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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!

 
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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.

Green Point Pairs

There was a full house at Altrincham where fifty pairs competed in the Swiss Pairs.  Congratulations to the joint winners Jeff Smith/Alan Nelson and Marianne Farr/John Morrell who were ahead of Kath Nelson/Jeff Morris in third place. 

(See www.manchesterbridge.org.uk/ for photos and full details)

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.

HACKETT TEAM WIN NEC CUP IN TOKYO!

Our World Champion players Paul & Jason Hackett were part of the team that has just won the prestigious NEC CUP in Tokyo.

This is an amazing achievement and now the second time they have reached this magnificent goal.

CONGRATULATIONS!

14 Feb 2017

Mike Bell tops Master Point list for 2016

Congratulations to Mike Bell, who has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for the first time.

Mike earned 25,712 points, with Jason Hackett second with 20,741, and John Holland - who was top scorer for the previous four years - third with 20,647.

The full Master Point lists for 2016 can be accessed below.

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!

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.

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 FEBRUARY...........

(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.

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.

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

♥ FRIDAY 31st MARCH 12.15pm

NEW FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE SESSION

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♠ SUNDAY 2ND APRIL 1.45 for 2pm start

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION (Details below)

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♦ SUNDAY 9TH APRIL 1.45 for 2pm start

MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS COMPETITION

Click here for more details and entry form

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♥ SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 10am

OLLIE'S  WORKSHOP SEMINAR (4th suit forcing)

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THIS WEEKEND!!

SUNDAY 2nd APRIL 2017

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.

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 (£5 Students)

Bottle Raffle proceeds and any additional monies to be donated to

The British Heart Foundation

(Please donate a bottle for the Charity Raffle!)

Enter your team on the Board in Club Reception

or contact Jeff at Manchester Bridge Club on 0161 445 3712

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR...

SATURDAY 22nd APRIL

10.30am to 1pm  

“FOURTH SUIT FORCING: setting up a game forcing auction and how to locate the right strain and level!”

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 Date:

Sunday 7th May   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

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!!

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!)

EVERY FRIDAY LUNCHTIME

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

UNSUPERVISED DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

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.

 Dave's topic will be "COUNTING AS DECLARER - Counting Winners"

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)

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)

Results
Wed 29th Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 28th Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 27th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 27th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Fri 24th Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Thu 23rd Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 22nd Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 21st Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 20th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 20th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Wed 29th Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 29th Mar 2017
Bridge Beginners Course Module 1 Week 3 at 7.30pm
Thu 30th Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 31st Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 31st Mar 2017
Beginners Course Module 2- Lesson 4
Sun 2nd Apr 2017
MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL SWISS PIVOT TEAMS 1.45 for 2pm start
Mon 3rd Apr 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be "Counting as Declarer" (Counting Winners)
Mon 3rd Apr 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Apr 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
Bridge Beginners Course Module 1 Week 4 at 7.30pm
Thu 6th Apr 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 7th Apr 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 7th Apr 2017
Beginners Course Module 2- Lesson 5
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

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!)

EVERY FRIDAY LUNCHTIME

12.15 FOR 12.30 START

(Finishing c. 3.30pm)

UNSUPERVISED DUPLICATE - OPEN TO ALL

DUPLIMATED BOARDS, TEA & BISCUITS

Partners found.

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.

 Dave's topic will be "COUNTING AS DECLARER - Counting Winners"

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)

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)

Results
Wed 29th Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 28th Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 27th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 27th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Fri 24th Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Thu 23rd Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Wed 22nd Mar 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 21st Mar 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 20th Mar 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 20th Mar 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Wed 29th Mar 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 29th Mar 2017
Bridge Beginners Course Module 1 Week 3 at 7.30pm
Thu 30th Mar 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 31st Mar 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 31st Mar 2017
Beginners Course Module 2- Lesson 4
Sun 2nd Apr 2017
MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL SWISS PIVOT TEAMS 1.45 for 2pm start
Mon 3rd Apr 2017
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's lesson topic today will be "Counting as Declarer" (Counting Winners)
Mon 3rd Apr 2017
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 4th Apr 2017
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 5th Apr 2017
Bridge Beginners Course Module 1 Week 4 at 7.30pm
Thu 6th Apr 2017
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm including JOHN BIRD MEMORIAL TROPHY
Thursdays from 5th January to 25th May (Best 12 individual results)
Fri 7th Apr 2017
FRIDAY DAYTIME DUPLICATE 12.15pm
Fri 7th Apr 2017
Beginners Course Module 2- Lesson 5