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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

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

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

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

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

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

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

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

Crockfords

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

NICKO

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

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

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

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

***NEW MONTH.....

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

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

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

National Inter Counties Finals

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

Garden Cities

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

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

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

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

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

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

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

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

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

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

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

Yorkshire Congress

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

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

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

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

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

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

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

Goldstone

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

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
CLUB CHAMPION 2018
CLUB CHAMPION 2018

CLUB CHAMPION 2018

Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2018 Club Champion.

This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2017 and May 2018.

Well Done Eve! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

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

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

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

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

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

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

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

EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

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

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

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability. If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"!  Alternatively please phone Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

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

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Archive 2015

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"What happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe!"

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 23rd DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS SWISS PAIRS

Great Fun & suitable for all.

MONDAY 21st DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

CLUB DUPLICATE CHRISTMAS PARTY

with Festive Food

TONIGHT!

TUESDAY 22nd DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

IMPROVERS NIGHT

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Tuesday nights are always just for Improvers

Come along and join in the fun for a brief lesson

and some very friendly, festive duplicate.

THE PETER ADER MEMORIAL CUP

TONIGHT!

Wednesday 16th December at 7.30pm

In Peter's memory we play a one session duplicate event 

and hope that members and friends make the effort to come along!

 

 

LAST CALL.....

It's TODAY!!!!

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

SUNDAY 20th DECEMBER

1.30pm for prompt 2pm start

This is a Two Session Pairs Event.

Festive drink on arrival

The highlight between sessions is always our

SUMPTUOUS CHRISTMAS BUFFET

CASH PRIZES!

Coffee / Tea & Mince Pies during the prize giving…

….and everyone goes home with a gift!

Entry fee: £27.50 per PLAYER

Phone Jeff Morris at MBC if you want to register

0161 445 3712                 

or e-mail: jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

SWISS PAIRS
SWISS PAIRS

WEDNESDAY 30th DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

(Club is closed on Thursday 31st  December)

HOLIDAY SEASON

SWISS PAIRS!

Suitable for Experts & Improvers alike!

Thursdays are very popular due to the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the range of bridge abilities that are able to play together.

If you haven't tried it.....then you're missing a really enjoyable evening!

Partners always found and guests always very welcome.

 

…………………….then back to normal for Wednesday Night Duplicates and Thursday Night Swiss Pairs in 2016

but the Swiss Pairs has an exciting new "twist" for the new year .........watch this page!!

"What is a good quality overcall?"

When the opponents have opened the bidding, it's usually only worth competing if you are (a) very strong or (b) have a good quality long suit.....or both! A flat hand of say 12-15 pts is often better suited to defence.

A simple suit overcall doesn't require very many points, but it promises a good quality suit of at least 5 cards. If you're considering whether or not to overcall, always ask yourself  "if my partner ends up on opening lead, do I want him to lead this suit?" If you overcall on J10976 and your partner dutifully leads that suit, declarer may be able to cash AKQ and discard a loser in another suit where your side holds the top cards. Without your overcall, partner may well have chosen a much better lead.

Don't just overcall 'cos you can.............

....suit quality is the key!

England hosts European Champions Cup - 12th to 14th November

The EBU is pleased to be hosting the European Champions Cup at Horwood House, near Milton Keynes, with Europe's elite players in action from 12th to 14th November.

This is an annual competition for the national club champions from the top 10 countries in the previous European Championship, plus the holders and a team from the host nation. England is therefore represented by two teams:

The event will also be shown on Bridge Base Online. The schedule is: Thursday 12th November: 10am - 9:30pm; Friday 13th November: 10am - 7:40pm; Saturday 14th November: 9:30am - 8:30pm.

More information is available here, or on the EBL event website.

Ohhhhhh YES IT IS!!
Ohhhhhh YES IT IS!!

MONDAY AFTERNOON PLAYERS ENJOY A FESTIVE MEAL AT ALADDINS RESTAURANT

BRIDGE IS DEFINITELY GOOD FUN!!

BONUS SWISS PAIRS IN DECEMBER!
BONUS SWISS PAIRS IN DECEMBER!

EXTRA SWISS PAIRS IN DECEMBER! 

 IN ADDITION TO

THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER

THE EVER-POPULAR SWISS PAIRS WILL ALSO BE HELD ON......

WEDNESDAY 23rd DECEMBER at 7.30pm (Club closed on 24/12)

WEDNESDAY 30th DECEMBER at 7.30pm (Club closed on 31/12)

…………………….then back to normal for Thursday nights in 2016

but with an exciting new "twist" .....watch this space!!

2015 PETER ADER TROPHY WINNERS

David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson

Congratulations

Ben Franks Trophy won by MBC players!

The county's annual pairs competition which qualifies for the EBU Corwen Trophy was held on Sunday 6th December at Manchester Bridge Club.  Twenty one pairs entered, Michael Newman and Michael Byrne won both sessions and finished with a huge score of 67%, ten percent ahead of Ollie Burgess and Rob Myers in second place.    The ascenders prize went to Barbara Lewis and Alec Smalley.
Winners

"What does vulnerable mean?"

In duplicate bridge you get a bigger score when you make your contract and are vulnerable but you get a worse score if you don't make your contract and go down.

Each board is pre-determined as to whether you and your partner are vulnerable or not and what vulnerability the opposition are on each board is also very important.

There are four different combinations.........

(You) Non-Vulnerable vs (Them) Vulnerable ("Green")

(You) Non-Vulnerable vs (Them) Non-Vulnerable ("White")

(You) Vulnerable vs (Them) Vulnerable ("Amber")

(You) Vulnerable vs (Them) Non-Vulnerable ("Red")

..............so if you are "Green" you can afford to take more chances but be very careful if you are "Red" !

 

(Nov / Dec 2015)

2015 SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

held on

Sunday 20th December

RESULTS & PHOTOS

A full house of 60 players took part in this event and a terrific afternoon and evening session was enjoyed by all.

Scores are under the Santa Claus Pairs Results bottom right of this page and Photos are under the yellow tab top left. 

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 11th NOVEMBER

at 7.30pm

CHILDREN IN NEED CHARITY SIMS

"Can I open a Weak 2 in this seat?"

Seat position is a factor when opening a Weak 2 and the quality of your suit and your points & distribution really matter.

In Seat 1 you can be fairly aggressive with two opponents and only one partner to annoy!

Be careful in Seat 2 and stick to the rules with only one opponent and one partner still to consider.

In Seat 3 your partner has passed so you can happily  ‘be a nuisance’ as you know that the 4th hand is probably strong so you can bid on a much weaker hand.

Seat 4 can also open weak but should be stronger with approximately 9-12 hcp’s mostly in the bid suit.

....and don't forget the vulnerability!

(up to w/c 25/10)

European Seniors Trials

The trials for the England Senior Team take place in Solihull from 18th-20th December.  John Holland plays with Gunnar Hallberg on a team captained by Paul Hackett.  More information is on the EBU web site and matches will be on BBO.

Tollemache Qualifier - Manchester wins through!!

Tolle Qual

The inter counties teams of eight qualifier took place on 21st-22nd November in BirminghamManchester was represented by John Holland/Alan Mould, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Jeff Morris/John Hassett npc Rodney Lighton.  They are drawn into a group of nine with the top two counties qualifying for the final in February.  The other counties in the group are Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Cumbria, Lancashire, Channel Islands, Somerset, Suffolk, Yorkshire.  Updating results should be on the EBU web site and MCBA site may be able to update with latest scores throughout the weekend.
Post Weekend Update -- After trailing to Yorkshire virtually all weekend, Manchester rallied in the last 7 boards against Somerset and Cumbria to storm into first place, beating their old rivals to qualify for the final in February.
Updating current results
are here
The qualifiers from each of the four groups were:

Group A - Kent, London
Group B - Middlesex, Worcestershire
Group C - Manchester, Yorkshire
Group D - Surrey, Berks & Bucks.

The final takes place on 13th & 14th February.

Kieran Dyke & Michael Byrne win Great Northern Swiss Pairs!

The Great Northern Swiss Pairs, held on 3rd-4th October, was won by Kieran Dyke (London) & Michael Byrne (Manchester).

The event, run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU, was played over 12 rounds, with Kieran & Michael winning 11 of their matches. They finished on 191 VPs, 24 VPs ahead of second place.

"No Shortage

.... No Stayman!"

When partner opens 1NT and you are holding a 4 card major suit then you would usually decide to bid Stayman (2C) to see if you have a 4/4 major fit.

But if your hand is 4-3-3-3 shape with no long or short suits and therefore no potential ruffing values, then it is often best to ignore the possibility of a  4/4 major fit, do not bid Stayman and move towards 3NT depending on your points.

(Ended w/c 5/10)

England's teams finish 3rd & 5th in European Champions Cup

The team representing England have finished in 3rd & 5th places in the European Champions Cup. The event was successfully hosted by the EBU at Horwood House near Milton Keynes

More information is available here, or on the EBL event website.

Llangollen Swiss Teams

Michael Byrne and Gary Hyett playing with Tommy Garvey and Hugh McGann of Ireland have won the two day event at Llangollen on 14-15th November ahead of Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who played with Jim Luck and Adrian Thomas of Wales.  Llongyfarchiadau.  Full results on the North Wales site.

Hackett team wins Premier League

The Premier League has been won by the team of David Mossop, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Alex Hydes, David Price and Colin Simpson.

They started the second weekend in second place, behind the De Botton team but after 336 boards they had finished just 2.9 VPs ahead of the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, David Bakhshi and Mike Bell.

The winners have earned selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2016 Camrose Trophy series, and the European Champions' Cup 2016 if England qualifies.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Premier League - Our team extend their lead in Div 2!

The second weekend of the Premier League takes place this weekend in Coventry.

The Second Division is being led by Paul Hackett, Ollie Burgess, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Alan Mould, & John Sansom. They are just 2 VPs ahead of the Ewart team.

The winners of the First Division will earn selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2016 Camrose Trophy series, and the European Champions' Cup 2016 if England qualifies.

UPDATE 2/11/15 "They were just 2 VPs ahead after the first weekend, but stretched their lead to 21.34 VPs over the Ewart team." Great News! 

"Can I see your cards again please?"

How many times have you heard this request?

You can ask to see players cards again PROVIDING you have not turned your card face down onto the table. Once your card is face down you can only look at your own last card played.

So remember to keep your card face up on the table until you are sure you don't want another look at the other cards just played!

(W/c/ 21/8, 28/8, 3/9)

The Premier League is in Manchester again today......

......a wonderful opportunity to come along and watch the best!

The first weekend of the EBU's premier league takes place at Manchester Bridge Club THIS WEEKEND on 12-13th September.
This is one of the strongest events in England, with most of England's best players on view. 
♠ Spectators are welcome.
 Playing times are 10.45-12.55, 13.25-15.35 and 15.55-18.05 
 Some matches will also be broadcast on BBO.
♣ Manchester Bridge Club players competing are John Holland, Michael Byrne, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess.
....definitely not to be missed! 
Good Luck to all.

World Championships Chennai

The world championships took place in Chennai from 26th September to 10th October.  England had teams in all three competitions, the open, the women's and the seniors as a result of finishing third, second and first in the respective categories in the most recent European championships (although England may get promoted to winners of the open as Israel and Monaco have withdrawn because of cheating allegations involving their pairs).

Manchester players involved were John Holland partnering Gunnar Hallberg and Paul Hackett partnering David Mossop in the seniors.In the ppen Jason and Justin Hackett played with Tony Forrester, Andrew Robson, David Gold and David Bakhshi.  Lancashire's Catherine Draper played in the women's team.

Final Update Saturday 10th October - England Open team suffer agonising end to World Championships

England's Open team have suffered back-to-back 'last board' defeats to finish fourth in the World Championships.

After completing the round-robin phase in fourth, they beat USA1 in the quarter-final. The semi-final against Poland was a dramatic match, with numerous swings, before all hinged on the final board. When each Polish pair made a partscore they took the lead for the final, and decisive, time. They had won by less than 2 IMPs - a tiny margin after 96 boards. To make matters more dramatic a ruling was required on a board from earlier in the day. This subsequently went in Poland's favour - and then was re-evaluated, though again the ruling going Poland's way. The result was only confirmed well after the cards had been put away. You can see David Gold's discussion of the board and ruling here.

In the bronze medal match England fell behind on the first day, but turned things around on the second day, and playing the final boards they had a small lead. Unfortunately they were again to see the lead slip away on the final board, and they ultimately finished fourth.

This was a cruel way to finish for a team which had given so much over the previous two weeks. They can, however, be very proud of the way they played.

England Women's team win World Championship bronze medals

England's Women's team have won a bronze medal in the Venice Cup at the World Championships in Chennai.

In the bronze medal playoff they defeated the Netherlands by 25 IMPs, having led for the majority of the match.

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!

The Autumn Intermediate Pairs was held

on Sunday 1st November at Altrincham Bridge Club

A very enjoyable afternoon was had by the 27 pairs who took part.

Prizes were awarded to the first 4 places North/South and East/West

CONGRATULATIONS TO MBC PLAYERS

NS 3rd

Susan Triggs & Graham Winn

3rd N/S with 60.10%

NS 4th

Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie

4th N/S with 55.85%

EW 2nd

Nicki Decent & Haidee Tattersall

2nd E/W with 57.02%

 

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 

9TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

BRIDGE ENGLAND EBU SIM PAIRS

All winners will be entered into the £1000 Draw !

Judicial Review rules in favour of Sport England

The EBU are disappointed to report that the judge hearing the Judicial Review has ruled that Sport England is acting lawfully when it refuses to recognise bridge as a sport. See the EBU website for more information.

You can listen (below) to Michael Byrne's comments made during an interveiw with Radio 5 Live today (15th October)................

 

THE CLUB IS OPEN AS USUAL TODAY

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Why not forget the wet weather and join us for Friendly Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

or for the Club Duplicate at 7.30pm

All welcome - partners found.

The John Armstrong Award

2015 Winner: Sarah O'Connor (Pictured with EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy)


Sarah O'Connor was announced as the winner of the John Armstrong Award at the Summer Meeting in Brighton in August.

Sarah was coordinator and coach of the newly established England Under 15 team. She set up the squad, and organised training weekends, helping to develop them from being inexperienced players in to a team which finished 4th in the European Championships in Norway less than six months later. This was alongside her 'proper job' as a teacher at St Paul's Girls' School, where she has also established a bridge club.

"Well done Sarah - we're all so proud of what you've achieved"

"Don't bid unless you know what your second bid will be!"

You can almost guarantee that Partner will respond to your bid in the worst possible suit for your needs! So unless you have a rebid planned you could be in trouble!

(This is particularly true for opening leads)

(W/C 3/8,10/8 & 17/8)

World Youth Open Championships underway in Croatia

The World Youth Championships have started in Opatija, Croatia. The event, which features pairs and teams events in four age/gender categories, takes place from 20th - 29th August. The only English participant in the early Pairs events which start the competition is Rob Myers, playing with Dutchman Bas Van Beijsterveldt.

Set of cards symbols Royalty Free Stock Images

THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2015

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

Congratulations to

Edward Levy, Adrian Kenworthy, Olly Burgess, Alan Mould, Robert Myers & Mike Goldsmith

who in a dramatic final round rose from third place to win by just 3 Victory Points from the Lighthill team.

(Photos and full results are under the yellow tab top left of this page)

"When in doubt - lead a Trump"

If the opponents have struggled to find a fit and have ended up in a second suit contract then leading a trump is a good idea as it reduces their chances of cross ruffing where trumps are only used one at a time.

Leading a trump is also good when you are sure that you don't have a better lead!

(w/c/ 19/7 & 26/7)

WOW - GREAT RESULT FOR MBC!!

Michael Byrne wins Swiss Pairs at Brighton!

Michael Byrne (Manchester) and Kieran Dyke (London) have won the Harold Poster Cup for the Swiss Pairs at the Summer Meeting.

They finished level on 197 VPs with David Arundel (Middlesex) & Andrew Bannock (London), but Michael and Kieran took the title having won 11 matches and drawn two, compared with David and Andrew's 11 wins. Jeremy Dhondy and Andy Hughes (Hants & IOW) were third on 195 VPs.

 

"A new suit by responder is forcing but a new suit by opener is not"

When you open and your partner responds, you only know that partner has a minimum of 6 points.....the top end is unknown (unless partner bids 1NT where the hand is limited to a maximum of 10 points which opener can pass) If responder rebids his suit at the next level or raises opener's bid at the next level then this shows a minimum response hand which, again, opener can pass.

So if responder wants opener to bid again he must either jump a level, change to a new suit  or use some other agreed technique that says in the strongest possible terms that you want partner to bid again.

(w/c 30/6 & 5/7)

The Judicial Review in to whether Bridge is a sport has concluded

The Judicial Review into Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport took place last week on 22nd - 23rd September.   It is expected that the ruling will be made in the next few weeks.The most recent Press Release from the EBU, summarising some of the points which were made during the case, is available here.

SATURDAY 18th JULY

The Michelle Brunner

Annual Memorial Charity Event

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What a wonderful afternoon was had by all. Warm thanks to everyone who took part, who donated so generously towards funds for The Christie and St. Ann's Hospice in fond memory of Michelle....  and for all the hard work behind the scenes which made this yet another memorable event.

The final amount raised is over £1650!!

(Photos of the winners are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

St Ann's Hospice                     The Christie Logo 

                                            The Christie Charitable Fund Logo

ROB MYERS PRAISED BY THE TELEGRAPH
ROB MYERS PRAISED BY THE TELEGRAPH

Rob Myers is one of our juniors who recently competed in the under 26 European Championships in Norway

This is a copy of the bridge hand from The Daily Telegraph in July which sings Rob's praises.

(Apologies for the quality of the newspaper cutting - hope you can read it well enough - or enlarge it on screen)

Green Point Swiss Teams

The Green Point Swiss Teams was held at Altrincham on Sunday 19th July.  The event attracted many players who had come up for the weekend to play here and at the Michelle Brunner Memorial Event the day before, including internationals Barry Myers, Sally Brock and Susanna Gross.  This year's winners by a good margin were Raymond Semp, Alan Williams (from Bristol), Marianne Farr and Mike Nicholson (Lancashire), ahead of Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Ollie Burgess and Barry Myers who leapt into second place with a 20-0 win in their last match. 
The non-expert prize winners were Chris Hine, James Sheppard, Michael Wymer & Steven Ward.
(Full details and photos are on the MCBA Webiste www.manchesterbridge.org.uk)

Dr JOHN BIRD

It is with great sadness that I must inform members of the club of the death of John Bird.

John was a Member of the Manchester Bridge Club for very many years but he was also a regular player at Bramhall where he used to partner Geoff Storry amongst others.

He was a gentleman at the bridge table and will be greatly missed.

His funeral will be at St. Catherine’s Church, School Lane, Didsbury at 3.30pm on Thursday 9th July 2015.

INTERMEDIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Intermediate Player of the Year

Congratulations to
Peter-Carey Yard
who has won the intermediate category of the Player of the Year competition, just ahead of last year's winners Stephen Ward and Christopher Hine. 
MANCHESTER LEAGUE 2015 / 16
MANCHESTER LEAGUE 2015 / 16

YOU CAN NOW ENTER YOUR TEAM FOR THE NEW 2015 / 2016 SEASON.

THE ENTRY FORM IS ON THE LEAGUE PAGE OF THE MCBA WEBSITE.
 
 
If you are interested in forming a team please contact Jeff Morris or Kath Nelson

Riviera Congress win for MBC Players

Congratulations to Nicholas Greer and Sean Mekie who have won the Swiss Teams at Torquay on 3rd July playing with former Manchester player Mike Bell and Bill Gardner of Kent.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

BEN BEEVER

It is with great sadness that I must inform members of the club of the tragic death of Ben Beever.

Ben was an inspirational teacher of bridge at the Manchester Bridge Club and he was also Chairman of Bramhall Bridge Club.

He will be greatly missed.

The funeral is being held on Thursday 23rd. July at 2pm at The Crematorium, Southern Cemetary, The Lodge, 212 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 7GL and afterwards at Manchester Bridge Club where Ben's mother, Pru, would love to meet as many of his friends as possible.

If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross in Ben's memory the link, below, has been created by his sister Beth
http://www.justgiving.com/BenjaminBeever.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to The British Red Cross Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
 

Jeff Morris

RUIA CUP 2015 RESULTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 RUIA CUP

FIRST PLACE

Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Stephen Harris, Rodney Lighton, Alan Mould & Jeff Smith.

RUIA CUP 2015 RESULTS

SECOND PLACE

Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett, Andrew Petrie, David Debbage

(Full results are under the yellow tab top left of this page)

Derbyshire vs Manchester Match

The Derbyshire match took place on 5th July at Manchester Bridge Club with Manchester winning by 34 imps to regain the trophy. 
Derbyshire cleverly retained the trophy, however, by forgetting to bring it with them!
 
v Derbyshire

The Manchester Team
Richard Sinton, Kevin Higgins, Ron Bayly, Herbert Potts, Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, Marcelo Rosenbaum
Karen Reissmann, Irene Davies, Jeanne Bayly, Sylvia Massey, Elena Rosenbaum

Monday Afternoon Duplicate players enjoy a meal together afterwards.

Bridge is definitely good fun!

BEN BEEVER'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SEMINARS
BEN  BEEVER'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SEMINARS
Sunday Seminar Workshops
3.15pm to 5.30pm
(Please note date changes - see below)
 
Ben always ensures that each seminar has elements of interest to everyone.
Players of all standards are welcome to attend these workshops 
whether they are new to the topic or just want some revision.
 
SUNDAY 26th JULY
"COMBINING CHANCES"
There are often several places to look for extra tricks as Declarer. This session will show you how to open as many boxes as possible in your search and in which order to open them.
 
 
Each seminar starts with a discussion on the topic of the day. This is followed by the opportunity to play a number of set hands that have been designed to illustrate the topic and help establish the new techniques learned. There's a short break in the middle for light refreshments provided by the club and the workshop usually lasts around two hours.
£8 for Members, £10 for Non-Members & £4 for Students.
All are very welcome
and partners not required.

Third National Win for Manchester!!

Manchester has won the National Counties League final held at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 28th June to add to their recent wins in the Pachabo and Garden Cities .
The team was John Holland/Gary Hyett, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, John Currie/Rodney Lighton and Michael Byrne/Michael Newman
The final is held between the winners of the Northern League, Southern League, Eastern Counties, Midlands League and Western league. 
The team started as heavy favourites on paper, but Manchester have a poor record in this event (finishing second nearly every year, winning it only once before in 2011). They won every match comfortably, and had a small half time lead which they more than doubled in the second half. 
 
The best pair on the cross-IMP scoring of all the pairs were John Holland and Gary Hyett by a large margin, the other pairs were all plus though and it was a good team effort, although perhaps slam bidding might be the topic of the next County Training Seminar.  This was John Currie's first National win.  Full results are here.
THE RUIA CUP
THE RUIA CUP

 

THE RUIA CUP SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

This is a three session event. 

The final session is 

TONIGHT! 

THURSDAY 9th JULY at 7.30pm

Substitutes can be played if required.

Let Jeff know if you are looking for teammates for the final session.

For the results so far from the first and second rounds - click on the yellow tab top left of this page.

(The regular weekly Swiss Pairs will be held as usual tonight but will be upstairs to accomodate the Ruia cup)

KIDNEY RESEARCH CHARITY SIMS
KIDNEY RESEARCH CHARITY SIMS

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY at 7.30pm

KIDNEY RESEARCH CHARITY SIMS

Manchester Bridge Club Win Garden Cities Trophy!

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club Team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alan Mould/John Holland, John Hassett/Jeff Morris and Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper who won the Garden Cities trophy at Solihull on Saturday 13th June.   They competed against seven other club teams who had qualified from regional finals.  Lying second to Cambridge after the first session they overtook them to win by six VPs with third placed Chislehurst (Kent) some way behind.  Manchester have won the trophy previously in 1988, 2000 and 2003.  Full results are on the EBU web site.
 
Winners

Jeff Morris, Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Michael Byrne
Catherine Draper, John Holland, Andrew Woodcock, John Hassett
(Dave Debbage,Edward Levy Ollie Burgess ,Kath and Alan Nelson also played in Qualifying round to help secure place in the finals)

Omar Sharif: 1932 - 2015

We are sad to learn of the passing of Omar Sharif.

Mr Sharif was not only a great actor, but one of the most famous bridge players and one of the greatest advocates of the game. He once famously said "Acting is my living, but bridge is my passion.”

(For full details log on to the EBU website www.ebu.co.uk )

Bridge won't be part of the 2020 Olympics

The shortlist has been announced for the second stage of the application process for sports wishing to join the Olympics programme for 2020. Sadly bridge did not make the list.

Last month the World Bridge Federation was specifically approached by the organising committee and asked to make a proposal to be included amongst the sports at the Tokyo games.

The eight shortlisted federations are: baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

 

TONIGHT!!

WEDNESDAY 1st JULY

BILL HUGHES NORTH WEST SIMS

at 7.30pm

Cash Prizes for each heat winner!

 

BRIDGE BEGINNERS PLAY COURSE

STARTS TODAY

on 

WEDNESDAY 1st JULY

from 5pm to 7.45pm (approx)

and runs for 5 weeks.

...and there's still time to join in - just phone Jeff.

....this course is designed specifically for people who have never played before so now's your chance to learn the wonderful game of Bridge!

(More details are under the yellow "Beginners" tab top left of this page)

Call Jeff or David on 0161 445 3712 to register

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

"The Unblocking Rule"

This applies when you are declarer and have enough top tricks between your hand and dummy to make the contract but need to make sure you don't block yourself.

To work out the best order to take your high card tricks use the "Unblocking Rule". This is when you have sequential high cards between the two hands so if you are leading from the hand with the shorter length, lead the highest card but if you are leading from the hand with the longer length then lead the lowest card.

e.g. KJ32 facing AQ4. Play the Ace to the 2 in the first round, then the Queen to the 3 and finally the 4 over to the KJ (making 4 tricks).

Look what would have happened if you had played the 4 towards the KJ32 !!

(w/c 15/9 & 22/9)

Manchester Win Pachabo!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton who have won the Pachabo Trophy for Manchester for the first time since Manchester became a separate county in 1987.  They played at West Bromwich on 6-7th June qualifying as Goldstone Trophy winners.
This win breaks a streak of Manchester teams finishing second in National Events.  Hopefully it presages a succesful Tollemache next season.
(Article taken from MCBA website)

"When supporting partner's overcall always raise to the level of the fit

....especially when not vulnerable"

So if you have an 8 card fit raise to the 2 level (8 tricks).......

with a 9 card fit always go straight to the 3 level (9 tricks) ........

and if you have a known 10 card fit then raise straight to the 4 level (10 tricks). 

This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to consider a slam try. In this case you would cue-bid the opposition’s suit showing good card support (at least 4) and 10 plus points.

But exercise caution if you are vulnerable!!

(Weeks commencing 31/5 & 7/6)

MBC members win Summer Intermediate Pairs!

25 pairs competed in the MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs event at Altrincham on Sunday 7th June. 
Congratulations to winners Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie (N/S) who scored 57.17%
1st ns

Annie Curtis (Ann Thornton MCBA) and Jackie Lowrie
WANT TO LEARN BRIDGE TONIGHT?

There's still time to join in tonight! 

A FOUNDATION BIDDING & REFRESHER COURSE STARTED ON

WEDNESDAY 27th MAY

at 7.30pm

Ideal for any player, new or old, who wants to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Course covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

Each lesson finishes by 10pm with a break at half time for refreshments provided by the Club.

Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids & Responses

Lesson 2: Other Openings and Rebids

Lesson 3: Uncontested Auctions

Lesson 4: Competitive Bidding

Lesson 5: Conventional Bids & Further Bidding Practice

 To enrol for this essential course or for further information

please contact Jeff or Dave at the Club on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

........or better still, just come along tonight and join in!

Bridge - an Olympic sport in 2020?

The World Bridge Federation has been invited by the organisers of the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo to submit an application for bridge to be included in the Games.

Bridge was one of 33 sports specifically approached by the organising committee. After a two-part application process the Tokyo committee will then make a recommendation to the International Olympic Committee for its consideration.

Whilst the likelihood of bridge ultimately being chosen may be small, it is noteworthy that bridge should be included in this list of 'sports', and that it meets the criteria for consideration of the Olympic organising committee.

(Article taken from EBU website)

"Don't overcall with a suit you'd be embarrassed for your partner to lead!"

This comes up quite often in a competitive auction when the opponents have opened the bidding. Just because you have enough points and a long enough suit to overcall doesn't necessarily mean you should bid. Sometimes, with a poor suit, it's better to pass and surprise the opposition later with your extra points. If you overcall with a bad suit, and the opposition win the contract, you can be sure your partner will lead your 'dodgy' suit!!

(w/c 18 & 25/5/15)

SPEEDBALL

TONIGHT!!

for one night only.....

THURSDAY 4th JUNE at 7.30pm

Come and meet the University Bridge Club Students and see just how fast you can play!!

 

 

It will be a really enjoyable evening…..

…..speed vs experience!!!

 

This is always a popular event so don’t miss out on the fun!

Suitable for everyone - Partners found.

(No Swiss Pairs just for tonight)

TODAY
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY!

for

Friendly Supervised Duplicate at 1pm

and

Club Duplicate at 7.30pm

ALL WELCOME

2015 Geoff Nuttall Trophy
2015 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

CONGRATULATIONS TO

LESLEY JOHNSON

FOR WINNING

THE 2015 GEOFF NUTTALL MEMORIAL TROPHY.

This club competition took place on Monday nights between January 5th and April 27th

A GREAT RESULT!

"Don't tell the same story twice!"

Try to say somerthing new with each bid. If you re-bid your suit this should show extra length (at least one more than your first bid promised). Sometimes it's better to tell a small lie rather than re-bidding your suit if this will mislead partner. Where you really don't have a re-bid then maybe you shouldn't have opened in the first place?!

(w/c 4/5, 11/5 & 18/5)

SIM PAIRS TONIGHT

TONIGHT!

Wednesday 6th May at 7.30pm

SIM PAIRS in aid of EBED

(Click on this link below to find out about  the new EBED initiative)

what is ebed article.pdf

This Wednesday is also the first session of the new 2015/16 Club Championship Competition

We're open as usual TODAY!

May Day Bank Holiday

Monday 4th May

for Club Duplicate at 7.30pm

Bridge as a sport – the Judicial Review

Bridge has again been in the headlines recently, with reports in the national media on the case involving the EBU, Sport England, and whether ‘bridge is a sport’. It makes interesting reading.

(See full details on EBU website   www.ebu.co.uk)

"Get the kids off the street!"

This refers to running trumps early. One of the worst things that can happen to declarer is having an ace or king you thought was a winner get trumped by opponents. As long as opponents hold trumps, they’re a risk. Sometimes you need to work on a side suit early, to set up later winners or so that you can trump losers in the dummy but once that’s done, get back to the business of running the opponents out of trumps!

(w/c 20/4 & 27/4)

THE HIGSON CUP & PLATE
THE HIGSON CUP & PLATE

THE HIGSON CUP & PLATE FINALS

was held at Manchester Bridge Club on

SUNDAY 26th April at 1.30pm

 

"CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS"

*See MCBA website for photos & full info*

www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

 

THE MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY EVENT
THE MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY EVENT

SATURDAY 25th APRIL 2015

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY

SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

(Photos & Results are posted under the yellow tab, top left of this page)

"WHAT A  SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE EVENT!

....A MEMORABLE AFTERNOON!"

The total amount raised in the Raffle was

a magnificent £430

which has been donated to The British Heart Foundation

File:British Heart Foundation logo.svg

Congratulations to all - a great result.

Michael Byrne and Mike Bell have won the pairs competition at the prestigious Yeh Bros event in Shanghai last week!

After coming through two qualifying rounds they dominated the final, finishing 136 IMPs clear of the other nine pairs after 27 boards. Paul Hackett, playing with Irishman Tom Hanlon, was second. In the consolation final Barry Myers and Sally Brock were third.

The two English teams had earlier failed to reach the knockout stages of the teams event. The field featured teams from the world's strongest bridge nations, invited as a result of good performances in World and European competitions, and was won by the China Open team

CONGRATULATIONS ALL ROUND!

(Compeition held early April 2015)

There are 3 kinds of bridge players...

1. Those who can count

2. Those who can't

(w/c 6/4 & 13/4)

OUR STUDENTS REACH THE FINAL OF THE PORTLAND BOWL!

The Portland Bowl, the knockout event for university teams, has been won by Cambridge B.

The team beat Manchester A in the final on 12th April to retain the trophy for their university.

But Huge Congratulations to the runners up .....

Kirstyn Fuller (Captain), Mitchell Dytham, Kelvin Lau and Max Sampson (and Alex Combe earlier in the event),

A GREAT EFFORT - WELL DONE!

BRIDGE BEGINNERS COURSE

STARTING THIS EVENING!

(Still not too late to join in - so just phone Jeff!)

Now's your chance to "spring" into action

and join our fun & friendly

Bridge Beginners

Play Course

for people who have never played before.

We have a new evening course starting on ...

Wednesday 15th April

from 7.30pm to 10.15pm (approx)

The course runs for 5 weeks.

(Full details are under the yellow "Beginners" tab top left of this page)

Call Jeff or David on 0161 445 3712 to register

"PREFER LENGTH TO STRENGTH"

A long suit, even if weaker, is often more powerful as a contract than a short suit, however good, because long trumps make more tricks and allow a greater level of control during the game.

(w/c 29/3 & 5/4)

MBC PLAYERS HAVE GREAT SUCCESS OVER EASTER!

A successful weekend was enjoyed by Alan Mould and John Holland at Ilkley in the Northern Easter Festival. 

They were second in the Open Pairs on Good Friday, third in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday

and won the Swiss Teams with Gary Hyett and Willie Crook on Easter Sunday. 

Joint second in the Swiss teams were Nicholas Greer, David Debbage, John Parsons and Ed Levy.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

EBU SIM PAIRS
EBU SIM PAIRS

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL

at 7.30pm

EBU SIM PAIRS

Easter Monday

Get away from the chocolate and join us this evening at 7.30pm!

TONIGHT!

The EBU Northern Counties

REGIONAL IMPROVERS PAIRS

COMPETITION!

TUESDAY 31st MARCH at 7.30pm

This is a new fun duplicate event just for players who are unranked or below the rank of master (i.e. everyone who usually plays on Tuesday nights at the club!)

It's being held, for one night only, in place of our usual Tuesday supervised session.

Half of all the pairs taking part will be eligible for the final

which will be held here on Sunday 17th May.

This is the first event of its kind with an Overall Winner's Trophy and a Trophy for Winners in each County.

GO ON ... GIVE IT A GO!

 

(Further details are on the MCBA Website  www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

"THE PRINCIPLE OF FAST ARRIVAL"

In game forcing auctions bidding game directly, with a pre-emptive jump bid, shows a limited maximum hand and no slam interest.

(w/c 16th & 23rd March 2015)

University of Manchester Bridge Society

 

*** 24-hour Bridge Marathon for Charity ***


As most of you will know, 12 of our members took part in a 24-hour straight marathon of Bridge a few weekends ago to raise money for a cause close to our hearts, the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

It is with great pride that we can announce that our total amount raised is a staggering £893.48.

We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us and especially those who came down to join us for parts of the session to play with us and cheer us on. Moreover, I would like to personally thank all the members who came and played the 24 hours. To ask a student to take a weekend off to play a card game for 24 hours in the name of charity is wishful, but these members jumped at the opportunity, and without them this would all not have been possible.


We will stop collecting donations and the JustGiving page will be taken down in the next few days, but if you haven't had the chance to donate and would like to help us raise even more, feel free to bring it to any member of the committee during our usual sessions, or visit our JustGiving page.


Thanks to everyone for making this such a successful event.
Mitchell

(Mitchell Dytham, MBC Committee Youth Officer)


https://www.justgiving.com/Alex-Combe1/

 
STUDENT CHARITY MARATHON RESULT!

STUDENTS CHARITY MARATHON RAISES A MAGNIFICENT £893.48!

Students from Manchester University Bridge Society staged a 24 hour bridge marathon recently in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Please see their thankyou letter under the yellow tab top left of this page.

There's still time to donate if you haven't yet done so!

OUR STUDENTS WIN THROUGH TOWARDS THE PORTLAND BOWL!

The Portland Bowl is the prestigious National Inter-University Contest.

On Sunday,15th March 2015, 

the Manchester University A Team comprising

Alex Combe, Kirsty Fuller, Kelvin Lau and Mitchell Dytham
travelled up to Durham to face off against their A team for a place in the semi finals.

After a fierce battle Manchester A pushed their lead further in the final 2 quarters to secure a 75 IMP win.

They now face Imperial in the semi-final on the 11th April, with the final being played the following day.

CONGRATULATIONS ON A MAGNIFICENT WIN & GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEXT ROUND!

Well Done John!

National Pairs Qualifier

Congratulations to John Holland and partner Tony Coley who have qualified for the National Pairs final in April by finishing seventh in the Northern Pairs at Bradford on Sunday 15th March.

 

 

 

FINAL CALL FOR YOUR 2015 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

Single : £50

Joint : £80

Payments can be made in cash or cheques made out to Manchester Bridge Club.

Guests are always welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to becoming a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration.

CHARITY CHALLENGE SIM PAIRS
CHARITY CHALLENGE SIM PAIRS

TONIGHT!

 WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH

at 7.30pm

CHARITY CHALLENGE

SIM PAIRS

In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

VULNERABILITY

"Green against Red go steaming ahead...

...Red against Green you're nowhere to be seen!"

(W/C 1/3 & 8/3)

EBU STRATIFIED SIM PAIRS
EBU STRATIFIED SIM PAIRS

TONIGHT!

Manchester Bridge Club

will be hosting a heat of the 

EBU CLUB STRATIFIED SIM PAIRS

on

Wednesday 11th March 2015

 

The winning pair of each heat, and each host club, 

will have a chance to win up to £1000.

The national results will be stratified into four categories:

A  One or both members of the pair are above ‘Tournament Master’

B  Both members of the pair are below ‘Tournament Master’

C  Both members of the pair are below ‘Master’

D  Both members of the pair are below ‘District Master’

 

Blue Points and local points will be awarded to the top third of the overall ranking list.

In addition, the top 1/3 of each stratification will get Blue Points and local points.

 

For scores and hand commentaries after the event visit

www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs  

Green Point Pairs

The annual EBU / MCBA Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 7th March. 
As usual the event was full with 25 tables and everyone had an enjoyable time. 

Winners by a large margin were
Alan Nelson and Jeff Smith
Congratulations also to
Stephen Ward and Chris Hine
who came third belying their Intermediate status. 
 
Detailed results are bottom right of this page
& photos are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

"DON'T BOTHER SIGNALLING.....

JUST SMILE IF YOU LIKE MY LEAD!".

(Groucho Marx)

(w/c 18th & 23rd March)

CHARITY MARATHON

Manchester University Bridge Club

Invites you to

A 24 Hour Charity Bridge Marathon!

being held here at MBC

THEY'RE FINISHED!!

(in more ways than one!)

Saturday 28th February at 12 Midday

to Midday on Sunday 1st March

Watch this space for results!

All proceeds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association

If you can’t come along you can sponsor one of the students to do the whole 24 hours.

TERRIFIC TOLLEMACHE FINAL

Tollemache Final

The inter county teams of eight final took place on Feb 14-15th at West Bromwich.  The Manchester team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Gary Hyett/Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess were leading after four matches on the first day but were pipped at the post into a still magnificent second place in the final.
This equalled Manchester's best ever result achieved recently in 2011, 2010 and 2003.  Congratulations to Alec and Tom who were second best pair overall on the cross IMPs.  Jeff and John also scored well on the cross IMPs and Gary and Ollie did well together.  Full results are on the EBU web site www.ebu.co.uk
AYE AYE CAPTAIN!

England retain the Peggy Bayer trophy under Michael's guidance!

The England junior teams once again dominated the annual home international series which took place in Wales over the weekend of 20th February. 

In the Peggy Bayer, the Under-20s won every match, mostly by large amounts, to finish up 28 VPs ahead of second-placed Ireland.

Peggy Bayer: Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton,,Nick Dean & Sam Behrens, Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy with NPC Michael Byrne.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Hackett team wins NEC Cup in Japan

The team of Jason Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland and Gunner Hallberg has won the prestigious NEC Cup in Yokohama, Japan. They overcame a deficit at the halfway point to beat the team of David Bakhshi, David Gold, and Dutch pair Ricco van Prooijen, Louk Verhees, in the almost-all-English final.

Another English team - that of Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Alex Hydes and Mike Bell - were defeated in the semifinal by the Hackett team.

CONGRATULATIONS!

MANCHESTER TEAM WINS AGAIN!

Manchester Team wins the Gazette Cup

The Inter clubs Teams of Eight, which is a qualifier for the Garden Cities Trophy was held on Sunday 8th February at Altrincham Bridge Club.
Nine teams entered (a record) with Manchester (Newman) winning and Cheadle Hulme second.
The winning team go on to represent Manchester in the regional finals in May.
The winning team were Michael Newman, Jeff Morris, David Debbage, Ollie Burgess, Ed Levy, John Hassett,
Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson
Congratulations also to the winners of the Intermediate Team Trophy:-
Susan Triggs, Graham Winn, Pat Gorham, Tony O'Neill,
Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Philip Taylor & Ross Allen
(Details & photos are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk )
SWISS PERFECTION!!

Congratulations to

TRICIA BLUM

and

HILARY BOYDELL

for achieving the perfect maximum 80 score in Thursday night's Swiss Pairs...............a unique achievement not seen at the club in recent living memory!!

DIDN'T THEY DO WELL?!!!!
DIDN'T THEY DO WELL?!!!!

The 24 Hour Charity Bridge Marathon!

Hi Everyone,

Our Marathon went very well! Currently our online and offline donations total approx. just over £600 but we have plenty more coming in! Not quite sure what the grand total will be but hopefully over £750.
 
A special mention should go to Corin Hoad, our resident DJ, who had us singing along to songs from "Stairway to Heaven" to "I'm a barbie girl"!
 
The event was great, with 3 fun duplicates including a speedball at midnight which was won in superb fashion by the partnership of Sue Bailey and Alex Combe with a smashing 64%! The worst hand of the night goes to Henry Bissell and the best hand of the night would have to be me being dealt a 7-6 in the majors, AKQJxxx, AKQxxx, which promptly made 7S!
 
Thank you for all the help from the members of the club in making this such a great success, and all for such a good cause!....still time to donate of course!
 
Regards,
Mitchell  (Manchester University Bridge Club)
All proceeds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association

THE CANTOR CUP

was held at

Manchester Bridge Club

on Sunday 22nd February.

Couples from several clubs in the Manchester area took part

and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

Congratulations to

MBC players

 

Second

Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie

Second Place 

 

 

Third

Joan Missira & Kate Stec

Third Place

(For more details/photos go to MCBA www.manchesterbridge.org.uk 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

"ALWAYS PICK YOUR MAJOR SUIT IN RESPONSE TO A TAKE-OUT DOUBLE".

(w/c 2/2/15)

Ohhhhhh TO BE 21 AGAIN!
Ohhhhhh TO BE 21 AGAIN!

Mitch pictured at his 21st Birthday Party held at the Club!

SIM PAIRS
SIM PAIRS

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 4th FEBRUARY

BRIDGE ENGLAND 

SIM PAIRS

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

"YOU SHOULD NEVER JUMP WITH A TWO SUITED HAND".

(w/c 26/1/15)

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE WIN!

The Manchester University Bridge Club A team, captained by Kirstyn Fuller

(and including Kelvin Lau and our own Alex Combe)

defeated Edinburgh A in the 1st round of the

National University's Portland Bowl by 63 imps.

Well Done team!

WELL DONE SARAH!

Lady Milne Trials Success!

Sarah O'Connor, playing with Anne Rosen of London has finished second in the Lady Milne Trials and so earns the right to be selected onto the National EBU team when the event is held in April in Birmingham. 
This will be Sarah's first appearance on the full England team, although she has previously represented England U25s and girls teams, and played in the Ladies invitation event in China in 2013.

Sarah now lives in London but is still registered as a Manchester Bridge Club player and visits us when she can.
The trials were held at Richmond Bridge Club on 23-25th January, full results are on the EBU web site.
NATIONAL PAIRS CONTEST
NATIONAL PAIRS CONTEST

The first round of the National Pairs Competition was held at the Club on Thursday 22nd January.

Three pairs have won their place in the next heat, the Northern Regional Final, which will be held on 15th March at Bradford Bridge Club.

Michael Byrne & Rodney Lighton

Tracy Capal & Tom Cohen

David Debbage & Peter Carey-Yard

The competition culminates in the National Final where the top 50 pairs from the country will compete.

Watch this space!! ..........

JANUARY BEGINNERS COURSES

 

What’s your New Year Resolution for 2015?

Why not plan to have fun and learn how to play the wonderful game of Bridge?

You’ll make new friends,

enjoy a great social life….

…..and learn something new and exciting!!

 

Beginners 5 Week Foundation Course Starting

TODAY!

MONDAY 12th JANUARY at 1pm

This courses will teach you everything you need to know to get started.

Each lesson lasts around two and a half hours with refreshments half way through provided by the Club.

“You can come along on your own …….

or bring a friend and learn together”

For more information or to enrol please contact Jeff or David on 0161 445 3712

or e-mail jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

P.S. A new 5 week course also started last Wednesday Evening.

If you're not a total beginner you could still join this one on Wednesday 14th if an evening course  is better for you.

Have you booked in yet for The Manchester Bridge Congress ?

THIS WEEKEND!

Sat 10th and Sun 11th January 2015

Pairs Championship

Saturday 1pm – 10.30pm.

Teams Championship

Sunday 11am – 8pm.

Plus ...Single session event from 1pm to 5.30pm each day for players new to tournaments.

At The Manchester Marriot Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

(Hotel reservations – 0161 832 1188)

Congress enquiries and entries to JEFF SMITH Tel: 0161 702 3773  Mob: 07976 794390

Email: jasmith@nildram.co.uk

EBU SIM PAIRS
EBU SIM PAIRS

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 7th JANUARY AT 7.30pm

EBU SIM PAIRS

NEW YEAR BIDDING & REFRESHER COURSE

FOUNDATION BIDDING & REFRESHER COURSE STARTING

TUESDAY 6th JANUARY

at 7.30pm

Ideal for any player, new or old, who wants to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Course covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

Each lesson finishes by 10pm with a break at half time for refreshments provided by the Club.

Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids & Responses

Lesson 2: Other Openings and Rebids

Lesson 3: Uncontested Auctions

Lesson 4: Competitive Bidding

Lesson 5: Conventional Bids & Further Bidding Practice

 To enrol for this essential course or for further information

please contact Jeff or Dave at the Club on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Get your New Year off to a Bang!

There's so much happening at the Club this month.....

......check out this page for full details.

Make sure your New Year is as exciting as ours!

2014 Club Annual Review

The AGM was held on Sunday 4th January where Jeff gave his Review of the Clubs' exceptional year.

Bridget then produced a magnificnt complimentary buffet followed by some enjoyable New Year Duplicate.

The Annual Review can be seen by clicking on the second yellow tab at the top of this page.

It makes very interesting reading!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TODAY!

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

AGM, BUFFET BITES & DUPLICATE

SUNDAY

4TH JANUARY 2015

6.30pm

Please come and join us for a brief round-up of the Club News, Comments & Successes over the last 12 months.

This will include complimentary Buffet Bites 

followed by Duplicate at only £5.

All welcome - partners found.