Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre
Welcome Message

Welcome to Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre.

We are based at Bramhall Village Club and online. We look forward to seeing you in our on-line duplicates as well as face-to-face at our centre.

Alec Smalley - Chair & Steve Mattinson - Vice Chair

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Michael Byrne was on

the team that won 

The Crockfords Cup final

that took place 23.10-26.10.

For more info:

Friday night October 7th

We will not be having a bridge game this Friday evening October 7th: the club will be closed.

But, we will back as usual on Friday October 14th and hope to replicate the 4 and 5 tables we have seen recently.

This is a sociable evening with a good bridge game: regulars and newcomers all welcome.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs


Congratulations to our chairman, Alec Smalley, and to member, Michael Byrne, on their triumph in the Great Northern Swiss Pairs competition held in Yorkshire over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October. They amassed 155 Victory Points losing only 4 matches out of 12, to win by 2VPs in a strong field of 36 pairs.

Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme

Bridge Centre

Wednesday October 12th: 7.30pm


This is an opportunity for improvers/ intermediate players to play with experienced/expert players.

Come on your own and spend a fun evening with a new partner.

Tea/coffee or a glass of wine will be available from 7pm, to be followed by a duplicate.

(nb results will be uploaded to the centre and EBU, with master points but no NGS)



The National Inter-Club Knock Out Competition (NICKO) is due to start again soon for 2022-2023.  If you wish to represent B & CH BC by entering a team, please contact Steve Mattinson on 07788 577535 or at  or by filling in an entry form by clicking 'ENTRY' below. The Centre again will pay the entry fees of £84.00 per team. The closing date for entries is 10th October, however, please leave enough time for the entry form to be submitted.


Please read the Conditions of Contest. Condition number 7 contains important information regarding the playing of matches online. If you are not prepared to play matches face to face, please do not enter.




Successful Improversí Seminar!

Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme

Bridge Centre

 Wednesday September 28th: 7.30pm


Improvers’ Seminar:

Strong Opening bids


Paul Beckwith will be giving a short talk on how to bid big hands.

This will be followed by play of 10-12 prepared hands that focus on the topic.

Supervision will be available during the play

Members and visitors all welcome.

£2.50 table money: tea and coffee provided

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

News letter

Our New Autumn Schedule.  We are starting in a couple of weeks’ time with special events and competitions on Wednesday evenings – see schedule for the rest of 2022. These will cater for all our members to include Thursday afternoon improvers, intermediates and experts. Starting with a seminar from Paul Beckwith on "Strong Opening Hands" for intermediates/improvers.

Thursday Afternoon is proving popular with improving players: a short duplicate followed by discussion and review.  This is open to members and visitors – all welcome.

Teams The league/cup and other match season is upon us. The club facilities are available most evenings – please contact us for more information if you would like to play your F2F matches at Bramhall. £2.50 for each home team member, £5 per home team visitor - away team are guests (free).

Friday Pairs is growing in popularity (5 tables last Friday) and we are running it as match pointed pairs – rather than teams’ scoring - as numbers increase. We have a host each week, so you may come on your own and be assured of a game, and we look forward to welcoming new players – especially improvers.  It’s always an enjoyable and sociable evening.

New EBU Announcing/Alerting Directives – sad - link is ALERT

Membership.  Almost all our members have now renewed, and we look forward to seeing you at Bramhall/on RealBridge during the year.

Thank You - Once again, thanks are due to our committee, volunteers and Thursday afternoon team all of whom contribute their time for the benefit of players and in making the centre a success.


Alec and Steve

Autumn 2022 : Special Events and Competitions Schedule

Sept 28th           Improvers’ Seminar – Paul Beckwith - "Bidding Big Hands"

Oct 12th           Pro-Am: for Improvers/Intermediates to play with Experienced/Expert players

Oct 26th          Play with an Expert

Nov 9th           Improvers’ Seminar – Victor Ridding

Nov 23rd         Teams of 4 Competition

Dec 7th              Intermediate /Advanced Seminar – Alec Smalley

Dec 14th         Individual Competition – Xmas Party



Full details of each event nearer the time

August Promotions

Congratulations to our members who had a promotion in August

Premier National Master:  Peter Grauer

National Master: Stephen Ward

7 Star Regional Master: Sylvia Massey

Conditions of Contest


A new document - Conditions of Contest - was agreed at the committee meeting 16th August 2022. The document can be found under the 'Document' Tab to the left or by following this LINK   

EBU's "BEST BEHAVIOUR AT BRIDGE" has also been uploaded to our 'Documents' section and can be found following this LINK



New Announcing & Alerting Rules

EBU has revised the announcing and alerting rules. They can be found HERE or by looking them up under the 'Documents' tab on the left



28th European Youth Team Championships - Veldhoven, Netherlands • 19 - 26 July 2022


Englands U21 team with Michael Byrne as non playing captain qualified for the Worls Championship - We wish the the best of luck!



Congratulations to the Cheadle Hulme A team who won the much delayed final of the 2020 NICKO at Coventry against a Young Chelsea team on 1st August.

The team was Michael Byrne, David Barton, Gary Hyett and John Holland with Raymond Semp and the late Michael Newman in earlier rounds.  They won five of the six sets to win by over 40 IMPs and were never behind in the match.  They had previously beaten teams from Chester, Basingstoke and Cheltenham and a strong Cambridge team in the semi-finals.  This was the first win in this competition for David, a second for Michael and Gary and a third for John.

Oliver Cowan Summer Congress

Tom Slater and Alec Smalley played in the Oliver Cowan Summer Congress - July 9th and 10th - in Leeds - their first ever pairs competition! (pre-Covid they only played together in teams' events). They came 5th in the MP Pairs and won the Swiss Pairs  - the field included a number of expert players from out of town. Congratulations! 

Higson Cup

Steve Tearle, Ross Worthington, Steve Mattinson, Julia Bannister (C), Rob Harris, Joyce White, Mike Parr

Congratulations to The Sandbaggers, a team of Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre members, who recently won the Higson Cup. The final was held at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 19th June. In the early rounds, the Sandbaggers defeated The Four Dummies and Agamemnon to reach the seven teams' final and triumphed by a mere 3.08 Victory Points. The team is captained by Julia Bannister who partnered Ross Worthington with Steve Mattinson & Rob Harris. Steve Tearle, Mike Parr and Joyce White were in the team for earlier rounds but were unable to play in the final.


Thursday afternoon - Supervised Duplicate


Our first session on June 9th was attended by 25 players, both members and visitors, and included a short session of hand review after play.  We have had positive feedback and plan to run this every week with organisation and supervision provided by a group of the centre's experienced players

Supervised Duplicate

Supervised Duplicate for Improving Players



We are pleased to announce our new Thursday afternoon bridge sessions: Supervised Duplicate for Improving Players.

The afternoon will include a short duplicate (about 2 hours), with duplimated boards, with advice available for bidding and play, from experienced players, followed by a review and discussion of some of the hands.

We have a team of experienced players who are contributing to the sessions and they look forward to running the afternoons, and providing advice and discussion.

We are starting on Thursday June 9th: 2.00-4.30pm. Table money £2.50 to include tea/coffee.

We hope that a number of our members will take advantage of these afternoons: please come with a partner or on your own. The sessions will be open to both members and visitors – if you have friends who might be interested.


Alec & Steve

EBU Northern Easter Bridge Festival

Congratulations to Alec Smalley who won both the Swiss Pairs, with Barbara Lewis; and the teams with Tom Slater, Jeff Smith and Rhona Goldenfield


News Letter

The centre has been busy in recent months with both F2F bridge and on-line, and members playing in county, national and international events.  

Members are doing well in the MCBA leagues and the NICKO and were well represented in the recent Green Pointed Pairs. There are still places available in the Ben Franks that is being held at Bramhall on April 10th and promises to be an excellent day’s bridge.

We are presently watching with great interest and excitement the World Bridge Championships in Italy with club and Manchester based players in the England teams.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne on reaching the quarter finals  - but commiserations on narrowly losing the 96 board match against one of the pre-tournament favourites.  We are now supporting the English Ladies and Norway Open teams in the semi-finals.

Easter Opening

There will be no bridge on Good Friday April 15th but we will be running duplicates as usual on Easter Monday April 18th – F2F at Bramhall in the afternoon and RealBridge on Monday evening, and F2F at Bramhall on Tuesday April 19th.

Moving Forward

The centre’s committee met on March 29th to review recent months and to plan for the future.

We are continuing with 3 F2F duplicates in the club and Monday evening RealBridge. Table money for all sessions is £2.50 for members: for RealBridge we will collect in June for the weeks in April, May and June.

We are planning some new activities to take place at Bramhall, primarily on Thursdays - afternoon and evening. 

Before Covid, we ran some special events on Thursday evening such as teams and club competitions and plan to re-start these events after the league season has ended. We will also start a regular F2F session of supervised play that will include an introductory talk and/or review of hands after play, this is aimed at improvers and will be on Thursday afternoon.

Further, we are looking to introduce some teaching for beginners as soon as it can be arranged.

We are pleased to see so many of you who have returned to F2F bridge and hope that more of you will venture into the centre during the spring and summer.

Thanks as always to our hard-working committee and members who contribute to the successful running of the Centre.


Alec and Steve

Michael "Houdini"† Byrne

Michael "Houdini"  Byrne

England was knocked out in the quarter finals of Bermuda Bowls. Even so, they produced a lot of great bridge, and the first set of 16 boards is a list they, as David Bird said, should frame. The most spectacular hand was this one:

Dealer: East
Game all
                   ♠ 109
                   ♣ J1053
West                                        East
♠ AQ765                                 ♠ J4
 Q9                                       A10743
 K82                                      943
♣ A87                                     ♣ Q42
                    ♠ K832
                    ♣ K96
West       North               East       South
Dyke       Zimmermann   Byrne      Piedra
                                     pass        1♣ 
1♠          pass               1N            pass
3N(!)       all pass
The fist two bids are text book. Michael’s 1N is within the realm of reality, but Dyke’s 3N is taking us into Alec in Wonderland. When you bid as if you have stolen the pack, you need to play really well.  The commentators said that perhaps Kieran knew how good a declarer his partner was which was why he stretched to this contract.  But many would not have found a bid with Michael’s hand.  They really were bidding the spots off the cards. 
South led the 2 and dummy’s Queen won, North discarding the 8, and Houdini followed with the 4 from hand. There’s not an avalanche of top tricks for Michael, but both the Spade and the Heart suit can provide some tricks. At trick two Michael led a small Spade from dummy to his Jack, and South won with the King. South now continued with the Heart King and Houdini dropped the 10. Later when I praised Michael he said “It was fun. I knew he was going to fall for it”.
South now had been painted the picture of Michael having  A104 and Zimmerman having  8763, so he continued with the Heart Jack - all Houdini needed! Michael won in hand, cashed his remaining Hearts and led a Diamond towards dummy’s King. South ducked and the King won. Ace, Queen and another Spade endplayed South to play away from K9. Houdini ending up with 9 tricks and 600. No other pair had been close to bidding game!
I won’t advocate their bidding, but Michaels play was stunning! Thanks for all you gave us! 
In the replay the Swiss played in 1♠  for 6 tricks!
Espen Gisvold

Congrats to the teams of Michael Byrne & Neil Thomas which are through to the 4th round of the 2021-2022 NICKO competition

Club Champions

EBU has just released their report of Club Champions (based on Master Points won) and our club champion was Howard Stubbings with 1344 Master Points in 2021. Congratulations! Full report HERE


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 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.

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

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Weekly Schedule
   Monday afternoon 1:30pm F2F David, Steve
   Monday evening 7:30pm RB varies
   Tuesday MP Pairs 7:30pm F2F
David, Steve, Mary, Alec
   Friday MP Pairs 7:30pm F2F Alec, Mary
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6th October 2022
Thursday Afternoon Supervised Play
Upstairs at Bramhall Village Club 2.00pm
Dealer: SHM
7th October 2022
Friday MP Pairs
F2F 7:30pm
Director: David, Alec
Scorer: Mary
10th October 2022
Monday Afternoon Pairs
F2F 1:30pm
Director: David
10th October 2022
Monday Evening Pairs
RB 7:30pm
Director: Alec
11th October 2022
Tuesday MP Pairs
F2F 7:30pm
Director: David
Tuesday MP Pairs
Director: SM
Scorer: SM
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Director: VR
Scorer: VR
Monday Evening Pairs
Director: Victor
Friday MP Pairs
Director: VR
Scorer: MG
Thursday Afternoon Supervised Play
Director: VR
Scorer: MG
Dealer: SHM