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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

 

RESULT

Pachabo

Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants& Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.
RESULT

CONGRATULATIONS

to Club Members

MARTIN TAYLOR & BARBARA HACKETT

who won the

HARROGATE PAIRS

last weekend.

BERNARD GOLDENFIELD
BERNARD GOLDENFIELD

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the sad psssing of Bernard Goldenfield.

His funeral was held on Thursday 6th June at Philips Park Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

(A full obituary is posted on the MCBA Website)

EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

Yesterday morning during the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio, 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

RESULTS

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
RESULTS

Goldstone

This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
RESULTS

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, David Debbage and Paul Hackett playing in the Sansom team, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  Play continued on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday for the final which was won by Justin and Jason Hackett playing in the Mossop team.
 
RESULTS

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup took place in China this year, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

Starting on 24th April and running until 28th April, the competition included a team from Europe, the United States and China, each team consisting of 8 players. The Buffett Cup is similar to the prestigious Ryder Cup of golf and Davis Cup of tennis. Each squad has a number of players who compete in multiple formats. The outcome of the event is determined by the aggregate results of the segments.

First held in 2006, the Buffett Cup consists of pairs, teams, and individual competitions. The event is named after world-renowned businessman Warren Buffett, lifelong bridge devotee and competitor.

This year there were two English Pairs playing for Europe:

For more information about the event visit the Buffett Cup website.

The final result saw the USA team in first place with 972.3 and Jason and Justin's European team coming a very close second with 967.7.

RESULTS

Higson Finals

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.
(Full details are on the MCBA and Altrincham Websites)
RESULTS

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place in April. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

 

 

AGM of MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"

 

 

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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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 September 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the September 2015 duplicates

 

1       Game universally missed

 

Board 7 Wednesday 16 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer South

 

 

Kxxxx

xx

xx

AQxx

 

A9xx

Qx

KQ10x

KJx

 

Jx

10xx

Jxx

10xxxx

 

Q10

AKJ98x

Axxx

x

 

 

All five North South pairs ended up in a Heart part score thus missing the excellent game.

 

South opens 1 Heart and West doubles.  North bids 1 Spade and East passes.

 

At this stage it would appear that most of the South pairs simply rebid 2 Hearts.  However the hand is too strong for this action.  Equally with only 14 HCPs the hand is not really good enough to jump to 3 Hearts especially as it does not have the seven playing trick strength that such a bid would suggest.  Accordingly South should simply rebid 2 Diamonds.

 

When as opener you rebid a second lower ranking suit after a one level response by responder you are showing anywhere between 11 and 17 points (occasionally 18 if the hand is not strong enough to insist upon game).  Here North gives preference to 2 Hearts holding two cards in each suit and now South can make a game try of 3 Hearts.  This shows a good hand with 6-4 shape (since responder’s preference to 2 Hearts does not promise more than two cards in Hearts).  Over the invite North is delighted to raise to game holding nine points including an Ace and  a King plus the doubleton in Diamonds.

 

In the defence West has a dilemma.  If he opens with a trump in order to stop a Diamond ruff in the Dummy then he sacrifices any chance of the Queen of Hearts making a trick and Declarer will easily make 10 tricks with six Heart tricks, two Club tricks after finessing the Queen (which has at least a 70% chance of success on the bidding in view of West’s take out double) one Spade and one Diamond trick.  Alternatively if West opens with the King of Diamonds then Declarer allows the King to win the first trick.  On a Club switch the Queen is finessed and a Diamond discarded on the Ace of Clubs.  The Ace of Diamonds is followed by the third round of Diamonds is ruffed in the Dummy. If Declarer now diagnoses the trump position he will make an overtrick.  If instead he finesses the Jack of Hearts he will lose one Heart, one Spade and one Diamond making just ten tricks for +620.

 

 

2       Inferential count for the overtrick

 

Board 9 Monday 21 September – Vulnerability East West – Dealer North

 

 

A9x

Q10x

KQJ10xx

x

 

Kxxx

Ax

xx

K10xxx

 

QJ8xx

K

Axx

AJxx

 

10

Jxxxxxx

xx

Qxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

1 Diamond

Pass

Pass

 

1 Spade

3 Clubs

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Diamonds

4 Spades

 

Only three pairs out of eight managed to reach game in Spades for East West and of the seven pairs who played in Spades only four managed to make the overtrick which is a near certainty if they had bothered to count the North South hands properly.

 

West makes an unassuming cue-bid of 2 Diamonds after East overcalls.  This promises a minimum of nine points with Spade support.  East has a good hand but with the singleton King of Hearts it would be a little wild to jump to game in Spades so accordingly East bids his second suit.  This is all the encouragement which West needs to bid game in Spades especially as he has a fourth trump.

 

South leads a Diamond which East wins with the Ace.  At trick two the Queen of Spades is played.  Let us assume that North allows the Queen to win before winning the second Spade with the Ace.  North then cashes his Diamond trick at trick four before exiting with his last trump at trick five.

 

At trick six Declarer unblocks the King of Hearts and then trumps his third Diamond in the Dummy at trick seven on which South discards a Heart.  At trick eight the Ace of Hearts is cashed.  At this stage North is known to have three Spades, at least two Hearts and exactly six Diamonds.  In other words he cannot have more than two Clubs and his shape is likely to be either 3=3=6=1 or 3=2=6=2.  Conversely South’s shape will be either 1=7=2=3 or 1=8=2=2.  Due to the fact that eight card suits are extremely rare beasts East should play North for 3=3=6=1 and when a low Club to the Ace at trick nine yields only low cards he should then confidently run the Jack of Clubs at trick ten for the overtrick.

 

 

3       Minor Suit Game missed

 

Board 10 Monday 28 September – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer East

 

 

Axx

x

Q10x

Q109xxx

 

KQx

K109xxx

xxx

J

 

10xxxx

QJ

J9xx

Ax

 

Jx

Axxx

AKx

Kxxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

 

2 Spades

3 Hearts

5 Clubs

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

1NT

3 Clubs

4 Diamonds

Pass

 

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

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

 

After a strong no trump from South then North transfers into Clubs.  As explained in Tip No 3 from September 2014 if you complete the minor suit transfer by bidding 3 Clubs over 2 Spades (or 3 Diamonds over 2NT if responder has transferred into Diamonds) then you are showing a fit for responder’s minor.  A fit is defined as Qxx or better.  If you do not have a fit for responder’s minor then opener simply bids the next step ie 2NT over 2 Spades or 3 Clubs over 2NT.

 

 

 

When opener shows a fit for Clubs then 3 of either major by responder shows a shortage (singleton or void in that major).  This highlights that opener cannot insist on playing in no trumps without a very good stop in that major.  Here when responder shows Heart shortage opener knows that 3NT is unlikely to be the best contract holding only one stop but equally the hand is very suitable for playing in at least game in Clubs.  Accordingly opener cue-bids 4 Diamonds showing the Ace of Diamonds and denying a control in Spades.  Responder then signs off in 5 Clubs.  5 Clubs needs just a 2-1 trump break (78%) or if the Clubs are 3-0 then opener needs simply to guess who has the three trumps.  Thus the chances of success are 78% + half of 22% = 89%.