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The Manchester Congress
Jan 7- 8th 2017
at The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street M3 4JQ

Pairs Saturday, Teams Sunday

and non-expert events on both days.
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"You and Yours" visits MBC!

This BBC Radio Programme visited the Club today (Monday 4th December) and interviewed some Monday afternoon players. The programme will be broadcast on Wednesday 7th December at 12.15pm

Breakfast TV

David Adelman appeared on breakfast TV last weekend talking about the development of bridge with children.

Llangollen Swiss Teams

Winners at Llangollen over the weekend of 3rd-4th December were Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, John Holland and Jackie Pye ahead of Michael Byrne, Fiona Brown, Ciaran Coyne and Hugh McGann.  Congratulations to them; full results are on the North Wales site.

"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.

Current Competitions

2016 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Pairs Contest runs from

Monday 5th September to Monday 19th December

Your best 8 results count.

 

2016 Merton Cantor Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Contest runs from

Thursday 6th October to Thursday 22nd December

Your best 7 results count.

Good Luck!

EBU Selection Committee

MBC's Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess have been elected to the EBU selection committee at the EBU AGM in November.
Congratulations.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(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.

Lib Dem leader gives support to VAT-free bridge

Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has written to the EBU in support of our efforts to have bridge recognised as an activity on which no VAT should be charged for competition entries.

Writing to EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, Mr Farron said he "fully support(ed)" the EBU's efforts, and he would "take the opportunity to support the removal of VAT from entry fees for Bridge tournaments whenever possible".

(Follow this link for the full article www.ebu.co.uk )

MBC Members excel in the EBU Player of the Year Competition

Jason Hackett      3rd

Justin Hackett     =4th

John Holland       15th

.......Brilliant!

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 )

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.

 
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER 

1.30pm for prompt 2pm start

This is a two session pairs event.

Festive drink on arrival

The highlight between sessions is always our

SUMPTUOUS CHRISTMAS BUFFET

CASH PRIZES!

Coffee / Tea & Mince Pies during the prize giving…

….and everyone goes home with a present!

The entry form is on the Club Notice Board or contact Jeff on

0161 445 3712 or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk .

LIMITED ENTRIES - PLEASE BOOK EARLY    £27.50 per player

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

Monday Afternoon Bridgers enjoy a slap-up Christmas meal together at Alladins!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

 TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER

CRAZY PAIRS with the STUDENTS!

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 SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

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♣ WEDNESDAY 21st DECEMBER

PETER ADER TROPHY NIGHT

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♥ SUNDAY 15th JANUARY

AGM SUPPER & DUPLICATE

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 SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY

&

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY

OLLIE'S SUNDAY SEMINAR WORKSHOP

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S NEXT SEMINAR WORKSHOP IS

SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY 

(followed by another one on Sunday 29th January)

  2.30pm to 5pm  

....with a quiz at the start to win a bottle of wine so make sure you come a few minutes early!!

"Topics to be announced ....watch this space!"

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.

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

Ben Franks Trophy

Took place on Sunday 27th November

A perfect number of pairs (26) meant that everyone played two boards against every other pair over two sessions at Manchester Bridge club on Sunday 27th November.  In a very close finish John Holland and Michael Byrne won, with Rodney Lighton and John Currie second, Alan Mould and Alec Smalley third and Nicholas Greer and John Parsons fourth.  These pairs qualify for the Corwen Trophy in June. 

 Winners

More photos & full details are at

www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

 

MONDAY BRIDGERS THEATRE TRIP
MONDAY BRIDGERS THEATRE TRIP

MONDAY AFTERNOON PLAYERS ENJOY A TRIP TO THE THEATRE IN LEEDS!!

Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

WANT SOME FUN BRIDGE?!!

Come and join in with the students on

TONIGHT!!

TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

for

CRAZY PAIRS

(if you dare!!)

ALL WELCOME - GREAT FUN

SENSIBLE BRIDGE UNAVAILABLE!!!

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NB The separate Supervised Duplicate will still be held as usual.

 

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)

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 remember the new MERTON CANTOR CUP .....best individual score from top 7 results between October and December!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

 

MONDAY AFTERNOONS

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 this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Dave's topic today will be

"Key Card Blackwood - What happens after the Queen ask?"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Cheadle Royal Cup pairs contest started on 5th Sept and runs until Dec 19th - best 8 results!)

Results
Mon 5th Dec 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 5th Dec 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Wed 30th Nov 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 29th Nov 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 28th Nov 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 28th Nov 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 27th Nov 2016
MCBA BEN FRANKS 1.30pm at MBC
Thu 24th Nov 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Wed 23rd Nov 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Tue 6th Dec 2016
CRAZY PAIRS FOR ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Dec 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Dec 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 8th Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Great fun and suitable for all
Mon 12th Dec 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Dave's Topic will be Key Card Blackwood Review - how to ask for Kings after the Queen Ask - plus RKCBW Summary
Mon 12th Dec 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Dec 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Dec 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Dec 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 15th Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Great fun and suitable for all
Sun 18th Dec 2016
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS 1.30 for 2pm start
Mon 19th Dec 2016
Festive Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
CHRISTMAS QUIZ with Festive Christmas snacks!
Mon 19th Dec 2016
FESTIVE MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tonight with Christmas Festive Supper Snacks
Tue 20th Dec 2016
Festive Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Tonight with Christmas Festive Supper Snacks
Wed 21st Dec 2016
PETER ADER TROPHY
With Festive Supper Snacks
Click for the latest results

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

WANT SOME FUN BRIDGE?!!

Come and join in with the students on

TONIGHT!!

TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

for

CRAZY PAIRS

(if you dare!!)

ALL WELCOME - GREAT FUN

SENSIBLE BRIDGE UNAVAILABLE!!!

***************************************

NB The separate Supervised Duplicate will still be held as usual.

 

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)

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 remember the new MERTON CANTOR CUP .....best individual score from top 7 results between October and December!

HAPPY MONDAYS!
HAPPY MONDAYS!

 

MONDAY AFTERNOONS

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 this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.


Dave's topic today will be

"Key Card Blackwood - What happens after the Queen ask?"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Cheadle Royal Cup pairs contest started on 5th Sept and runs until Dec 19th - best 8 results!)

Results
Mon 5th Dec 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 5th Dec 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Thu 1st Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Wed 30th Nov 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 29th Nov 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Mon 28th Nov 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Mon 28th Nov 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Sun 27th Nov 2016
MCBA BEN FRANKS 1.30pm at MBC
Thu 24th Nov 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Wed 23rd Nov 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Calendar
Tue 6th Dec 2016
CRAZY PAIRS FOR ALL at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Dec 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Dec 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 8th Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Great fun and suitable for all
Mon 12th Dec 2016
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
Dave's Topic will be Key Card Blackwood Review - how to ask for Kings after the Queen Ask - plus RKCBW Summary
Mon 12th Dec 2016
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Dec 2016
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Dec 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Dec 2016
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Thu 15th Dec 2016
SWISS PAIRS including the Merton Cantor Cup (Top 7 individual scores Oct to Dec)
Great fun and suitable for all
Sun 18th Dec 2016
SANTA CLAUS PAIRS 1.30 for 2pm start
Mon 19th Dec 2016
Festive Supervised Duplicate with David Debbage at 1pm
CHRISTMAS QUIZ with Festive Christmas snacks!
Mon 19th Dec 2016
FESTIVE MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tonight with Christmas Festive Supper Snacks
Tue 20th Dec 2016
Festive Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Tonight with Christmas Festive Supper Snacks
Wed 21st Dec 2016
PETER ADER TROPHY
With Festive Supper Snacks