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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!






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




(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.


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.


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.

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.

***NEW MONTH.....


(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.



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.




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.


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.


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! 


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.

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.


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.


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



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


2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018


2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018


The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their



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2014 Club Annual Review



4th JANUARY 2015


Review of 2014


Unbelievably five members of the club have won medals in the recent European Championships in Opatija, Croatia and will all be representing England in next year’s World Championships in India. John Holland and Paul Hackett were both members of the England Senior's team who won the Gold medal. This is Paul and John's third Gold Medal at Senior level, following World Championships in 2009 and 2010.

In the Open Championships Jason and Justin Hackett won bronze and in the Women’s teams the England Women won silver with club member Catherine Draper playing.


World Championship Medals for John Holland and Paul Hackett

In the World Series Seniors Teams John and Paul won bronze medals.


World Mind Games Medals for Catherine

In December Catherine won Gold in the World Mind Games Women’s Teams in China and Bronze in the World Mind Games Women’s Individual Event.



This event took place in Glasgow from Monday 8th September to Sunday 15th September.  John Holland played for England with Ben Green and Alan Mould played for Scotland with John Matheson.   Scotland reached the Quarter-Final while England reached the Semi-Final.  Although both lost these matches England then won the play off match against India to secure a Silver Medal as the President’s team, to whom they had lost in the Semi-Final. were not eligible for medals. The President’s team were the overall winners and included club members Jason, Justin and Paul Hackett.



This big international event held in Stockholm was won by the England team of four which included Michael Byrne and Mike Bell.



Sinead Bird and Sarah O’ Connor played in the Channel Trophy and John Holland was part of the winning Camrose Team.


John Holland won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the player winning the most master points nationally in 2013.



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



The Manchester team achieved their best ever result in finishing runners-up to the North East out of 32 teams in the Pachabo held over the weekend of 7 – 8 June 2014. Well done to John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, and Rodney Lighton.


Garden Cities

Manchester Bridge Club finished equal 2nd in the Inter Club Teams of Eight National Final at Solihull on Saturday 14th June 2014.  The team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Andrew Woodcock, Ollie Burgess, John Holland and Gary Hyett had qualified by winning the Gazette Trophy in Manchester and then finished second in the Northern final.


National League Final

The National County Teams of Eight finals took place at Solihull on Sunday 6th July 2014.  The Manchester A and C teams had qualified for the National Finals by winning their respective Northern League divisions in 2013. 

The A team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton/John Currie, Kath & Alan Nelson, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley finished second to Worcestershire.  The C team were represented by Christopher Hine/Stephen Ward, Ken Hughes/Geoff Hull, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Kevin Higgins/Richard Sinton.


Gold Cup

John Holland and Alan Mould both qualified in different teams for the Semi-Finals of the Gold Cup.  While both these teams lost their matches, the team in which Alan played did particularly well to only lose by 6 IMPS to the eventual winners.


Hubert Phillips

Catherine Draper’s team (Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage & John Hassett) reached the last 16 of the 2014 Hubert Phillips bowl.


Crockfords Cup

Justin and Jason Hackett were both members of the winning team in the Crockfords Cup, the English Teams of Four Championship held over the weekend of 6 – 7 September.


Great Northern Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Kath and Alan Nelson who won this event at Leeds on 4-5th October in a large field of 99 pairs.


Montenegro EBU Overseas Congress

In the EBU holiday congress in October Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were second in the Swiss Pairs while Irving and Joy Blakey were third.


Tollemache Qualifying

Manchester won their qualifying group in the Tollemache held over the weekend of 22 – 23 November finishing ahead of the holders Berkshire & Bucks.   Well done to John Hassett & Jeff Morris, Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, John Holland & Alan Mould, Gary Hyett & Ollie Burgess, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley.


Year End Congresses

In the year end event at Clayton-le-Moors on 28-29th December John Holland and Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs.




Manchester Congress

The pairs was won in 2014 by Michael Byrne with Andrew Murphy of Berks & Bucks.  This was a remarkable third win in four years for Michael.   The Teams Competition was won by a team including Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield partnering Jim Luck (Wales) and Marianne Farr (Lancashire) respectively.


Gazette Trophy

Manchester A won the Gazette Trophy the inter club teams of eight at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February with a score of 72 VPs and thus qualified for the Garden Cities Regional Final. Well done to Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Jeff Morris & John Hassett, John Holland & Alan Mould, Kath Nelson & Alan Nelson. Five teams entered from Manchester, Altrincham and Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Clubs.


Life Masters Pairs

Congratulations to Martin Taylor who won the Life Masters Pairs with Mike Bell over the weekend of 22 – 23 February 2014.


Green Point Pairs

Congratulations to Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield on winning the Green Point Pairs held on 9 March 2014.


Merville Goldstone Trophy

Michael Byrne’s team (Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton, John Holland) defeated Jeff Morris’s team (John Hassett, Joy & Irving Blakey) in the final played on 2nd June which is the qualifier for the Pachabo.


Green Point Teams

Congratulations to John Hassett, Jeff Morris and Alan Mould who were members of the winning team in the Green Point Pairs held on Sunday 20 July.


Ben Franks

Congratulations to Michael Newman & Alan Mould in the Ben Franks who won this year’s 24 pair event on Sunday 7 December.


Higson Cup and Plate

The Higson finals were held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 27th April. St Titus (Michael Byrne, Ollie Burgess, Alan Mould, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton) were runners up to Team Mayhem who have primary allegiance to Merseyside & Cheshire.

The Plate was won by Tricksters (Dave Matthews, Ann Thornton, Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton).



Rhona Goldenfield won the MCBA Player of the Year 2013 - 2014 just ahead of husband Bernard.




Michelle Brunner Memorial Event

19 teams took part in the third Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams held on Saturday 19th July in memory of Michelle Brunner.  Winners were Michael Byrne, Alan Mould, Sally Brock & Barry Myers. Second were Eve Lighthill, Raymond Semp, John Hassett & Jeff Morris.  Over £1800 was raised for The Christie Hospital and St Anne’s Hospice.


Club Championship 2014

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


Geoff Nuttall Trophy 2014

Stephen Ward won the Geoff Nuttall Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period January to April 2014.


Tony Wood Memorial Trophy 2014

Nicholas Greer & Ross Allen won the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy donated by Tony’s partner Beryl and his sister Janet. It is awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period May to August 2014.


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 2014.  This is their third win in the last four years.


Ruia Cup 2014

Winners were Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton, John Holland and Alan Mould. 12 teams played.


Eve Lighthill Trophy 2014

This  year we organised this event as a three session multiple teams which seemed to be a popular format with the players. Although we had fewer teams taking part we did not interfere with the regular Thursday activity of Swiss Pairs.

Winners were Michael Byrne, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Ollie Burgess, Alan Jones, David Barton, Jeff Smith & Bernard Goldenfield.


Santa Claus Pairs

Twelve tables played and the winners were Kath & Alan Nelson.


Peter Ader Memorial Trophy 2014

Winners were Ollie Burgess and Mike Barlow.



One of the most pleasing things about this last year has been the success of our beginners and supervised activities.


Beginners Courses

This year Beginners Courses start again on Wednesday 7th January 2015 in the evening and on Monday 12th January in the afternoon. Please tell your friends.


Bidding Refresher Course

A “Brush Up Your Bidding” Course starts on Tuesday 6th January – five lessons on Tuesday nights to remind you about modern bidding after the Christmas break.


Sunday Seminar Workshops

Ben Beever has a number of Sunday workshops planned for the New Year all at 3.15pm. Each seminar has elements of interest to everyone and players of all standards are welcome to attend whether they are new to the topic or just want some revision.


(Suitable for Improver and Intermediate level upwards)

Working out whether to draw trumps immediately is a crucial skill every aspiring player needs to have. This lesson will explain how to decide.


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

High Card Points are sometimes a long way off describing the strength of the hand. In this lesson you will see how to adjust the points (both up and down) in order to judge whether you should be in Part-score, Game or Slam!


(Suitable for Improver and Intermediate level upwards)

The ‘hold-up’ is a technique regularly used by good declarers in order to make it harder for the defenders to take lots of tricks in a particular suit. In this lesson we cover this skill along with how to prevent a particular defender (the danger hand) gaining the lead!


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

‘Cover honours with honours’ is fine for beginners, but this adage isn’t always correct. Here we look at the relevant issues in order to work out whether to follow the principle in any given situation.


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

We all learn about finesses early on in our bridge career. In this lesson we see the wide variety of different types of finesses and learn how to choose which suit to finesse in and which card to finesse!


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 lasts around two hours.


Swiss Pairs on Thursday Evenings

The weekly Swiss Pairs on Thursday evenings is now very popular. It encourages players of all levels to mix and play together and is a very sociable and enjoyable evening with some delicious home-made suppers on the last Thursday of every month.


Martin Braid Memorial Event

Martin’s widow, Sue, would like us to run a pivot teams in memory of Martin on a Sunday afternoon/evening in March. We will fix a date as soon as possible.


National Pairs

On Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7:30pm there is a qualifying competition for the National Pairs. If you are interested please add your name to the list in the hall.


Tom Middleton Memorial Rubber Bridge Competition

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


Memorial Charity Event for Michelle Brunner  

As in the previous two years this will again be a Mixed Pivot Teams. The date this coming year will be Saturday 18th July 2015 at 1.00pm.


Premier League

Manchester Bridge Club will once again host one of the Premier League weekends in the Autumn of 2015.


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 death of Cecil Franks early in the year. Cecil was MP for Barrow in the 1980s and was a good friend and loyal supporter of the club playing many hours of rubber bridge here. More recently I was sorry to hear that Nancy Beattie passed away after two years of illness. Nancy played with her daughter Jackie Shah in one of the club’s league teams. On a happier note the club was very pleased to help celebrate Shirley Leak’s 90th Birthday on a Monday afternoon duplicate.


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.  I still find it incredible that one club in the North of England can produce so many medal winners at European and World bridge level.


I would also like to thank the Club Committee, so ably chaired by Eve Lighthill, for making this year such a success. I would like to personally thank the Committee for the support they have given to the club over the last year and the ideas they have contributed to improving the way the club operates. I would particularly like to thank Annie Curtis who has been fantastic in keeping the website up to date and flagging up forthcoming events.


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


Jeff Morris