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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.

Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions

After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.

In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs.  Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table.  The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons.  On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.

In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division.  The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.

In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth.  Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth.  The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead.  Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.

World Bridge Series

The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

Premier League

The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th.  The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy.  The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
 
Congratulations!

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The 78-year-old whose "persistence" helped convince Asian Games organisers to include bridge wins bronze.

North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs
Sunday Oct 7th
Northop Hall, Mold, Nr Chester.

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The Crockfords Cup

The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair on cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

24 Aug 2018

Hackett & Taylor win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs on 21st - 22nd August was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%.  Full results are on the EBU 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.
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

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR AUGUST 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.

15 Aug 2018

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

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.

Archive 2011
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Christmas Party and Beginners' Duplicate
Christmas Party and Beginners' Duplicate 

Come along and join in our Christmas Party  and welcome our new beginners when they  play in their first duplicate bridge game.  We hope that more experienced players will partner one of our beginners and help them enjoy and learn from their first duplicate game.  Our party will start with mince pies and a sherry at 1.30 pm with a buffet during the break. We have two new groups of beginners now on a Monday afternoon, one started learning bridge at the beginning of September and the second at the start of November. They are all really keen and enjoying the challenges of learning to play bridge.  They are so keen they also meet up at the club on Tuesday afternoons to practice

Monday 19th December at 1:30 pm

Students Crazy Pairs Evening
Students Crazy Pairs EveningThe University Students Crazy Pairs evening was very successful with Barbara Lewis and Alec Smalley winning the event.  To see more photos click on the orange tab above. Look out for more bridge events being organised by the University Students in the new year.   
Northern Counties Bridge League Success
Congratulations to the Manchester C Team of Kevin & Celia Comrie, Stephen Ward/Chris Hine, Lance Bloohn/Roger Hopton, Irene Davies/Haidee Taattersall who won comfortably on Saturday 22nd October and so qualify for the National League Finals in July 2012.  Stephen and Chris came second in the Butler scoring and the scratch partnership of Irene and Haidee also did particularly well.
David Debbage December Workshop
David Debbage December Workshop

The next in our series of Workshops given by Champion Player David Debbage is on Sunday 11th December 2011.  The topic being covered is the much requested Slam Bidding.

The session will begin at 2.00 pm and finish about 4.15pm with a short break for sandwiches and freshly made scones at half-time.  The cost is £10 per person.  To enrol just e-mail the club or ring Jeff on 0161 445 3712 or mobile 07960 871035.

Santa Claus Pairs
Santa Claus PairsGet your entry in for the Santa Claus Pairs which is being held on Sunday 18th December. This is a two session event starting with Welcome Drinks at 1.30pm.  The first session starts at 2 pm with our sumptuous Christmas Buffet being served between sessions.  Entries are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  The entry fee is £27.50 per player.  The 1st prize is £150 and 2nd prize is £80.  There will be a small gift for every-one attending.  Coffee and home-made mince pies will be served at the end of the competition.
Crazy Pairs Duplicate organised by University Students
Come along to the Crazy Pairs Bridge event organised by Michael Coop and his fellow students on Thursday 8th December at 7.30 pm.  There will be different rules for each board, for example one bid only per person, playing anti-clockwise etc. Prizes will awarded .  Every-one is welcome to attend so please support the students. Michael is also organising some further events for next year - there will be another Black Tie event before Easter and a Speed Ball Duplicate in May/June.  
Success in Coronation Cup
Congratulations to Michael Newman and his team who won the Coronation Cup which was held in Blackburn on Sunday 16th October.  Michael's team members were Andrew Petrie, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock.
RECENT SUCCESSES

PENDLE WITCH PAIRS

Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were winners of the 21st Pendle Witch Pairs held on Saturday 24th September at Brierfield Bridge Club.  Eve Lighthill was second playing with Ken Hassell.  Mancheseter Bridge Club have a long association with this event - we started it at the Fence Gate Inn in partnership with the late Ron Morrish of the Pendle Enterprise Trust.

MANCHESTER C REACH FINAL OF NATIONAL INTER-CLUB KNOCKOUT 2011 (NICKO)

Congratulations to Manchester (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rhona & Bernadr Goldenfield who have reached the final of the 2011 NICKO after defeating Moseley B in the Semi-Final (Round VIII) by 53 IMPS. Bernard & Rhona were previous winners of this competition in 1990 and 1993 while the two Michaels were previous winners in 2007.

GREAT NORTHERN SWISS PAIRS

Another great performance by Rhona & Bernard Goldenfield who came second out of 123 pairs in this National Green Pointed event.

GOLD CUP

After a miraculous 1 IMP win against Gary Hyett's team John Hassett's team (Jeff Morris, John Holland, Bill Hirst) have reached the Quarter Finals of the Gold Cup. They will play their Quarter Final against Alexander Allfrey's team (which includes Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester) on Friday 9th December in Peebles.

Results of Eve Lighthill Trophy 2011

After the final round of this year’s competition held on 22nd September the final top six teams are:-

Team

VPs

1st

John Holland, Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton,    Irving Blakey, Joy Blakey

130

2nd

Sue Richmond, Mike Bell, Sinead Bird, Sarah O'Connor

116

3rd

Alec Smalley, Dave Audley, Jeff Smith, Peter Jones

113

4th

5th

Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett, David Debbage, Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield

Linda Williams, Hilary Boydell, Sally Archer, Graham Watton

110

98

6th =

Eve Lighthill, Raymond Semp, Ian Kane, Ken Hassell,

Barry Davies, David Olliver  

93

6th =

Irene Davies, Karen Reissman, Mohammad Jabbar, Mariam Jabbar, Peter Green

For more detailed information see Eve Lighthill Trophy option on main menu left.

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Ben Franks Winners
Ben Franks WinnersBen Beever and Eddie Thornton-Chan won the Ben Franks Trophy which took place at Manchester Bridge Club on 4th December.  Ben said at half time their score was 50% so they had not expected to win.  But they scored highly in the second half leapfrogging above several pairs to win by a small margin from Michael Newman and Michael Byrne.  In third place were half time leaders John Hassett and Jeff Morris, with Raymond Semp and Ken Hassell fourth.  These four pairs qualify to represent Manchester in the Corwen Trophy in June.
Latest Club News

National All Counties Final

Congratulations to MCBA 'A' Team Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Kath and Alan Nelson, John Hassett and Dave Debbage and Michael Newman and Alec Smalley who won this prestigious event.

European Junior Champions

The England Under 20 team captained by Michael Byrne finished 4th.

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club Team of Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman has reached the national semi-finals.

Success at Bolton Congress

Well done to Lance Bloohn and Roger Hopton who won the Pairs at the Bolton Congress on Saturday 3 September and then followed it up by winning the Wednesday night duplicate at Manchester Bridge Club four days later !!

Congratulations to Haidee and David
Congratulations to Haidee and DavidCongratulations and best wishes to Haidee Schofield and David Tattersall who got married on Monday 12th September at Stockport Registry office.  David and Haidee had a pre-wedding holiday over the week-end playing bridge in Skipton!  David and Haidee met at Manchester Bridge Club - one of the many couples at our club who met through playing bridge. Haidee and David will be holding a wedding celebration for their family and friends soon.
Club hosts MCBA match against Derbyshire
Club hosts MCBA match against DerbyshireManchester Bridge Club hosted the match between Manchester County and Derbyshire on Sunday 18th September.  Many of the MCBA players were from Manchester Bridge Club.  The captain, Karen Sandler received the Trophy from Jeff Morris who directed the match. The MCBA team also included Lance Bloohn, Jeanne and Ron Bayley, Gillian McMullen, John Fitzgerald, Ann Thornton, Dave Matthews, George Leigh, Michael Wymer, Graham Winn and Susan Triggs. MCBA beat Derbyshire by 131 imps.  Karen thanked Derbyshire for a very enjoyable match and both teams thanked Jeff and his staff for the fantastic meal they provided at half time.  
Tom Middleton Memorial Evening
This event, to celebrate the life of Tom Middleton, will take place on Sunday October 16th 2011. There will be a drinks reception starting at 6.30pm with the Swiss rubber bridge competition starting at 7pm.  Food will be provided by a local middle eastern restaurant during the break at approx 8.30pm.  The entry fee is £10 with all profits going to the  Parkinson's Society charity.  There will also be a raffle which is being organised by Eve Lighthill who would be grateful for any donations. 
Congratulations to Jeff Morris and his team
Congratulations to Jeff Morris and his team
The final of the 2010-11 Seniors' KO was held on Monday 8th August at Manchester Bridge Club.
The finalists, with the exception of North East's Clive Owen, were all from Manchester.
Clive Owen, John Holland, John Hassett and Jeff Morris won by 80 IMPs  when Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey conceded with 8 boards to play. 

Winner of Tony Woods' Memorial Cup 2011
Winner of Tony Woods' Memorial Cup 2011 Lesley Johnson, this year's winner was presented with the Cup on Monday by Dave Debbage. This competition runs through the summer in the memory of Tony who was a regular player in the Monday night duplicate. Lesley wants to thank David Sarabowski, her regular partner on a Monday evening, who she feels is solely responsible for her success. The rest of us, of course, know differently!
NICKO 2012 Entry Conditions

NICKO 2012

Conditions of Entry

Players must be members of the affiliated club, and must have been so for at least three months immediately prior to the day they first represent it. Moreover, nominated players must play regularly at the club or for the club or contribute regularly in some other way OR have met this criteria in previous years, yet be unable to currently do so through some personal circumstance (e.g. illness, work, childcare, etc).

It is left to individual clubs themselves to decide whether their members meet these criteria and are thus eligible to represent them. Clubs are asked to ensure that their representatives match the ethos of the competition. Examples will be provided on the EBU website of what the EBU believes is good practice in this area. Any complaints that a team does not meet these criteria will be referred to the club that entered them.

At least 4 players must be nominated for each team when the entry form is submitted. Please give EBU numbers for all players. If you cannot provide EBU numbers, then it is essential that you give their postcodes.

Extra players may be added, up to a maximum of 6 players per team, at any time during the competition provided:

(a) that they satisfy the entry conditions,

(b) that they have not represented another team in the competition this season,

and

(c) that they are nominated to the EBU Competitions Department before they play

‘Strong teams’ (i.e. those with 2 or more Grand Masters or above or ranked in the top 40 of the EBU Gold Point scheme at the end of August) will be exempted until round 2.

Partner Teacher Workshop

Manchester Bridge Club successfully hosted an EBU Partner Teacher Workshop over the weekend.  The course supports members of the EBU who want to become Bridge Teachers or who want to play a fuller role with in their own bridge club.  All participants on this course, including 3 members of our club, achieved accredited EBU Bridge Teacher status.   

The workshop was run by Titch Glenday who has run her own successful bridge school,  the Devon School of Bridge, for over 20 years.  The workshop demonstrates the best way to teach beginners to learn to play bridge, for instance using mini-bridge initially and helps new teachers to develop marketing strategies to help them attract new members. The EBU also provides new teachers with professionally produced teaching materials.

Manchester Bridge Club is about to offer a new day time bridge course starting in September 2011 and we will be able to benefit from much of the advice given at this workshop. We urge all existing members of the club to tell their family and friends about our new day time bridge course.  We will be asking you to pass on leaflets advertising our new course to any family and friends who you think would be interested in learning bridge nearer the time. Watch this space for more info about our new day time beginners course............................... 

Well Done to Sue and Neil
Well Done to Sue and Neil

Sue Richmond and Neil Thomas won the Manchester Bridge Club heat of the Kidney Research SIMs on Thursday 14th July 2011. Sue and Neil  had an excellent second half and beat strong competition at the club scoring 66.25%.  In second place were Maggie McPhillips and Dorothy Lewis with Alan Bray and Philip Mott coming third.  Sue and Neil  did well nationallly, coming 27th across the country.  Manchester Bridge Club regularly runs SIMS (simultaneous pairs) events. Any non-members are welcome to attend our SIMS and if you ring up beforehand we will always find a partner for you.

Students' Black Tie Bridge Evening
Students' Black Tie Bridge Evening Manchester University Bridge Club had a fun evening at the Bridge Club.  Now students are returning for the new academic year we are hoping to hold another joint evening in the near future. Details to follow soon.
Ruia Cup 2011 Winners
Ruia Cup 2011 Winners

The Ruia Cup Final session took place on Thursday 21st July.  Catherine Draper and her team finished in first place with Sid Travers and his tem in 2nd place. Congratulations to both teams in a hard fought competition. Details of the top six teams are on our News Page.

Brighton Congress - report from Barbara and Alec

Brighton Congress August 2011

This was our first trip to the Brighton Congress, having previously been to several continental bridge events.  In respect of the bridge, the intensity is much higher than in Europe, especially if you play in all the events.  Only the American Nationals are comparable in this respect.

The 2 main competitions, Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams, are contested over the weekends, and are long and demand high levels of consistent concentration – as evidenced by Michael Byrne’s team who won the main event, the A Star Teams final  (136 boards in total).  However, during the midweek there are several more relaxed and fun competitions: Play with an Expert, Mixed Pivot Teams and Mixed Pairs in the evenings; and Open Pairs and Senior (over 60 years) events every afternoon.  And, for anyone who has not yet had enough bridge there are Speedball events starting at midnight!

Everyone who we met and played against were friendly and were enjoying the events.

We were especially impressed with the large turn-out of talented young bridge players…who give the events some vibrancy and augers well for the future of bridge in the UK. We were successful in the Mixed Pivot Teams (playing with Tom Slater and Ben Paske), winning a prize: and Alec and Tom had a wonderful experience playing in the Swiss Teams with Irving Gordon and Bill Whyte from Scotland – finishing 6th in the Brighton Bowl.

Brighton offers varied accommodation from top hotels to comfortable apartments within easy walking distance of the bridge, and a multitude of reasonably priced dining experiences from traditional seafood to Korean and Japanese cuisine.  For those who want to take a break from the bridge there are the Lanes of Brighton, and easy access by bus and train to cultural and other seaside attractions.   Travelling by train to Brighton is to be recommended as it took us just over 4 hours door-to-door: and parking is very expensive in Brighton.

For full results, see the link below:

http://www.ebu.co.uk/results/2011Aug-Dec/Brighton/Index.htm

Barbara and Alec

Jeff and David's December Newsletter
Jeff and David's December Newsletter

Read Jeff and David's latest Newsletter by clicking on December Newsletter tab in Menu Section above.

Winners of Santa Claus Pairs 2011
Winners of Santa Claus Pairs 2011

Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were the winners of this year's Santa Claus Pairs. They won the first session with 63.83% and were 2nd in the second session with 61.90%, and were overall winners of the event with 62.88%. In second place were Rose Davenport and Ray Hill with Barbara Heaton and Irene Bowers in 3rd Place. 

Rhona thanked Jeff Morris and David Debbage for organising the event and Mike Amos for directing.  Rhona said that she and Bernard really enjoyed playing in such a friendly event and thanked  Briget and the staff at the club for providing a great buffet.

For more pictures of the Santa Claus Pairs click on the orange tab at top on left. The full results are available on the results pages - click on tabs on the right.