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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.
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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 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.

93

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.