Peter Ader was the owner of the Central Bridge Club in the seventies, employing Jeff Morris as the club manager. When Peter died suddenly, Jeff moved the business to the Palatine Road site and renamed it Manchester Bridge Club, where it remained for forty years before moving to its current premises on Wellington Road. Peter Ader is remembered by the award of the eponymous trophy competed for on the last Wednesday before Christmas.
This year's winners were Eve Lighthill and Raymond Semp playing North and South on this exciting deal which featured a very complicated auction.
Eve opened a multi two diamonds showing a weak two in a major, East overcalled two spades on his strong hand, Raymond bid a natural three clubs and West raised spades. East had enough to go to game and Raymond correctly decided that they didn't have enough defence to beat four spades (though that contract needs very careful playing), and that they might make five clubs. When this came round to East he, also correctly, decided that although he had a good hand it could only expect to make one defensive trick, so he introduced his second suit. West should pass this, but she corrected to five spades. Now the spotlight was on Eve, she admitted to her club support and now it was West's turn to face a decision. She now showed her diamond support and South's double ended the auction.
On the ace of clubs lead East was hopeful of making the contract but unsurprisingly, given the high level competition, the spades failed to break kindly and he was one off.
The par result is six clubs one off, but East West didn't lose any match points by getting the final decision wrong. Other tables played in five clubs doubled making, four hearts by North failing by three tricks and four spades doubled by East going four off when declarer lost control when forced by club leads.