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Byrne team wins National Swiss Teams - MBC Players shine! 

Winners

 

The National Swiss Teams has been won by Toby Nonnenmacher (London), Ed Jones (Oxon), Kieran Dyke (London) & Michael Byrne (Manchester).

The new event on the calendar (after the National Teams Congress was split in to two separate events) took place at West Midlands Bridge Club, and was run by Warwickshire CBA on behalf of the EBU.

The Nonnenmacher team won 12 of their 14 matches, finishing with 200 VPs. Nicola Smith (Middlesex), Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock (both Manchester) & Michael Prior (Kent) were second with 181 VP, and Ben Green (London), John Holland (Manchester), Barry Myers & Sally Brock (both Berks & Bucks) were third with 176 VPs.

We have just heard that to celebrate their 70th Birthday

the EBL (European Bridge League) have inaugurated their own

EBL HALL OF FAME

 and just nine International Players have been newly elected......

... one from Italy, two from France, one from Norway/Monaco, two from Poland, one from The Netherlands and two from England.

ONE OF THESE VERY SPECIAL PLAYERS IS OUR OWN

JOHN HOLLAND

"What a truly fantastic achievement! ...........

.........We are all so proud of you John!"

Special awards for the players in the EBL Hall of Fame will be presented at the European Open Championship being held in Montecatini (Italy) in June of this year.

22 May 2017 | Internationals

England wins Teltscher Trophy - Well Done John!

England have retained the Teltscher Trophy, at the 'Senior Camrose' which took place in Belfast.

The England team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway & John Holland started slowly, losing three of their first four matches, but thereafter were undefeated. They finished on 138.82 VPs, with Ireland second on 122.39 VPs, and the Patron's team (which included Clive Owen & Brian Senior) third on 96.83.

Garden Cities Regional Final

Well done to the Manchester Bridge Club team of Alan Mould, Michael Newman, John Holland, Robert Myers, David Debbage, John Hassett, Andrew Woodcock and Catherine Draper who won the regional final of the inter clubs team of eight at Bradford on Saturday 6th May.  They go on to the national finals in June.  Full results are on the EBU web site. (www.ebu.co.uk)

Goldstone Final - Great Successes for MBC players!

The final of the Goldstone Trophy took place on Sunday 7th May at Manchester Bridge club.  Congratulations to Jeff Morris's team (John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock) with Ollie Burgess, Rob Myers in earlier rounds who won a close match by 8 IMPs against Michael Byrne's team (Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton).  The winners will go on to represent Manchester in the Pachabo in June, where Manchester have finished second, first and second in the last three years.
Please Support Ollie & MIND - 10K run on 28th May

Ollie Burgess in running in the Manchester 10K on 28th May.  Ollie has set up a Virgin Money Giving Page - the link is
http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=OllieBurgess1                   

Please support Ollie and this great cause.  Ollie explains his reasons for supporting MIND 

"Whilst I'd rather be declaring 3NT or 4H, on Sunday 28th May, I shall be doing the Manchester 10K run for MIND.  MIND is a charity in support of mental health - a condition in my opinion that goes unrecognised or more so, easily dismissed. Whilst you can physically see a broken leg, a mental illness is not that recogniseable. As many of you know, I have had my own share of set backs and with professional support, I think my earlier days would have been so much easier. So please give anything you can in support of this cause and if there is another 18 year old me floating about, then perhaps he can get the help which I was maybe not able to do. 

By the way, how far is 10K?!??!"

25 Apr 2017

Spring Foursomes takes place this weekend

The Schapiro Spring Foursomes, one of the premier events on the EBU calendar, takes place this weekend. The event, generously supported by Helen Schapiro, has again attracted a strong field, with a number of international players from overseas joining the best of the English game to compete for the trophy named in honour of her late, great husband, Boris Schapiro.

The teams, and seedings, can be seen here.

The later stages of the competition will be available to watch on Bridge Base Online on Monday and Tuesday. Brian Senior will be providing a bulletin from the event - his bulletins from the 2016 competition are available here.

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

25 Apr 2017 | Laws and Ethics

Laws of Duplicate Bridge to be updated in 2017

The World Bridge Federation will be updating the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017, and these will come in to effect in competitions in England from the start of August.

(See EBU website for further details www.ebu.co.uk)

Shropshire Congress 22nd & 23rd April

The 2017 Shropsire Congress was held at the Park Inn, Telford.  The winners of the Pairs Event played on 22nd April were Jason Hackett & Adrian Kenworthy just 1VP ahead of David Debbage & Paul Hackett. Congratulations!

Hubert Phillips Final

The final of the EBU Mixed Pivot Teams will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday June 25th.  Spectators will be welcome.  The finalists are Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Alan Mould, John Holland against Michael Byrne, Ollie Burgess, Fiona Brown and Hugh McGann.  Five of the eight finalists are Manchester BC players.  Further details will be posted when available.

Current Competitions

2017 Tony Wood Memorial Trophy

This Monday Evening Pairs Contest runs from

May 1st until the end of August 28th

Your best 8 results count.

Easter Festivals Results

EBU events were held in London and Ilkley over Easter.
In the Northern event on Good Friday John Holland and Jeff Smith won the open pairs.
At Ilkley John Holland/Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs with Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann seventh in a field of 44 pairs.

In London Ollie Burgess had an excellent result winning the Guardian Trophy Championship Pairs with David Bakhshi in a field of over 200 players.
Easter London
(Ollie and David pictured with Barry Capal EBU Manager)

Hubert Phillips - Manchester Final

Following on from Jeff Smith's team's win in the semi-finals (see below), Michael Byrne's team (Ollie Burgess, Fiona Brown, Hugh McGann) beat Sally Brock's team at Spondon on Saturday 19th March to set up a final featuring a majority of Manchester players for the first time since 1999 when the final was held at Manchester Bridge Club with a large crowd of spectators watching.

Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to Jeff Smith, John Holland, Alan Mould and Rhona Goldenfield (substituting for Jackie Pye who is recovering from a recent operation) who have reached the final of the EBU's Mixed Teams Championship.  They beat the Hinden team in the semi finals and will play the winners of Michael Byrne vs Sally Brock.

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suitable to your ability. If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"!  Alternatively please phone Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

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***NEW MONTH.....

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

(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.

2 Mar 2017

European Court considers VAT exemption for bridge

On 2nd March, at the European Courts of Justice in Luxembourg, judges considered the EU Directive under which sporting activities are exempt from VAT.

At present the majority of the governments of member nations of the EU exempt bridge activities from VAT under this directive. The UK government does not implement the directive in this way, and the EBU, with the co-operation of HMRC, brought the matter before the British Court. The British Courts referred the case to the EU Courts to seek clarification regarding the intention of their directive. Prominent MPs have given their support to the removal of VAT from entry fees to Mind Sport competitions - Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron calling it "a common sense approach".

The Court looked at the intention of the directive in broad terms, and once it has been established then this can be applied to the case of bridge specifically. A preliminary judgement will be made on 15th June.

Despite 'Brexit' the ruling is still significant: a 'positive' result would enable a refund to the EBU of VAT paid in recent years; it would establish the basis for the implementation of the directive in all EU member states, not just the UK.

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!

"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.

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-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & 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.

 
Welcome to Manchester Bridge Club
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25th MAY

OPEN AT USUAL 

SUPERVISED DUPLICATE at 1pm

and

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

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 NEXT ROUNDS on TUESDAY 13th JUNE & 11th JULY

all at 7.30pm

RUIA CUP HEATS and FINAL

(Please note these are on Tuesday evenings this year)

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♥ SUNDAY 18th JUNE 2.30pm to 5pm

OLLIE'S  WORKSHOP SEMINAR

(TOPIC TO BE DECIDED)

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 SUNDAY 25th JUNE

HUBERT PHILLIPS FINAL

(details to follow)

THE RUIA CUP

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION 2017

This is taking place over 3 sessions at 7.30pm on

Next session is on

TUESDAY 13th JUNE

TUESDAY 11th JULY

See Round 1 results bottom right of this page.

Substitutes can be played if required on any of the dates.

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

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB  30 Palatine Road, Didsbury M20 3JJ

(Please note this event is being held on Tuesdays this year)

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR...

SUNDAY 18th JUNE

2.30pm to 5pm  

"Topic to be announced - watch this space!"

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:

Sunday 18th June, Sunday 8th July, Sunday 30th July & Sunday 13th August   2.30pm to 5pm (Topics tba)

The EBU Northern Counties Regional Improvers Pairs Competition 

Area Final at MBC took place on Sunday 14th May.


The Qualifying Rounds were held at various Club throughout the County and 50% of those who entered qualified for the final, playing 21-24 Boards. This competition was for players whose ranking is below Master.The Final was held on Sunday 14th May 2017 at  Darlington, Manchester, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire clubs and were scored simultaneously. Twenty pairs took part and a great afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.

Congratulations to MBC players Paul Murray & Josh Clarke 2nd

(pictured below)

Shirley Leak & Philippe Noel (3rd)

Jan Lancaster & Kate Durham (4th)

Suzanne Beckett & Adele Hodari (6th).

In fact it was exciting to see that 8 of the 12 winning players are from our club!
(Full results bottom right of this page)

Our new FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE SESSIONS are continuing to prove very successful! 

(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!!

Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

FRIDAY 26th MAY
FRIDAY 26th MAY

EVERY FRIDAY LUNCHTIME

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

DAYTIME DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

HAPPY MONDAYS! 29th MAY (Daytime)
HAPPY MONDAYS! 29th MAY (Daytime)

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.

 Dave's topic will be "PAUSE & PLAN THE PLAY"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

MONDAY 22nd MAY (pm)

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(Includes the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event - best 8 results from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August)

IMPROVERS NIGHT TUESDAY 23rd MAY
IMPROVERS NIGHT TUESDAY 23rd MAY

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.

WEDNESDAY 24th MAY

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 1st JUNE
THURSDAY 1st JUNE

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for all - great fun!

Results
Thu 25th May 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 24th May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 24th May 2017
Wednesday Evening Pairs
Tue 23rd May 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 22nd May 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 22nd May 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sat 20th May 2017
John Armstrong Trophy
Fri 19th May 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Thu 18th May 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 17th May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Fri 26th May 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Mon 29th May 2017
Bank Holiday Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be "PAUSE & PLAN the PLAY"
Mon 29th May 2017
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August
Tue 30th May 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 31st May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 31st May 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Jun 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Fri 2nd Jun 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Mon 5th Jun 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be...........
Mon 5th Jun 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August
Tue 6th Jun 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Jun 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Jun 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 8th Jun 2017
GENERAL ELECTION
Thu 8th Jun 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

FRIDAY 26th MAY
FRIDAY 26th MAY

EVERY FRIDAY LUNCHTIME

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

DAYTIME DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

HAPPY MONDAYS! 29th MAY (Daytime)
HAPPY MONDAYS! 29th MAY (Daytime)

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.

 Dave's topic will be "PAUSE & PLAN THE PLAY"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

MONDAY 22nd MAY (pm)

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(Includes the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event - best 8 results from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August)

IMPROVERS NIGHT TUESDAY 23rd MAY
IMPROVERS NIGHT TUESDAY 23rd MAY

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.

WEDNESDAY 24th MAY

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 1st JUNE
THURSDAY 1st JUNE

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

Suitable for all - great fun!

Results
Thu 25th May 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 24th May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 24th May 2017
Wednesday Evening Pairs
Tue 23rd May 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 22nd May 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 22nd May 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sat 20th May 2017
John Armstrong Trophy
Fri 19th May 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Thu 18th May 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 17th May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Fri 26th May 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Mon 29th May 2017
Bank Holiday Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be "PAUSE & PLAN the PLAY"
Mon 29th May 2017
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August
Tue 30th May 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 31st May 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 31st May 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Jun 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Fri 2nd Jun 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Mon 5th Jun 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be...........
Mon 5th Jun 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tony Wood Memorial Trophy. Monday Night Pairs Event from Monday 1st May to Monday 28th August
Tue 6th Jun 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Jun 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Jun 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 8th Jun 2017
GENERAL ELECTION
Thu 8th Jun 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm