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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 always welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to becoming a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration."

 
 
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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S TIPS FOR JANUARY...........

(See the yellow tab above top left)

One of the very positive suggestions in response to the questionnaire sent out to members was that we should have a 'Tips for Improvers' section based on hands recently played at Manchester Bridge Club. 

Michael Newman now writes tips on hands played during the last month which are posted on the website at the end of each month.

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

John Holland Wins Gold Cup!  

  

Many congratulations to John Holland who has won Britain's most prestigious competition at Solihull on 11-13th December.  John, who has won virtually every other national event, has previously never won the Gold Cup.

John and partner Ben Green played every board in the final stages beating the holders (Allfrey, Robson, Forrester, Gold, Bakhshi, McIntosh) in the quarter finals on Friday and then Peter Lee's team in the semis by 98 IMPs.  John and Ben's other team members were Simon Cope, Peter Crouch and Nicola Smith.

In some ways this is the ultimate achievement for a British bridge player and ensures a place in the history of British bridge as a winner of the most demanding knockout event in the year

Gold Cup
Simon Cope, Nicola Smith, John Holland, Peter Crouch and Ben Green
 
CONGRATULATIONS JOHN - WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD.
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club Newsletter by e-mail?

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

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

Thankyou.

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

John Holland tops Master Point list yet again!

Congratulations to John Holland who has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year for the fourth time.

John, who also won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2013, gained a total of 28,824 points in 2014.

AMAZING!

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

Club Champion Again from May 2014 - April 2015
Club Champion Again  from  May 2014 - April 2015

Club Champion

Martin Taylor does it again....and again....and again!!!

For a positively fantastic fifth consecutive year, Martin has retained his title as Club Champion by coming top of the players list for the Wednesday Evening Duplicate for the 2014 - 2015 year. This is quite an achievement as many top class national and international players regularly play in our Wednesday Evening Duplicate Session.

There's being consistent....then there's being just brilliant!!!

Congratulations!

 

A New 5 Week Foundation Bridge Bidding Course Starts tomorrow!

WEDNESDAY 10th FEBRUARY

from 7.30pm to about 10pm

 BIDDING & BIDDING REFRESHER COURSE

Ideal for any player, new or old, who has grasped the basics of card play and now wants to learn how to bid or to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Course, with David Debbage, covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

Course Fee £50

Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids & Responses

Lesson 2: Responses & Re-Bidding in No Trumps & Suits

Lesson 3: Other Opening Bids & Responses

 

Lesson 4: Overcalls & Doubles

Lesson 5: Slam Bidding & System Notes

 To enrol for this course or for further information

please contact Dave at the Club asap 

on 0161 445 3712

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

THE GAZETTE CUP

was held at Altrincham Bridge Club

on SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY

Congratulations to the Ollie Burgess Team who won comfortably and now go on to represent Manchester in the Garden Cities Competition.

Winners

David Sarabowski, Andy Green,Jason Hackett, Adrian Kenworthy,
Ollie Burgess, Mike Goldsmith, Ed Levy, Rob Myers
with Ann Thornton (Tournament Secretary)

Results bottom right and on MCBA website

www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

SUNDAY 13th MARCH 2016

1.45 for 2pm start

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY

SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

Each team of four will play 

2 sessions of 5 boards

with each of their team members

 ....so 30 boards in all.

(Suitable for both Intermediate & Experienced players)

SANDWICHES AND SCONES AT HALF TIME

1st Prize (Expert)  £200

2nd Prize (Expert) £100

3rd Prize (Expert) £50

1st Prize (Non-Expert) £90

2nd Prize (Non-Expert) £60

£10 per player

Bottle Raffle proceeds and any additional monies to be donated to

The British Heart Foundation

(Please donate a bottle for the Charity Raffle!)

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Enter your team on the Board in Club Reception

or contact Jeff at Manchester Bridge Club on 0161 445 3712

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

SUNDAY SEMINAR WORKSHOPS

 for intermediate players           

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     NEXT ONE ON .....

SUNDAY 21st  FEBRUARY 

          2.30pm to 5pm       

"WEAK TWO'S & RESPONSES"

Ollie Burgess presented the first in a series of seminars on Sunday 24th January to a very appreciative class of over 30 intermediate players!  

The seminar starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by numerous practice hands.  The cost of the seminar is £10.00 for members and £12 for visitors.  This includes refreshments during the brief break.

This next seminar will be suitable for a wide range of intermediate players as Ollie will cover the basic ideas of Weak Two's plus the more complex issues of how to respond..

Ollie is well known to members of the club and runs the Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class.  Ollie plays bridge at International level and has represented England at both Junior Level and for the Under 28 Team including the World Bridge Games in Beijing.

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

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

THE CANTOR CUP

Sunday 28th February

at 2pm

Manchester Bridge Club

This friendly annual competition is specifically for beginners, novices and inexperienced duplicate players.

The Entry Form can be found on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

Chester Congress

Several Manchester players went to Deva bridge club for their congress on 30-31 January.  MBC successes were recorded in the Swiss Teams by Michael Newman and Ollie Burgess who won by a large margin playing with Andrew Woodcock and Catherine Draper of Lancashire.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

NEW FOR 2016!!

CALLING ALL THURSDAY NIGHT SWISS PAIRS PLAYERS!!

DR JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL CUP

SWISS PAIRS COMPETITION

January 2016 to May 2016

(Thursday 7th January to Thursday 26th May)

THIS MAGNIFICENT CUP WILL BE AWARDED ANNUALLY

FOR THE BEST 12 RESULTS OVER THE FIRST 5 MONTHS OF THE YEAR

ACHIEVED AT THE REGULAR THURSDAY EVENING SWISS PAIRS.

…………So for 2016 you can count your best 12 scores from the 21 weeks

between 7th January 2016 and 26th May 2016!

GOOD LUCK!

Manchester Congress 2016

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd January


 

MCBA'S FLAGSHIP EVENT

Full results and photos are on the County website  www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

TUESDAY NIGHTS at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson and

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

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

Guests are always welcome.

For further information contact

jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

or telephone  0161 445 3712

Wednesday Duplicate

 

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 11th FEBRUARY

at 7.30pm

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for Experts & Improvers alike!

Thursdays are very popular due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the range of bridge abilities that are able to play together.

If you haven't tried it.....then you're missing a really enjoyable evening!

Partners always found and guests always very welcome.

.........and don't forget your score counts towards the new

2016 John Bird Memorial Cup Competition! 

HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!
HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!

MONDAY 15th FEBRUARY

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

with a brief lesson first with Jeff Morris

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Jeff's topic  today will be 

" Examples of Bidding & Play "

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

The highlight of the afternoon is always Bridget's delicious home-made scones with jam and cream!

Monday Duplicate

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

Results
Mon 8th Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 8th Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 7th Feb 2016
GAZETTE CUP at Altrincham Bridge Club
Thu 4th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 3rd Feb 2016
BRIDGE ENGLAND SIM PAIRS at 7.30pm
Tue 2nd Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 1st Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 1st Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 28th Jan 2016
SWISS PAIRS & SUPER SUPPER for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 27th Jan 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING ECATS CHARITY SIMS at 7.30pm
Calendar
Tue 9th Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
BEGINNERS BIDDING FOUNDATION COURSE #1 at 7.30pm
LESSON 1 - Introduction to Bridge & Making Tricks
Thu 11th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun, suitable for all and don't forget the new John Bird Competition!
Mon 15th Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's Topic this week is "Examples of Bidding & Play"
Mon 15th Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 16th Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
BEGINNERS BIDDING FOUNDATION COURSE SUPERVISED PLAY CLASS at 7.30pm
Try out your new bridge skills in a friendly supervised play class.
Thu 18th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun, suitable for all and don't forget the new John Bird Competition!
Sun 21st Feb 2016
SUNDAY SEMINAR WORKSHOP with Ollie Burgess 2.30pm to 5pm
Topic this time is WEAK TWO'S AND RESPONSES. (See front page of website for full details)
Mon 22nd Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's Topic this week is Example Hand - Bidding & Play
Mon 22nd Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

TUESDAY NIGHTS at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

Enjoy a short lesson and

Relaxed Supervised Duplicate

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

Guests are always welcome.

For further information contact

jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

or telephone  0161 445 3712

Wednesday Duplicate

 

Image result for Pics of duplicate bridge being played

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 11th FEBRUARY

at 7.30pm

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for Experts & Improvers alike!

Thursdays are very popular due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the range of bridge abilities that are able to play together.

If you haven't tried it.....then you're missing a really enjoyable evening!

Partners always found and guests always very welcome.

.........and don't forget your score counts towards the new

2016 John Bird Memorial Cup Competition! 

HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!
HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!

MONDAY 15th FEBRUARY

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

with a brief lesson first with Jeff Morris

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Jeff's topic  today will be 

" Examples of Bidding & Play "

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

The highlight of the afternoon is always Bridget's delicious home-made scones with jam and cream!

Monday Duplicate

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

Results
Mon 8th Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 8th Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 7th Feb 2016
GAZETTE CUP at Altrincham Bridge Club
Thu 4th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 3rd Feb 2016
BRIDGE ENGLAND SIM PAIRS at 7.30pm
Tue 2nd Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 1st Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 1st Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 28th Jan 2016
SWISS PAIRS & SUPER SUPPER for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 27th Jan 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING ECATS CHARITY SIMS at 7.30pm
Calendar
Tue 9th Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 10th Feb 2016
BEGINNERS BIDDING FOUNDATION COURSE #1 at 7.30pm
LESSON 1 - Introduction to Bridge & Making Tricks
Thu 11th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun, suitable for all and don't forget the new John Bird Competition!
Mon 15th Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's Topic this week is "Examples of Bidding & Play"
Mon 15th Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 16th Feb 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 17th Feb 2016
BEGINNERS BIDDING FOUNDATION COURSE SUPERVISED PLAY CLASS at 7.30pm
Try out your new bridge skills in a friendly supervised play class.
Thu 18th Feb 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun, suitable for all and don't forget the new John Bird Competition!
Sun 21st Feb 2016
SUNDAY SEMINAR WORKSHOP with Ollie Burgess 2.30pm to 5pm
Topic this time is WEAK TWO'S AND RESPONSES. (See front page of website for full details)
Mon 22nd Feb 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with Jeff Morris followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Jeff's Topic this week is Example Hand - Bidding & Play
Mon 22nd Feb 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm