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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

 

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!!

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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 November 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the November 2015 duplicates

 

1       Unusual 4NT overcall

 

Board 8 Tuesday 24 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer West

 

 

AJxx

x

AQxx

109xx

 

Q10xx

K10xx

10x

Jxx

 

xxx

AQJxxxx

Jx

x

 

Kx

x

Kxxxx

AKQxx

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

Pass

6♣  or 6♦

 

3 Hearts

Pass

 

4NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

West deals and passes and North should also pass because you should not open borderline 4-4-4-1 hands.

 

East pre-empts with 3 Hearts and South has to decide what to bid.  It is not sensible to double for takeout because having only two cards in the unbid major South cannot cope with partner bidding Spades.  Equally if South bids 3NT this would be natural showing 16+ points with a stop in Hearts.

 

However in the same way that a jump to 2NT over an opening bid at the one level shows 5-5 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits a jump to 4NT over an opening three level preempt shows a strong 5-5 in the two lowest ranking unbid suits.  Here South is showing a good hand with 5-5 in the minors and a maximum of five losers on the losing trick count.

 

How should North reply to this?  He is maximum for his original pass, he has four card support for both of South’s suits and he has two Aces.  Accordingly he should jump to straight to slam in either Clubs or Diamonds.  Even if South has six cards in one of the minors in a 1=1=6=5 or 1=1=5=6 shape it will make no difference in which minor suit North South should declare.

 

There are no problems in the play and a score of +920 results.  (Even if South’s Spades were say Qx instead of Kx then the contract would just require the Spade finesse through the partner of the pre-emptor).

 

2       The Rule of 19 or the Rule of 20 is only a guide and should be used with discretion

 

Board 11 Tuesday 24 November

 

Even if a hand qualifies as an opening bid because it satisfies the Rule of 19 or the more conservative Rule of 20 that does not necessarily mean that it should be opened.

 

Consider Board 11:-

 

AKxx

Q98xx

J

Jxx

 

First of all we ignore the singleton Jack when calculating whether the hand is within the R19 or R20.

 

Thus the above hand is 19 (ten High Card Points plus nine cards in the two longest suits).  However, if you open 1 Heart and partner responds 2 Diamonds, what on earth are you going to rebid?  You cannot rebid 2 Spades because this would be a reverse showing at least 16 points after a two level response and to rebid the moth eaten Heart suit is to most minds gruesome.  Accordingly you start off proceedings with NO BID ! ! !

 

However if we swop the Spades and Hearts round to give:-

 

Q98xx

AKxx

J

Jxx

 

Then you could just about open 1 Spade because if partner bids 2 Diamonds you can at least rebid 2 Hearts showing the 5-4 shape.

 

So the moral is make sure that you have a sensible rebid if partner responds in your short suit.  If you have no sensible rebid then do not open.

 

This is a theme which I first mentioned back in October 2012 Tip No 1.

 

3       Expensive Sacrifice

 

Board 14 Monday 30 November – Vulnerability White – Dealer East

 

 

A9xxx

J10x

x

AKQx

 

QJ

xxx

109xxx

Jxx

 

x

AQ9

AKQJx

10xxx

 

Kxxxx

Kxxx

xx

xx

 

 

Four out of eight East West pairs unwisely sacrificed in 5 Diamonds on the above hand and when this was doubled they deservedly went three down for -500 for a shared bottom.

 

East opens 1 Diamond which is passed round to North who bids 1 Spade.  East should then double this for takeout showing a good hand with short Spades because although partner has denied more than 5 points East West might still have a good part score available in Hearts or Clubs.  Let us assume that South raises to 4 Spades (raising to the level of the fit non-vulnerable ie bidding to the three level with nine trumps and to the four level with ten trumps).

 

The spotlight now shifts to West.  While he might consider sacrificing because his side also possess a likely ten card fit he does know that except in the unlikely event of East having the singleton King of Spades that his Queen Jack of Spades will be completely useless.  In other words only his Jack of Clubs might be of any value (although not on this occasion).  It is extremely unlikely that at equal vulnerability that 5 Diamonds doubled will escape for a lower penalty than 500 which at pairs is a disaster against 420 for 4 Spades making for North South.

 

Note that if we replace East’s 9 of Hearts with a small Heart then 5 Diamonds doubled would be even more expensive costing 800 on accurate defence losing one Spade, two Hearts and three Clubs.