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2017 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January until the end of April

Your best 8 results count.

 

2017 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January until the end of May

Your best 12 results count.

Good Luck!

 
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HACKETT TEAM WIN NEC CUP IN TOKYO!

Our World Champion players Paul & Jason Hackett were part of the team that has just won the prestigious NEC CUP in Tokyo.

This is an amazing achievement and now the second time they have reached this magnificent goal.

CONGRATULATIONS!

14 Feb 2017

Mike Bell tops Master Point list for 2016

Congratulations to Mike Bell, who has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for the first time.

Mike earned 25,712 points, with Jason Hackett second with 20,741, and John Holland - who was top scorer for the previous four years - third with 20,647.

The full Master Point lists for 2016 can be accessed below.

England win Junior International double

The Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer competitions took place at the weekend in Dublin and England ran away comfortable winners in both events.

In the Junior Camrose, the U26 team started off with a loss to Scotland, but recovered quickly and ended up winning with a match to spare, ahead of Scotland and Ireland. This win makes it five in a row for England, and for Shivam Shah.

The U21 Peggy Bayer team showed little mercy in reclaiming the trophy from Ireland, with every result going near maximum and ending up with 177.79 out of a possible 180 VPs from the weekend. More than 100 VPs behind them, the fight for second place was more competitive with the CBAI team edging out the Ireland team.

Under 26 team: Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Oliver Powell & Jon Derrick; Shivam Shah & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: Simon Cope; Asst NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Under 21 team: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC: Michael Byrne

2016 ANNUAL REVIEW

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB ANNUAL REVIEW 2016

Jeff's detailed and comprehensive Annual Report for 2016,

which was given at the recent AGM,

can now be read under the yellow tab top left of this page.

What a successful year!

EBU denied leave to appeal court ruling; VAT case to be heard in March

The EBU is disappointed to report that it has been denied leave to appeal the ruling given following 2015's Judicial Review of Sport England's definition of 'sport', and how it relates to bridge.

At the hearing which took place on Thursday (19th January) Lady Justice Macur determined that despite the arguments put forward by the EBU's legal team (which can be read here), there was insufficient prospect of the decision being overturned to warrant the court holding an appeal hearing.

This is the final action which the EBU will be taking in its current attempts to have Sport England recognise bridge as a 'sport'.

This decision has no impact on the VAT case which will go to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on 2nd March. This was referred to the court by the British courts, in order to seek clarification on the EU's directive that no VAT should be charged on sporting activities, and whether this should apply to bridge. Bridge is already exempt from VAT in a number of EU countries, and it is in the interests of all member states for a clear definition to be sought. 'Brexit' will therefore have no affect on the case, and in addition a positive ruling could results in a rebate on VAT which has previously been paid.

20 Dec 2016

Further discussion of the benefits of bridge on BBC radio

Alan Shillitoe, leader of the England Under 26 squad, and one of the creators of EBED's Junior Award Scheme, talked to Mark Forrest on BBC radio yesterday evening about the social and educational benefits of playing bridge, and some of the aspects which make bridge such a great activity.

Tournament Bridge in England: 1925-1945

Those who have an interest in bridge history will hopefully enjoy reading this book over the festive period. Written by keen bridge historian Richard Fleet, it looks, as the title suggests, at the competitions that took place during a key period in the game's history. He also focuses on some of the main contributors, personalities, and great players of the era.

Thanks to Richard for all his work in putting this together and for sharing it with us all.

Manchester BC members do well at puzzles on Radio4

Radio 4's You & Yours programme wanted to test out a new puzzle book, produced by GCHQ, so they took it along to Manchester Bridge Club.

When contacting the EBU to arrange the visit, the producers said they were looking for people who were keen to tackle puzzles and had good logical and lateral thinking. They had immediately thought of bridge players, and a trip to Manchester BC seemed to be ideal.

And the bridge players didn't disappoint, doing well with the puzzles - listen to see if you could answer the questions they were given.

"Bridge is cool": The Times reports on the rising popularity of bridge among young players

Bridge is "quite cool". So say the increasing number of juniors learning to play.

The Times featured an article on Saturday reporting on the rise in popularity of bridge amongst young players. The charity English Bridge Education and Development regularly receives calls from schools and bridge teachers wanting to introduce bridge into the classroom, and the number of juniors involved in activities organised by the EBU, EBED, affiliated clubs and counties, has risen sharply.

Bridge is proving very popular with the young players - in the article Gabriel, a pupil at Weald Primary School, describes it as "quite cool". Not only is bridge a fun activity for the children, but teachers and parents have also observed how it offers numerous opportunities for academic and personal development.

The BBC also featured the story on Radio 5 Live (see below) and talked to school teacher Ann Hutchison and junior internationals Jasmine Bakhshi and Liam Sanderson. The story was also on their Breakfast program on Sunday morning (sadly that is not available to watch on the iPlayer), and on Radio 5 Live.

English Bridge Education and Development are very keen to help establish bridge groups in schools and can provide equipment, teaching materials and contacts in the local area to help get things off the ground. Please contact Richard Banbury - richard@ebedcio.org.uk - for more information.

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN FEBRUARY...........

(See the yellow tab above top left)

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

About Manchester Bridge Club
About Manchester Bridge Club

Welcome to

Manchester Bridge Club. 

We are at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find

us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab

top left of this page.

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff or David on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

TODAY! ♠ SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY 1pm

MCBA CANTOR CUP at Manchester Bridge Club

Open to novices and inexperienced players only

Click here for more details and entry form

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♥ FRIDAY 3rd MARCH 12.15pm

NEW FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE SESSION

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♥ SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2.30pm

OLLIE'S SUNDAY WORKSHOP SEMINAR (Trial Bids & More Splinters)

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♠ SUNDAY 2ND APRIL

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

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♦ SUNDAY 9TH APRIL

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS COMPETITION

Click here for more details and entry form

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EXCITING NEWS!!

The first of our new FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE SESSIONS proved very successful with 7 tables taking part! 

(12.15 for 12.30 prompt start) (finishing approx 3.30pm)

This is a non-supervised duplicate event open to all with duplimated boards & hand records. Tea and Biscuits is available throughout and the session only costs £6. Partners available.

See you next Friday!!

MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY BRIDGE CLUB

have so far raised OVER £650 from their

24 HOUR BRIDGE MARATHON at MBC!

which was held from 12 midday on Saturday 11th February to 12 midday on Sunday 12th February

in aid of THE WELLSPRING

.......and donations still coming in!!

A TERRIFIC EFFORT!!

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR...

SUNDAY 12th MARCH

2.30pm to 5pm  

"TRIAL BIDS with more on splinters"

Each session starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by practice hands.  

The cost of the seminar is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  This includes light refreshments during the brief break.

Everyone is welcome to attend and you don't need a partner.  You can just turn up on the day but it would be helpful to Ollie if you could let him know in advance if you are intending to come along by emailing him at oliverburgess5@gmail.com

Forward Dates:

Saturday 22nd April   10.30 to 1pm (Topic tba)

Sunday 7th May   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

Gazette Trophy

The inter club teams of eight event at Altrincham attracted a good entry
of ten teams from five different clubs.
The favourites, Manchester, were lying third at the break, behind Cheadle Hulme and Altrincham, but pulled ahead in the last match to win 7 VPs ahead of Cheadle Hulme. 
Manchester go on to represent the county in the regional finals
of the Garden Cities Trophy.  
Winners

Winners: Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Rob Myers, Dave Debbage,
John Holland, John Hassett, Ollie Burgess, Catherine Draper
with Ann Thornton (MCBA)
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

Come and play in our enjoyable

Supervised Duplicate with brief lesson at 1pm

(Prompt please as late-comers may not be able to be accommodated)

There's a brief lesson first with Jeff Morris this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Next Monday Jeff's topic will be "The Redouble"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player contest started on 2nd Jan and runs on Monday evenings until the end of April - Best total Min 8)

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

at 7.30pm

......JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson

(Lesson Topics from Jan - April will be Slam Bidding in Jan then Competitive Bidding including Overcalls, Doubles & 1NT bids etc)

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

Image result for Pics of duplicate bridge being played

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for all - great fun!

(...and includes the 2017 John Bird Memorial Cup - an individual trophy where your best 12 Thursday scores count between January and the end of May 2017!)

EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

UNSUPERVISED DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

 

Results
Fri 24th Feb 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.30pm
Thu 23rd Feb 2017
Swiss Pairs
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 20th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Mon 20th Feb 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 16th Feb 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 15th Feb 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 14th Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 13th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Calendar
Sun 26th Feb 2017
MCBA CANTOR CUP at MBC at 2pm
For new & inexperienced duplicate players
Mon 27th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Jeff's lesson topic today will be "The Redouble"
Mon 27th Feb 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 28th Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 2nd Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Beginners Course Module 1- Lesson 5
Sat 4th Mar 2017
EBU / MANCHESTER GREEN POINT PAIRS at Altrincham BC
Mon 6th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be...........
Mon 6th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 7th Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 8th Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 8th Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

Come and play in our enjoyable

Supervised Duplicate with brief lesson at 1pm

(Prompt please as late-comers may not be able to be accommodated)

There's a brief lesson first with Jeff Morris this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Next Monday Jeff's topic will be "The Redouble"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player contest started on 2nd Jan and runs on Monday evenings until the end of April - Best total Min 8)

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

at 7.30pm

......JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson

(Lesson Topics from Jan - April will be Slam Bidding in Jan then Competitive Bidding including Overcalls, Doubles & 1NT bids etc)

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

Image result for Pics of duplicate bridge being played

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for all - great fun!

(...and includes the 2017 John Bird Memorial Cup - an individual trophy where your best 12 Thursday scores count between January and the end of May 2017!)

EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

UNSUPERVISED DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

 

Results
Fri 24th Feb 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.30pm
Thu 23rd Feb 2017
Swiss Pairs
Wed 22nd Feb 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 20th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Mon 20th Feb 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 16th Feb 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 15th Feb 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 14th Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 13th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Calendar
Sun 26th Feb 2017
MCBA CANTOR CUP at MBC at 2pm
For new & inexperienced duplicate players
Mon 27th Feb 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Jeff Morris at 1pm
Jeff's lesson topic today will be "The Redouble"
Mon 27th Feb 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 28th Feb 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 1st Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 2nd Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Beginners Course Module 1- Lesson 5
Sat 4th Mar 2017
EBU / MANCHESTER GREEN POINT PAIRS at Altrincham BC
Mon 6th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be...........
Mon 6th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 7th Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 8th Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 8th Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm