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It's that time of year again when your annual membership payment is due.  

The fees are the same as last year, so it's £50 for Single Membership, £80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.  

Payments should be made asap in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.

If you want to pay by electronic transfer ring or email Jeff or David for the Club's bank account number and sort code.

"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration."

 
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Current Competitions

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!

Gold Cup Upset

Congratulations to Raymond Semp's team (Toby Nonnenmacher, Jeff Smith and Alan Nelson) who beat Brian Senior's number seven seeded team in a third round Gold Cup match at Manchester Bridge Club on Friday 6th Jan.

Blackpool Year End Congress

John Holland and Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th December with overnight leaders Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finishing fourth. 
In the Swiss Teams on December 30th t
hird and category B winners were Janet Tolan, Andy Green, Michael Wymer and Stephen Ward
Congratulations to all, full results are on the EBU web site. www.ebu.co.uk

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.

England hosted the Junior Channel Trophy last weekend (17th & 18th December)

Last weekend the Junior Channel Trophy took place at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London. The annual event saw England take on France, Belgium and the Netherlands in competitions for the Under 26s, Under 21s and Under 26 Women. The event is hosted by each country in turn, with the young players coming to England this year. Michael Byrne is NPC for the Under 21 Team - Good Luck!

England finished second in all three competitions. The U26 team ended the first round-robin in fourth, but good wins in the second set of matches, including a big victory over Belgium in the final match, saw them leap up in to second place. The U21s were in third for much of the event, but results in the final match - a large win against Belgium and defeat for the Dutch against France - saw them jump into second place. The U26 Women were second for much of the event, and finished comfortably in that position, a long way behind the runaway winners, but 17VPs clear of third.

Teltscher Trophy Trial this weekend (17th & 18th December)

The trials to play in England's team in the Teltscher Trophy (the Seniors Camrose) take place this weekend at West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull. Seven teams will compete in a round-robin, with four rounds on Saturday and three on Sunday. The participating teams can be seen on the event webpage. John Holland and Paul Hackett are playing.

Matches will be shown on Bridge Base Online, starting at 10:45am on Saturday.

The 2017 Teltscher Trophy takes place in Northern Ireland from 19th – 21st May.

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 DECEMBER...........

(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.

Lib Dem leader gives support to VAT-free bridge

Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has written to the EBU in support of our efforts to have bridge recognised as an activity on which no VAT should be charged for competition entries.

Writing to EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, Mr Farron said he "fully support(ed)" the EBU's efforts, and he would "take the opportunity to support the removal of VAT from entry fees for Bridge tournaments whenever possible".

(Follow this link for the full article www.ebu.co.uk )

He's done it again.....again!!
He's done it again.....again!!

John Holland tops National Master Point list for the fifth time!

Congratulations to John Holland, who has topped the annual Master Points list for the fifth time (the last four years in succession!) and has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver.

John Holland's good year has seen him reclaim the top spot in the Gold Point rankings. He moved marginally ahead of the 2014 leader, David Gold, holding 98.92 to David's 98.02. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five.

John, who also won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2013 & 2014 gained a total of 29,397 points in 2015.

AMAZING!

(Full details are on the EBU website www.ebu.co.uk )

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.

 
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!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

♥ SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY

&

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY

OLLIE'S SUNDAY SEMINAR WORKSHOP

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♦ SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

MCBA GAZETTE CUP at Altrincham BC

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♣ SATURDAY 11th & SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY

STUDENT CHARITY BRIDGE MARATHON

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♠ SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY

MCBA CANTOR CUP at Manchester Bridge Club

Open to novices and inexperienced players only

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS

SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY 

(followed by another one on Sunday 29th January)

 

  2.30pm to 5pm  

....with a quiz at the start to win a bottle of wine so make sure you come a few minutes early!!

“THE TROUBLE WITH DOUBLES!”

Responding to Take-Out Doubles

Re-Opening & Negative Doubles Revision

When is a double for Take-Out or Penalties?

Lead Directional Doubles

Lightner Doubles

Responsive Doubles

SOS & Penalty Redoubles

and for those who like something a bit more exotic……

Stripe-Tail Ape Doubles (yes…there really is such a thing!!)

Each seminar is complete in itself so don’t worry if you can’t make both dates. It 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 are Sun 29th January, Sunday 19th February & Sunday 12th March.

Winners

THE MCBA ANNUAL MANCHESTER CONGRESS TOOK PLACE AT THE WEEKEND (7th & 8th January) AND WAS WELL REPRESENTED BY MBC MEMBERS IN BOTH THE EXPERT AND NON-EXPERT EVENTS WITH 73 PAIRS AND 38 TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE EXPERT EVENTS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DAVID DEBBAGE and ANDREW WOODCOCK

WINNERS OF THE PAIRS COMPETITION

AND TO

GARY HYETT, BILL HIRST, BEN NORTON & SAM BEHRENS  WHO WON THE TEAMS

(See bottom right of this page for results and MCBA website for additional results and photos www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

LESLEY JOHNSON AND DAVID SARABOWSKI

WINNERS OF THE 2016 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP

AND

THE PETER ADER TROPHY.

Monday Afternoon Supervised Duplicate
Monday Afternoon Supervised Duplicate

What a great way to spend a wintry Monday Afternoon!!

Why not come and join us for relaxed play - visitors very welcome and partners not required.

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS WINNERS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER 

Congratulations to

Winners   Gary Hyett & Dan Crofts

2nd Place   John Hassett & Mike Burtt

3rd Place     Irene Davies & Karen Reissman  

      Leading Non-Expert Award     

Ann Thornton & Paul Murray

 

  • 2016 Santa Claus Pairs 2nd Place
  • 2016 Santa Claus Pairs 3rd Place
  • Club/2016 Santa Claus Pairs Winners
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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!)

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 David Debbage this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

David's topic will be "Hand Evaluation - not all points are equal & the power of shape"

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)

Results
Mon 16th Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 16th Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 15th Jan 2017
AGM at 6.30 with complimentary Supper & Duplicate (5) at 7.30pm
Thu 12th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
Wed 11th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 10th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7pm
Mon 9th Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 9th Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 8th Jan 2017
MCBA Congress Kevin Comrie Cup 2017
Sun 8th Jan 2017
MCBA Congress Teams Red Qual
Calendar
Tue 17th Jan 2017
Newcomers Supervised Duplicate 1pm - 3pm
Just for very new players
Tue 17th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
Beginners Fast Track Bridge Course :Lesson 3 at 7.30pm
Thu 19th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
John Bird Memorial Trophy (Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Sun 22nd Jan 2017
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
"The Trouble with Doubles" #1
Mon 23rd Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 23rd Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Geoff Nuttall Trophy. Jan - end of April. Individual player event on Monday nights. Best Total (min 8)
Tue 24th Jan 2017
Newcomers Supervised Duplicate 1pm - 3pm
Just for very new players
Tue 24th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
Beginners Fast Track Bridge Course :Lesson 4 at 7.30pm
Thu 26th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
John Bird Memorial Trophy (Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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!)

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 David Debbage this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

David's topic will be "Hand Evaluation - not all points are equal & the power of shape"

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)

Results
Mon 16th Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 16th Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 15th Jan 2017
AGM at 6.30 with complimentary Supper & Duplicate (5) at 7.30pm
Thu 12th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
Wed 11th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 10th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7pm
Mon 9th Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 9th Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 8th Jan 2017
MCBA Congress Kevin Comrie Cup 2017
Sun 8th Jan 2017
MCBA Congress Teams Red Qual
Calendar
Tue 17th Jan 2017
Newcomers Supervised Duplicate 1pm - 3pm
Just for very new players
Tue 17th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 18th Jan 2017
Beginners Fast Track Bridge Course :Lesson 3 at 7.30pm
Thu 19th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
John Bird Memorial Trophy (Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Sun 22nd Jan 2017
OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR at 2.30pm
"The Trouble with Doubles" #1
Mon 23rd Jan 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 23rd Jan 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Geoff Nuttall Trophy. Jan - end of April. Individual player event on Monday nights. Best Total (min 8)
Tue 24th Jan 2017
Newcomers Supervised Duplicate 1pm - 3pm
Just for very new players
Tue 24th Jan 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 25th Jan 2017
Beginners Fast Track Bridge Course :Lesson 4 at 7.30pm
Thu 26th Jan 2017
SWISS PAIRS for ALL
John Bird Memorial Trophy (Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)