MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
Now firmly established in our new home premises at
81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN
(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)
Ring the club on 0161 445 3712 or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MCBA INTERMEDIATE SWISS PAIRS
Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
Third Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie
4 Mar 2019
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)
Green Point Pairs
The Cantor Cup
26 Feb 2019
The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!
(Full details on the EBU website)
21 Feb 2019
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.
18 Feb 2019
For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.
In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.
In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.
Congratulations to both teams.
(Full details & photos on the EBU & MCBA websites)
EBED Teacher's Course has celebrity guests!
31 Jan 2019
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.
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!
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
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
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 David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.
"We aim to please!!"
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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
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.
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.
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.
After the final round of this year’s competition held on 22nd September the final top six teams are:-
John Holland, Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton, Irving Blakey, Joy Blakey
Sue Richmond, Mike Bell, Sinead Bird, Sarah O'Connor
Alec Smalley, Dave Audley, Jeff Smith, Peter Jones
Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett, David Debbage, Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield
Linda Williams, Hilary Boydell, Sally Archer, Graham Watton
Eve Lighthill, Raymond Semp, Ian Kane, Ken Hassell,
Barry Davies, David Olliver
Irene Davies, Karen Reissman, Mohammad Jabbar, Mariam Jabbar, Peter Green
For more detailed information see Eve Lighthill Trophy option on main menu left.
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.
The Manchester Bridge Club Team of Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman has reached the national semi-finals.
NEWCOMERS SPRING TEAMS COMPETITION –TOP SIX PLACES (out of twelve)
Nicholas Greer, Sean Mekie, Michael Coop, Nat Jowitt
Maisie Saffer, Vanessa James, Pauline Cathcart, June Gilbert, Hilary Boydell, Pat Dunningham
Janet Parr, Steve Parr, Iain Hart, Paul Batstone, Katie Hill
Maggie McPhillips, Dorothy Lewis, Michael & Maureen Hernon
John Hurst, Carol Frost, Anthony Lawrence, Sanjeet Kamath, Faye Georgiou
Colin Westwood, Dee Connolly, Chris Batt, Christine Middlehurst, Fiona Goode
NON EXPERT SWISS PAIRSFollowing on from the above event the club will be holding a non expert Swiss Pairs on the first Thursdays of August and September (4th August and 1st September). These events are for players from Division 5, Division 6 and Newcomers.
EVE LIGHTHILL TROPHYThe club’s annual Autumn Swiss Teams will be held on three successive Thursday nights in September- 8th, 15th and 22nd. Organise your teammates now!!
BEGINNERS COURSEThe next evening course of lessons for beginners will start on Tuesday 6th September 2011 at 7,15pm. Ben Beever will be the course teacher. Dave Debbage will be starting a daytime course on the 12th September 2011 at 1.00pm
NATIONAL COUNTY FINAL FOR TEAMS OF 8 – A DIVISION
At the fifth attempt Manchester have finally won the A Division Final of the National County Teams of 8. Manchester had qualified for the final (for the fifth year running) by winning the A Division of the 2010 Northern Counties Bridge League. Well done to Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Debbage & John Hassett and the emergency partnership of Michael Newman & Alec Smalley. Bernard & Rhona were by far Manchester's best pair on the day in the Butler scoring (finishing second overall) although all four pairs finished positive.
Manchester - 51 VPsSurrey - 43 VPsWarwickshire - 40 VPsHertfordshire - 35 VPsSomerset - 31 VPs
SENIORS PAIRS - EASTBOURNECongratulations to John Holland playing with Erika Slatcher from the Isle of Man who won the pairs at the Senior's Congress at Eastbourne on 9th July by the large margin of nearly 7%.
NICKO 2011Congratulations to Manchester C (Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Rhona & Bernard Goldenfield) who are through to the semi-finals of of the National Inter-Club Knockout after defeating West of England C by 34 IMPS over 32 boards in the quarter final. This is the third time in the last six years that the two Michaels have reached the semi-finals of this competition.
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 !!
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,
(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.
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...............................
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.
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.
Boris Ewart (Phil Callow, Neil Thomas, Peter Foster)
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:
Barbara and Alec
Read Jeff and David's latest Newsletter by clicking on December Newsletter tab in Menu Section above.
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.