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What Would You Bid

June Solutions

We have now completed the penultimate round of this ten-month competition, and it is heating up for the last round. In this month - a set that both panelists and competitors found difficult - Victor Ridding came out on top with 35 points, followed by Joyce Jones on 32 and Mary Green on 31.

For the overall title of “Bidder of The Club” it is now getting closer than ever. Peter Foster and Victor Ridding are head-to-head in first place, each with 243 points, and they can’t be overtaken by any other competitor. Peter has a 30 point set that he can improve on and Victor a 33 pointer. The final scores will be very close!

Michael Byrne was the only panelist to achieve a perfect 40, followed by David Barton, Espen Lindqvist and Tom Slater with 34.

I will as usual give my more or less intelligent comments in italics. Click HERE for the solutions.

News Update

1) Congratulations

Well done to Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang who were in the winning (Swiss) team at the on-line Yorkshire Congress on June 13th

2)   News Update

Unfortunately, we have had the news that we can not re-open the Bridge Centre on Monday 21st June. It is not quite clear when we will be allowed to open but 19th July seems most likely now. This is a big disappointment to us as we are all missing social F2F bridge.
We will therefore be continuing to run on-line bridge as per the usual schedule

Mondays – 7.30pm – RealBridge

Tuesdays – 7.30pm – BBO

Fridays – 7.30pm – RealBridge

As there is no Manchester League after June 24th  we will announce a 'Thursday Special'  for early July, probably Teams/Imped based.

Regards Alec and Steve

June Newsletter

We hope that everyone is keeping well and that you are now getting out and about and enjoying time with family and friends.

The B&CHBC Committee met again last week to discuss our plans for return to face-to-face bridge.  We believe that real bridge is face-to-face bridge and, also taking on board feedback from members, we plan to run 3 or 4 duplicates each week at Bramhall Village Club together with one on-line duplicate each week.

Start date? We are still hoping for June 21st but of course will delay if there is change to the road map for complete unlocking. We will write with further details after June 14th


Alec and Steve


As you will know, we are planning for the return of face-to-face bridge at B&CHBC, as soon as it is legal and safe to do so – hopefully on June 21st.   We have quite a lot of members who have not played on-line, some keeping in touch to say how much they have missed bridge, and we look forward to seeing all our members again soon. Our committee is meeting next weekend: if you have any comments for them, please let me have them.

Our on-line members have participated and enjoyed success in many local and national competitions from the MCBA and EBU leagues and competitions, Garden Cities, NICKO, events organised by other counties – no travelling involved: both on BBO and RealBridge.

Several of you participated in the MCBA charity duplicates including April 28th, raising £900 for Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of Lesley Johnson.

What Would You Bid Competition. This 10-month bidding challenge is nearing completion. Thanks are due to our expert panel for their bids and discussion – we are fortunate to have them as members, our competitors and especially to Espen for his tireless running of the competition.

Not wishing to be EBU members, Tuesday morning Easy Bridge at Bramhall Village Club is no longer part of B&CHBC.  This very successful session for non-experts and improvers is now being run independently by Julia and Steve (J.U.S.T. Bridge), who also have an exciting bridge holiday planned for October in Llangollen. All the details may be found on

Our activities are made possible thanks to the contributions of our committee, all our TDs – especially Victor who organises all the on-line developments, and webmaster.  But more help will be appreciated when we return to F2F:  for example, for dealing boards, scoring, teaching and supervised play, and other ‘jobs’ in the club.  Please let me know if you would like to be involved in the running of the centre.


Alec and Steve


Our teams in the NICKO continue to do well.  The teams of Neil Thomas and Pete Foster are through to the 4th round of the main competition and the teams of  Ken Hall, Ann Thornton and Espen Gisvold are progressing well in the Plate. Well done to all of them, as we follow their progress

Garden Cities

The B&CHBC team that won the county's Gazette Trophy in February, won the Northern heat of the EBU's inter-club teams of eight competition on 8th May. Congratulations to all the team: they now play in the Garden Cities National final in June. Detailed results are on the EBU website: HERE

What Would You Bid
The new set of problems in our 10 month What Would You Bid competition is now ready. You can either find them in the menu at the left or by following this link: HERE
The deadline for solutions is 15th May. Good luck and enjoy
Espen Gisvold
Competition Editor
Online Duplicates

Online Bridge - We plan to continuing with online bridge for members, with the club paying UMS to the EBU, and the hosting fees. Visitors are welcome to play, and if they plan to visit again they will be asked to pay a one-off fee of £20 for on-line membership of the club.

RealBridge - Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. You do not need to register, just click on the appropriate link in the "Login RealBridge" on the right of our home page.

BBO - Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Remember you only have to register once and then you are OK for any Tuesday. 

Results - The results are all on this website together with the ‘leader boards’ to be found under Competitions in the Menu.

TD's - Our TDs are all volunteers: Espen, Victor, Mary, Alec, Paul & Steve


B&CHBC has now been running on-line bridge since August 2020 for the benefit of our members to include some new on-line members who we have been pleased to welcome to the centre.

We have not been charging players but have been paying UMS to the EBU each time we play and since November fees to RealBridge. Now, following recent experience on BBO, we are changing to a vEBU BBO arrangement for Tuesdays whereby the centre – not the players - will be paying $BBO each time we play: this is managed via the EBU.

So, the time has come after 5 months of free bridge that we will begin charging players.  We will be contacting all of you who play in our on-line duplicates to ask you for £10 which will cover all your games throughout February, March and April (39 duplicates).

Visitors are always welcome .and after one visit they will be invited to join the centre for on-line membership - £10 to end of August 2021 plus £10 for all games Feb-April. 

Welcome Message

Welcome to Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre. We are based at Bramhall Village Club and online. We look forward to your support of our on-line duplicates in the coming weeks and to seeing you for face-to-face bridge before too long.

The interim committee is Julia Bannister, David Barton, Barbara Lewis, Steve Mattinson, David McNeillie, Anne Thornton, Ross Worthington and myself - thanks for all the contributions.

There is also another side to a modern bridge club - all the technology required to run, score and upload online duplicates and administer the website. I wish to thank all the contributions from the "Tec Group" of Espen Gisvold, Victor Ridding, Mary Green, Richard Sinton, Anne Whitehead and myself. Also on a personal note Adam Wiseberg for his invaluable contributions.

Regards Alec Smalley - Chair & Steve Mattinson - Vice Chair

BBO Registration Form

To be able to play in our BBO on-line club events you have to register once here. 

There is no need to register here for our Monday Evening RealBridge Events

Visitors are welcome both nights, but after 2 visits will be expected to pay a £20 on-line membership fee.

Weekly Online Schedule
   Monday MP Pairs 7:30pm RealBridge Alec, Victor, Espen, Steve
   Tuesday MP Pairs 7:30pm BBO Alec, Victor, Espen
   Friday MP Pairs 7:30pm Mary, Paul
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If you have not used RealBridge before, please read this information
25th June 2021
Friday Pairs
RealBridge 7:30
Director: Mary
28th June 2021
Monday Pairs
RealBridge 7:30pm
Director: Steve
29th June 2021
Tuesday Pairs
BBO 7:30pm
Director: Alec
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Alec
Scorer: Alec Smalley
Monday Pairs
Director: Espen
Friday Pairs
Director: Paul