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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.

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.

2013 Annual Review
2013 Annual Review
2013 Annual Review

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB AGM – 29th DECEMBER 2013

Review of 2013

 

INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

Manchester Bridge Club players Sarah O’Connor and Sinead Bird won Silver Medals in the World Mind Sports Womens Open Teams held earlier this month in China. John Holland and Paul Hackett have qualified for the final of the Seniors trials to decide the team that will represent England in the European Championships. John Holland finished  second in the Premier League and has been selected to play in the first Camrose Trophy weekend in Wales and the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships in Scotland.

Alex Birchall played for England in the Girls Team in the Channel Trophy and Mike Bell and Michael Byrne were non playing captains for the under 25s and the under 20s respectively.

Sarah O’Connor played for England in the European Under 25 Championships and the Under 25 Camrose and Rob Myers played for England in the White House International Youth Tournament in Amsterdam.

Paul Hackett and John Holland both played for England in the Seniors Camrose.

 

NATIONAL EVENTS

Manchester Bridge Players have done very well in National Events.  The main highlights are:

Gerard Faulkner Seniors Knockout

This was won for the second time in three years by Clive Owen’s team which includes John Hassett, John Holland and Jeff Morris.

Corwen Trophy

Gary Hyett & Rodney Lighton were the best placed Manchester pair finishing 7th out of 97 pairs in this event over the weekend of 1-2 June 2013.

Pachabo

The Manchester team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould & Gary Hyett finished 6th out of 29 teams in the Pachabo on the weekend of 22-23 June 2013.

National League Final

The National County Teams of Eight finals took place at Solihull on Sunday 7th July.  In the A Division Manchester finished runners up to Sussex. Well done to Alec Smalley & Tom Slater, Michael Newman & Rodney Lighton, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Mike Bell & Sarah O’Connor. In the B Division Manchester finished runners up to Hertfordshire. Well done to Ian Kane & Ken Hassell, David Pennington & Rod Franks, Eve Lighthill & Sidney Travers, John Roberts & Fred Bell.

Gold Cup

Michael Byrne & Gary Hyett played in Dan Crofts team which did magnificently to reach the Quarter Finals before losing to Brian Senior’s team.

Hubert Phillips

Catherine Draper’s team (Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage & John Hassett) reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Hubert Phillips bowl.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Kath and Alan Nelson who were joint winners of this event at Leeds on 4-5th October in a large field of 94 pairs

Tollemache Qualifying

Manchester won their qualifying group in the Tollemache held over the weekend of 23 – 24 November.   Well done to John Hassett & Jeff Morris, Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, John Holland & Ollie Burgess, Mike Bell & Sarah O’Connor, Gary Hyett & Rodney Lighton.

Lake Garda EBU Overseas Congress

In the EBU holiday congress in October Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won the Swiss Pairs and then made it a double by winning the Swiss Teams with Irving and Joy Blakey

Year End Congresses

Well done to the Blakeys and the Goldenfields on winning the Blackpool Year End Swiss Teams.

National Bridge Award

Congratulations to Kevin Comrie on being awarded by the EBU the prestigious Dimmie Fleming award which publicly recognises those who have worked hard for bridge administration at County level. Kevin retired as Chairman of the MCBA at the AGM in May after many years service to the MCBA as Chairman, tournament secretary and chief organiser of everything. The success of the annual Manchester Congress has been mainly due to his unstinting efforts.

 

MANCHESTER AREA EVENTS

Manchester Congress

The pairs was won in 2013 by Tracy Capel and Liz Muir.   The teams was won by a team including John Holland and Michael Byrne.

Manchester League

Michael Byrne’s St Titus team (Michael Newman, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton & Alan Mould, Mike Bell & Sarah O’Connor) won their fourth league title in six years.

Merville Goldstone Trophy

Michael Byrne’s team (Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Holland) defeated Jeff Morris’s team (John Hassett, Joy & Irving Blakey) in the final which is the qualifier for the Pachabo.

Gazette Trophy

Manchester A won the Gazette Trophy the inter club teams of eight at Altrincham on Sunday 3rd February with a score of 92 VPs and thus qualified for the Garden Cities Regional Final. Well done to Mike Bell & Sarah O’Connor, Jeff Morris & John Hassett, Rodney Lighton & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath Nelson & Alan Nelson. Seven teams entered from Manchester, Altrincham and Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme clubs.

Garden Cities

On 18 May Manchester could only manage 4th out of 6 teams in the Northern Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy and so failed to qualify for the national final.

Ben Franks

Congratulations to Kath Nelson & John Currie in the Ben Franks who won this year’s 23 pair event on Sunday 1 December.

Green Point Teams July 2013

Congratulations to the winners Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield together with Bill Hirst and Patrick Collins visiting from Kent. Especial mention to the third placed non-expert team of Christopher Hine, Stephen Ward, Michael Wymer and James Shephard.

Green Point Pairs Saturday 9 March 2013

Congratulations to Rodney Lighton & Tom Slater on winning this 25 table event at Altrincham Bridge Club.

Higson Cup and Plate

The Higson finals were held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 28th April. Congratulations to Isolated Menaces (John Holland, John Hassett, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield) who won for the second consecutive year by a small margin from Bare Bones (David Debbage, Ed Levy, John Parsons and Nicholas Greer).

The Plate was won by a large margin by Upper Cut (James Shephard, Michael Wymer, Chris Hine and Stephen Ward).

Intermediate Pairs

Susan Triggs and Graham Winn won the County Intermediate Pairs NS in a capacity field of 15 and a half tables.

 

MCBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013

There was a three way tie for the MCBA Player of the Year between Rodney Lighton, Mike Bell and John Holland.

 

Club Competitions

Michelle Brunner Memorial Event

18 teams took part in the second Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams held on Saturday 20th July in memory of Michelle Brunner.  Winners were John Holland & Bill Hirst, Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye. Second were Irene Davies & Karen Reissmann, Ann Thornton & Roger Hopton.  Over £1500 was raised for The Christie Hospital and St Anne’s Hospice.

Club Championship 2013

Martin Taylor won the Club Championship for the third year running which is awarded to the best performance over 21 sessions on Wednesday night duplicates.

Geoff Nuttall Trophy 2013

Nicholas Greer won the Geoff Nuttall Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period January to April.

Tony Wood Memorial Trophy 2013

Chris Hine and Stephen Ward won the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy donated by Tony’s partner Beryl and his sister Janet awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period May to August.

Cheadle Royal Cup

David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson won this event for the best performance on Monday nights from the beginning of September to the end of December 2013.Michael Wymer and James Sheppard were a close second.

RUIA CUP 2013

Winners were John Hassett & David Debbage, Catherine Draper & Andrew Woodcock. 14 teams played.

Eve Lighthill Trophy 2013

Winners were Michael Byrne, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton, Ollie Burgess & Rhona Goldenfield.

Santa Claus Pairs

Winners were Mike Amos and Peter Foster

Peter Ader Memorial Trophy 2013

Winners were Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield.

 

Club News

One of the big success stories this year is the Monday Afternoon Supervised Duplicate Sessions. From March David Debbage has given a short talk each week at 1.00 pm then followed it with a supervised duplicate. This format has proved very popular especially in combination with Bridget’s home made scones which she makes fresh on the day.

Thursday night Swiss Pairs is growing in popularity. The committee have decided not to hold EBU or Charity Sims on Thursdays in future so that members will know that Swiss Pairs will always be held. From time to time we will take advantage of Bridget’s culinary skills to combine Swiss Pairs with a themed food evening at minimal extra cost.

Joint ventures with the University Bridge Society have proved very popular and enjoyable. This year there have been three major events – a Charity Marathon, a Crazy Pairs and a Halloween Pairs all of which were characterised by a great atmosphere.

Beginners Courses start again on the 8th January 2014 in the evening. Please tell your friends. It is also intended to start another afternoon beginners session but until a date is set Susan Triggs will continue to do supervised play sessions with her most recent group.

The Club Website is now fully up and running thanks to the efforts of members of the Committee. I would like to particularly thank Annie Curtis who has been fantastic in keeping the site up to date and flagging up forthcoming events.

Ben Beever has a number of Sunday workshops planned for the New Year  all at 3.15pm

Sunday 12th January: Discovery Play

When you have a 2-way finesse, how do you decide which way to take it? Helping to solve such problems this lesson will show you the value of teasing out information about the closed hands, whether declarer or defender, to improve your card play decisions.

Sunday 26th January: Lebensohl

1)         Partner opens 1NT, RHO overcalls at the 2 level and you bid 3C. Is this forcing or not?

2)         Left opponent opens a weak 2S and partner doubles. You bid 3H. Partner has 18 HCP with 4 hearts - should she bid up? These are common situations that need agreements. This lesson will give you a popular method to deal with them.

Sunday 9th February: Signals In Defence  

As defenders your task is a tough one. This lesson will show you how to pass information to each other legally, so that you take all the tricks to which you are entitled!

Sunday 23rd February: Trump Reduction      

Ever noticed a bad trump break and had the thought, "if only I had one more trump in dummy I could finesse in trumps and make the contract"? In this lesson we show a technique for making such contracts - when most players would simply give up!

Sunday 9th March: Position and Vulnerability 

Should our bidding strategy change in the 3rd or 4th seat? And how should the vulnerability affect our bidding decisions? All will be revealed in this lesson and most will be surprised by the answers!

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

National Pairs – Thursday 13th February 2014 at 7:30pm

Tthere is a qualifying competition for the National Pairs. If you would like to compete please add your name to the list in the Club Reception..

Tom Middleton Memorial Competition

A date for this event will be chosen by the Committee in consultation with Farhad Seka.

Memorial Event for Michelle Brunner  - Saturday July 19th at 1pm

As in the previous two years this will again be a Mixed Pivot Teams Charity Event..

Premier League

Manchester Bridge Club will once again host one of the Premier League weekends on the 27th and 28th September 2014.

 

Concluding Remarks

It remains for me to conclude my report by thanking the members of the Club for their support during the last year. We are sad to record the recent loss of three popular members, Sally Archer, Martin Braid and Jessica Smith. Sally’s family have donated a trophy in her memory  for the best performance by a non-expert at the Santa Claus Pairs. Most fittingly this trophy was won this year by Hilary Boydell, Sally’s regular bridge partner.

Manchester Bridge Club has continued to be a centre of excellence for bridge producing considerable numbers of talented players at all levels of the game. The success of our young players in going on to achieve amazing things at open level is very gratifying. Silver medals at World Championship level in the Womens teams for Sinead and Sarah O’Connor must rate as the best. It is a shame that career moves have now taken Sinead, Sarah and Mike Bell away from Manchester.

I would like to thank the Club Committee so ably chaired by Eve Lighthill for making this year such a success. Retiring from the committee this year are three members, Barrie Klein, Tean Porteus and Colin Westwood and I would like to personally thank them all for the support they have given the club over many years and the ideas they have contributed to improving the way the club operates.

Finally I would like to wish members of the club a Happy and Healthy New Year.

 

Jeff Morris