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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.

Tollemache

The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend takes place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  The Manchester team is John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  Good luck to them, they are drawn in Group A which includes London, Middlesex, Somerset, Hants & IOW, Sussex, Devon, Hertfordshire and Notinghamshire.  Results will be on the EBU web site over the weekend.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

19 pairs played at Altrincham on November 4th.  Players had an enjoyable afternoon, with Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton winning ahead of Sally Bray and George Leigh.
 
Winners

Winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

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

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2018")

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.

Lancashire Congress

The Lancashire Congress took place over the weekend of 27-28th October in Brierfield for the Swiss Pairs and in Bolton for the Swiss Teams.  Gary Hyett won the Swiss Pairs with Alan Cooke of Bedfordshire.  Results of both events are on the Lancashire web site.

Autumn Congresses

Martin Taylor playing with Justin Hackett finished third in the Two Star Pairs in the EBU congress at Daventry on 20th October.
Meanwhile John Holland with Jackie Pye, Sally Brock and Barry Myers won the teams in the Scottish congress at Peebles; John and Jackie were third in the pairs final which was won by Sally and Barry.  Results are on the SBU site.

Chester Bowl

The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB PLANS

Dear Member,

 
As you are probably aware the Manchester Bridge Club will be vacating our Palatine Road premises at the beginning of 2019.
Of course it is with great sadness that we do so, but we can reflect that Palatine Road has been a wonderful venue for 40 years – for which we will be having a celebratory party this Autumn on Sunday 9th December.
In the meantime all our activities will be as normal with the club premises being available for matches, county events and meetings, afternoon rubber bridge and Wednesday night duplicate and play class.
On Mondays,Tuesdays and Thursdays the club will still be using the Casino until the end of the year.
It is our intention to continue the Manchester Bridge Club activities in different premises in 2019 and we are currently looking at some options. However, if members of the club have any suggestions, we would be happy to investigate.
 

Best Wishes 

Jeff Morris and Dave Debbage

Manchester Bridge Club

Mobile: 07960 871035

Tel: 0161 445 3712

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

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!
 
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!

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 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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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. 

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 2016
Monday Afternoon Supervised Duplicate
Monday Afternoon Supervised Duplicate

What a great way to spend a wintry Monday Afternoon!!

Why not come and join us for relaxed play - visitors very welcome and partners not required.

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS WINNERS

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS
SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER 

Congratulations to

Winners   Gary Hyett & Dan Crofts

2nd Place   John Hassett & Mike Burtt

3rd Place     Irene Davies & Karen Reissman  

      Leading Non-Expert Award     

Ann Thornton & Paul Murray

 

  • 2016 Santa Claus Pairs 2nd Place
  • 2016 Santa Claus Pairs 3rd Place
  • Club/2016 Santa Claus Pairs Winners

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

....especially when not vulnerable"

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

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

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

This assumes that your hand is not strong enough to consider a game try in which case you would cue-bid the opposition’s suit which guarantees at least 3 card support and 10 plus points.

But exercise caution if you are vulnerable!!

Eastbourne Summer Meeting Success!

The EBU's main congress moved from Brighton to Eastbourne this year and the successes for our Club players were extraordinary.
The MCBA website has everything recorded in detail so please click on the following link to see what has been happening www.manchesterbridge.org.uk
 
Congratulations to Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland, David Debbage,  Kath & Alan Nelson, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Mike Bell, Sarah O'Connor, Alec Smalley, Sally Brock, Barry Myers and Gary Hyett.........to name but a few!!

"AVOID USING STAYMAN ON BALANCED GAME HANDS"

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It's usually a mistake to bid Stayman on flat 4-3-3-3 hands that have enough power for game. Stayman is unlikely to gain much and even if a 4-4 fit is found there's a danger of having giving away information by unnecessarily bidding Stayman

Just go straight to 3NT on such hands!

"NO SHORTAGE - NO STAYMAN!"

Time to enter your team for the

2016/17 League

Kath Nelson has posted an entry form for the League, Cup and Goldstone Trophy on the League page of the MCBA website. 
Please enter as soon as possible to help her sort out the divisions. www.manchesterbridge.org.uk/league

Scientists prove that Donald Trump is affecting bridge players!

A satirical scientific study has 'proved' that the rise of Donald Trump in the US Presidential race has had an impact on how bridge players are bidding. The researchers have shown that US bridge players are more likely to bid 'No Trump' than before he was a candidate.

As well as political satire, the 'research' was also used to highlight how statistical data can be misinterpreted to 'prove' a fatuous and unrelated hypothesis.

Nonetheless, if at your next game your partner makes an unwise no trump bid, maybe they too have been affected by the Republican candidate.

"MAKE AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE.........LEAD AN ACE"

It is a general rule to lead the 4th highest card from your longest and strongest suit .....but every rule has its exception!

When the opposition win the contract with a high level pre-empt (e.g. a Weak 3 or a Gambling 3 No Trump) then lead an ace if you have one.

This should retain your lead and allow you a look at the dummy in order to help find the right continuation suit to defeat the contract.

"Be flexible!"

WHAT IS A SPLINTER?

A Splinter Bid gives partner more information. It is an unusual jump into a new suit which shows game going points (11+)  and even a possible slam interest. It shows 4+ cards in partners' last bid suit and a singleton or void in the splinter suit (not usually an Ace)

e.g. 1H     4D*

(A response bid of 3D would have shown 16+ points so the 4D bid is an unnecessary jump showing a splinter)

"A Splinter makes you jump!!"

Blackpool Year End Congress

John Holland and Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th December with overnight leaders Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finishing fourth. 
In the Swiss Teams on December 30th t
hird and category B winners were Janet Tolan, Andy Green, Michael Wymer and Stephen Ward
Congratulations to all, full results are on the EBU web site. www.ebu.co.uk

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England hosted the Junior Channel Trophy last weekend (17th & 18th December)

Last weekend the Junior Channel Trophy took place at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London. The annual event saw England take on France, Belgium and the Netherlands in competitions for the Under 26s, Under 21s and Under 26 Women. The event is hosted by each country in turn, with the young players coming to England this year. Michael Byrne is NPC for the Under 21 Team - Good Luck!

England finished second in all three competitions. The U26 team ended the first round-robin in fourth, but good wins in the second set of matches, including a big victory over Belgium in the final match, saw them leap up in to second place. The U21s were in third for much of the event, but results in the final match - a large win against Belgium and defeat for the Dutch against France - saw them jump into second place. The U26 Women were second for much of the event, and finished comfortably in that position, a long way behind the runaway winners, but 17VPs clear of third.

Teltscher Trophy Trial this weekend (17th & 18th December)

The trials to play in England's team in the Teltscher Trophy (the Seniors Camrose) take place this weekend at West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull. Seven teams will compete in a round-robin, with four rounds on Saturday and three on Sunday. The participating teams can be seen on the event webpage. John Holland and Paul Hackett are playing.

Matches will be shown on Bridge Base Online, starting at 10:45am on Saturday.

The 2017 Teltscher Trophy takes place in Northern Ireland from 19th – 21st May.

DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

LESLEY JOHNSON AND DAVID SARABOWSKI

WINNERS OF THE 2016 CHEADLE ROYAL CUP

AND

THE PETER ADER TROPHY.

TUESDAY NIGHTS at MBC!!
TUESDAY NIGHTS at MBC!!

Improvers on Tuesday Nights take their bridge far too seriously!!

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MONDAY 19th DECEMBER

EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS PARTY

with Festive Supper

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The Club will be closed on

December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th.

We re-open on Thursday 29th December for the ever popular Swiss Pairs!

 

EVE LIGHTHILL

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We are so sorry to hear that Eve has had a fall and broken her hip. She is now convalescing after an operation. We would all like to send our good wishes for a speedy recovery.

Jeff Morris

Monday Afternoon Bridgers enjoy a slap-up Christmas meal together at Alladins!

Breakfast TV

David Adelman appeared on breakfast TV last weekend talking about the development of bridge with children.

Llangollen Swiss Teams

Winners at Llangollen over the weekend of 3rd-4th December were Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, John Holland and Jackie Pye ahead of Michael Byrne, Fiona Brown, Ciaran Coyne and Hugh McGann.  Congratulations to them; full results are on the North Wales site.

EBU Selection Committee

MBC's Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess have been elected to the EBU selection committee at the EBU AGM in November.
Congratulations.

Ben Franks Trophy

Took place on Sunday 27th November

A perfect number of pairs (26) meant that everyone played two boards against every other pair over two sessions at Manchester Bridge club on Sunday 27th November.  In a very close finish John Holland and Michael Byrne won, with Rodney Lighton and John Currie second, Alan Mould and Alec Smalley third and Nicholas Greer and John Parsons fourth.  These pairs qualify for the Corwen Trophy in June. 

 Winners

More photos & full details are at

www.manchesterbridge.org.uk

 

MONDAY BRIDGERS THEATRE TRIP
MONDAY BRIDGERS THEATRE TRIP

MONDAY AFTERNOON PLAYERS ENJOY A TRIP TO THE THEATRE IN LEEDS!!

MBC members representing England play in Champions Cup

The Champions Cup took place in Zagreb recently, with the top ten European nations from the European Championships represented by their national champions. The field was completed by the defending champions - Italy's Allegra team - and a team from the Croatian hosts.

England were represented by the winners of the 2015 Premier League - Justin Hackett, Jason Hackett, Alex Hydes, David Mossop & David Price plus Paul Hackett (Colin Simpson was part of the winning team but is unable to participate).

Matches werel shown on Bridge Base Online. It is a round robin across the first two days, with playoffs for 1st-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th on the final Saturday.

WANT SOME FUN BRIDGE?!!

Come and join in with the students on

TONIGHT!!

TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER

at 7.30pm

for

CRAZY PAIRS

(if you dare!!)

ALL WELCOME - GREAT FUN

SENSIBLE BRIDGE UNAVAILABLE!!!

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NB The separate Supervised Duplicate will still be held as usual.

 

Lib Dem leader gives support to VAT-free bridge

Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has written to the EBU in support of our efforts to have bridge recognised as an activity on which no VAT should be charged for competition entries.

Writing to EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, Mr Farron said he "fully support(ed)" the EBU's efforts, and he would "take the opportunity to support the removal of VAT from entry fees for Bridge tournaments whenever possible".

(Follow this link for the full article www.ebu.co.uk )

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SUSAN TARR
SUSAN TARR

It is with great sadness that I must inform members of the untimely death of Susan Tarr who lost her battle with cancer on October 23rd.

Her funeral is being held at 11.20am on Tuesday 8th November at Macclesfield Crematorium and afterwards at Tytherington Golf & Leisure Club. Donations for St. Anne's Hospice should be sent c/o Hooley, Watson & Buckley, Funeral Directors, 7-9 James St, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8BW Tel: 01625 422734

Jeff Morris

Gold Cup finals took place last weekend

The Gold Cup semi-finals and final take place this weekend at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. There will be matches shown on Bridge Base Online during the weekend.

For full details of the draw, team lists, etc please visit the website of the competition organisers, Bridge Great Britain.

MBC Members excel in the EBU Player of the Year Competition

Jason Hackett      3rd

Justin Hackett     =4th

John Holland       15th

.......Brilliant!

Mossop team wins Crockfords Cup

The team of David Mossop, Alex Hydes (London), Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett (both Staffs & Shrops), David Price (Suffolk) & Colin Simpson (Berks & Bucks) have won the 2015-16 Crockfords Cup. All the team have won this competition three times or more, with Alex retaining the trophy he won last year with different teammates; the other five all won the 2013-14 competition together.

English pairs reach finals at World Bridge Games

Four English pairs have reached the A finals at the World Bridge Games in Poland, one in each competition.

Andrew McIntosh & Phil King qualified in second place for the Open Pairs; Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes in third place for the Mixed Pairs; Paul Hackett & John Holland in fifth place for the Seniors Pairs; and Nevena Senior & Fiona Brown in 11th place for the Women's Pairs. The finals are taking place this weekend.

Unfortunately there will be no representation from the British Isles in the finals after the last remaining team, the Scottish Women, were defeated in their semifinal versus France, though they will play China for the bronze medal.

Bolton Congress

Bolton Bridge Club's annual congress was held over the weekend of 2nd-4th September.  As usual it was a friendly event with a good buffet tea.  Congratulations to Rodney Lighton, John Currie, Nicholas Greer and Neil Thomas who won the Swiss Teams on Sunday for the second year running in a field of seventeen teams.  Third equal were Howard Melbourne, Barbara Travis, Alan Mould, Ollie Burgess and Ed Levy, Rob Myers, Laura Covill, Rob Dixon.  In the pairs Chris Hine and Stephen Ward did very well to finish second.  Rob Myers was third with Phil Godfrey of Yorkshire.  Rhona Goldenfield and Marianne Farr were second in the Ladies Pairs.  Turnout was up by about 50% over last year.

Open & Women's teams eventually defeated in quarter finals of World Bridge Games

England's Open and Women's teams both bowed out of the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland, yesterday, having lost in the quarter-finals.

Sally Brock and Catherine Draper played in the Womens' team and John Holland in the Seniors' team with Paul Hackett as npc.

Good Effort by all.

Tollemache Qualifying

The MCBA (county) selection committee has chosen the following team to represent Manchester in the qualifying round of the inter county teams of eight on 19-20th November.
 

Michael Newman & Michael Byrne
John Holland & Gary Hyett
Alec Smalley & Tom Slater
Alan Mould & Ollie Burgess

npc Rhona Goldenfield

...recognise any MBC member names in this list?!!

We're open as usual this Bank Holiday Monday!

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Manchester Bridge Club has another new beginners foundation course starting in September.

These Foundation Courses are in the form of two 5 week Modules (one class a week)

MODULE ONE covers BRIDGE BASICS & CARD PLAY

MODULE TWO covers BIDDING TECHNIQUES

(and is also suitable for existing players wishing to brush up and modernise their bidding!)

♠   ♣ 

MODULE ONE DAYTIME COURSE STARTS ON

MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER at 10.15am

(Each module of 5 classes costs £50)

Each class lasts appromiximately 2 hours with a break for refreshments provided by the Club.

To find out more or to enrol for either of these 5 week Course Modules please contact Jeff or David at the Club on 0161 445 3712 or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

"Bridge is a wonderful, absorbing, fun and sociable game...

...what better way to start autumn!"

 

PETER HAND
PETER HAND

We are sad to inform members that Peter Hand has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The funeral is at 2pm on Monday 22nd August at St. Ethelwolds Church in Shotton.

Jeff Morris

13 Aug 2016 | Internationals | Youth

World Youth Championships - England perform well, but miss the podium, in consolation event

After a good qualifying competition, the English Lions (Shivam Shah, Freddie Illingworth, Alex Roberts & Yvonne Wiseman) and English Cubs (Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton, Oscar Selby & Liz Gahan) unfortunately failed to finish on the podium in the consolation event of the World Youth Team Championships. The Lions finished well clear of the field in qualifying, finally getting the results that their play earlier in the event deserved, and although they led at the halfway point in the final they slipped back in to fourth. The Cubs qualified in 8th, and finished 9th in the final - a great result for the young team.

The NPCs have been writing blogs throughout the event. They can be read here.

12 Aug 2016

Bridge at the Olympics?

Radio 5live had a discussion yesterday (Thursday 11th August) about sports which are not currently part of the Olympic games but could be, or perhaps should be. England international Heather Dhondy talked to Nicky Campbell to give the argument for including bridge at a future games.

Bridge has had involvement with the games in the past - the WBF was invited to apply for a place at the 2020 games in Tokyo, and bridge has previously been a demonstration event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

11 Aug 2016 | Internationals | Youth

World Youth Championships - England leading in consolation event

Following their elimination from the main event in the World Youth Team Championships, the Under 26 team, and two of the Under 16s, have moved on to the consolation event. It is a Board-a-Match/Point-a-Board format, and our teams have got off to a great start. After the first day of qualifying the English Lions (Shivam Shah, Freddie Illingworth, Alex Roberts & Yvonne Wiseman) lead the field by a sizeable margin, and the English Cubs (Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton, Oscar Selby & Liz Gahan) are tenth of the 24 teams.

The NPC are continuing to blog about this competition - and Sarah O'Connor has updates on the team's enormous ice cream consumption!

Preston Summer Pairs

Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Preston Summer Pairs on Sunday 7th August. 

Under 16s finish in a creditable 8th place at the World Championships.

The Under 16s (referred to as 'Kids' on the event website) made a good start in the World Youth Team Championships, winning all three of their matches on the first day. The inexperienced side were undaunted at making their debut on the global stage, and finished a creditable 8th.
No wonder they're doing well with Sarah and Mike guiding them!!

29 Jul 2016

English team wins event at North American Bridge Championships

Dan Crofts & Gareth Hyett and Edward Levy & Oliver Burgess were winners of the Swiss Teams on Tuesday at the Summer North American Bridge Championships in Washington DC. Although billed as a 'side event' it nonetheless featured a quality field of 55 teams, so was a good result for the English team.

Tony Wood Memorial Trophy

Last Qualifying Night Tonight!

2016 Tony Wood Memorial Contest

The Monday Evening Duplicate Scores, gained over the summer, count towards the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy.

Your best 8 scores between Monday 2nd May and finishing on Monday 29th August are counted.

The current leading pair are David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson.

TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 13th JULY at 7.30pm

SIM PAIRS in aid of

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

 

Manchester retains National Inter-County League Trophy

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 10th July.

Congratulations to Manchester who retained the 'A' final, Warwickshire for winning the 'B' final, and Hertfordshire for winning the 'C' final.

Pictured are the Manchester team (L to R: Tom Slater, Michael Byrne, Kath Nelson, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Alan Nelson, Alan Mould, Alec Smalley).

European Youth Pairs Championships start on Wednesday 13th July

The 13th European Youth Pairs Championships start on Wednesday in Liepaja in Latvia. The event takes place over five days, with competitions for Under 26 Open, Under 26 Ladies, Under 21 Open, Under 16 Open, and Mixed Pairs for all ages.

MBC's SEAN MEKIE is taking part in the Mixed Pairs and in the Under 26 Open Pairs - GOOD LUCK SEAN!!

WBU Swiss Pairs

Several Manchester pairs went to Llandudno on the 2nd-3rd July for the Swiss Pairs event.  Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finished third out of 71 pairs.  The event was won by a large margin by Jason Hackett and John Sansom who didn't lose a single match.
Full results are here

Piekarek-Smirnov banned by EBL; Fantoni-Nunes ban upheld;

The European Bridge League have announced that German players Josef Piekarek and Alexander Smirnov have been banned from EBL competitions for four years, and for life as a partnership. The pair pleaded guilty to "pre-arranging the method of inappropriate communication and of practicing it, by indicating the strength of their hands by placement of the bidding cards on bidding tray".

It has been reported that the ban by the Italian Bridge Federation imposed on Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes has been upheld by the Italian Federal Court of Appeals. Fantoni and Nunes had appealed against the three year ban which had been imposed earlier this year.

President's Cup - MBC players sweep the board!

Manchester were victors in the Inter County teams of eight, held over the weekend of 18th-19th June at Bradford Bridge Club.
Manchester led throughout, and increased their margin of victory in the final session to win by 27 VPs, over a match clear of the second placed team. 
All the pairs played well, everyone enjoyed themselves, and the team won all of its matches.  It was a fine performance by a team that included a large number of younger players partnering their older counterparts. The oldest age gap in a partnership was a record 61 years! 
Winners
Well done to Toby Nonnenmacher/Raymond Semp, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman (both days), on the Saturday Gary Hyett and John Currie and on the Sunday Kath & Alan Nelson.

England's women are European Champions!

England's Women's team, which includes MBC member Catherine Draperhave won the European Championships in Budapest!

Starting the day in third place, they won all three matches, including victory against overnight leaders Poland in the final match.

This adds another medal to impressive haul collected by this team and it is Catherine's first European Gold.

For the full results and news of the Open and Senior Competitions see www.ebu.co.uk

Corwen

Manchester Bridge Club's David Debbage playing for Lancashire with Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the inter-county pairs on June 4-5th.  Top placed Manchester pair were Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who were 31st out of 98.

Yorkshire Congress

In the Yorkshire Congress held over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th June the Teams Championship was won by Michael Byrne, playing with England international Fiona Brown, and team-mates Hugh McGann and Cameron Small. They scored +90 imps, well over 50 imps clear of the second place team led by Brian Senior, the team who was practicing for the European Seniors Championship.  
 
On the Friday Michael and Fiona also won the mixed pairs for the 4th time.

By universal request Ollie is holding a

SLAM BIDDING REFRESHER WORKSHOP

TODAY!

 SATURDAY 11th JUNE

10.30am to 1pm (ish)

All welcome - partners not required

JOAN MISSIRA
JOAN MISSIRA

It is with great sadness that I must inform members of the death of Joan Missira.

The funeral is being held on Thursday 23rd June with a Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Stockport at 12 noon (near Stockport Market) followed by a Committal Service at Stockport Crematorium, in the Rowan Chapel at 1.45pm. There is then a gathering at Holdsworth Golf Club for anyone who wishes to attend.

Jeff Morris

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

THE MICHELLE BRUNNER

CHARITY MEMORIAL EVENT 2016

The annual charity event in memory of Michelle Brunner and in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann Hospice was held at here at the Club on Saturday 13th August.
Ollie Burgess opened the afternoon and spoke fondly of his memories of Michelle and of her great help especially when starting his bridge career.
Nineteen teams of four then played a Mixed Pivot Swiss event under the direction of Mike and Sarah Amos.

Winners
Kath & Alan Nelson, Jeff Morris and Michael Newman were winners ahead of Raymond Semp, John Hassett, Barry Myers and Sally Brock.
The intermediate trophy winners were John and Catherine Ashworth, Barbara Heaton and Paul Vose who came third.

Fun photos of the event and all the winners are on the MCBA website www.manchesterbridge.org.uk   

In all a magnificent total of £1700 was raised for the two charities!

Thank you so much for everyone who helped, donated prizes and took part so generously in the raffle and auctions.

MCBA AGM TONIGHT
The AGM of the Association will be held at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club, tonight, on Thursday 26th May at 19.30
All members welcome

Presentation of League Trophies
and PotY awards
Buffet and Wine
Click here for more details

CONGRATULATIONS TO
LESLEY JOHNSON and DAVID SARABOWSKI

2015/16 JOINT CLUB CHAMPIONS
Wednesday Evenings

This is a well-deserved achievement amongst a very strong field of players - many of whom are internationals.

Well Done!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

TODAY!

SUNDAY 17th JULY

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"PAR CONTEST"

Generous prizes

Open to all Improver and Intermediate players

(K or below - £10 entry)

What is a PAR COMPETITION?

 It's a fascinating lesson in Bidding, Declarer Play & Defence - all rolled into one!

 The hands are pre-dealt and the bidding and the contract are pre-directed so you might bid up to 4D but then be directed to play the hand in 6D and be expected to make it!

 You score points for bidding the correct contract, for making the directed contract or for defeating your opponents in their directed contract plus points for making the correct lead.

 So your opposition are not your table opponents, or the players sitting your direction in the room..........you are playing against PAR!

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Please enter on the 

Registration Form in Reception

or contact Jeff on 0161 445 3712 

email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

(Competition set by Raymond Semp)

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

BEN BEEVER MEMORIAL TRIBUTE PAIRS EVENT

TODAY!

SUNDAY 10th JULY

2pm start to 6pm (approx.)

OPEN TO ALL

Ben was an inspirational teacher at Manchester Bridge Club and well known at many other bridge venues in the area. He was particularly devoted to nurturing and developing Improver and Intermediate players and made many friends along the way.

We look forward to celebrating his life and his love of Bridge at this event which is open to all and will be a very enjoyable afternoon.

Entry is £10 and includes sandwiches and scones at half time.

We will also be raising funds for The British Red Cross Society

British Red Cross

Please add your names to the Entry Form in Reception or let Jeff know that you plan to play by emailing him on jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk or phone 0161 445 3712

CONGRATULATIONS TO

NICHOLAS GREER

WINNER OF THE 2016 JOHN BIRD TROPHY

Best Individual Result on Thursday Evenings between January 1st and May 31st

RESULTS

THE RUIA CUP

SWISS TEAMS

COMPETITION 2016

Congratulations to the winning teams....

1st: Rodney Lighton, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Toby Nonnenmacher, John Holland & Ollie Burgess

2nd: Irene Davies. Karen Reissman, John Parsons & Nicholas Greer

3rd: Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage & John Hassett

(Final results from 21st July are under the yellow tab towards the top left of this page)

2016 Ruia Cup 2nd place
RUIA Cup 2016 winners
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MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MCBA EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

We are proud to announce that

MICHAEL NEWMAN

has won the

2016 EXPERT PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

......his second win in this MCBA competition

having previously won in 2011!

CONGRATULATIONS!

 A NEW BIDDING / BIDDING REVISION DAYTIME COURSE

is starting today

MONDAY  31st  OCTOBER

from  10.15am to 12.15 am

Ideal for any player, new or old, who has grasped the basics of card play

and now wants to learn how to bid or to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Module Two, Foundation Course, with Susan Triggs, covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

For more information or to enrol contact

Jeff or Dave at the Club on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

 

TONIGHT!

Wednesday 16th November

CHILDREN IN NEED SIMS

at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

Join a bridge club in retirement and live longer!

Researchers at the University of Queensland have published a study in the online medical journal BMJ which concludes that being a member of clubs and social groups - such as a bridge club - after retirement reduces your risk of premature death.

(For the full editorial go to www.ebu.co.uk )

EVERY THURSDAY 

at 7.30pm

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

.....and remember the new MERTON CANTOR CUP .....best individual score from top 7 results between October and December!

John Holland Wins Gold Cup!  

  

Many congratulations to John Holland who has won Britain's most prestigious competition at Solihull on 11-13th December.  John, who has won virtually every other national event, has previously never won the Gold Cup.

John and partner Ben Green played every board in the final stages beating the holders (Allfrey, Robson, Forrester, Gold, Bakhshi, McIntosh) in the quarter finals on Friday and then Peter Lee's team in the semis by 98 IMPs.  John and Ben's other team members were Simon Cope, Peter Crouch and Nicola Smith.

In some ways this is the ultimate achievement for a British bridge player and ensures a place in the history of British bridge as a winner of the most demanding knockout event in the year

Gold Cup
Simon Cope, Nicola Smith, John Holland, Peter Crouch and Ben Green
 
CONGRATULATIONS JOHN - WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD.

MONDAY 31st OCTOBER

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(The Cheadle Royal Cup pairs contest started on 5th Sept and runs until Dec 19th - best 8 results!)

The Manchester Congress
Jan 7- 8th 2017
at The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street M3 4JQ

Pairs Saturday, Teams Sunday

and non-expert events on both days.
Click here for more details and entry form
Click here for travel and car parking information
Click here for non-expert events and entry form

Eve Lighthill Trophy 2016 Results

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THE EVE LIGHTHILL CUP 2016

SWISS TEAMS COMPETITION

WINNERS: BARBARA LEWIS, ALEC SMALLEY, KEVIN & CELIA COMRIE

JOINT SECOND: RAY ASHLEIGH, ANNE SUPER, DENIS & VAL ROBSON

JOINT SECOND: KAREN JONES, BARBARA EASTABROOK, JOAN LEWIS & ROY HIGGINBOTTOM

Full Results are under the yellow tab top left of this page

 

  • 2016 Eve Lighthill 2nd
  • 2016 Eve Lighthill 2nd
  • 2016 Eve Lighthill Winners

Fisher & Schwartz banned by EBL

It has been reported that Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz, the Israeli pair involved in one of the 'cheating scandals', have been banned by the EBL.

They have been banned from EBL events and activities for 5 years and are banned from playing as a partnership for life. Further details are yet to be released.

A reverse is when the opening bidder opens one of a suit and rebids two of a new suit that goes past the level of two of his original suit.

(e.g. 1C-1H-2D or 1D-1S-2H 

or 1H-1NT-2S etc )

A Reverse is forcing for one round and shows 16+ points........... so Partner cannot pass!

A Reverse is also called "Going through the Barrier"

NB You cannot reverse at the one level

(e.g. 1D-1H-1S is not a reverse)

.....and a Reverse is never a Jump Bid ,,,,

....and a Jump Bid is never a Reverse!

Bridge helping ladies stay healthy and active into their 90s

BBC Woman's Hour on Radio 4 today looked at how women in their 90s have managed to stay healthy and active. Two interviewees from Birmingham cited bridge as one of the biggest influences on their prolonged good health, noting both the benefits of keeping the mind active, and also the social benefits of playing bridge after the death of their husbands.

The interview is available on the BBC website for a limited time - scroll to 15:00 for the start of the interview (which lasts around six minutes).

THE NORTHERN COUNTIES IMPROVER PAIRS REGIONAL FINAL

was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 15th May

For full results see bottom right of this page.

 

Mike Bell & David Gold win at North American Bridge Championships

 

Mike Bell and David Gold have won the Open Board-a-Match (Point-a-Board) Teams at the Fall North American Bridge Championships. They were part of the Schwartz team which won one of the main events in the ACBL's congress in San Diego. This continues a run of success in such events for their households, with their respective 'other halves', Sarah Bell and Marusa Basa, having won the Mixed Board-a-Match at the Summer NABC.

A Terrific Win!

"Don't create a new wardrobe when you already have a perfectly good suit!"

If you can support partners' major suit bid there is usually no need to show your other suits or to re-bid your minor.

Northern League Final Round - Manchester win A and B Divisions

The final round of Northern league matches took place on Saturday 8th October.
In the A division at Bolton, Manchester, fielding their Tollemache team, won on the day and increased their overall lead to finish nine VPs ahead of Yorkshire 2.  The team was Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman.  Tom and Alec were our best pair on the cross IMPs.  The A2 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Royce Alexander/John Currie, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Raymond Semp/Peter Jones finished fifth on the day and sixth overall.  Peter and Raymond were the best of our A2 pairs.

The B division was played at Bradford where our team of Pete Foster/John Roberts, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Robert & Joyce Jones had an excellent day, winning the day's event and overtaking Cumbria to take the division title.  Special congratulations to Neil and Gillian who were the best pair in the division on the cross IMPs with 1.5 IMPs per board and to Eve and Ken who were second with 1.07 IMPs per board.

The C division was played at Manchester where our team of Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann, Ann Thornton/Paul Murray, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Liz and Stephen Halstead finished seventh on the day and overall.  Irene and Karen were our best pair on cross IMPs.

Detailed results
are here

NORTHERN COUNTIES IMPROVER PAIRS REGIONAL FINAL

to be held at

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

on

TODAY!

15th MAY 2016

2pm to 6pm (approx)

Entry Fee £10 with Sandwiches and Scones at half time.

If you have already qualified for this event and intend to enter please let Jeff Morris know by either emailing to jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk or phone 0161 445 3712

THE EBU PREMIER LEAGUE

played at MBC last weekend

on

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER & SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER

Follow this link for full details & results 

www.ebu.co.uk

North Wales Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won at Shotton on Sunday 9th October, John Holland and Tony Coley were third.
Full results are here.

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"PAR CONTEST"

(Results are under the 3rd yellow tab down top left of this page)

We're open as usual today on

Bank Holiday Monday!

GEOFF NUTTALL TROPHY

CONGRATULATIONS TO

ANDY GREEN

WINNER OF THE  2016

GEOFF NUTTALL TROPHY

(Monday Evening Duplicates

from January to April)

John Armstrong Pairs

Manchester pairs did well in the Swiss Pairs event at Merseyside on Sunday 22nd May.  Alan Mould and Michael Byrne were second, Joy and Irving Blakey and Ann Thornton and Linda Williams were joint fourth.
Full results are on the Merseyside County web site click here.
Club Champion Again from May 2014 - April 2015
Club Champion Again  from  May 2014 - April 2015

Club Champion

Martin Taylor does it again....and again....and again!!!

For a positively fantastic fifth consecutive year, Martin has retained his title as Club Champion by coming top of the players list for the Wednesday Evening Duplicate for the 2014 - 2015 year. This is quite an achievement as many top class national and international players regularly play in our Wednesday Evening Duplicate Session.

There's being consistent....then there's being just brilliant!!!

Congratulations!

Fantoni-Nunes banned by Italian Bridge Federation

Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, one of the pairs accused in the 'cheating scandals' last year, have been banned by the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) following its investigation. The pair were found guilty and have received a lifetime ban from the FIGB from playing as a pair, and individual three year bans. The EBL will consider the matter further at an EBL Disciplinary Commission hearing at the end of May.

Bridge is the new rock and roll

Rolling Stone magazine, which more usually writes about rock stars and actors, has reported on the Fisher/Schwartz affair and more from the world of bridge...

Thanks to the EBU for this fascinating"must read" article.

COUNT CARDS NOT SHEEP!!

Counting Cards is one of the most important skills you can develop in Bridge.

Start by counting the trumps that have been played and which ones they were.

 Once you can do that then you can gradually train yourself to count the other suits.

You can....really you can!!!

(April 2016)

 

THE HIGSON CUP & PLATE FINALS

TOOK PLACE ON SUNDAY 10th APRIL

 

HIGSON CUP WINNERS

BARE BONES

Rob Myers,Adrian Kenworthy,Mike Goldsmith & Ed Levy

 

HIGSON PLATE WINNERS

SPLINTER GROUP

John Moran, George Leigh, Janet Tolan & Andy Green

Congratulations!

Detailed articles on the recent 'cheating scandals'

Two detailed articles have recently been published in the USA, looking at the background of the recent 'cheating scandals', and interviewing some of the key people involved in exposing the alleged violations.

HAPPY EASTER

We're open as usual on Easter Monday!

Overheard at the Club........

"The reason they made their 3NT was because you didn't give me a ruff when I signalled I was out of Diamonds!!"

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Don't Forget .......

It's EBU SIMS TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY 16th MARCH

....please come along and take part.

TODAY.....they're still going since midday yesterday...please support them!!

(See how below)

MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY BRIDGE CLUB

needs YOU  to please support their

24 HOUR BRIDGE MARATHON here at MBC!

from 12 noon on Saturday 12th March

to 12 noon on Sunday 13th March

in aid of

Francis House is a wonderful charitable organisation, in Didsbury, that provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and amazing support to their families.

They are reliant on charitable donations for their magnificent work to continue.

PLEASE SUPPORT JOSH, MITCH, KELVIN, HENRY and the other students by ………

 DONATING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN INTO THE

FRANCIS HOUSE COLLECTION TUBS AT THE CLUB

 DONATING DIRECT TO  

https://www.justgiving.com/24-hour-bridgathon    

 COMING TO PLAY IN ONE OR MORE OF THE DUPLICATE SESSIONS

Saturday at 2pm (til 5pm)

Saturday at 7pm (til 10pm)

Plus MADCAP SPEEDBALL at Midnight!!!

(No charge for these three sessions …. please donate instead!)

 JUST DROPPING IN ANY TIME TO KEEP THEM GOING (& AWAKE!)

Two New 5 Week Foundation Bridge Courses

STARTING THIS MONTH!

  BEGINNERS DAYTIME CARD PLAY COURSE 

MONDAY 7th MARCH

from 1.15pm to 3.45pm

  BEGINNERS EVENING CARD PLAY COURSE 

WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH

from 7.30pm to 10pm

 

These two 5 week Beginners Courses are ideal for any beginner

and cover the basics of Bridge Card Play 

Lesson 1: Introduction to Bridge & Making Tricks

Lesson 2: Playing in No Trumps

Lesson 3: Playing in Trumps

Lesson 4: Playing in Defence

Lesson 5: Rules & Scoring of Bridge

 

 BIDDING & BIDDING REVISION COURSE

THURSDAY 7th  JANUARY

from  7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Ideal for any player, new or old, who has grasped the basics of card play and now wants to learn how to bid or to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Course, with David Debbage, covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

 Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids and Responses

Lesson 2: Responses and Rebidding in No Trumps and Suits

Lesson 3: Other Opening Bids and Responses                   

Lesson 4: Overcalls and Doubles                 

Lesson 5: Slam Bidding and System Notes  

 To enrol for either of these courses or for further information

contact Jeff or Dave at the Club 

on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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Now's your chance ladies!

"You have to kiss a lot of frogs........."!!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

TODAY!! 

SUNDAY 13th MARCH 2016

1.45 for 2pm start

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY

SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

Each team of four will play 

2 sessions of 5 boards

with each of their team members

 ....so 30 boards in all.

(Suitable for both Intermediate & Experienced players)

SANDWICHES AND SCONES AT HALF TIME

1st Prize (Expert)  £200

2nd Prize (Expert) £100

3rd Prize (Expert) £50

1st Prize (Non-Expert) £90

2nd Prize (Non-Expert) £60

£10 per player

Bottle Raffle proceeds and any additional monies to be donated to

The British Heart Foundation

(Please donate a bottle for the Charity Raffle!)

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Enter your team on the Board in Club Reception

or contact Jeff at Manchester Bridge Club on 0161 445 3712

A New 5 Week Foundation Bridge Bidding Course Starts tonight!

WEDNESDAY 10th FEBRUARY

from 7.30pm to about 10pm

 BIDDING & BIDDING REFRESHER COURSE

Ideal for any player, new or old, who has grasped the basics of card play and now wants to learn how to bid or to refresh & update their bidding techniques.

This 5 week Course, with David Debbage, covers all aspects of Basic Bidding.

Course Fee £50

Lesson 1: Basic Opening Bids & Responses

Lesson 2: Responses & Re-Bidding in No Trumps & Suits

Lesson 3: Other Opening Bids & Responses

 

Lesson 4: Overcalls & Doubles

Lesson 5: Slam Bidding & System Notes

 There's still time to enrol for this course ...

or for further information

please contact Dave at the Club asap 

on 0161 445 3712

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

WHAT'S YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?

PLAY BETTER BRIDGE

OR LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE?

...now's your chance!

STARTING TONIGHT!

A BEGINNERS BRIDGE

CARD PLAY COURSE 

WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH

from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

This is a 5 week Foundation Card Play Course with David Debbage, suitable for any beginner, which can be followed on with the 5 week Bridge Bidding Foundation Course. 

Cost per 5 week course £50

Lesson 1: Introduction to Bridge & Making Tricks

Lesson 2: Playing in No Trumps

Lesson 3: Playing in Trumps

Lesson 4: Playing in Defence

Lesson 5: Rules & Scoring of Bridge

 To enrol for this course or for further information

please contact Jeff or Dave at the Club 

on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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RESULTS

Regional Pairs Success

John Holland and Tony Coley finished second in the Northern Pairs at Bradford and qualify for the National Pairs Final next month in April along with Gary Hyett who played with Dan Crofts in Solihull.
MERTON CANTOR
MERTON CANTOR

It is with great sadness that I inform members of the death, on Thursday 18th February, of Merton Cantor. He had a long and enjoyable relationship with all at the Bridge Club and was an invaluasble member of the Committee. His daughter Jill has informed me that his funeral will be at Manchester Crematorium on 2nd of March, at 2.55. At his request, black attire is not required, nor flowers.  It will be an informal affair and Jill will be inviting anybody who wants to, to talk, in celebration of his life.  There is also an invitation to continue the celebration at his flat in Arcon Drive afterwards.

Jeff Morris

"LAST CHANCE to support our effort for the life limited children at Francis House Hospice. Please click on the link below and donate what you can - Thankyou"

https://www.justgiving.com/24-hour-bridgathon  

MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY BRIDGE CLUB

needs YOU  to please support their

24 HOUR BRIDGE MARATHON here at MBC!

which ended at 12 noon on Sunday 13th March

in aid of