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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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A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

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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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

Seniors Trials

Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) took place from 14-15th December in Solihull. 

Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won comfortably and will represent England in the event in Ireland in MayCONGRATULATIONS!

Results are on the EBU web site.

RESULTS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS RESULTS

 

Twenty five pairs took part in this prestigious competition last Sunday and enjoyed a great festive occasion and fabulous buffet.

Congratulations to 

ANDY BROCKLEHURST & JEFF MORRIS

First Place

RESULTS

MICHAEL FAY & CATHERINE DRAPER

2nd Place

GILLIAN McMULLEN & ROGER HOPTON

3rd Place

SALLY BRAY & GEORGE LEIGH

Intermediate First Place

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! 

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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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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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.