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Coaching Sessions

Our popular coaching sessions will resume on the 27th September. They take place on Wednesday afternoons at 1.30 pm and consist of a short instructive talk, followed by supervised play of relevant hands.

 

All members are welcome. 
Cost £2 including a drink and biscuit.

 

Contact Joan Lewis 07952 010716 or any committee member for further information.

Hosting - Volunteers Please!

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.

IMPROVING YOUR GAME

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.

Contact Us

Stephen Halstead
0161 980 4433
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mail contact@altrinchambridgeclub.co.uk

 
Welcome to Altrincham Bridge Club
Directions

St Peter's Church Hall, Cecil Road, Hale, CheshireFollow ABC On Facebook

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Table fees per person are £3 for members & £5 for guests. On Thursday table fees are £3 for both members & guests.

Tea coffee and biscuits included. Ample onsite car parking with easy level access to playing area.

 

Dinner and Fun Bridge 23rd Novemebr
Dinner and Fun Bridge 23rd Novemebr
Congratulations!

 

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!

 

 

Saturday Fun Night
Saturday Fun Night

 

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.

 

Hosting
Hosting

 

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!

 

Success for ABC members
Success for ABC members

 

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!


Chairman's Newsletter June 2017

 

Stephen's latest newsletter has been emailed to members and can be read here.

News Letter

 

 

Thanks to Margaret
Thanks to Margaret

 

 

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!! 

 

MCBA Annual General Meeting
MCBA Annual General Meeting

 

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.

 

Merseyside & Cheshire Swiss Pairs

 

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!

 

Wine & Cheese Evening

 

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.

 

Wine & Cheese Evening
League Success for ABC members

 

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.

League Success for ABC members
MCBA Intermediate Player of the Year
MCBA Intermediate Player of the Year

 

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.

 

2017 Commemorative Plate
2017 Commemorative Plate

 

Hilary and Avril finally get their hands on the silverware.

Congratulations to them - again!

Hosting
Hosting

 

Many thanks to Margaret Hopkins, the most regular host last quarter.

 

Still desperately seeking more hosts - please put your name down on the rota!

 

Final Coaching Session
Final Coaching Session

 

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.

 

Higson Cup and Plate Final - Sunday 23 March

 

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.

 

Higson Cup and Plate Final - Sunday 23 March
EBU Northern Easter Festival

 

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 them - again!

 

EBU Spring Sim 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.

 

Commemorative Plate - Avril and Hilary top again!

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.

 

Ebu masterpoints 2016

 

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!



 

MCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
MCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs

 

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.

Dates for the Diary

 

The recent questionnaire identified some interest in widening our club's schedule in various ways - please be aware of the following planned events!

 

Afternoon bridge
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

Teams Event 
Saturday 16th September

Annual Dinner 
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.

 

Hosting

 

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.

 

Gazette Cup 2017

 

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.

Very well done to all of them!

 

Gazette Cup 2017
Club News

 

Stephen's latest newsletter has been emailed to members and can be read here.

News Letter

 

Ebu Winter Sims Pairs

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!

 

Club Competitions - 2016

 

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 club competitions;
 
Ladies Pairs 
Ist Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
2nd Carol Maman & Marion Lawson-Turner
 
Men’s Pairs
1st Ian Kane & Sid Travers
2nd David Fussell & Roger Hopton
 
Mixed Pairs
1st David Olliver & Marsha Gee
2nd Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook
 
Congratulations to all our winners.

 

Blackpool Year End Congress

 

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.

 

Christmas Party and June Caron Cup
Christmas Party and June Caron Cup

 

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.

 

Ben Franks Trophy
Ben Franks Trophy

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.

 

ABC Committee

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.

 

Club Dinner & Tournament
Club Dinner & Tournament

 

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.

More Pics Here ( opens in a new tab )

 



 

 

Club Dinner & Tournament - Winners

The winner was Alan Nelson, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes also going to Helen Krell, Michelle Boven and Barbara Taylor

Club Dinner & Tournament - Winners
Club Dinner & Tournament - Sheila & Stephen
Club Dinner & Tournament - Sheila & Stephen
Hosting
Hosting

 

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.

 

Andrew Robson's Bridge Column
Andrew Robson's Bridge Column

 

This hand from ABC, contributed by David Olliver, was included recently in Andrew Robson's Bridge Column in The Times.

Eve Lighthill Cup 2016
Eve Lighthill Cup 2016

 

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!

 

79.85% !!

 

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?

 

MCBA Green Point Event
MCBA Green Point Event

 

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. 

 

Hosting - thanks, and plea for more volunteers!
Hosting - thanks, and plea for more volunteers!

 

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.

 

Chairman's Newsletter June 2016

 

Stephen's latest newsletter has been emailed to members and can be read here.

News Letter

 

Northern Counties Improvers Final
Northern Counties Improvers Final

 

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.

 

 

MCBA leagues 2015/16
MCBA leagues 2015/16

 

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 manchesterleague@gmail.com)

 

Final Coaching Session
Final Coaching Session

 

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.

 

MCBA Player of the Year Competition
MCBA Player of the Year Competition


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!! 

 

Lastminute.bid - division 7 champions!
Lastminute.bid - division 7 champions!

 

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!

 

Higson Cup and Plate
Higson Cup and Plate

 

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!

 

NWBA teams

 

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!
 

 

Portland Pairs
Portland Pairs

 

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!

 

Martin Braid Memorial Trophy

 

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!

 

Martin Braid Memorial Trophy
Commemorative Plate Competition 2016


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.

Premier Grand Masters Pairs 2016


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!

 

MCBA Swiss Pairs 2016
MCBA Swiss Pairs 2016

 

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!

 

MCBA Gazette Cup
MCBA Gazette Cup

 

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.

 

"Hyett's Clever Trick"


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!

 

Club Competitions 2015 and 2016


2015 - As announced in the recent newsletter the results of the club competitions for 2015 were :

Ladies Pairs
1st Marion Lawson-Turner & Carol Maman
2nd Barbara Eastabrook & Karen Jones

Mens Pairs
1st Ian Kane & Sid Travers
2nd Roger Hopton & David Fussell

Mixed Pairs
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!!

 

2016 Gold Cup

 

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.

 

77.55 percent!!

 

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.
 

British Winter Sim Pairs

 

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!

 

January News Letter

 

Can Be Read Here:

January News Letter

 

June Caron trophy and Tuesday club Xmas party
June Caron trophy and Tuesday club Xmas party

 

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!

 

 

Ben Franks Trophy, Sunday 6 December
Ben Franks Trophy, Sunday 6 December


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!

 

Pendle Witch Pairs
Pendle Witch Pairs


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.

MCBA Intermediate Pairs
MCBA Intermediate Pairs


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!

Bridgemates - Best Practice

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

Chester Bowl
Chester Bowl


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%.

British Autumn Sim Pairs

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!

Corwen Trophy

 

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!

MCBA Intermediate Pairs
MCBA Intermediate Pairs

 

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.

Promotion for DASH
Promotion for DASH


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

Commemorative Plate 2015
Commemorative Plate 2015


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!

Final coaching session
Final coaching session


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.

New Look Results Section

 

We have made some changes to the results sections. We hope you will find the information more meaningful.

EBU SIM Pairs April 2015

 

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
The annual MCBA pairs green point event

 

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.

Club Competions

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.

EBU SIM Pairs Jan 2015

 

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.

Club Competion 2014 Overall

 

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.

Ladies Pairs:
1st Marion Lawson-Turner and Erika Ormerod
 2nd Judith Eva and Margaret Harris

 

Mens Pairs:
1st Ian Kane and Sid Travers
2nd David Olliver and Gary Hyett

 

Mixed Pairs:
1st David Olliver and Marsha Gee
 2nd Richard Acaster and Marion Lawson-Turner

 

EBU SIM Pairs Oct 2014
EBU SIM Pairs Oct 2014

 

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.

Best Behaviour @ Bridge

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:

  • Greet others in a friendly manner prior to the start of play on each round
  • Be a good “host” or “guest” at the table
  • Make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents
  • You should not criticise your partner or opponents in public, be less than polite at the table, or gloat over good results
  • You should not object to a call for the Director, or dispute a Director’s ruling

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.

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