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Bridge helping ladies stay healthy and active into their 90s

BBC Woman's Hour on Radio 4 today looked at how women in their 90s have managed to stay healthy and active. Two interviewees from Birmingham cited bridge as one of the biggest influences on their prolonged good health, noting both the benefits of keeping the mind active, and also the social benefits of playing bridge after the death of their husbands.

The interview is available on the BBC website for a limited time - scroll to 15:00 for the start of the interview (which lasts around six minutes).

Irene comes 4th in the Portland Pairs!

Irene Davies and Roger Hopton have come a magnificent 4th in the Portland Pairs, the EBU's mixed pairs championship which took place on Sunday 20th March. 360 pairs took part, playing at fifteen venues around England and Wales, with the event scored across all locations.

Irene and Roger scored a remarkable 60.34% only 2.6% behind the winners.

An amazing achievement in such a big field.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Fantoni-Nunes banned by Italian Bridge Federation

Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, one of the pairs accused in the 'cheating scandals' last year, have been banned by the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) following its investigation. The pair were found guilty and have received a lifetime ban from the FIGB from playing as a pair, and individual three year bans. The EBL will consider the matter further at an EBL Disciplinary Commission hearing at the end of May.

Bridge is the new rock and roll

Rolling Stone magazine, which more usually writes about rock stars and actors, has reported on the Fisher/Schwartz affair and more from the world of bridge...

Thanks to the EBU for this fascinating"must read" article.

Detailed articles on the recent 'cheating scandals'

Two detailed articles have recently been published in the USA, looking at the background of the recent 'cheating scandals', and interviewing some of the key people involved in exposing the alleged violations.

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

NEW MONTH.....

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

(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.

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 )

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.
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 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.

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!

 

We're open as usual on

Bank Holiday Monday!

 A NEW BIDDING / BIDDING REVISION COURSE

is starting on

WEDNESDAY  4th  MAY

from  7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

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.

 Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids and Responses

Lesson 2: Responses and Rebidding in No Trumps and Suits

Lesson 3: Other Opening Bids and Responses                   

Lesson 4: Overcalls and Doubles                 

Lesson 5: Slam Bidding and System Notes  

 To enrol for this course or for further information

contact Jeff or Dave at the Club 

on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

THE RUIA CUP SWISS TEAMS

COMPETITION 2016

This is taking place over 3 sessions on

THURSDAY 19th MAY

THURSDAY 16th JUNE

THURSDAY 21st JULY

Start getting your teams together

and put the dates in your diaries!

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

Please enter your teams on the Entry Form in Reception or let Jeff know that you intend to enter or are looking for teammates.

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

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB  30 Palatine Road, Didsbury M20 3JJ

(The regular Weekly Swiss Pairs will not be affected by this event and will be held as usual, upstairs, on each of these dates.)

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS....

SUNDAY 22nd MAY

 

  2.30pm to 5pm       

"SPLINTERS & CUE BIDS WITH LINKS TO KEYCARD BLACKWOOD"

(Forward Dates for your Diary are: Sunday 26th June, 31st July & 21st August)

The seminar starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by numerous practice hands.  The cost of the seminar is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  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  Splinters & Cue Bids and how these can link in to Key Card Blackwood & Slam Bidding. Ollie is well known to members of the club and plays bridge at National & International level having represented England as a Junior 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

MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

We are proud to announce that

MICHAEL NEWMAN

has won the

2016 EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

......his second win in this MCBA competition

having previously won in 2011!

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

THE HIGSON CUP & PLATE FINALS

TOOK PLACE ON SUNDAY 10th APRIL

 

HIGSON CUP WINNERS

BARE BONES

Rob Myers,Adrian Kenworthy,Mike Goldsmith & Ed Levy

 

HIGSON PLATE WINNERS

SPLINTER GROUP

John Moran, George Leigh, Janet Tolan & Andy Green

Congratulations!

Join a bridge club in retirement and live longer!

Researchers at the University of Queensland have published a study in the online medical journal BMJ which concludes that being a member of clubs and social groups - such as a bridge club - after retirement reduces your risk of premature death.

(For the full editorial go to www.ebu.co.uk )

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

MONDAY 2nd MAY

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

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

There's a brief lesson first with David Debbage

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


David's topic today will be

"Declarer Play - General Principles"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

BANK HOLIDAY 

MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

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 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 7.30pm

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY 

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! 

(Sorry, can't do Super Supper this time)

 

Results
Thu 28th Apr 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 27th Apr 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 26th Apr 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 25th Apr 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 25th Apr 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 21st Apr 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 20th Apr 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 19th Apr 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 18th Apr 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 18th Apr 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Mon 2nd May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is "Declarer Play - General Principles"
Mon 2nd May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 2nd May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tonight is the start of the Tony Wood Cup. A duplicate pairs competition running from May to the end of August. Good Luck!
Tue 3rd May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
EBU SIM PAIRS at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #1 at 7.30pm
Lesson 1 - Basic Opening Bids & Responses
Thu 5th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all.
Mon 9th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is "Fourth Suit Forcing"
Mon 9th May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 9th May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 10th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #2 at 7.30pm
LESSON 2 - Responses & Re-Bidding in No Trumps & Suits
HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

MONDAY 2nd MAY

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

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

There's a brief lesson first with David Debbage

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


David's topic today will be

"Declarer Play - General Principles"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

BANK HOLIDAY 

MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

EVERY TUESDAY 

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 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 7.30pm

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

EVERY THURSDAY 

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! 

(Sorry, can't do Super Supper this time)

 

Results
Thu 28th Apr 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 27th Apr 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 26th Apr 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 25th Apr 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 25th Apr 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 21st Apr 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 20th Apr 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 19th Apr 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 18th Apr 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
Mon 18th Apr 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Mon 2nd May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is "Declarer Play - General Principles"
Mon 2nd May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 2nd May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tonight is the start of the Tony Wood Cup. A duplicate pairs competition running from May to the end of August. Good Luck!
Tue 3rd May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
EBU SIM PAIRS at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 4th May 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #1 at 7.30pm
Lesson 1 - Basic Opening Bids & Responses
Thu 5th May 2016
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great fun and suitable for all.
Mon 9th May 2016
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.30pm
David's topic this week is "Fourth Suit Forcing"
Mon 9th May 2016
Beginners Play Course with Susan Triggs at 1.15pm
Mon 9th May 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 10th May 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 11th May 2016
FOUNDATION BIDDING COURSE #2 at 7.30pm
LESSON 2 - Responses & Re-Bidding in No Trumps & Suits