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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.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

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.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
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!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

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 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

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. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

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.

Archive 2013
2013 ANNUAL REVIEW

Please click on the

"2013 Annual Review"

yellow tab above

to see this

interesting news report

given by Jeff at the

Club AGM held on

Sunday 29th December 2013.

What a year!!

2013 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP WINNERS
2013 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP WINNERS

2013 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP WINNERS

Congratulations to Winners

LESLEY JOHNSON & DAVID SARABOWSKI

who achieved a magnificent overall 61.16%

This is a Monday Night Competition Cup for

top scores between September & December.

2nd. James Sheppard & Michael Wymer 60.2%

3rd. George Leigh & John Moran 59.35%

(For full details click on the yellow tab above left  "Archive 2013" and then onto "2013 Cheadle Royal")

2013 BEN FRANKS PAIRS RESULTS
2013 BEN FRANKS PAIRS RESULTS

RESULTS FOR THE

2013 BEN FRANKS PAIRS

This Green Pointed Pairs Event was hosted at

The Manchester Bridge Club 

for the MCBA on Sunday 1st December 2013.

23 pairs took part and the leading 4 pairs,

with primary allegiance to Manchester,

will be invited to play in the CORWEN CUP.

1st John Currie & Kath Nelson 57.38%

2nd Nicholas Greer & Ross Allen 56.20%

3rd Alec Smalley & Barbara Lewis 56.08%

4th Ken Hassell & Raymond Semp 56.06%

Congratulations to all.

Winners of Gazette Cup 2013
Winners of Gazette Cup 2013

Congratulations to Manchester Bridge Club A Team who won the 2013 Gazette Cup.  This is an event for teams of 8.  Manchester A were winning at half time by a narrow margin of 3 VPs but extended their lead to finish the competition ahead by 11 VPs.  This was mainly due to excellent play in the second half by Mike Bell and Sarah O'Connor.  The full team was Mike Bell, Alan Nelson, John Hassett, Rodney Lighton, Sarah O'Connor, Kath Nelson, Jeff Morris and Rhona Goldenfield.

Thanks to Irene Davies and Barbara Lewis for organising this enjoyable event.

WINNERS FOR THE SECOND TIME!
WINNERS FOR THE SECOND TIME!

EBU NATIONAL SENIORS KNOCKOUT  2013

GERARD FAULKNER SALVER

This is a National EBU Event and knockout throughout.

It's the second time in the last three years that this team have won!

Pictured from left to right are

Clive Owen (North East), Jeff Morris,

John Hassett & John Holland.

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP
THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP

WINNERS 2013

The Winners of the 2013 Eve Lighthill Cup are Michael Byrne, John Holland, Rhona Goldenfield, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton and Ollie Burgess with a total over the 3 sessions of 86 VPs.

The full results are shown under the results tab for 12th September (when the first round was played).

EVE LIGHTHILL CUP

SECOND PLACE

Congratulations to Sid Travers, Ian Kane, Ken Hassell, David Olliver & Eve who were runners up with a splendid 81 VPs.

TONY WOOD MEMORIAL TROPHY 2013
TONY WOOD MEMORIAL TROPHY 2013

We are delighted to announce that

CHRIS HINE & STEPHEN WARD

are the winners of the

 2013 TONY WOOD MEMORIAL TROPHY.

They achieved a magnificent 62.56%

average for the period from

6th May 2013 to 26th August 2013.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Bridge For School Players at Half Term 2013
Bridge For School Players at Half Term 2013

For 2 weeks over the 2013 school/college half term holidays we are providing opportunities for young people to learn, play and compete at both Minibridge and Bridge.  These sessions will be held on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February and also the following week on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February.  The sessions will be held between 10.30am and 12.30pm on each of these days.  On both Mondays participants are invited to stay and play in our duplicate bridge session or supervised bridge session which start at 1.pm.

 
If you would like any further information please ring Jeff Morris on 07960871035 or ring the club on 0161 445 3712.
PETER ADER TROPHY WINNERS 2013
PETER ADER TROPHY WINNERS 2013

PETER ADER TROPHY 2013

DUPLICATE PAIRS RESULTS

This competition, which took place on Wednesday 18th December 2013,

 was closely fought between 14 pairs but congratulations go to

RHONA & BERNARD GOLDENFIELD

clear winners with a magnificent 66.37%

2nd  Tean Porteus & David Debbage 57.44%

3rd   Mike Barlow & Frank McCarthy 56.55%

2013 Newcomers League February

 

NEWCOMERS TEAMS FEBRUARY 2013

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

TOTAL

1

Judith Lambert

Ali Oliver

Carole Whitehurst

Sue Berry

 

 

- 27

 

- 33

 

- 4

 

- 64

2

Ralph Young

Rory O’Connor

Lindsay Taylor

David Bostock

 

+ 27

 

 

- 22

 

+ 2

 

+ 7

3

Adelino Santos

Kelvin Lau

Mitchell Dytham

Charles Purle

 

+ 33

 

+ 22

 

 

- 9

 

+ 46

4

Louise Vincent

Peter Collinson

Avril Hutton

Linda Fletcher

 

+ 4

 

- 2

 

+ 9

 

 

+ 11

 

MIXED PAIRS EVENT RESULTS

MIXED PAIRS EVENT RESULTS!

FROM SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER

Congratulations to Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum who won this event with a magnificent 69.5%!!

MIXED PAIRS EVENT RESULTS

........and to Rob Myers and Millie Jones who came second with a cracking 62.5% !

Eighteen pairs took part in this enjoyable event on Sunday evening.

Sunday Afternoon Seminar on 10th February

 Ben's final Sunday afternoon seminar in this current series is on Position and Vulnerability Considerations. This seminar will take place on Sunday 10th February and will start at 3.15pm. There will be a lesson on the subject followed by prepared hands demonstrating the topic.  There will also be a short break for refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits provided by the Club). Previous seminars in this series were Declarer Play Technique, Evaluating Your Hand  and How Best to Support Partner's Suit.

The cost for these seminars is £8 for members and £10 for non-members.

Please let Ben know of any other topics you would like Ben to cover in future seminars.

Ben is also looking at running some seminars for more advanced players in the new year, potential subjects include endplays, squeezes, 5 card majors and suit combinations.  Please let Jeff/David/Ben or any Committee member whether these topics would interest you or if there are other topics you would like Ben to cover.

Newsletter January 2013

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2013

 

 

CHANNEL TROPHY

 

Sarah O'’Connor, Sinead Bird, Kirstyn Fuller & Laura Bonney represented England girls in the international match against Holland, France and Belgium in December 2012 where they finished equal second.  Rob Myers represented England in the Under 25 Team and Michael Byrne was Non Playing Captain of the winning Under 20 Team.

 

 

BEN BEEVER SUNDAY INTERMEDIATE SEMINARS

 

Ben Beever is holding 4 more seminars in January and February. All the seminars will take place on Sunday afternoons starting at 3.15pm. There will be a lesson on the subject followed by prepared hands demonstrating the topic. There will also be a short break for refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits provided by the Club).

 

The first seminar is on Sunday 13th January and looks at Declarer Play Technique. The second seminar is on Sunday 20th January and covers Evaluating Your Hand. On Sunday 3rd February, Ben will be examining how best to Support Partner's Suit and on Sunday 10th February Ben looks at Position and Vulnerability Considerations.

 

The cost for these seminars is £8 for members and £10 for non-members.

 

BEGINNERS CLASSES

 

Susan Triggs and Dave Debbage start an afternoon Beginners Class on Monday 14th January at 1.30pm

 

Ben Beever will be doing a five lesson Fundamentals of Bidding Course on Tuesday 15th January starting at 7.30pm.This is a follow up to the Basic Beginners Course and an excellent revision opportunity for those that want to revise their bidding.

 

Ben Beever starts his next Basic Beginners Class on Wednesday 16th January at 7.30pm. This is a five lesson introduction to the basics of card play and the cost is £50 for the course.

 

 

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

 

In an excellent turnout of 16 tables the winners were the formidable pairing of Jason Hackett and Rob Myers with Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield second and Edward Levy and Mike Burtt in third.

 

CHEADLE ROYAL CUP

 

Congratulations to John Parsons & Nicholas Greer who won this Monday night event counting scores from September to December.

 

YEAR END CONGRESS - BLACKPOOL

 

Well done to David Debbage and Edward Levy who came third in the Swiss Pairs and to Tracy Capal who was part of the winning team.

 

YEAR END CONGRESS - LONDON

 

John Holland came second in partnership with Ben Green in the Swiss Pairs. In the teams Paul Hackett was a member of the second placed team while Michael Byrne was a member of the team in third place.

 

MANCHESTER CONGRESS

Well done to Tracy Capal who won the Pairs playing with Liz Muir and to John Holland and Michael Byrne who were part of the winning team in the Championship teams. Also extremely well done to Christine Barrowclough and Nic Tarrier who finished second  in  the Players Progress Cup on the Saturday and to David Owen who won the Kevin Comrie Cup on the Sunday in partnership with Irish visitor Leo McCormac.

 

 

Diary Dates For Events In The Club 

 

British Winter Simultaneous Pairs – Wednesday 9th January 7:30 pm

British Winter Simultaneous Pairs – Thursday 10th January 7:30 pm

 

Intermediate Seminar – Declarer Play Technique Sunday 13 January 3:15 pm

 

Afternoon Beginners Class - Monday 14th January 1:30 pm

Bidding Revision Course –Tuesday 15th January 7.30pm

Basic Beginners Course –Wednesday 16th January 7.30pm

 

National Pairs – Thursday 17th January 7:30 pm

 

Intermediate Seminar – Evaluating Your Hand Sunday 20 January 3:15 pm

Debutantes Duplicate – Thursday 31st January 7:30 pm

Intermediate Seminar – Supporting Partner’s Suit Sunday 3rd February 3:15 pm

 

Bridge England Simultaneous Pairs – Wednesday 6th February 7:30 pm

 

Cantor Cup -  An event for Beginners and Inexperienced Duplicate Players  – Sunday 17th February 2:00 pm

 

Intermediate Seminar – Position & Vulnerability Sunday 10th February 3:15 pm

Newcomers League 1st Session – Thursday 28th February 7:30 pm

 

 

Jeff Morris and David Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Tel:  0161 445 3712 

Mob:  07960  871035

e-mail: jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk