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"When in doubt - lead a Trump"

If the opponents have struggled to find a fit and have ended up in a second suit contract then leading a trump is a good idea as it reduces their chances of cross ruffing where trumps are only used one at a time.

Leading a trump is also good when you are sure that you don't have a better lead!

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TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

NEW MONTH...

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

(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.

Please click on the yellow tab (top left) for Michael's invaluable current and earlier 'Tips for Improvers'.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE 2015 / 16
MANCHESTER LEAGUE 2015 / 16

YOU CAN NOW ENTER YOUR TEAM FOR THE NEW 2015 / 2016 SEASON.

THE ENTRY FORM IS ON THE LEAGUE PAGE OF THE MCBA WEBSITE.
 
 
If you are interested in forming a team please contact Jeff Morris or Kath Nelson

Green Point Swiss Teams

The Green Point Swiss Teams was held at Altrincham on Sunday 19th July.  The event attracted many players who had come up for the weekend to play here and at the Michelle Brunner Memorial Event the day before, including internationals Barry Myers, Sally Brock and Susanna Gross.  This year's winners by a good margin were Raymond Semp, Alan Williams (from Bristol), Marianne Farr and Mike Nicholson (Lancashire), ahead of Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Ollie Burgess and Barry Myers who leapt into second place with a 20-0 win in their last match. 
The non-expert prize winners were Chris Hine, James Sheppard, Michael Wymer & Steven Ward.
(Full details and photos are on the MCBA Webiste www.manchesterbridge.org.uk)

Riviera Congress win for MBC Players

Congratulations to Nicholas Greer and Sean Mekie who have won the Swiss Teams at Torquay on 3rd July playing with former Manchester player Mike Bell and Bill Gardner of Kent.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

Derbyshire vs Manchester Match

The Derbyshire match took place on 5th July at Manchester Bridge Club with Manchester winning by 34 imps to regain the trophy. 
Derbyshire cleverly retained the trophy, however, by forgetting to bring it with them!
 
v Derbyshire

The Manchester Team
Richard Sinton, Kevin Higgins, Ron Bayly, Herbert Potts, Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, Marcelo Rosenbaum
Karen Reissmann, Irene Davies, Jeanne Bayly, Sylvia Massey, Elena Rosenbaum

Third National Win for Manchester!!

Manchester has won the National Counties League final held at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 28th June to add to their recent wins in the Pachabo and Garden Cities .
The team was John Holland/Gary Hyett, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, John Currie/Rodney Lighton and Michael Byrne/Michael Newman
The final is held between the winners of the Northern League, Southern League, Eastern Counties, Midlands League and Western league. 
The team started as heavy favourites on paper, but Manchester have a poor record in this event (finishing second nearly every year, winning it only once before in 2011). They won every match comfortably, and had a small half time lead which they more than doubled in the second half. 
 
The best pair on the cross-IMP scoring of all the pairs were John Holland and Gary Hyett by a large margin, the other pairs were all plus though and it was a good team effort, although perhaps slam bidding might be the topic of the next County Training Seminar.  This was John Currie's first National win.  Full results are here.

Manchester Bridge Club Win Garden Cities Trophy!

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club Team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alan Mould/John Holland, John Hassett/Jeff Morris and Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper who won the Garden Cities trophy at Solihull on Saturday 13th June.   They competed against seven other club teams who had qualified from regional finals.  Lying second to Cambridge after the first session they overtook them to win by six VPs with third placed Chislehurst (Kent) some way behind.  Manchester have won the trophy previously in 1988, 2000 and 2003.  Full results are on the EBU web site.
 
Winners

Jeff Morris, Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Michael Byrne
Catherine Draper, John Holland, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett
(Dave Debbage,Edward Levy Ollie Burgess ,Kath and Alan Nelson also played in Qualifying round to help secure place in the finals)

Manchester Win Pachabo!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton who have won the Pachabo Trophy for Manchester for the first time since Manchester became a separate county in 1987.  They played at West Bromwich on 6-7th June qualifying as Goldstone Trophy winners.
This win breaks a streak of Manchester teams finishing second in National Events.  Hopefully it presages a succesful Tollemache next season.
(Article taken from MCBA website)

Bridge won't be part of the 2020 Olympics

The shortlist has been announced for the second stage of the application process for sports wishing to join the Olympics programme for 2020. Sadly bridge did not make the list.

Last month the World Bridge Federation was specifically approached by the organising committee and asked to make a proposal to be included amongst the sports at the Tokyo games.

The eight shortlisted federations are: baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

 

Date set for Judicial Review into whether bridge is a sport

The Judicial Review into Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport is scheduled for 22nd - 23rd September. A summary of the arguments for a reversal of their position can be seen in the EBU Press Release.

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!

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.

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.

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


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Tips for July 2015
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Ruia Cup Final Results
14th Jul 2015 18:20 BST
ROB MYERS PRAISED BY THE TELEGRAPH
ROB MYERS PRAISED BY THE TELEGRAPH

Rob Myers is one of our juniors currently competing in the under 26 European Championships in Norway

This is a copy of the bridge hand from today's Telegraph (22nd July) which sings Rob's praises.

(Apologies for the quality of the picture - hope you can read it well enough)

 

SATURDAY 18th JULY

The Michelle Brunner

Annual Memorial Charity Event

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What a wonderful afternoon was had by all. Warm thanks to everyone who took part, who donated so generously towards funds for The Christie and St. Ann's Hospice in fond memory of Michelle....  and for all the hard work behind the scenes which made this yet another memorable event.

The final amount raised is well over £1500 and climbing!. 

(Photos of the winners are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

St Ann's Hospice                     The Christie Logo 

                                            The Christie Charitable Fund Logo

RUIA CUP 2015 RESULTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 RUIA CUP

FIRST PLACE

Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Stephen Harris, Rodney Lighton, Alan Mould & Jeff Smith.

RUIA CUP 2015 RESULTS

SECOND PLACE

Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage

(Full results are under the yellow tab top left of this page)

INTERMEDIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Intermediate Player of the Year

Congratulations to
Peter-Carey Yard
who has won the intermediate category of the Player of the Year competition, just ahead of last year's winners Stephen Ward and Christopher Hine. 
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 )

HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!
HAPPY MONDAY AFTERNOONS!

MONDAY 3rd AUGUST

at 1pm. (prompt please!)

Come and play in our enjoyable

Afternoon Supervised Duplicate

with a brief lesson at 1pm

then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Michael Newman's topic will be 

"To cover or not to cover .....that is the question!"

The highlight of the afternoon, as always,

are Bridget's delicious Home Made Scones with Jam & Cream!

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

IMPROVERS NIGHT
IMPROVERS NIGHT

TUESDAY NIGHTS at 7.30pm

ARE ALWAYS

JUST FOR IMPROVERS!!

There's so much going on here every Tuesday!

For the newer learners enjoy a lesson followed by a fun Supervised Play Class

OR

if you are a little braver there's the 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

SWISS PAIRS
SWISS PAIRS

THURSDAY 6th AUGUST 2015

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.

(Swiss Pairs is back downstairs now for the forseeable future)

Results
Thu 30th Jul 2015
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm with SUPER SUPPER!
Wed 29th Jul 2015
EBU SUMMER SIMS at 7.30pm
Tue 28th Jul 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate at 7.30pm
Mon 27th Jul 2015
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.15pm
Mon 27th Jul 2015
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 23rd Jul 2015
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 22nd Jul 2015
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 21st Jul 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate at 7.30pm
Mon 20th Jul 2015
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.15pm
Mon 20th Jul 2015
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Mon 3rd Aug 2015
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.15pm
David's topic this week is ..........."
Mon 3rd Aug 2015
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Aug 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Aug 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Play Class with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Aug 2015
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Aug 2015
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 6th Aug 2015
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great Fun & suitable for all!
Mon 10th Aug 2015
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.15pm
David's topic this week is ..........."
Mon 10th Aug 2015
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 11th Aug 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate at 7.30pm
Tue 11th Aug 2015
Tuesday Evening Supervised Play Class with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 12th Aug 2015
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 12th Aug 2015
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 13th Aug 2015
SWISS PAIRS for ALL at 7.30pm
Great Fun & suitable for all!
Mon 17th Aug 2015
Brief Lesson at 1pm with David Debbage followed by Supervised Duplicate at 1.15pm
David's topic this week is ..........."
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