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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2018")

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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS

Dear Member,

 
As you are probably aware the Manchester Bridge Club will be vacating our Palatine Road premises at the beginning of 2019.
Of course it is with great sadness that we do so, but we can reflect that Palatine Road has been a wonderful venue for 40 years – for which we will be having a celebratory party this Autumn on Sunday 9th December.
In the meantime all our activities will be as normal with the club premises being available for matches, county events and meetings, afternoon rubber bridge and Wednesday night duplicate and play class.
On Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays the club will still be using the Casino until the end of the year.
It is our intention to continue the Manchester Bridge Club activities in different premises in 2019 and we are currently looking at some options. However, if members of the club have any suggestions, we would be happy to investigate.
 

Best Wishes 

Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

CLUB CHAMPION 2018
CLUB CHAMPION 2018

CLUB CHAMPION 2018

Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2018 Club Champion.

This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2017 and May 2018.

Well Done Eve! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 
EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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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 suited 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!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

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 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.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

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

Thankyou.

2012 News
This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
Michelle Brunner's Memorial Event 2012
  • 2nd Place Jeff Smith,Peter Jones, (Joy Blakey), Tom Slater and Barbara Lewis
  • Best non expert - Miriam and Mohammed Jabbar, John Moran (Joy Blakey) and Andy Green
  • Winners - David Debbage with the Trophy along with team members John Hassett, Ollie Burgess, Andrew Woodcock and Catherine Draper
  • Third Place - from left John Holland, Bill Hirst, Jackie Pye (Joy Blakey) and Dick Fleischman

Twenty three teams took part in a Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams in memory of Michelle Brunner who died just over a year ago at the tragically young age of 57.  Michelle was one of the great women bridge players of all time.  A former World and European Champion she was twice the recipient of Awards from the International Bridge Press Association recognizing her skill at the table. 

The format of the memorial competition was a mixed teams event where partners are changed compulsorily after every match.  This leads to some unusual partnerships and some surprising results.  However in the final match David Debbage's team were leading the field by 11 victory points and had to avoid losing heavily to their nearest rivals, Eve Lighthill's team.  As it happened David Debbage won comfortably and Barbara Lewis's team moved into second place with a last round victory over Tracy Capal.

There were many distinguished players participating but also many team of players that had learnt their bridge with Michelle and wanted to be part of an event in her memory.  Joy Blakey paid tribute to Michelle saying that she was not only a great player but also a great friend to all those she taught and played with.  Joy said that Michelle loved bridge, loved to share her enthusiasm with others, but most of all she loved her partner and husband John Holland.

At the prize giving, John Hassett said it was fitting to be part of the winning team in an event in Michelle's memory.  As her team mate over many years he had been with her travelling up and down the M6 for many matches and even gone to Australia with her.  John thanked those that had organised the memorial event.

The Trophy for the winning team was provided by John Holland in Michelle's memory and the design of the trophy was much admired by every-one attending.

Almost £1700 was raised for The Christie Hospital and St Anne's Hospice.  Thanks must be recorded to members of the Manchester Bridge Club Committee who supported the event in many ways especially in sourcing prizes for the magnificent raffle.  Everyone enjoyed the freshly made scones and sandwiches prepared by Bridget and Ellie and Joy Blakey was the winner of the guess the weight of the cake so kindly donated by Barrie Klein.

An event in memory of Michelle in a similar format will become an Annual event on the Manchester Bridge Club calendar.

 For the full results click on the orange tab in the menu on the left  for 'mixed pivot teams'.

Last updated : 8th May 2013 11:31 BST
2012 Questionnaire Feedback, Best Suggestions and the Winner of the Bottle of Champagne
2012 Questionnaire Feedback, Best Suggestions and the Winner of the Bottle of Champagne

Jeff and David along with the Manchester Bridge Club Committee would like to thank all our members who completed our recent questionnaire.  Over 50 responses were received, many of which were very detailed with lots of positive comments and good ideas.  We were really pleased to find out that most people were happy with the club with lots of positive comments about Jeff/David and their staff team.
More detailed information about your feedback can be seen by clicking on the 'questionnaire feedback' yellow tab in the menu above left.

The key findings from the questionnaire were:

Members like the friendly atmosphere of the club and the refreshments (Bridget's food was mentioned many times).  Members also appreciate that Jeff and Dave will always find them a partner and members also highlighted the range of teaching and supervised play.

The main change members overwhelmingly asked for was for prompt starts to duplicate sessions and faster play. Members also asked for the Director of the duplicate session to remain in the room through out the session so they were able to resolve any problems promptly.


Suggestions for improvements included support for more special events (eg play with an expert, a cheese and wine evening on both Friday/Sunday evenings), a more structured teaching programme with sessions clearly identified as suitable for novices or for more experienced players and better communication between the club and members.

The Committee has immediately put improvements in place to start duplicate sessions promptly and to improve the speed of play.  David Debbage has made sure the last few Monday evening duplicate sessions have started on time, he has been moving play on and asking people to average boards if they are slow, or play them in the break.  The duplicates have all finished before 10.45 pm.  A more detailed note for members about what this means in terms of how sessions will be run will be on this website shortly.  The main thing is for all members to arrive for sessions at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.
 
Best Suggestions  The Committee decided that the best suggestions related to ideas proposed by a number of members about developing a structured teaching programme for intermediate and improvers.  Ben Beever is currently working on this and as soon as it is finished we will publish it on this website. A number of members suggested this including Peter Wild and Susan Triggs but the most comprehensive proposal with the most ideas for improving teaching for intermediate/improvers was from John Bridgman who is our winner of the bottle of Champagne.

Other suggestions which we intend to implement are:

1.   Having a bridge clock to speed up play on a Wednesday evening.  This proposal has already been adopted and we are getting help from the Young Chelsea Bridge Club to improve our current software. This suggestion was made by Michael Coop and Stephen Ward.

2.   Make more of the noticeboard including a ‘who’s who’ section, history of the club and building.  Annie Curtis will be taking this forward wih help from Jeff Morris, Michael Newman and David Debbage.  This suggestion was made by Ann Thornton

3.   Commentary on interesting hands from the duplicate to be added to the newsletter and website. Michael Newman will action this – 3 hands per newsletter.

4.   Fill the gap between supervised play and the main duplicate session with a Graduation Party (will be auctioned as a Duplicate for Dummies session run 2 or 3 times a year).  This session will be aimed at players who have been playing in supervised play for a while along with the people who when returning their questionnaire said they would be willing to be a Bridge Buddy. Tean has agreed to take this forward.

5.   Re-introduce the Cup on Tuesdays.  Jeff and David will action this

To thank them for their suggestions, Jeff and David will buy Michael Coop, Stephen Ward, Ann Thornton and Peter Wild a drink at the Bridge Club Bar.

Members will also be pleased to know that a comprehensive re-decoration of the club has been ordered by Jeff and David and we are hoping that the decorator will start work in approximately 3 weeks time.

Thanks again to every-one for their helpful and comprehensive responses. 

Last updated : 23rd Jun 2013 10:16 BST
Winning Team of 2012 Eve Lighthill Trophy
Winning Team of 2012 Eve Lighthill Trophy

John Hassett, Rob Myers, Andrew Woodcock and David Debbage, winners of this years Eve Lighthill Trophy with Eve Lighthill.  Catherine Draper and Andrew Petrie also played for the team in earlier rounds of the competition.

Last updated : 13th Nov 2012 08:02 GMT
Winners of 2012 Tony Wood Memorial Trophy
Winners of 2012 Tony Wood Memorial Trophy Congratulations to Stephen Ward and Chris Hine who are the winners of this years Tony Wood Trophy.  They are being presented with the Trophy by David Debbage.
Last updated : 29th Nov 2012 22:55 GMT
Best Suggestion
Best Suggestion Annie Curtis, on behalf of the Committee of Manchester Bridge Club, presented John Bridgman with his bottle of champagne for making the best suggestion in his response to our recent questionnaire.  The committee were also grateful to John for his thoughtful and detailed responses to all the questions.  John's best suggestion related to expanding the range of seminars and workshops run by the club so players can more confidently progress to the next level.  Ben Beever who runs all our beginner's lessons is coming to our next committee meeting to help us look at ways we can put in place a wider range of opportunities to help members improve their play. 
Last updated : 9th Nov 2012 08:10 GMT
David Wing presents his Manchester Cup to this year's winners
  • David Wing and Eve Lighthill
  • Eddie Thornton Chan and Nigel Matthews with David Wing

David Wing, an EBU member from Middlesex is currently on a cycle tour of all fifty-one cities in England to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.  As part of his tour David is visiting each city cathedral and is also visiting and playing at a local bridge club in each city.  David visited Manchester Bridge Club on Monday 3rd September and played in our Duplicate session partnered by Eve Lighthill.

David's plan to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society is that each bridge club he visits, will hold an annual City Cup event to raise money for the Society.  David Wing presented the winners of Monday's Duplicate session - Eddie Thornton Chan and Nigel Matthews with a cup he has donated to our Bridge Club and he will have the cup engraved with their names.  David Wing hopes we will continue to hold an annual event for this cup whilst at the same time using this opportunity to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

We raised £120 for the Alzheimer's Society via our table money collection but if you still wish to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society, you can give via David's Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/citycup

Last updated : 13th Nov 2012 08:04 GMT
RUIA CUP 2012 - Final Results
  • Ruia Cup 2012 2nd place
  • Ruia Cup 2012 Best Placed NonExpert Team
  • Ruia Sup 2012 Winners

The final session of the RUIA Cup took place on Thursday 12th July. In an exciting finish, the two leading teams led by Catherine Draper and Darren Evetts played each other in the final round whilst the third placed team led by Michael Byrne played the fourth placed team captained by Sid Travers.  

When the smoke had cleared Darren Evett's team had beaten Catherine Draper's team 18-2 and Michael Byrne's team had won 16-4 meaning Darren Evett's team won with Michael Byrne's in 2nd place. The winning team were no doubt inspired by the presence of our old friend, American Dick Fleischman, who is in Manchester on a short visit.

A special prize was awarded to Faye Georgiou's team for the best performance by a non-expert team

Last updated : 9th Nov 2012 08:10 GMT