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Sunday 7th April 2019

Members attending participated in a brief round-up by Jeff of last years' exciting news items culminating in the move to Fallowfield. This was followed by a delicious supper prepared  and served by Eylem and a duplicate from 7.30pm.

Jeff's Review of 2018 Activities, Successes and Results are now under the yellow tab top left of this page marked "2019 AGM"



Michael Clarke

With great sadness we must inform members that Michael Clarke died on 17th April.  He was primarily a rubber bridge player but had been a member of the Agamemnon league team for many years, playing with Martin Braid until Martin's death then with Jeff Morris.  The team always placed well in the league, winning in 2007 and finishing second this year.  Michael was also on the Goldstone Trophy winning team in 2007 and won the Gazette Trophy a couple of times on Manchester Bridge Club teams.  In 1982 he won the National Masters Pairs with Jeremy Wyndham.  Our condolences go to his wife and family.

Teltscher Trophy Result

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place this weekend. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.


Preston Blue Point Pairs

Nearly half the field were Manchester players at Preston on 14th April.  Best Manchester result was achieved by John Holland with Jackie Pye who were second.  Jeff Morris and John Hassett were third. 
Results are on the Preston site.

2019 Yeh Bros Cup

The 2019 Yeh Bros Cup (Shanghai Bridge Master Championship) started on 8th April.

28 Teams are taking part. The England team includes: Andrew Black (Captain), Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Artur Malinowski and David Bakhshi.

There are also English players in the Pharon Team (Paul Hackett, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Brian Senior, Mike Bell and Alex Hydes) and the Allfrey Team (Thomas Paske, Ed Jones, and David Gold).

Live coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online. Good Luck to all involved.


26 pairs from various clubs in the area had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at the Club on March 24th.
Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie.
Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.


Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh


Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie


4 Mar 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on BBC Sport

This weekend saw a rare Bridge mention on the BBC website's sports pages, following one year ban handed to World Number one Bridge Player Geir Helgemo.


Eric Howarth Cup

Congratulations to the team of Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock on winning the Eric Howarth Cup held at the Deva.

(03/03/2019 Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association)


Hubert Phillips

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team.  This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.

Lederer Trophy

The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There were many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  For the event web site click here.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. 

John also topped the Gold Point list.



EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!

The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at tilsit@btinternet.com.  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
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See if you can spot Irene and Barbara!

31 Jan 2019

Playing with novices and how it affects NGS grades

EBU Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at the how playing bridge with a novice affects your NGS grade.

In the blog, Tim addresses the worries of some players that playing with a novice will negatively impact their NGS rating and explains the options clubs have for holding novice sessions.



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! 

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019


2019 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Duplicate Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2019 until the end of April 2019



The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their



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If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"! 

Alternatively please phone David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.

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2019 AGM




7th April 2019


Activity Review by Jeff Morris


Monday Afternoons

David Debbage offers a short presentation on a different topic each week before supervising a duplicate session for improvers.  The session starts at 1.00pm and during 2018 has maintained a regular loyal following.


Monday Evening Duplicates

This continues to grow and be successful – attracting both established players and some of the newer members.  There are three different competitions each year held on a Monday night – all keenly fought.

From January to the end of April we hold the Geoff Nuttall Trophy which is awarded to the best performance by an individual player which in 2018 was won by David Sarabowski.

From May to the end of August we hold the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy for pairs and in 2018 it was won by David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson.

Our oldest events, the Cheadle Royal Cup was held from September to the end of December 2018 and was won by Stephen Ward and Chris Hine.


Tuesday Evenings

During the course of 2018 the format has been a short lesson followed by a supervised duplicate session. 

Numbers have dropped off as players have moved on to other sessions but the graduates of Dave Debbage’s beginners sessions and less experienced players returning to the game are finding this format most helpful. Josh Clarke does the supervision.  


Wednesday Evening Duplicates

Wednesday night has traditionally been the night where you will find some of the club’s best duplicate players and the results of the best 21 performances on Wednesdays decides the winner of the Club Championship.

In the year ending 30th April 2018, Eve Lighthill was winner of the Club Championship.

During 2018 it was nice to see some of the less experienced players join the sessions and it is essential for the continuation of our flagship duplicate that more such players support it on a regular basis.


Thursday Evenings

The introduction of Swiss Pairs on a Thursday night has proved one of the club’s great success stories.   Regular turn outs are between eight and ten tables.

From January to May players compete for the John Bird Memorial Trophy which was won for the third year running by Nicolas Greer.

From October to the end of December the Trophy played for is the Merton Cantor Cup donated by one of Merton’s former team mates, Bill Atherton and this was also won by Nicolas.



The club continues to encourage less experienced players to participate in the Manchester League and in 2018 a good proportion of the teams in the bottom two divisions came from the club.

The club also organises a number of teams’ events during the course of the year.

The oldest events are The Ruia Cup held once a month over May, June and July and The Eve Lighthill Trophy held on three Thursdays in September. 

In 2018 the Ruia was won by Eve Lighthill, Sid Travers, Elena Rosenbaum, Marcello Rosenbaum and Bob Cooke.  The 2018 Eve Lighthill Trophy was won by Sam Herman, David Evans, Stuart Shalom, Mike Clarke, Irving & Joy Blakey and Peter Jones.  


The other teams’ events we organise are the Michelle Brunner Memorial Charity Event which is a Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams and the Martin Braid Memorial Event which is simply a Swiss Pivot Teams. 

In 2018, the winner of the Martin Braid Memorial Event was Ollie Burgess’s team (Alan Mould, Adrian Kenworthy, Rob Myers and Ollie) and the best placed non expert team were David Tilley, Wei Che Tham and Daniel Kelsall.

The Michelle Brunner Memorial was won by Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland and Alan Mould. The best placed intermediate team was Iain Mackie, Hilary Boydell, Rose Davenport and Simon Townsend.  

The Michelle event attracted 16 teams and £1860 was raised and donated to Christie Hospital and St Ann’s Hospice.  Fifteen tables took part in the Martin Braid event which had prize money sponsored by Susan Braid. 

A raffle at the Martin Braid event raised £500 for the British Heart Foundation.


Rubber Bridge

Most afternoons there is usually a game or two of Chicago with stakes of 50p and above.

With duplicate players coming up to retirement age, playing Chicago is a way of getting a good standard bridge game in an afternoon with a scoring system similar to duplicate.


Sunday Seminars

We have a lot of improvers in the club and many are keen to attend Ollie’s workshops on Sunday afternoons which have proved extremely popular during all of 2018.


Other Club Events


Santa Claus Pairs

This is the Club’s Annual Open Christmas Event played over two sessions with a famous Christmas buffet at the interval. For the last weekend event at Palatine Road eleven tables took part.

There was a good standard field and the winners in 2018 were Irving and Joy Blakey. Dan Crofts and Ollie were second  - maintaining Dan Crofts incredible record with two wins in 2017 and 2016.


Peter Ader Trophy

A one session pairs for this trophy in memory of Peter Ader was won by Martin Taylor and Justin Hackett on the last Wednesday before Christmas 2018.