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


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.

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 Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh

***NEW MONTH.....


(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.

I am sad to inform members of the death of Joyce Goldstone. She was a tutor here for several years and a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club. Her husband Merville was chairman of MBC and a member of MCBA for a considerable time and the Goldstone Trophy is still keenly competed for annually.

She will be sadly missed and we send condolences to her family and friends.

The funeral was held on TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, at the Jewish Cemetary in Failsworth - 12.30pm

Jeff Morris 5th November 2018



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.



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! 


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.

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


Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019


2018 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018



The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their



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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!!"



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Archive 2012
Dates for your diary over the New Year Period
Dates for your diary over the New Year Period

The Club will be open on New Years Eve and New Years Day for Rubber Bridge in the afternoon and Supervised Duplicate in the evening on New Years Day. From Wednesday 2nd January onwards the Club will be open as usual.

Don't forget Ben Beever's first Sunday Seminar of the new year takes place on Sunday 13th January starting at 3.15pm and covers Declarer Play Technique.

Bridge with Burgers - Thursday 7th February
Bridge with Burgers - Thursday 7th February We are holding our next bridge with food evening on Thursday 7th February.  We will be serving home made beef or veggie burgers with salad and coleslaw during the half time break.
AGM - 30th December 2012
AGM - 30th December 2012 This year's AGM will take place on Sunday 30th December at 6.30 pm.  The meeting will be followed by a buffet at 7.00 pm and a Duplicate session at 7.30 pm.  Jeff and David, with the help of the Committee, have put in place many new suggestions and requests made by Members in response to our questionnaire.  We hope as many Members as possible will attend this year's AGM so we can continue to get Members' views on the changes we have put in place, along with new ideas for 2013.
Winners of the 2012 Santa Claus Pairs
Winners of the 2012 Santa Claus Pairs

Winners of this year's Santa Claus Pairs were Jason Hackett and Rob Myers.  For more photos click on the orange tab above.

Monday Afternoon Christmas Party Duplicate
Monday Afternoon Christmas Party Duplicate

Reminder. Our Monday Afternoon Christmas Party and special duplicate starts at 1.00.p.m. 

All welcome. 

Intermediate Pairs Winners
  • Haidee and David Tattersall
  • Pat Dunningham and Peter Horne

Congratulations to two pairs from Manchester Bridge Club who were both winners of the Manchester County Bridge Association Intermediate Pairs event held on 4th November.  David and Haidee Tattersall were the north/south winners and Pat Dunningham and Peter Horn, were the winning east/west pair.

Mixed Pivot Teams Event 21st July at 1.00pm in memory of Michelle Brunner

We are holding a special charity bridge event on 21st July 2012 in memory of Michelle Brunner.  Michelle asked us to hold a Mixed Pivot's Team event and our event will raise money for St Anne's Hospice and Christies.  Please keep this day free. The entry fee is 10 per player but the whole of your entry fee will be donated to the two charities along with all the proceeds of the raffle. If you need help in getting extra members for your team or want to be put in touch with others wanting to play in a team please contact Jeff or David. We already have 20 teams entered so you must get any further entries to Jeff/David asap and by 1st July at the latest.

We will be holding a raffle at this event to help raise additional funds for Michelle's two nominated charities.  We already have a significant number of donations but want more items so we raise as much money as possible for Michelle's charities.  Please give any items/donations to Jeff and David.

Donations for Michelle Brunner's Memoral Event this Saturday
Donations for the raffle are still being accepted for this Saturday.  Please bring any items which can be given as prizes to the club during the week or let David or Jeff know in advance of your intention to bring a donation with you on Saturday. 
Pit your wits against our Celtic neighbours this Thursday evening,6th December at 7.30.p.m. and sample Bridget's delicious chicken soup with crusty bread(vegetarian option)- ideal for a winter's night.!. NOTE THIS IS A GREEN POINTED EVENT RUN BY ECATS.Partners always found.
Winners of Tom Middleton Memorial Evening
Winners of Tom Middleton Memorial EveningIn an exciting finish Joyce Goldstone and her partner Doreen Jacobs won the first prize of 300 in the Swiss Pairs Rubber Bridge evening held at the club in memory of Tom Middleton.  In their last match Joyce and Doreen bid and made a doubled Grand Slam to pip John Parsons and Mike Burtt into second place.  Over 50 members and friends attended the evening and had a really enjoyable time.  Middle Eastern food was provided by Mrs. Seka (Tom's favourite type of food) and a raffle was organised by Eve Lighthill. Generous sponsership for this event was provided by Farhad Seka through his companies Linco Care Ltd and Dimples Wigs. A total of 750 was raised for the two charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and Parkinson's UK. 
Success in Autumn Pairs
Success in Autumn PairsTwo Manchester Bridge Club pairs were successful in the Autumn Pairs held by the Manchester Contract Bridge Association on Sunday 6th November.  Michael Coop and Nicholas Greer were the winning East/West pair and Graham Winn and Susan Triggs were the North/South winners.  Pat Dunningham/Jean Reed and Carol Frost/Hilary Boydell were 3rd and 4th.  The Autumn Pairs is for improvers and regular club players who don't often play in Green Point/Tournament events. Irene Davies and Barbara Lewis organised this years event which was very successful and attracted so much interest that entries had to be closed a couple of weeks before the event.   
Congratulations Again to David and Lesley
Congratulations Again to David and LesleyMonday 30th April was the last session in this year's Geoff Nuttall Trophy.  The joint winners of the Trophy are David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson with 64.22% with Stephen Ward in third place, Chris Hine 4th and Graham Winn in 5th place. 
Success For Our Juniors
Success For Our Juniors

Congratulations to one of our supervised play class teachers Rob Myers on winning the Northern Easter Pairs competition at York with James Thrower.Also  to regular club players Sinead Bird and Sarah O'Connor on winning the under 25's competition in London.Great achievements from our Juniors.

Also our very own Mike Bell won the Swiss Pairs in London with Simon Creasey- fantastic result.

Well done all.

EBU National Grading Scheme
Have you checked the EBU site yet to find out your new grade?  All players are now graded from '2' to 'Ace'.  The grades are updated very regularly and are based on your results in P2P events.  These grades will be used in the new EBU Simultaneous Pairs events, the first of which was held at our club on Thursday 12th April.  As well as being compared against all players nationally, you will also be able to see how you did against players of a similar grade to yourself.
Peter Ader Memorial Pairs
Peter Ader Memorial Pairs

The 2012 Peter Ader Memorial Pairs was won by John Athey and Alec Smalley seen here receiving their trophy from Eve Lighthill.  John had previously won this event in 2008 and Alec Smalley had also won it in 2009, both being partnered by Stuart Shalom.

Win For Sue and Neil
Win For Sue and Neil

 Congratulations to Sue Richmond and Neil Thomas who won the North Wales Swiss Pairs.

Very Well done!

Cantor Cup Success for Beginners
Cantor Cup Success for BeginnersAvril Hutton and Ally Oliver came 8th out of 29 pairs in the Cantor Cup played at Manchester Bridge Club.  Avril and Ally scored an excellent 56.24% which is even more impressive when you know they only started to play bridge in September 2011.  Ally and Avril have been coming along to David Debbage's beginners classes on a Monday afternoon and  really enjoy learning the complexities of bridge. David regularly runs new classes for beginners so if you are interested in learning to play bridge or improve your skills get in touch with the club on 0161 445 3712.


                                         STOP PRESS

Simultaneous Pairs Monday 30th July,  Wednesday 1st August, Thursday 2nd August.  7.30.p.m.    Partners always found.

Beginner's Summer Bridge Course

We are running our first Summer Foundation Course for Bridge Basics.  This is a five lesson Course and started on Tuesday 26th June.  It is ok to join this course for lesson 2 or later if you have already done a beginner's course.  This course concentrates on the play aspects of Bridge.  Each lesson starts at 7.30 pm and finishes by 9.45 pm with a short break for refreshments provided by the club.  The venue is the Manchester Bridge Club,30,Palatine Road, Withington,Manchester M20 3JJ.

The teacher is Ben Beever who specialises in teaching beginners and the cost is 50 for the five lessons.  If you are interested just email the club at jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk or ring Jeff or David on 0161 445 3712 or 07960 871035


    Bill Hughes Simultaneous Pairs this Thursday 28th June. Partners will alway be found.   


Review of Manchester Bridge Club activities during 2011
Click on the orange tab '2011 Annual Review' above to read the report given by Jeff Morris to our AGM on 15th January 2012 
  • Chilli
  • Mexico
  • Mexico

Come along to this Thursday's special evening with Bridget's home cooking (not to be missed).  Bridge at 7.30 p.m.with a break for chilli (vegetarian option provided).  Partners always found.

NEW BEGINNER'S COURSES STARTING NOWOur next evening beginner's course starts this Wednesday evening (18th April) and our next day time course starts on Monday 23rd April at 1.30 pm.  Full details of our courses are in the item beneath the orange menu tabs  - see below left.
Cheadle Cup Winners 2011
Cheadle Cup Winners 2011Congratulations to Lesley Johnson and David Sarabowski for their latest success - winning the Cheadle Royal Cup which was competed for in the Monday evening duplicate from September through to December 2011. 
Manchester Bridge Club Success in Gazette Cup
Manchester Bridge Club Success in Gazette CupManchester Bridge Club's A team  of Jeff Morris, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Kath Nelson, Michael Byrne, John Hassett, Alan Nelson and Gary Hyett won the inter club teams of eight at Altrincham on Sunday 29th January with a huge score of 96 out of a possible 100 VPs. They qualify to represent the county in the regional finals of the Garden Cities at Bradford in May. Six teams entered from Manchester, Altrincham and Cheadle Hulme clubs.

Newcomers League started on 2nd February

The first Newcomers League Evening was 2nd February.

Together with the Manchester Country Bridge Association we held teams practice sessions during November, December and January.  We aim to encourage and help learners and improvers who are not yet in a league team to become part of a new team and to help them with gain some experience of playing in teams events ready to enter the main league next season.  In February, March, April and May,  the Newcomers Teams League will take place on the first Thursday in each month.  This is a competition for the new teams formed over the last few months who are not playing in this seasons league and will give valuable experience ready for the next season.

If you are a current learner or improver and/or attending supervised play classes these sessions will be of particular relevance to you.  Over 500 players already participate each year in the MCBA Teams' League.  It gives you a great opportunity to meet and play against players of other clubs and is really enjoyable.   Team mates and partners will always be found for you so if you are not currently in a team but would like to be - get in touch and we'll find team mates for you.

Speed Ball - 19th April
Speed Ball - 19th AprilPlease come along and support our juniors in this exciting new event organised by the Manchester University Bridge Society.  See if you can bid both quickly and accurately.  Pizza will be served of course during the break.
Italian Swiss Pairs Evening
  • Italian flag
  • Italy image
  • Lasagne
We are holding an Italian Swiss Pairs Evening on Thursday 29th March.  During the half time break we will be serving meat or veg lasagne, garlic bread and salad - all prepared by Bridget. We will start the session promptly at 7.30 pm.
David Debbage is running a Half Marathon for charity
David Debbage is running a half marathon on 1st April (is this date relevant???) in Reading.  David would be very grateful for any sponsorship from members and friends.  David is running on behalf of St Ann's Hospice (Heald Green).  Manchester Bridge Club will also be holding an event in memory of Michelle Brunner on Saturday 21st July at 1.00 pm - the proceeds of this Pivot Teams event will also be donated to St. Ann's Hospice.  Please keep this date free in your diary and we will update this website with more details soon.
David Debbage Sunday Seminar - 4th March
David Debbage Sunday Seminar - 4th MarchDavid's next seminar on Weak 2's will take place on Sunday 4th March at 2.00 pm.  There will be a break for refreshments part way through with our popular home made scones and sandwiches.
Stratified Simultaneous Pairs
Stratified Simultaneous Pairs

We are holding a heat of  the new Stratified Simultaneous Pairs on Thursday 15th March @ 7.30.p.m. You will be able to check your results against all players and also against players of a similar standard to yoursef.  Partners always found.

Manchester Bridge Club hosts the 2012 Cantor Cup

The Cantor Cup takes place at Manchester Bridge Club on 26th February.  This event is organised by the Manchester Country Bridge Association and is for beginners and inexperienced duplicate players. You do not have to be a member of the EBU to enter.

The entry fee is 7 per player and there will be generous prizes.

Approximately 24 boards will be played and the session will be finished by 5.30 pm.  Book your place by emailing Barbara Lewis at babsandalec@dsl.pipex.com

World Wide SIMS this Thursday 26th January
World Wide SIMS this Thursday 26th January
David Debbage January Sunday Seminar - More Slam Bidding

David's next seminar is on Sunday 15th January 2012 at 2.00 pm.  David will be consolidating the material from his December Seminar on Slam Bidding and presenting some further ideas about how to bid your slams more successfully. David will cover Key Card Blackwood, Cue bidding and Splinters along with how to ask for the trump queen, show a void and other essential descriptions of your hand. There will be prepared hands for attendees to play after David's presentation to help learning. The seminar will be appropriate for people who attended David's December Slam Bidding seminar as well as others who want to learn a wider range of options for bidding slams more accurately.

The seminar will last til approximately 4.15 pm and there will be a short break for tea/coffee and scones.

The cost is 10 per person.  To enrol email the club at jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk or ring Jeff or David on 0161 445 3712 or 07960871035.