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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

 

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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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.

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Thankyou.

Tips for December 2015

 TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the December 2015 duplicates

 

1 North dozes off

 

Board 2 Thursday 10 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

 

                                                    KQ10xx

                                                    Jxxx

                                                    xx

                                                    J8

               Axx                                                                       xx

               xx                                                                         AK10x

               QJ10xxx                                                                AK

               9x                                                                         KQ106x

                                                    Jxx

                                                    Q9x

                                                    xxx

                                                    A7xx

 

North                 East                   South                  West

                         1 Club                Pass                   1 Diamond

Pass                  2 Hearts             Pass                   3 Diamonds

Pass                  ?

                

On the above hand I ended up in the wrong game of 3NT instead of 5 Diamonds but was allowed to make it when North dozed off at trick four.

 

East correctly jumped to 2 Hearts in response to West’s response of 1 Diamond which was a game forcing jump shift showing a minimum of 18 points with at least five Clubs and four Hearts.  I repeated my Diamonds to show a six carder and denying three Clubs and now East had to decide what to say for his third bid.  He should have bid 4 Diamonds because the Ace and King is excellent support opposite a six card suit and he knows that West cannot have more than one stop in Spades as otherwise West would have rebid 2NT over 2 Hearts.  However East chose to bid 3 Spades as fourth suit forcing and now West had no choice but to bid 3NT.  The reason why 3NT is highly likely to fail is that on the expected Spade lead West’s entry to the long Diamonds will be immediately knocked out and unless West has the Queen of Hearts only two Diamond tricks will be made.

 

North opened with the King of Spades against 3NT.  South unblocked the Jack (because North had promised at least KQ10xx).  North continued with Spades and I won the third round of the suit.  As the Diamonds were blocked it was pointless to play Diamonds at trick four so instead I turned my attention to the Club suit.  As I was in my hand for the one and only time I needed North to have the Jack of Clubs.  Accordingly I played the NINE of Clubs and North dozily followed with the EIGHT.  I played small from Dummy and South ducked.  I continued with my second Club at trick five and this went Jack, King and Ace.  Now I had nine tricks with four Club tricks, two Diamond tricks, two Heart tricks and the Ace of Spades.

 

What is wrong with that you might ask.  Well if North covers the nine of Clubs with the Jack on the first round of the suit then South’s SEVEN of Clubs is promoted to winning rank on the fourth round of the suit.

 

So the moral is that in Defence you must be careful not merely to cover honours with honours but to be alert to the occasions when it is essential to cover cards below the rank of honour.

 

A more common situation when the nine must be covered is as follows:-

                                         AJ10x

            Kx                                                               Q8xx

                                          9xx

Here West must cover the nine with the King to promote East’s 8 to winning rank on the fourth round.

 

 

2 The Vanishing 5th Trick

 

Board 4 Monday 21 December – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer West

                                                  xxx

                                                  A10x

                                                  xxx

                                                  Axxx

Jxx                                                                                          AQ

Q8xx                                                                                       KJ9xx

AJx                                                                                         Qxx

J10x                                                                                        K9x

                                                  K109xx

                                                  x

                                                  K109x

                                                  Qxx

 

Assuming that East opens 1NT then West has a choice between inviting game via non-promissory Stayman or going straight to game in notrumps.  If West chooses to use non-promissory Stayman then he has little choice but to raise the response of 2 Hearts to 3 Hearts.  East should pass 3 Hearts because although he has a fifth trump he is minimum in points and it is not an asset to have six of his points as AQ doubleton of Spades.

 

Playing in Hearts there is no chance of making more than nine tricks as long as South does not make his opening lead in Diamonds.  On a Spade lead Declarer loses the Ace of trumps, one Diamond and two Club tricks.  On a Club lead Declarer loses the Ace of trumps, one Spade and two Club tricks (the Jack of Spades now being available to park the third round Diamond loser).

 

Alternatively let us suppose that West attaching due importance to the 10 of Clubs chooses to go straight to game in notrumps.  Against this contract South will definitely lead the 10 of Spades (top of an interior sequence).  Declarer wins with the Queen and plays the Jack of Hearts at trick two which North allows to win.  A second Heart is played at trick three to the Queen and Ace on which South discards his low Diamond.  At trick four North continues with a second round of Spades to Declarer’s Ace.  It would appear that the Defence are now going to make five tricks with three Spade tricks plus the Heart and Club Aces but appearances can be deceptive.  East now continues with three more rounds of Hearts.  South can discard his two low Clubs on the third and fourth round of Hearts but on the final round of Hearts at trick seven South has to discard from ♠K9x ♥None ♦K109 ♣Q.  What can he throw?  If he throws the nine of Diamonds then Declarer can make three Diamond tricks.  Accordingly he will probably throw the Queen of Clubs.  However at trick eight Declarer now finesses the Jack of Diamonds and then at trick nine endplays South by exiting with the Jack of Spades from the Dummy.  On the run of the Spades Declarer now throws all his Clubs from both hands (one Club having already been discarded from the Dummy on the fifth Heart) and at trick twelve South is endplayed from the K10 of Diamonds round to Declarer’s Queen with Ace and a small Diamond in the Dummy.  The Ace of Clubs vanishes into thin air for the Defence !

 

 

3 Patterning out the shape helps to reach slam

 

Board 18 Wednesday 23 December – Vulnerability North South – Dealer East

                                                  KQx

                                                  AKxxx

                                                  Ax

                                                  xxx

J9                                                                                          10xxx

Qxx                                                                                        109x

109x                                                                                       xx

AQxxx                                                                                     K109x

                                                   Axxx

                                                   Jx

                                                   KQJxxx

                                                   J

 

North                   East                   South                    West

                           Pass                 1 Diamond              Pass

1 Heart                 Pass                 1 Spade                  Pass

2 Clubs                 Pass                 2 Diamonds             Pass

3 Diamonds           Pass                 3 Hearts                  Pass

4 Diamonds           Pass                 4 Spades                 Pass

4NT                      Pass                 5 Spades                Pass

6 Diamonds           Pass                  Pass                      Pass

 

Only two pairs out of nine managed to reach slam on the above hand.

 

North employs fourth suit forcing after South rebids 1 Spade.  It is definitely correct for South to emphasize the strength of the Diamonds by bidding 2 Diamonds in response to fourth suit forcing.  North is now interested in a slam in Diamonds holding 16 points with six controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) so he raises to 3 Diamonds.  South should now bid 3 Hearts.  This is patterning out his shape ie he must be 4=2=6=1.  North now knows that there is no danger of losing two Club tricks and so bids 4 Diamonds hoping that South can cue-bid the Ace of Spades.  This he duly does and now Roman Key Card is wheeled out leading to the excellent slam.  Assuming that the Defence start off with a Club lead then the second round of Clubs is ruffed.  Trumps are then drawn in three rounds.  Declarer can now establish the Hearts (even assuming the most likely 4-2 split).  Should the Hearts prove to be 5-1 then the contract will still make if the Spades split 3-3 or if the hand with five Hearts holds four Spades then he will be squeezed when the last trump is drawn (for instance if the West hand were originally ♠10xxx ♥Q109xx ♦xx ♣KQ and the East hand were ♠J9 ♥x ♦109x ♣A109xxxx).

 

Suppose we make the South hand somewhat weaker say ♠AJxx ♥Qx ♦K98xxx ♣x then now South should give a simple preference to 2 Hearts in response to the fourth suit forcing bid of 2 Clubs rather than emphasize such a threadbare six card suit.