Coaching has now ceased for the summer break and will re-start in the autumn - suggestions for what is most useful would be welcome.
Contact Joan Lewis 07952 010716 or any committee member for further information.
Members will be aware of how much work goes on both visibly and behind the scenes to ensure smooth operation of the club - in numerous areas such as directing, dealing, refreshments and finance - to name just a few.
An area where more help would be welcome is in members volunteering to host occasionally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The hosting system has been well used since its inception over a year ago and many members have benefited and formed new friendships and bridge partnerships through its use.
However there is a risk that we may not be able to continue if more members don't come forward and volunteer to take on the role of host. So - if you play regularly and don't make a contribution to the running of the club in any other way - then please consider hosting every few months - even if you have no intention of using it yourself.
Don't be afraid of doing so, we encourage hosts and hosted to agree simple systems to play on the night and to adopt a "no blame approach"!!
Please simply identify a date when you are free and put your name on the list on the noticeboard.
If you'd like to discuss the way this operates then please speak to any committee member.
There is a selection of books and specific training articles by Andrew Robson available for loan in the club.
There is a great free website where you can play called Bridge Base On Line
The best way to use Bridge Base On Line with a PC or Laptop is to install this program from here. PC Software
Apps are also available for Smart Phones and Pad thingies here. Andriod and Apple Apps
There is a club laptop available for loan for 1 week at a time:
3 Programs are loaded ready for use:
Learn to play bridge - with easy and more difficult aspects.
Bernard Magee's interactive tutorials.
Acol Bidding and Advanced Acol Bidding.
Contact Joan Lewis 07952 010716 or Margaret Harris 980 3506.
0161 980 4433
St Peter's Church Hall, Cecil Road, Hale, Cheshire.
WA15 9NU. Get directions - Click to see on Google Maps Near Altrincham.
Click to see a Picture of the Hall
Table fees per person are £3 for members & £5 for guests.
Tea coffee and biscuits included. Ample onsite car parking with easy level access to playing area.
We are very sorry to report the sudden death of Helen Krell, a lovely lady who had been a member of ABC for almost 20 years
Her quietly cheerful interest and care for the other players at each table will be sadly missed.
Our condolences go to Terry and the rest of her family.
In recent weeks several members have done well in competitions outside the club. On Sunday 9th September Daniel Kelsall and Wei Che Tham were runners up in the pairs at the Bolton congress.
At the Cumbria & Westmoreland Congress over the weekend of 15th/16th September Kath & Alan Nelson (playing with the Goldenfields) were 3rd, and Bernard Kaye & Richard Cross (playing with Merseyside team-mates) were 4th in the Swiss teams.
In the Swiss pairs, Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook were 8th overall, winning the prize for top non expert pair.
Congratulations to them all!
In the second round of this summer’s Northern Bridge League, on Saturday 11th August, several ABC members contributed to a broadly successful day.
The A1 team increased their overall lead and A2 (Alan & Kath Nelson) won on the day to improve their position to 2nd.
The C1 team won again increasing their lead, and C2 (Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley, Daniel Kelsall & Wei Che Tham, George Leigh) improved their placing.
Well done to all who took part.
Several ABC pairs took part in this event on Sunday 5th August. Very well done to Ann Thornton (playing with Rod Franks) who came 2nd, Janet Tolan 4th (playing with
Andy Green) and Daniel Kelsall & Wei Che Tham 6th.
Congratulations to David Olliver & Marsha Gee, and Mohammed & Mariam Jabbar who were placed 34th= and 44th respectively in a field of over 1000 pairs in the heat held at the club on Monday 23rd July.
The annual MCBA Green Point teams event was held at ABC on Sunday 22nd July.
On this occasion there wasn’t a great deal of success for ABC members facing very strong opposition from home and abroad, with the exception of Adam Wiseberg & Nathan Marks and Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley who made off with the prize for top Intermediate team - they seem to be making a habit of this kind of thing!
The event was a great success, well done to all who entered and, as always, thanks to Joan for helping run the show so efficiently.
ABC members may be interested to know that Manchester and Merseyside and Cheshire have come together to initiate a membership campaign across the two counties.
We have appointed Sara Miles as a Project Officer (very much part-time) to facilitate this work.
Sara plays at Deva Bridge Club and has been involved in campaigning to increase their membership. The EBU is also involved, paying half the costs of all materials used.
If you think your club could take advantage of this or if you want to be involved in the Membership Campaign working group please contact Irene Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 14th July was a good day for Manchester teams in the Northern Bridge League, and a number of ABC members made a contribution to this success.
The A1, B and C1 teams each won their divisions, the A2 and C2 teams faring less well. David Olliver and Raymond Semp played in the A division, Janet Tolan and Mel Pelham were members of the winning B team, and in the C division 12 of the 16 players were ABC members.
Well done to Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler (who did particularly well as a pair), Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook, Sally Bray & George Leigh, Roy Higginbottom & Joan Lewis, Susanne Beckett & Adele Hodari plus Roger Hopton and Ann Thornton with their non ABC partners.
Special thanks go to Susanne and Adele who stood in at short notice to make up the second team.
Despite the clash with England v Panama, there was an excellent turnout for this event held at ABC, with seven pairs including ABC members taking part.
Top placed were Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook, third were Daniel and Vincent Kelsall and fifth Adrienne Stone playing with Chris Tolłhurst-Cleaver.
Well done to all of them, and as usual thanks to Joan Lewis for an excellent job running the event.
The annual friendly match between Derbyshire and Manchester took place, in Spondon Derbyshire, on Sunday 17th June. ABC was very well represented with eight of the twelve person team being club members. The outcome was a (narrow!) win for Manchester, well done us!
Members are again reminded of the requirement to comply with this EBU code of conduct (available in full via the button on the website contents list).
In the event of any difficulties over the bidding and play of the hand, as well as any behavioural issues, the director should be called at the first opportunity. The director's ruling must be accepted, with the option to appeal being available following the end of the session.
In the event of any significant breach of this code of conduct the offending member(s) could be disqualified from the session and/or suspended from the club for a period of time.
Stephen’s latest newsletter, which has been emailed to members and is also available at the club, can be accessed here.
Many thanks to Carys Kemp who wins the bottle of wine for the most frequent host last quarter. Usual pleas for more people to come forward and sign up as volunteers for the hosting system - you know it makes sense, your club needs you etc etc!!
The last coaching before the summer break was held on Wednesday 23rd May.
Tea and cakes were enjoyed by all, and presentations were made to Ian and Joan and their team of mentors.
We hope to resume coaching in some form in the autumn and would be happy to have suggestions about what people would find helpful.
The MCBA agm was held at ABC on Wednesday 23rd May.
Presentations were made to those achieving success in recent events.
Judith Dunkerley and Sally Bray were not able to attend the meeting but are joint winners of the Intermediate Player of the Year award. Congratulations to them - yet again!
Presentations were also made to league division winners - see earlier article for photos.
Seven pairs including ABC members took part in this event on Sunday 20th May.
Of these the most successful were Richard Acaster, playing with Kevin Higgins, who were third placed.
Congratulations to them!
We are sad to report that Brenda Williams passed away on 8th May, following some months of serious illness. Brenda, who used to be a modern languages teacher, had been a member of the club for some 20 years and was a former winner of the Club’s Commemorative Plate.
Always smiling and always ready to help in all manner of ways, she will be very much missed.
Our condolences go to her husband Jerry and her family, to whom she was devoted.
We are very sorry to report the death of Ken Hassell. Ken, who had outlived expectations by several years, was a long standing member of the club. He had been a very successful bridge player both as a young man, and on his return to bridge after a gap of many years when he brought up a family and had a rewarding career in the field of education.
His fifteen year partnership with Ian Kane was the most notable, winning numerous national SIM Pairs as well as other high level titles, the most recent being the MCBA Green Point Pairs event in 2016. Latterly he had served as chair of the MCBA selection committee, and as an ABC Committee member he was the inspiration behind the revival of the club dinner.
As well as his partnerships with similarly expert players he had in his last couple of years taken up with some far-from-expert partners who have been most appreciative of his expertise and hugely enjoyed his company.
A great player and a lovely man, he will be much missed.
The final of this MCBA county event was held at MBC on Sunday 29th April with eight teams competing in each of the main Cup and subsidiary Plate events.
The Four Dummies (Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook, Judy Yates & Sue McGeechan, plus Lilian Syme in earlier rounds), after a disastrous season in the league, finally showed they could get something right and won the Plate event for the second year in succession. Congratulations to them!
Other teams including ABC members - Altrincham A (Geoff Hull & Ann Jordan, Graham Campbell & Andy Jackson) Splinter Group (George Leigh & Janet Tolan) Sedgeley (Bernard Kaye) and City Aces (Harold Weinstock) - did very well to reach the final of the main event where, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Manchester Bridge elite teams got the better of them!
Very well done to all who took part.
There's been quite a bit of success in the league for ABC members this season with three teams becoming champions of their divisions.
New Connections (Roger Hopton & Dave Fussell, plus reserve Mohammed Jabbar) are Division 3 champions, Altrincham Z (Joan Lewis & Roy Higginbottom, Stephen & Liz Halstead) won division 4, and 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris & Pat Turner, Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton) finished top in division 7.
Also successful were Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald & Roz Bavin, Stuart Hunter & Bob James) who are promoted from division 2 to 1, and City Aces (Harold Weinstock) - back in division 3 next year.
Less fortunate are Altrincham A, the Four Dummies and the Enigmas who are relegated from divisions 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Several other teams including ABC members finished in respectable mid table positions.
Very well done to all and good luck next season in consolidating or recovering their positions.
If any other members are interested in forming league teams then please speak initially to Stephen or Joan who may be able to help in finding partners/team-mates.
Judith and Sally have now been presented with the silverware from this competition held in March!
Seven Altrincham pairs entered this competition.
Many congratulations to Scott Middleton & Roy Saleh who won by a huge margin.
Adrienne Stone and Mark Gomme were joint second, and Daniel Kelsall, playing with his dad Chris, was fifth.
Well done to them all, and to Joan who directed.
Many congratulations to Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley, this year's winners of the club handicap pairs competition.
Presentation and photo to follow!
In the Masterpoint standings recently published for 2017 Joan Lewis is Club Champion having amassed the most points at ABC last year, with David Olliver and Nathan Marks 2nd and 3rd.
In the Manchester County listings which cover local, blue and green points earned in all competitions Alan & Kath Nelson are in the top 10 overall. In the level 3 category (Regional and Premier Regional Masters) Richard Cross is top. In the level 4 category (tournament/premier masters) Barbara Eastabrook, Joan Lewis and Karen Jones take the top three spots, and at level 5 (county/advanced) Andy Jackson is 2nd with Mel Pelham 3rd.
And finally, Richard Acaster is top at level 2 (national/premier national) in Merseyside & Cheshire.
Very well done to all of them - a credit to the club in general!
Very well done to Steve Mattinson who, playing with Rod Franks, took second place nationally in this event with a great score of nearly 69% . Other successful club members were Helen Murray & Don Monks 42nd and Carol Maman & Jean Lewis who were 46th. Congratulations to them all.
Many thanks to Leila Glancy and Margaret Hopkins - jointly the most frequent hosts last quarter and winners of bottles of wine!
Please, please, please do your bit to support our ever creaking host system and put your name on the rota when your regular partner is away - or any other time.
Chances are you'll get a bonus game of bridge, otherwise you'll have free entry next time. And you never know you may form a new friendship or bridge partnership.
No top prizes this year for ABC members at this event, held at the club on Saturday March 3rd, but many congratulations to Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley who were highest placed Intermediate pair, and to Joan for her huge part in the organising and directing.
In all 15 pairs including ABC members took part in a field of 48 - well done to all entered this high level competition.
A number of members braved a cold February evening to enjoy an evening’s bridge with a break for supper and a glass, or two, of wine. Congratulations to the winners Avril Samuels and Nina Lee. Many thanks to all who helped on the night particularly Sally Bray who provided the food, and Joan Lewis for directing and organising.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 club competitions -
1st Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
2nd Helen Murray & Ann Edwards
1st Dave Fussell & Roger Hopton
2nd Dave Fussell & Andy Jackson
1st John Fitzgerald & Roz Bavin
2nd Stuart Hunter & Jane Perrins
Congratulations to all our winners, especially Dave Fussell who achieved averages of over 60% with both of his regular
All members are automatically entered for the 2018 competitions. To qualify you need to play at least 12 times with the same partner during the year.
Hilary and Avril finally get their hands on the silverware.
Congratulations to them - again!
Please be aware that the revised EBU guidance can be accessed in full from the button on our Home Page. In particular members are reminded of the importance of being good hosts and good guests at the table and properly greeting each opposing pair on arrival. Any discussions about previous hands - or anything else for that matter - should wait until there is any spare time at the end of a round. There has been a marked improvement in the friendliness shown by club members over recent years and we hope to see this continue!
Please would all members ensure that mobile phones are on silent before the start of play!
Stephen's latest newsletter has been emailed to members and can be read here.
The trial period of Monday afternoon Chicago Bridge has ended and due to insufficient demand is now discontinued.
Thanks to those who took part and especially to Stephen for hosting.
Over seventy ABC members enjoyed dinner and bridge at Ringway Golf Club on Thursday 23rd November. Prizes were donated and presented by Sheila Wild (in memory of Terry) to Judy Godwin, Stephen Halstead (overall winner), Liz Halstead and Cecily Warren.
Thanks go to all involved in this production including to Ken Hassell whose idea it was to resurrect the club dinner, but who was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness. The biggest thanks by a long way (as usual!) go to Joan Lewis. Not only did she direct and score on the night but put in countless hours of organisation beforehand in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to play, and the odd one who didn’t!!
To follow are photos of the prize winners and Joan, plus a link to further photos of attendees.
Stephen's latest newsletter which has been emailed to members can also be accessed here
Several successes to report from the last couple of months for ABC members -
At the EBU Summer Meeting in August Kath & Alan Nelson won the Seniors Swiss Teams (playing with the Goldenfields). Alan also came 4th in the Swiss Pairs and 3rd in the Seniors pairs, in both events playing with John Holland.
In the EBU Autumn Sim Pairs David Olliver & Richard Acaster were placed 5th nationally out of over 500 hundred pairs competing. Ken Hassell & Ian Kane were 48th and Mohammed and Mariam Jabbar 59th.
And most recently John Fitzgerald & Roz Bavin were runners up in the Chester Bowl held at Deva Bridge Club.
Very well done to all of them!
Congratulations to Richard Acaster and David Berrisford who were 31st nationally in the latest SIMs out of a total of 724 pairs.
Many thanks to Suzanne Beckett - the most frequent host this last quarter! Please make your contribution to club life by volunteering occasionally for this highly enjoyable task - you never know, you may meet the partner of your dreams!
Yet again Mike Asher has been the most frequent host this last quarter and has been rewarded with yet another bottle of wine!
Further desperate pleas for more people to come forward as hosts for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as the system continues to operate on the brink of collapse!
You have nothing to fear and everything to gain by volunteering once in a while. Please come forward and do so, especially if you do not do anything else to contribute to the running of the club.
The winners for this event for 2017 are Simon Jones and Andrew Wright, with runners up Sue Rankin and Kathleen Foster. Many congratulations to them!
Special congratulations to division six champions Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou and Sanjeet Kamath) pictured here, who won just ahead of Lastminute.bid (Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley).
Also very well done to division five champions The Four Dummies. Pictured here are Lilian Syme and Judy Yates, there being already more than enough photos of the other two further down!
And Howard Kay's team Proteus are promoted from the second to the first division - huge congratulations to them too, great to see Howard back in the top league.
More details on ABC members' performance can be accessed here.
If any other members are interested in forming or joining a league team please contact Kath Nelson the league secretary here or speak to Joan Lewis or any other committee member.
The MCBA Annual Congress was held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January. A number of ABC members took part - with varying degrees of success - in this very strong field including numerous national and international players!
In the main pairs competition Kath & Alan Nelson won the first session and Mel Pelham and his partner took the ascenders' prize.
In the Championship teams John Fitzgerald & Roz Bavin's team were second placed overall as well as winning a qualifying round. Janet Tolan's team won another of the qualifying rounds. Kath & Alan were in the 4th placed team in the main event. Adam & Jonathan and Sally & Judith made it to the B final (again!) and Joan & Roy and Karen & Barbara were runners up in the Consolation event.
Well done to them and to all who took part!
The County AGM was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Thursday 25th May. ABC was well represented and presentations were made to several members who had been successful in the previous year - detailed further down on the website. Special thanks were given to Ken Hassell who has resigned after three years chairing the Selection Committee. The vacancy arising has been filled by Adam Wiseberg with the Committee yet to decide on the new Chair.
Nine pairs which included ABC members entered the John Armstrong Swiss pairs event at Merseyside Bridge Centre on Sunday 21st May. Of these the most successful were Steve Mattinson & Pauline Lang, Richard Acaster (playing with Kevin Higgins) and Janet Tolan (playing with Andy Green) in 2nd, 3rd and 5th place respectively. Congratulations to them and their partners!
Members may be interested in a new free on-line only magazine accessible by this link
On Saturday 16th September, 6 teams of members and visitors enjoyed a fun night of bridge, with a break for delicious cakes and wine (many thanks to Liz Halstead and Pat Turner, cake baker extraordinaire!). Congratulations to Margaret Harris, Pat Turner, Judith Eva and Judy Yates, pictured here, who won the event. The results of the event before being handicapped (topped by John Fitzgerald, Roz Bavin and guests), for those who wish to review the hands, are on the website.
A number of events held in July have brought success for ABC members -
On 8 July, in the first match of this summer's Northern Bridge League David Olliver, Adam Wiseberg, Roger Hopton and Steve Mattinson played in the top placed Manchester B team.
The following day Ken Hassell played in the winning Manchester B team in the National Inter Counties final. Kath & Alan Nelson were part of the second placed A team in the same competition.
The Manchester team, again including Kath & Alan Nelson, won the two day President's Cup on 15/16 July beating five other teams from the North and North Wales.
On 22 July Richard Acaster, playing with Kevin Higgins was 4th in Notts CBA green point Swiss pairs.
On 23 July in the MCBA green point Swiss teams event Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler with Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley (pictured here) took the Intermediate players prize. Raymond Semp played in the team placed second overall.
Congratulations to all of them and to other ABC members who took part in these events!
Margaret Harris is taking a break from many years of regular directing on Tuesday evenings. Many thanks to her for all her efforts - she has done a great job of running the bridge efficiently while creating a positive and friendly atmosphere. She will continue her role on the committee and to play at ABC on other evenings - long may she enjoy her bridge with a little less stress!!
On Saturday 20th May forty ABC members and guests enjoyed an evening's bridge, with a break for a tasty supper and a glass of wine. Many thanks to all those who helped with the evening and congratulations to the winners Ann Edwards & Mark Gomme (N/S) and Anne Jordan & Joan Lewis (E/W), pictured here.
Three members have recently joined the committee - Mark Gomme, Peter Jackson and Pat Turner. We thank them and all existing members of the committee for their time and commitment to running the club.
This hand from ABC, contributed by David Olliver, was included recently in Andrew Robson's Bridge Column in The Times.
Twelve ABC members took part in this event at MBC on Sunday 27th November, with varying degrees of success. Graham Campbell and Andy Jackson finished 11th, taking the prize for top Intermediate pair - congratulations to them.
Great to report success for ABC members at this top level EBU event - In the Swiss Pairs Richard Acaster (playing with Kevin Higgins) and Gary Hyett (playing with Margaret Howe) finished joint 5th in a very strong field. Kath & Alan Nelson finished 4th in the Mixed Pars and 5th in the Swiss Teams.
Very well done to all of them and their partners/team-mates.
ABC members were again treated by John Fitzgerald to lashings of wine, cheese & biscuits and prizes on Tuesday 13th December, plus an impromptu musical interlude from a random violinist! Many thanks John for your efforts and generosity, a great time was had by all. Alongside all this the presentation of the June Caron trophy was made by Mary Bridge. The winners were a slightly non-plussed Margaret Ward and Peggy Haslam who hadn't been aware of its existence, nor their having entered, let alone that they'd done so well! Runners up were Simon Jones & Andrew Wright with Suzanne Beckett and Adele Hodari in third place. Well done to all of them! Unfortunately Father Christmas did a runner and escaped without having his photograph taken.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 club competitions;
Ist Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
2nd Carol Maman & Marion Lawson-Turner
1st Ian Kane & Sid Travers
2nd David Fussell & Roger Hopton
1st David Olliver & Marsha Gee
2nd Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook
Congratulations to all our winners.
The winner was Alan Nelson, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes also going to Helen Krell, Michelle Boven and Barbara Taylor
More than fifty ABC members attended the first (in a very long time!) club dinner at Ringway Golf Club on Thursday 17 November.
The event, conceived by Ken Hassell and executed with a team of helpers, was a great success, the excellent meal being followed by an individual bridge tournament in which players changed partners every round.
First prize was champagne and a trophy, donated and presented by Sheila Wild in memory of Terry.
Also prize winners were Jim Morris & Helen Lister (slam) and Sandra Matlow (2C), but the real stars of the show were Ken's shoes, pictured here with their owner.
Many thanks and well done to everyone involved in the event, especially to Ken for having the idea and to Sheila for the generous prizes.
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Our congratulations to Avril Samuels and Hilary Thomas. On Wednesday 22nd March they won our annual handicap event, the Commemorative Plate, repeating their success of two years ago.
With the last result of the night it was confirmed that they had narrowly beaten Ann Edwards and Liz Hyde. Well done to all of them.
The recent questionnaire identified some interest in widening our club's schedule in various ways - please be aware of the following planned events!
To test the water, unsupervised Chicago bridge on Mondays 13th & 20th March, 3rd & 10th April, non members welcome
Wine & Cheese evening
With duplicate bridge - Saturday May 20th
Saturday 16th September
Same format as last year, Thursday 23rd November
Events like these don't run themselves - volunteers needed please to organise and/or assist in making them happen.
The latest masterpoint listings published on the ebu website show a fair bit of success for ABC members.
Our club champion with 2352 points is Joan Lewis, followed by David Olliver and Ian Kane. In the overall listings Gary Hyett was 4th placed nationally and in the lower level categories for Manchester County Roger Hopton and Mohammed Jabbar take 1st and 4th prizes at level 4.
Then Barbara Eastabrook, Karen Jones, Andy Jackson and Adam Wiseberg are 1st to 4th at level 5, and Tricia Blum also figures coming 3rd in the 6th category for the County. As well as points earned at ABC and other clubs these listings include points awarded in green point, SIM pairs and other tournaments.
Well done to all of them, this success reflects well on the club, and if nothing else shows that we like a game of bridge!
More success for Kath & Alan Nelson at this event held at Ilkley - they won the Swiss Teams (playing with Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield) and were third in the Swiss Pairs.
Congratulations to Jim Morris, playing with Clement Goldstone, who took 13th place nationally in the event played at ABC on Wednesday 5th April.
Other club members who did well were Michelle Bovensiepen & Stephen Hunter (49th) and Joan Lewis & Nathan Marks (68th). Well done to all of them.
On Wednesday 11th January at ABC Richard Acaster, playing with visitor Christine Benson, took first place EW with 62.96%. This converted nationally to 64.66% making them an excellent 20th out of nearly 900 pairs.
Many congratulations to them.
In the heat held on the same day at Marple Bridge Club, Ian Kane & Ken Hassell took top spot nationally with a magnificent 73.58% - in sharp contrast to their previous outing to Marple where they finished on 32%, proving that even Bridge Gods can have an off day!
This is the sixth time that Ian and Ken have been top nationally in Sim Pairs - an awesome record - very well done to them both!
Three teams of four comprising mainly ABC members entered this annual competition held at Manchester Bridge Club on three consecutive Thursdays in September.
Of these the highest placed team, second equal, were Joan Lewis & Roy Higginbottom with Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook - pictured here with Eve - congratulations to them!
The 2016/17 coaching programme ended on May 3rd with cakes for all and gifts for Head Coach Ian Kane, organiser Joan Lewis and their team of mentors - David Oliver, Anne Jordan and Sid Travers.
Many thanks to them all, especially Ian and Joan, for their efforts and patience in the drive to improve the level of play at ABC!
Again we hope their efforts will be rewarded in time - coaching to be resumed in the autumn.
The Gazette Cup held Sunday 5th February at ABC, and magnificently directed by Joan, was a bit of a triumph for the club! We entered three teams of eight - Team Olliver was highest placed in third position, not too far behind a MBC team packed full of the Manchester bridge elite, and a very strong Cheadle team second. Tying for fourth place were the other two from Altrincham - Team Nelson, and Team Eastabrook (pictured here) who won the trophy for highest placed Intermediates.
Top placed individual pair was David Fussell & Roger Hopton with Graham Campbell & Andy Jackson also doing very well in third position overall.
Following this event ABC members are in a strong position in the Intermediate Player of the Year competition - Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley are leading on 15 points, with Adam Wiseberg, Graham Campbell and Andy Jackson also in the running.
The three teams comprised -
Team Olliver - David Olliver & Richard Acaster, Mariam & Mohammed Jabbar, Anne Jordan & Geoff Hull, Viv & Barry Newgrosh
Team Nelson - Kath & Alan Nelson, Ian Kane & Ken Hassell, David Fussell & Roger Hopton, Stuart Hunter & Bob James
Team Eastabrook - Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook, Graham Campbell & Andy Jackson, Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley.
With only two competitors (Howard Kay and Bhim Ruia) in the teams final of the top level Higson Cup on Sunday, ABC was much better represented in the Plate event.
Eighteen members qualified to play, many achieving success.
Congratulations to winners The Four Dummies - Judy Yates & Sue McGeechan, Barbara Eastabrook & Richard Acaster (subbing for Karen Jones who, unusually, had gone for the devoted wife and mother option!) They built up a commanding lead by half time and managed to hold on to it, despite a strong second half from New Connections - Mohammed Jabbar, Peter Green and Roger Hopton (playing with Gillian McMullan), who finished a worthy second.
Harold Weinstock's team City Aces came in third.
Other ABC members also taking part were - Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley (Lastminute.bid), Faye Georgiou & Sanjeet Kamath (Overtrick Lunatics) and Margaret Harris, Terry Krell, Scott Middleton & Roy Saleh (4 Bridgemates)
Well done to the prize winners and to all the participants, who had survived several rounds already to earn the right to play in the final.
Pictured here are Mike Asher (again!) and Russell Hickling who received wine to recognise their outstanding contribution to the hosting system over the last quarter!
Please please please put your names down to host once in a while - otherwise it may have to be discontinued which would be a great shame.
Many thanks to Carys Kemp who was presented with a bottle of wine for being the most frequent host last quarter.
Well done to her and all others who have hosted recently, and a further plea for volunteers - we are constantly on the edge of the system working.
Please put your name down on the rota if you possibly can, there is nothing to fear and everything to gain from doing your bit for the club in this way.
Many thanks to Margaret Hopkins, the most regular host last quarter.
Still desperately seeking more hosts - please put your name down on the rota!
This annual county event was held at the club on Sunday 5th March with Joan Lewis doing most of the heavy lifting on the directing front!
Unfortunately Ian Kane & Ken Hassell were unable to defend their 2016 title but ABC was well represented with fourteen of the fifty pairs including at least one ABC member.
Of these the most successful by far were Alan Nelson (playing with Jeff Smith) in first equal place with a Lancashire pair, closely followed by Kath Nelson (playing with Jeff Morris).
Best placed non-experts were Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook who took the Intermediate prize just ahead of Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler equal second with Bim Rhuia (playing with Ann Thornton).
All are pictured here apart from Adam & Jonathan who made off before the photos, also missing out on a bottle of wine each!
Well done to the prize winners and all who took part, and in particular to Joan - without whom events like this would just not be the same.
Congratulations to Adam Wiseberg who took first place in the Intermediate Player of the Year competition, closely followed by Barbara Eastabrook with Judith Dunkerley & Sally Bray joint third.
In fact the top eight places were held by ABC regulars, the other four being Jonathan Engler, Graham Campbell, Andy Jackson and Karen Jones.
This is a huge credit to the club and the second successive year that ABC members have dominated the Intermediate section of the competition.
Points are earned by good performance in the various County events held through the year such as the Manchester Congress, the Gazette Cup and the Green Point teams and pairs events.
As usual the Expert section was dominated by Manchester Bridge Club members with only the Nelsons and Gary Hyett from ABC figuring in the top ten - congratulations to them too.
ABC member and top player Gary Hyett was featured recently in the Daily Telegraph bridge column.
The article detailed a particularly crafty line of play on an important hand played in the National Teams Congress.
You can read the article here
And we've just found out that he won the Llangollen Swiss Teams event in November playing with Michael Byrne and teammates from Ireland - congratulations to Gary!
A team comprising ABC members Ian Kane, Ken Hassell and Raymond Semp, plus student Toby Nonnenmacher, achieved a great victory over a seeded team, led by world champion Paul Hackett and other top players, to reach the 4th round of the Gold Cup. This is the most prestigious open teams event on the bridge calendar and after a marathon seven hour contest the ABC team finished ahead by a significant margin. Congratulations and good luck to them in the next round.
On Monday 4th January John Fitzgerald, playing with Roz Bavin visiting from the Channel Islands, scored what may be a record breaking 77.55% at the club - well done to them! Can anyone remember a higher score than this?
Yes they can - Marion Lawson-Turner and Richard Acaster scored 78.18% back in 2007.
On Monday 29th August, Ian Kane and Geoffrey Hull set a new high score record for the club, with an amazing 79.85%
Congratulations to them both.
Will anyone be able to beat that?
2015 - As announced in the recent newsletter the results of the club competitions for 2015 were :
1st Marion Lawson-Turner & Carol Maman
2nd Barbara Eastabrook & Karen Jones
1st Ian Kane & Sid Travers
2nd Roger Hopton & David Fussell
1st David Olliver & Marsha Gee
2nd Jim & Jenny Morris
Congratulations to all of them!
2016 - Entries are now open for each of these three events for 2016 which run for the full calendar year. Simply add your names to the lists on the noticeboard - everyone who entered last year will be re-entered automatically. You may enter each of the appropriate competitions with two different partners if you wish, you just have to play a minimum of 12 times per pairing to qualify.
Don't forget to enter - you have to be in it to win it!!
Over seventy ABC members enjoyed dinner and bridge at Ringway Golf Club on Thursday 23rd November. Prizes were donated and presented by
Sheila Wild (in memory of Terry) to Judy Godwin, Stephen Halstead (overall winner), Liz Halstead and Cecily Warren.
Thanks go to all involved in this production including to Ken Hassell whose idea it was to resurrect the club dinner, but was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness. The biggest thanks by a long way (as usual!) go to Joan Lewis. Not only did she direct and score on the night but put in countless hours of organisation beforehand in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to play, and the odd one who didn’t!!
Here are the prize winners and Joan, plus further photos of attendees can be accessed here (link to separate photo collage) - apologies if you were one of the ones chopped off!
Sixteen pairs entered the club's Commemorative plate handicap competition held on Wednesday 30th March.
The winners were Stephen Hunter and Brenda Williams with Michelle Lees and Barbara Eastabrook not far behind.
Congratulations to them and thanks to all who took part and to Joan Lewis for calculating the handicaps.
Last year's winners were Avril Samuels and Hilary Thomas.
The last Wednesday afternoon session before the summer break was held on 4th May.
Four full tables of coachees attended plus many apologies from grateful members who were unable to make it this time. The lesson on Discards was followed by tea and cakes and tumultuous applause for Ian Kane and his fellow mentors (David Olliver, Sid Travers and Ken Hughes) and most of all for Joan Lewis without whom none of this (and pretty much anything else) would happen! Gifts of plants, wine etc were presented to the team as a small token of our appreciation.
And apparently some signs of improvement have been detected among the attendees, so maybe it's time well spent! Coaching resumes in September, all will be welcome.
ABC members were well represented in both the MCBA Cup and secondary Plate event on Sunday 10th April.
George Leigh, playing with Manchester Bridge Club team mates (Splinter Group) won the Plate event.
The four Dummies (Karen Jones, Barbara Eastabrook, Judy Yates and Sue McGeechan) taking the runners up spot.
The teams are pictured here - well done everyone!
As per Stephen's recent newsletter, the hosting system on Tuesdays and Wednesdays continues to operate but is creaking a bit, relying on a relatively small number of regular volunteers. Particular thanks and a bottle of wine go to Mike Asher (pictured here with Stephen) and also many thanks and a bunch of flowers to Brenda Williams (who ticked the no publicity box!). Mike and Brenda have each volunteered three times in the last three months.
Please check out the paragraph below and to the left and consider volunteering to host every now and again - especially if you don't help with the running of the club in any other way.
In their first year playing in the MCBA league ABC team Lastminute.bid (Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley, pictured here) had a resounding success winning 6 out of 7 matches to be top of the table by quite a margin. Very well done to them and good luck in the higher league next year!
More success for Club members - this time in the Martin Braid memorial event held at Manchester Bridge Club. The overall winners were Kath & Alan Nelson's team - very appropriate as Martin was a long-standing team mate of theirs who died very suddenly two years ago. And in third place overall and taking the non-expert prize were Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler, John Fitzgerald and Andy Jackson. In 6th place overall, taking 2nd prize for non-experts, were Mohammed and Mariam Jabbar with MBC team-mates. The prize winners are pictured here - congratulations to them all!
The annual Manchester County teams of eight competition, the Gazette Cup, was held at ABC on Sunday 7th February, very ably directed by our own Joan Lewis. Two ABC teams performed well - the A team achieved third position behind very strong Manchester and Cheadle teams. Kath & Alan Nelson, representing Altrincham for the first time, were top pair individually by a huge margin. The B team, pictured below with Ann Thornton (MCBA Tournament Secretary) did very well to come 6th in a strong field and won the trophy for Intermediate teams. Congratulations to all 16 of our players - a huge credit to the club.
The A team members were Ken Hassell & Ian Kane, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Fussell & Roger Hopton and David Olliver & Sid Travers. Playing for the B team were John Fitzgerald & Barbara Eastabrook, Mariam & Mohammed Jabbar, Graham Campbell & Andy Jackson and Sally Bray & George Leigh.
The MCBA annual teams event, was held at ABC on Sunday 24th July.
Won by Kath & Alan Nelson, playing with Jeff Smith and Jeff Morris.
Ian Kane, Ken Hassell and Sid Travers, playing with Eve Lighthill took joint fifth place.
Very well done to all of them, and special congratulations to Sally Bray, Judith Dunkerley, Adam Wiseberg and David Olliver who were top placed non-expert team.
Somewhat behind them but having a late rally were Graham Campbell, Andy Jackson, Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook who won the prize for the last round.
All of these teams are pictured here - a great performance for the club overall.
Quite a few ABC members were successful in the MCBA leagues which were recently completed. Gary Hyett, pictured here, was part of the very strong St Titus team who won division 1. Tempo (Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang) were runners up in division 2 as were John Fitzgerald's team Rejuvenated (including Stuart Hunter and Jane Perrins) in division 3, both teams earning promotion. Splinter Group, including George Leigh won division 4, followed by Skaters (Barry and Vivien Newgrosh) who are also promoted.
The Unconventionals (Mark Gomme and Christine Brierley) were division 6 champions, and as previously celebrated Lastminute.bid convincingly won division 7.
Very well done to all those teams and to the many other members who have played in the league and survived in their current divisions! If any other members are interested in forming teams speak to any ABC committee member or contact Kath Nelson the league secretary here (link to email@example.com)
This competition run by the county each year awards points to players for success in each of the county run competitions such as the Manchester Congress, the Gazette Cup and the Green Point pairs and teams events. The Expert category is this year - as usual - dominated by top Manchester Bridge Club players but our own Raymond Semp, Ken Hassell, Gary Hyett, Ian Kane, Pauline Lang and Alan Nelson are all in the top 20.
However this year in the Intermediate category competition Altrincham players have achieved great success. Graham Campbell and George Leigh are joint winners (pictured here) with Karen Jones close behind in 3rd place. In fact 10 of the top 14 intermediate players are regulars at ABC, the other seven being Barbara Eastabrook, Adam Wiseberg, Andy Jackson, Lindsey Barnes, Sally Bray and Mariam & Mohammed Jabbar. Very well done to all of them, a huge credit to the club.
We would encourage other members to enter these county events, they provide very good experience for those who wish to progress in the bridge world, and can even be quite enjoyable at times!!
Altrincham was well represented and very successful in the annual MCBA Swiss Pairs event held at Cecil Road on Saturday 5th March. The winners were our own Ian Kane and Ken Hassell, pictured here with Eve Lighthill MCBA President. Raymond Semp, Alan Nelson and Kath Nelson each playing with partners from other clubs were 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Mohammed and Mariam Jabbar were joint winners of the non-expert prize. Nineteen ABC members took part altogether, well done to everyone!
The final for this event, which is restricted to those ranked below Master, was held on Sunday 15th May at four venues in the north of England including Manchester Bridge Club.
Not only did Pat Turner and Margaret Harris win the Manchester heat but they came top overall out of 86 pairs with a magnificent score of nearly 69% - congratulations to them!
Suzanne Beckett, playing with Diana Calvert of Trafford BC also did well, achieving 3rd place in the Manchester event, very well done to them too.
Kath and Alan Nelson, playing with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, won the teams event of the North Wales Bridge Association congress held on Sunday 3rd April - congratulations to them!
This EBU mixed pairs event held simultaneously at various venues over the country took place on Sunday 20th March. Roger Hopton, playing with Irene Davies, took top position at Brierfield Bridge Club and they achieved an excellent 4th position nationally out of 360 pairs - very well done to them!
Recent recruit to ABC, Kath Nelson (playing with Steve Auchterlonie of Kent), achieved 2nd place in the Premier Grand Master category of the EBU Ranked Masters Pairs held in Birmingham on 27/28th February, winning two of the four sessions. Well done to them for such a great success in this very prestigious event!
ABC members did well in this recent event - playing at the club Sid Travers & Alan Nelson were 13th nationally, followed by Peter Jackson & George Leigh (20th), and Graham Campbell & Lindsey Barnes (37th). Ian Kane & Ken Hassell who played at Marple were 4th nationally. Well done to all of them!
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Tuesday 8th December was quite a night at the club! The June Caron trophy, a new competition organised by John Fitzgerald in memory of June who died this year, was presented to Stephen Hunter and Michelle Bovensiepen. They are pictured here with members of June's family. The evening's entertainment also included quizzes, numerous raffled prizes (presented by Santa Claus) and more wine, cheese & biscuits and other goodies than it seemed possible to consume! We also played a bit of bridge. Congratulations to Stephen and Michelle, and many thanks to John for his efforts and generosity in hosting the evening!
Success for ABC's Graham Campbell and Lindsey Barnes (pictured here with Ann Thornton). They took third place in this competition in a very strong field, beating many top Manchester players and winning the Intermediate Prize. They will go on with the other pairs in the top four to represent Manchester in the Corwen Trophy in July 2016. Congratulations to them both!
This tournament held annually at Brierfield Bridge Club was attended by four Altrincham pairs on November 8th.
Ian Kane and Ken Hassell won the prize for the 1st session.
Special congratulations to Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook who won the non-expert trophy, finishing just behind the higher ranked Sally Bray & George Leigh.
This event held at the club on Sunday 1 November was well attended - including five pairs of ABC members.
Andy Jackson and Adam Wiseberg, pictured here with tournament secretary Ann Thornton, were NS winners - congratulations to them!
North (or South) is responsible for entering the contract and result into the bridgemate.
Entering the lead accurately provides interesting information on the website later, but also assists the scorer to resolve errors.
The bridgemate is passed to East (or West) to check and accept.
It should then be put in a position to allow all players to see the percentages, followed by the previous results.
These should only be discussed IF there is sufficient time and IF it is done very quietly, not revealing the result to players at other tables
Five ABC pairs entered the recent Chester Bowl event held at the Deva Bridge Club.
In the Qualifying Round Roger Hopton and David Fussell did well taking 2nd place EW to reach the top tier.
Adam Wiseberg and John Fitzgerald, pictured here, were winners in the Consolation Round with an excellent 66%.
There were successes for club members in the recent British Autumn Sim Pairs.
Most notably Ian Kane and Ken Hassell came top nationally out of 1040 pairs, playing at Marple Bridge Club on Wednesday, this being the 5th time they have achieved this!
They scored over 72% and were almost 3% ahead of the second placed pair.
And playing in the club's own event on Thursday, Lindsey Barnes & Graham Campbell, Sid Travers playing with Alan Nelson, and Joan Lewis & Roy Higginbottom came 14th, 16th and 26th respectively in a field of 689 pairs.
Very well done to all of them!
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And here to view the 2014/15 League update.
On 31st May Ken Hassell and Raymond Semp achieved an impressive 5th place in the Corwen Trophy.
This prestigious pairs event had over 200 top players from all over the country competing.
Congratulations to them both!
Well done to Scott Middleton and Roy Saleh.
They were top E-W in this competition which was held at the club on Sunday 31st May
Pictured here with the MCBA tournament secretary Ann Thornton.
Congratulations to DASH on winning league division 2, back where they belong in division 1 next year.
Pictured here with Kath Nelson league secretary are Raymond Semp, Ken Hassell, Eve Lighthill, Ian Kane and Sid Travers
Finally back from the engravers the Commemorative Plate was presented to Avril Samuels and Hilary Thomas this year's winners, pictured here with Stephen Halstead.
Pamela Reynolds and Mary Bridge and Jeanette Owen and Jennifer Birchall were close behind in 2nd and 3rd places.
There were 14 tables at the event, thanks to all who took part.
Special thanks to Joan Lewis for working out handicaps, some of which were at the very last minute!
The last coaching session before the summer break was held on Wednesday 6th May.
Huge thanks go to Head Coach Ian Kane and to Sid Travers (pictured here with their thank-you presents) plus Ken Hughes, David Olliver, Ken Hassell and Lindsey Barnes.
Their time and patience is very much appreciated.
And many thanks also to Joan Lewis for organising us all!
We look forward to resuming coaching in September - all will be welcome.
We have made some changes to the results sections. We hope you will find the information more meaningful.
Congratulations to Sally Bray & Barbara Eastabrook and Scott Middleton & Roy Saleh who finished equal 22nd in the national rankings.
It was the sixth time in a row that Sally had been top at the club - quite an achievement!!
Honourable mentions to Richard Acaster & David Berrisford 55th and Peter Jackson & George Leigh 80th.
The annual MCBA pairs green point event was held at ABC on Saturday 7th March.
It was very well attended by players from the North-West and beyond, including many of our club members.
As usual Ian Kane and Ken Hassell did well, achieving 9th position.
And a special mention for Peter Jackson (pictured here) just one place behind them, who with his partner Gwen Beattie won the prize for top non-expert pair.
Thanks must go to our own Joan Lewis who helped organise and direct the event.
We are looking for new entrants to the 2015 competitions.
All 2014 entrants will be entered in the 2015 competition unless advised to the contrary.
Congratulations to Sid Travers, playing with Alan Nelson, and Tony Coley, playing with John Holland, who finished 8th and 9th respectively in the national rankings.
Honourable mentions for Stephen and Liz Halstead 69th and David Olliver and Richard Acaster 98th.
The December News Letter is out now. Click Here to View.
We are pleased to be able to announce the winners from the entrants to our club competitions, which are based on scores from January to November.
1st Marion Lawson-Turner and Erika Ormerod
2nd Judith Eva and Margaret Harris
1st Ian Kane and Sid Travers
2nd David Olliver and Gary Hyett
1st David Olliver and Marsha Gee
2nd Richard Acaster and Marion Lawson-Turner
Ian Kane & Ken Hassell put in an outstanding performance at the recent EBU Sim Pairs, achieving first position nationally - for an astonishing 4th time!
Congratulations to them from us all, and many thanks to them for their time spent on coaching other club members.
Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour and respect for others is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. In spite of inevitable concentration and pressure, we would ask members at all times to conform to the standards of fair play, courtesy and personal deportment as prescribed by the EBU (see White Book #1.5) including:
If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the Director should be called immediately. Annoying behaviour, or embarrassing remarks (including those of a sexist or racist nature) or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game are specifically prohibited by law 74A and will be dealt with appropriately, under Club Rule 11.