Derby match
Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum
(MBC players highlighted)
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)

THE RUIA CUP MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION 2019

This has taken place over 3 sessions

with the final having been played

on Tuesday 9th July. 

Congratulations to First Place Winners

Peter Carey-Yard, Michael Greaney,Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend

and to

the Second Place team

Sam Herman, David Sarabowski, Howard Kaye & Stuart Shalom (not pictured)

Prizes were presented by Bhim Ruia.

(Full results are bottom right of this page)

RESULTS

HARROGATE PAIRS

Congratulations to club members Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett who won the Harrogate Pairs last weekend (6/7 July)

RESULTS
EBU Summer Seniors

Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.

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

*************

2019 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

May 2019 until the end of August 2019

*************

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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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 August 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the August 2015 duplicates

 

1       Slam universally missed

 

Board 4 Wednesday 5 August – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

 

 

AQ9

x

AK10xx

KQxx

 

xx

K1098xx

xxx

xx

 

J10xxx

AQJx

x

J10x

 

Kxx

xx

QJxx

A9xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

4 Hearts

4NT

6 Diamonds

1 Spade

Pass

Pass

2 Spades

4 Spades

5 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

Not a single pair managed to reach the excellent 6 Diamond contract on the above hand.

 

The West hand is too weak to open a weak 2 Hearts at Amber.  North opens 1 Diamond and after a 1 Spade overcall from East then South should bid 2 Spades to show a good high card raise to at least 3 Diamonds.

 

North can now accurately describe his hand and show an interest in slam by making a splinter bid of 4 Hearts.  South is delighted to co-operate over the splinter bid because he has no wasted honours (King, Queen or Jack) opposite the splinter.  Accordingly South cue-bids in Spades.  This could be either the King or a singleton but is more likely to be the King in view of East’s overcall not being supported.  North wheels out Roman Key Card to check that South does have one Keycard and jumps to 6 Diamonds over the reply.

 

For the slam to make it needs either a 3-2 club break (68 per cent) or West having a singleton 10 of Jack of Clubs (two fifths of 14 per cent).  Total probability of success is therefore approximately 74 per cent.

 

2       Roman Key Card in two suits

 

Board 18 Wednesday 12 August – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

 

Axx

AK

AJ9

A98xx

 

Q109xx

Qx

10xx

QJx

 

xxx

109xx

KQxxxxx

None

 

KJ

Jxxxx

x

K10xxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

2NT

3 Hearts

4 Diamonds1

4 Spades2

6 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

3 Diamonds

4 Clubs

4 Hearts

4NT3

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1           Roman Key Card in Hearts and Clubs

2           How many Queens (in Hearts and Clubs)

3           Zero

 

Not a single pair managed to reach the laydown 6 Clubs on the above hand.

 

North opens 2NT and South transfers into Hearts.  Then after the transfer South bids his second suit which is a slam try showing at least five Hearts and four Clubs.  Note that if South had the same point count but with only a 2=5=2=4 distribution then he would bid 3NT over 3 Hearts because it would be too ambitious to be looking for a slam holding ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦xx ♣K10xx.  At this point there is a good case for North simply jumping to 6 Clubs with all the Aces and five trumps.  However if he wishes to bid the hand scientifically then he should bid 4 Diamonds.  As explained in June 2014 Tip No 1 when after a 2NT opener responder transfers into a major and then bids a second suit at the four level the lowest off suit by opener is Roman Key Card for BOTH of responder’s suits.

 

South shows one Keycard and now the next step asks how many Queens South has in his two suits (Hearts and Clubs).  The first step shows no Queens, the second step one Queen and the third step two Queens.

 

North signs off in 6 Clubs once South has denied any Queen.  In fact in spite of missing the Queen of Clubs 7 Clubs requires only a 2-1 trump split which is a 78% chance.  It is extremely difficult to bid a Grand Slam because neither side knows that the partnership possesses a 10 card fit in Clubs since from North’s point of view South might have made a slam try on say ♠KJ ♥Jxxxx ♦Kx ♣K10xx and South cannot know that North has five Clubs.

 

 

3       Lead the unbid suit !

 

Board 6 Wednesday 19 August – Vulnerability East West – Dealer East

 

 

10xxx

xxx

AQ10

Axx

 

AQxx

xx

xxx

Kxxx

 

xx

109x

Kxx

Q10xxx

 

KJx

AKQJx

Jxxx

J

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

1 Spade

3 Hearts

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

1 Heart

2 Diamonds

4 Hearts

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

I was astonished to see that four out of six Wests made the opening lead of a trump on the above auction.

 

This makes declarer’s life very easy.  Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse is taken at trick four.  A Club return is won in the Dummy with the Ace and a low Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick six.  A second round of Clubs is ruffed at trick seven, the Diamonds are unblocked at tricks eight and nine.  At trick ten a second Spade to the King and Ace follows.  The third round of Clubs is ruffed at trick eleven and Declarer wins the last two tricks with the Jack of Diamonds and the established 10 of Spades.

 

There is absolutely no reason not to lead the unbid suit Clubs on this auction.  Look how different things would have been on a Club lead in spite of the fact that trumps split 3-2.

 

Trumps are drawn in three rounds and a losing Diamond finesse follows at trick five.  The second round of Clubs is ruffed with Declarer’s fourth trump and the two Diamond winners in the Dummy unblocked at tricks seven and eight.  A Spade to the Jack and Queen follows at trick nine.  At trick 10 a further Club lead takes out Declarer’s last trump and the Jack of Diamonds is cashed at trick 11.  The Defence now take the last two tricks with the Ace of Spades and a winning Club.  One down.