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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Swiss Pairs Place


Due to cancelations there is one place (pair) available for the Swiss Pairs on Saturday 5th March - 11am - 6.30pm (approx) - please phone 07768318661 for more details or to reserve it.

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Michael Byrne's Seminar



Michaels Byrne's seminar on Tuesday October 5th at 10.30am at Bramhall will be on 'Breaking the Rules on Opening Leads'...with Michael's home made refreshments. For details contact Michael on

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Mixed Teams

♠  Center's Mixed Teams ♣


The centre's Mixed Teams event was contested by 10 teams with exciting final rounds involving Steve Mattinson's, Mary Green's & Joy Blakeys teams.  The eventual winners were team Blakey - Joy and Irving Blakey, Irene Davies and Bob Cooke:  congratulations to them. 


Thanks to all those who played, to Ken Johnston the TD and Victor Ridding the Scorer.

Results can be found by clicking the Diamond below.


Happy Christmas

Christmas and New Year Bridge  

We will not be running duplicates on December 25th and January 1st but will have our usual games on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th.

On January 2nd and 3rd MCBA is running the annual, very successful, Manchester Congress on RealBridge: pairs on Saturday, teams on Sunday and Non-Expert events on both days. We hope that many of our members will be playing, if you have not been before, then we’re sure you will enjoy this weekend Congress. Details are on: Manchester Events


Sim Pairs

Junior Squad Sim Pairs 2022


Tuesday, Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre, 8th February 2022 @ 7:30pm

Fee: £5.00 per player 

For more info visit EBU

Gazette Cup

MCBA are holding the Gazette Cup, the inter-club teams of 8 competition, on Sunday February 6th. The winners will represent the county in the Garden Cities trophy.

The event will take place on-line on RealBridge: time will be approx 11.00am to 6.00pm. B&CHBC are planning to enter 3 teams. If you would like to be considered for one of our teams please e-mail Alec at

Christmas Bridge

A bridgetastic Christmas and a duplicitous New Year to everyone.

Bridge over the festive period will be just about as usual with only the Friday evening duplicates of 24th and 31st falling foul.

Friday 17th - 7.30pm - Light refreshments and drinks at the Centre

Monday 20th - 1.30pm - Mince Pies & Drinks with the duplicate in the Centre

                      - 7.30pm - RealBridge - BYO drinks

Tuesday 21st - 7.30pm - Mince Pies & Drinks with the duplicate in the Centre

Monday 27th - 1.30pm - Bring your leftover nibbles to the duplicate

                       - 7.30pm - RealBridge

Tuesday 28th - 7.30pm - Bring your leftover nibbles to the duplicate

Monday 3rd January - Schedule as per usual on the centre's website 

Regards Alec, Steve, David, Barbara, Mary, Victor, Paul, Espen and the team



The time has come for an overdue AGM for the merged club. It will take place at BVC on Tuesday 2nd November at 6.30pm prior to the evening's duplicate. Below are the Agenda - reports - and nominations form for the meeting.


1 Chair’s Report - AGM Nov 2nd 2021 Chairs Report.pdf

2 Treasurer’s Report - Treasurers Report

3 Election of Officers:  Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Tournament Director. Form for Nominations click HERE . Nominations should be proposed and seconded no later than Tuesday October 26th.

4 Election of other Committee Members

5 Moving forward - plans for the coming months

6 Any other business

Regards Alec

News Letter August 2021

It is now a year since the bridge clubs’ merger’: Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre was launched on August 4th 2020 with our first on-line duplicate.  During the last year, we have provided games on BBO and RealBridge and since July 19th face-to-face at Bramhall.

We have been running a 6 week trial schedule of BBO, RB and F2F since July 19th and plan to continue this.  On-line bridge is here to stay but we hope that players will return to F2F duplicates when they feel is it right for them. We are charging all players £10 ‘table money’ for all games in the next 9 week period to the end of October: Monday afternoon F2F, Monday evening RB, Tuesday evening F2F, Thursday evening BBO and Friday evening F2F.

Former members from Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme paid no membership subscription for the year September 2020 to August 2021 and new members paid a small on-line subscription to run to August 31st 2021.  It is now time to ask all players, on-line and face-to-face, for your membership subscription of £24, due September 1st for the year to August 31st 2022.

We will be pleased to receive £24 for membership. If you are planning to play in September and October you can pay £34 for the table fees for this period.

We also need to collect member details for Bramhall Village Club (and ourselves as the merged membership database is outdated), of which the bridge centre is a part, and please note that your membership may be Gift Aided. Please click HERE to fill in your details

Please pay £24 by BACs transfer – preferred, or by cheque - £34 if you wish to include unlimited play table money until October 31st


The BACs details are


Business Name: Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre (truncated to ‘Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bri’)

Sort code:    01-01-14

Account no:   15236943

Please reference with:   Your Name


If you wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre and send to David McNeillie, 3 Bowness Avenue, Cheadle Hume SK8 7HS.

We look forward to your continued support of B&CHBC 

Regards Alec and Steve

County AGM

The link to the AGM is AGM

Meeting ID: 827 8592 8447
Passcode: 783618

Diary Dates

Saturday April 24th at 1.15pm  MCBA Intermediate Swiss Pairs for players with NGS Jack or below and less than Regional Master. 

Details at

Wednesday April 28th 10.30 am  MCBA charity duplicate in memory of Lesley Johnson: raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

 Details at

What Would You Bid

December Solutions

In what seemed to be an easy set for the experts, as many as 6 of them had a perfect 40, our competitors struggled, and for the first time not a single perfect score. Peter Foster did best with 37, followed by Barbara Lewis and Adam Wiseberg on 36. Over the 3 months to date, Peter Foster is in the lead with an impressive 115 out of 120 followed by Victor Ridding on 104 and Ian Pendlebury on 98.

Even though the experts did not find many options for each problem, the competitors seemed to have more imagination. There are many subtleties and a lot to learn from the panelists’ reasoning. I hope you will find this solutions’ page an interesting and entertaining read over the Christmas period, in between good food and with whatever company you have. 

I'd like to thank all the panelists and the competitors for their time and effort in 2020 and hope that 2021 will be a lot better for all of us than 2020 turned out to be for many of us. 

From the Competition Editor, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

The full set of solutions are here: December 2020 - Solutions

Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor

Schedule for September and October





The board had a meeting this week and have decided to continue the current schedule for another 9 weeks. The board will write to all members in the coming days


Return of Face to Face Bridge

Face to Face Bridge

The first session of Face to Face bridge, not only in our new club in our new venue, but the first Face to Face bridge session organised by any club in the county was successfully arranged today by Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre. The winners of the session were Steve Mattinson & Howard Stubbings. The full results can be seen HERE



Congratulations to the team of Royce Alexander, John Currie, Peter Foster and John Roberts on their 5th round win in the National Inter-Club Knock Out Competition to reach the last eight. A splendid result. We wish them all the best for the quarter finals.

Congratulations also to Ann Thornton, Pauline Lang, Gil Fletcher and Richard Acaster on their 4th round win in the National Inter-Club Knock Out Plate Competition to reach the last eight. They are in the quarter finals and we wish them well!

Jersey Senior Pairs

Congratulations to our member, Joyce White who, with Babs Matthews from Cumbria, won the Jersey Seniors’ Pairs on Saturday 30th April. Results can be seen HERE

February 2021 - Solutions
February Solutions
We are now at the half-way point in our What Would You Bid competition and it is tightening in the race for the coveted title of “Best Bidder North and South of Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre” as well as the first prize of one year’s membership.
This month, Mel Pelham was the only competitor who managed to get the perfect 40.  He had Dhun Daji on (37) and Adam Wiseberg (35) breathing down his neck.
At the half-way point, Peter Foster is still in pole position with 182, followed by Victor Ridding on 174 and Adam Wiseberg on 161. This is lining up to be a close race and if Mel keeps up his good efforts he might be the dark horse coming up from behind.
Of the Panelists, Michael Byrne and Raymond Semp managed to get the perfect 40. Once again, one of our panelists got the TD to the table.
As usual, I will give my more or less intelligent comments on the panelists’ explanations in italics.
Enjoy the experts’ answers and get ready for next month’s problems. If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen
The Full Results can be found in the Menue to the Left and by following this link HERE 
What Would You Bid
January Solutions
January’s problems seem to have been the most problematic yet, if the division amongst the experts is a measure of the set’s complexity.
Only one panelist got the perfect 40 this Month - Joy Blakey. None of the competitors managed that feast this time, but Valerie Morgan and Mel Pelham got close with 38 followed by Victor Ridding on 35.
In the overall competition, Peter Foster is still in the lead with an impressive 149 out of 160! Peter still has to look over his shoulder as he is being chased by Victor Ridding (139) and Ian Pendlebury on 129.
To see the solutions click HERE
Enjoy the experts’ answers and get ready for next month’s problems. If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen

Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor



What Would You Bid

What Would You Bid?

Solutions for Octobers problems are now available here: October 2020 Solutions

Don't forget to send your answers to Novembers set of problems: November 2020 Problems

Children In Need


Together, we can … that’s the message from Children in Need once again this year

Together we can … help raise funds to change young lives. 
And last year we all came together, playing online, and raised an incredible £59,045 which given the circumstances was way beyond anything we dared hope for.

And now – maybe some of us will be back playing face to face, others won’t. But we really hope that you will be playing in some fashion and will join us once again to raise funds for this wonderful Charity.

Monday 8th November on RealBridge @ 7:30pm and Tuesday 9th of November Face to Face at the Bridge Centre @ 7:30pm, we will play in support of Children in Need. 


To read up on what they do, follow this link:


We ask for a minimum donation of £5 ALL of which will go to  Children in Need.

To make your donation follow the instructions HERE. Please use the reference: B&CHBC.


The events will be both MP'ed and NGS'ed and B&CHBC will pay RealBridge charges and the ECATS entry fees. 


We hope to see many of you at either or both events!


Bridge from July 19th

Please see new weekly schedule on the right and arrangements for face to face bridge in the menu to the left.

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.

Web Site
Web Site
Novembers Promotions

The following members were promoted in November:

National Master:  Roger Hopton

Master:  Espen Gisvold

Area Master:  Carol Straffon



News Update

We started our return to face-to-face bridge on July 19th with a 6 week ‘trial’ schedule.  We are now half-way through this period, and all is going well. We have had more than 50 members at the F2F sessions, including several who had not played bridge for 16 months! Players have been pleased to meet up and see friends. For the Friday session we have been running teams but will return to duplicates when a few more players venture out – this is always a very sociable evening with a glass of wine as well.

We have also continued on-line games with RealBridge on Monday evenings and BBO on Thursday evenings.  RB remains very popular, but we are disappointed with drop off in attendance at BBO – no doubt affected by holidays, golf, visiting family and other activities: if you play on-line on Thursday evening then please support the centre.

Seminars. Michael Byrne has run 3 very successful Intermediate Seminars F2F, in the centre, and he will return in the autumn: Michael is now in Eastbourne for the EBU Summer Congress and will then play in the European Championships.  The centre plans to be running seminars and special events later in the year – to follow up on activities that we started in the run up to the merger - before Covid.

MCBA ran a successful F2F Teams competition at Bramhall on August 1st: the majority of the players were B&CHBC members and they dominated in the prizes. A most enjoyable, competitive and social event.

On-line success in the NICKO:  Ann Thornton’s team (Pauline Lang, Gil Fletcher and Richard Acaster) have reached the last 8 of the NICKO Plate; joining Pete Foster (John Roberts, John Currie and Royce Alexander) who are in the last 8 of the main NICKO.  Our best wishes are with them for the next round.

What Would you Bid Competition. Huge, huge thanks to Espen for running this every month for 10 months; to the expert panel for their analyses; to all the competitors; and to the winners – Pete Foster followed by Victor Ridding.  This has been very successful and will start again in October – 5 or 6 sets of problems over a year…if you didn’t join in this year then please do so…it’s fun and ‘educational’ for those wishing to improve their bidding.

EBU Summer Meeting – Eastbourne. A few of our members are in Eastbourne for the summer congress and others plan to play in the events on-line, including in some hybrid sessions. All the details may be found on 

Friday August 20th: please note there is no F2F bridge in the evening as the BBC are filming a drama at BVC - using all the rooms and facilities.


Alec and Steve

MCBA Green Pointed Swiss Teams


Congratulations to our club members Rhona Goldenfield, Raymond Semp, Irving & Joy Blakey - Winners of the counties Green Pointed Swiss Teams - the first Face to Face competition arranged by the County since the start of the pandemic 16 months ago! All the results can be found HERE

The competition was held at Bramhall Village Club on August 1st

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

Important Information
Important Information
Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

MCBA are holding a Green Point Swiss pairs, at Bramhall Village Club on Saturday March 5th. This is a great opportunity to play face-to-face in a county competition.  The event is limited to 12 tables which are filling up rapidly.  Details and entry form may be found at Enter Here



Over To You



Thanks for all the subscriptions. We have now managed to update our membership database. If you want to check the information or at any point need to change it or your preferences, this can be done under the “Membership” tab on the menu to the left on our website.

It is your data and we hope we have managed to get all your preferences right. And as we live in different times, we excpect woman to do their duty too! If you need a helping hand regarding how to get access to the Membership Area this Video might be of help: HERE

Espen Gisvold

Diary Dates

The next couple of weeks promises to be busy:

♠ ♥ ♦ ♣  Monday July 19th at 1.30pm: launch of face-to-face bridge at B&CHBC at Bramhall Village Club - our long awaited opening following the merger of Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Clubs. Details will be sent this week in an extended e-mail newsletter. ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ 

Sunday August 1st: MCBA's Swiss Teams is being held face-to-face at Bramhall Village Club.  Details and entry form may be found at GREEN TEAMS  This is limited to 16 tables and is filling up: so please consider supporting this event - if you are a pair looking for team-mates then please let me know.

Thursday July 15th at 7pm on ZOOM: AGM of MCBA.The Zoom link is AGM Please come along to see what your county bridge association does for you and how you might contribute. If you wish to read the reports before the meeting ask me and I will forward them.



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

What Would You Bid ?

Decembers’ Solution


This month we received only 11 sets of bids from our members.  After a long and deep think we have decided it is time to wind up this competition and say:


To all the participants who have taken part and sent in their bids, and to all the panelists -who we thank for their time spent and willingness to share their expertise.

When we, some 18 months ago, started What Would You Bid, we had four objectives:-

We wanted to create an activity in the midst of a pandemic that could help us mould two established bridge clubs together into the new club with a common community.

We wanted to provide our members with an activity that could help ease some of the burden and boredom inflicted upon us by the pandemic

We wanted to offer our members ‘food for thought’ that could help in improving their bidding.

We wanted to have some light hearted fun!

I can only hope that What Would You Bid has managed to achieve some of these objectives!

The winner of the last set of our competition is Barbara Lewis with a score of 53 followed by Gavin Callow on 51 and Joyce Jones on 49. None of the panelists managed a perfect 60, but Victor Ridding came close with a score of 59!

The full solutions can be found HERE


Thank you everyone who has paid their membership subscription (161 of you). We appreciate your support of B&CHBC and look forward to seeing you at Bramhall and on-line throughout the year. You can still register HERE

What Would You Bid

July Solutions

We have now completed our 10 Month “What Would You Bid” competition. I hope that you as competitors have enjoyed taking part, and as a reader have enjoyed the panelists’ reasoning, and that everyone might have picked up a trick or two!


I would like to give a huge thank you to all the panelists for taking time to answer and share their expertise with us.


Also, special thanks to Alec Smalley and Michael Byrne - without them this would have been a horribly bad effort - they have kept me on the straight and narrow - a feat not achieved by many!


Also, a special thanks to Barbara Lewis - without her sub editing, it would have been hard work for you to get anything sensible out of what I put to paper.


The biggest thanks go to you, the competitors. Most of you have not only sent in answers, but also your reasoning. In the course of the competition, more than 70 members of the club have sent in answers.


This month’s problems, at least for the panelists, offered up few options, and all but one of the problems had a great majority bid in the panel. The competitors had much more imagination and on problem 4 managed to come up with no fewer than 10 different bids.


This month’s competition was won by Victor Ridding with a perfect 40, with a 3-way tie for 2nd place between Dhun Daji, Peter Foster and Mary Green on 39.


The winner of our overall competition is Peter Foster with 252 points from his 7 best results, followed in second place by Victor Ridding on 250. In third place we have Dhun Daji (241) and in fourth Mary Green (238). A small comfort for Victor might be that over the 10 results he managed to gather 348 points against Peter Foster’s 338. Congratulations to all of them.


Amongst the Panelists in July, we had a four-way tie on 40 - Rodney Lighton, Alan Jones, Raymond Semp and Alec Smalley.


The solutions can be found in the menu to the left or by clicking HERE. Enjoy a good summer!

Espen Gisvold




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

News Update

I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday season and have kept safe and well.

You will have been receiving e-mails about the MCBA Congress next weekend, January 8th and 9th : 2 session pairs and teams - also one session non-expert events on Saturday and Sunday, being run by Victor and myself. If you have not entered already then please do so.

Bridge at Bramhall. We are continuing with our current schedule:  RealBridge on Monday evening and face to face on Monday afternoon, and Tuesday and Friday evenings. Please note that we will have a host player ONLY on Fridays - feel free to come on your own. Otherwise if you need a partner, for F2F or on-line, then please use Partner Finder -via the website. 

The committee have decided that all sessions now will be 'pay as you play'. ie.£2.50 'table money.  For RealBridge we ask you to pay £2.50 for each duplictae that you play in: appropriate records wil be kept and we will be asking you to pay every 2-3 months - in arrears.

We  look forward to seeing you F2F and on-line




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. 


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

Gazette Cup

MCBA are holding the Gazette Cup, the inter-club teams of 8 competition, on Sunday February 6th. The winners will represent the county in the Garden Cities trophy.

The event will take place on-line on RealBridge: time will be approx 11.00am to 6.00pm. B&CHBC are planning to enter 3 teams. If you would like to be considered for one of our teams please e-mail Alec at



Julia Bannister and Steve Mattinson will be co-hosting this holiday





The venue is The Wild Pheasant Hotel – set in spectacularly beautiful countryside near to the River Dee, this traditional hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment. 

It has a modern wing with a state-of-the-art spa.

Let’s blow away the lockdown blues and have some fun together!

The full program and prises can be found HERE 


March Solutions


This month’s problems were honestly stolen from the book “Bid Against The Masters - The Best of Bidding Forum” by Terence Reese and Keith McNeil.

They seemed to create huge problems for many of the competitors, and it is clear that bidding theory has moved on in the 25-45 years since the problems were first set.

None of our competitors managed a perfect 40. Three managed to score 36 points - Geoff Ashcroft, Mary Green and Steven Mattinson.

Peter Foster is still in pole position with 212, followed by Victor Ridding on 207 and Dhun Daji on 191.

Of the Panelists, only Espen Lindqvist achieved the perfect 40, followed by Rodney Lighton and Alec Smalley with 39. 

As usual, I will give my more or less intelligent comments on the panelists’ explanations in italics.

In addition to my comments, some of the comments from the original editor and commentator might be added in to provide some historic spice.

If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen.

To see the solutions follow this link: March 2021


Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor


Manchester Congress


The MCBA Congress was held January 8th and 9th, on-line. The Pairs and Teams competitions attracted local, national and international players with a number of B&CHBC members doing well in the Pairs, notably Royce Alexander and Raymond Semp who were third, and Janet Tolan - who with Ros Hunt won the Ladies' Pairs. Graham Fletcher and Heather Saunders were leading the non-experts until the last board and finished a creditable 2nd.  An enjoyable weekend for all our members who participated.


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
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.

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the committee at the B&CHBC I would like to thank all our members for your support during the year. We were excited about opening up our new venue at Bramhall Village Club in the summer and have held 3 weekly face-to-face duplicates since July 19th and have welcomed more than half of our 180 members to these sessions. We have kept on-line bridge each week: RealBridge continues to attract a steady 8-10 tables on Mondays, but we discontinued BBO when the numbers dwindled.

We plan to keep our present schedule, including F2F on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th December - into the New Year, if the government permits it. Face to Face will continue to run within the allowed practices and guidelines.  However, if the club venue at Bramhall is shut down in the New Year by government regulation then we will plan to put on at least one further on-line duplicate each week or a series of specials.

With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and good health into the New Year and throughout 2022.

Regards Alec ♠   ♣ 

What Would You Bid ?

October’s Solution - Decembers Problems

Mama Mia, here we go again. As ABBA has re-emerged, I thought this could be a good way to kick off this season of What Would You Bid. You must know about the music scene in Scandinavia to realise how difficult it is for me to put ABBA’s name to paper! As a Hoola Bandoola Band fan, this is as hard as it is for a Man U fan to pour praise on Man C or vice versa!

This season, we post 6 problems every second month and we have a prize for the competitor achieving the highest score for each set.

We have lost two panelists, and Peter Foster who won last season’s competition and was invited to sit on the panel but declined, whilst Victor Ridding - the runner up - has taken his just seat on the Panel.

We have had solutions from all but two of our panelists. I’m sure we will all learn from their wisdom.

I define a good bidding problem as one that divides the panel into at least 3 groups of reasoning. That will provide us with a lot of food for thought. Only one problem came short this time around, as expected: opening bids will not often split more than two ways, but it was still a problem from which we can learn from the panelists’ reasoning.

No competitor, and only one panelist (Alan Mould), managed the perfect score of 60. This month’s winner, and the first winner of the equivalent of £10 worth of bridge, is Neil Thomas with 56 points, followed by Mel Pelham on 53 and Dhun Daji on 50. As the use of the scale from 10 to 0 is harsher than previously these are great scores.

The full answers can be seen HERE

What Would You Bid?
December 2021
Dealer: West
Love All
Problem 2
Dealer: West
Game All
Problem 3                                  
Dealer: East
Game All
♠ J32
♣ K96432
♠ A103
♣ J652
♠ 108
♣ K1076
1♣ (1)
dbl rdbl(2)
Pass(3) Pass 1 
(1) Best Minor
(2) 9+
(3) Not sub minimum
2 (1)
4 (2)
(1) Weak 2 in Major OR strong 2 in Minor
(2) Two suiter -  & Major

(1) Limit raise



Problem 4
Dealer: West
Love All
MP Pairs
Problem 5
Dealer: West
Love All
MP Pairs
Problem 6
Dealer: West
N/S Vulnerable
MP Pairs
♠ -
♣ Q84
♠ AJ92
♣ A53
♠ -
♣ AKQ742
1 NT (1)
2♠ (2)
(1) 12 - 14
(2) Natural & non forcing




1NT Pass 2(1)
Pass 3 (2) dbl 3 
(1) Hearts
(2) 4 Hearts - Game invitational




To send your answers go HERE


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



Minutes of the AGM can be found HERE

News From The Committee

News From The Committee


The B&CHBC committee met this week to discuss our plans for moving forward. We are continuing with our 3 face-to-face duplicates and RealBridge on Mondays, but have discontinued BBO due to lack of participation.  After the AGM, we will also be focusing on special events and teaching/supervised play.  New blood on the committee and for help in running the centre is always welcome - please contact Alec or Steve if you would like to be involved

We are moving to 'pay as you go'.  With effect from Monday November 1st, table money of £2.50 will be collected from players in the club - please try to have the exact money.

We plan to set up a micro-payment system for RealBridge to be operational in the New Year.

If you presently play on Realbridge we are charging  £10 for all your games during November and December. If you want to play once in this period and are a member it will be overlooked.

Please pay £10 for Realbridge  by BACs transfer – preferred, or by cheque.

The BACs details are

Business Name. Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre (truncated to ‘Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bri’)

Sort code    01-01-14  Account no   15236943

Please reference with   Your Name

If you wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre and send to David McNeillie, 3 Bowness Avenue, Cheadle Hume SK8 7HS.



What Would You Bid
What Would You Bid?

Following last year's success, we will continue our 'What Would You Bid?' bidding competition for our members. Each challenge, starting October 1st, will present you with 6 bidding problems. You will have 1 month to consider and return your solutions. The problems will be posted on this website and an e-mail will be sent showing the problems and a link to the page where you can send in your answers! After two months, the answers will be published together with the next set of problems.
Our Expert Panel - we are fortunate to have a large pool of expert talent in the club - will make their bids and the scores will be set in accordance with their answers. We will publish the reasoning for their bids and the scores, together with the next set of problems. 
The System used is Standard English Modern Acol - Look under 'Documents' to see the full system description. If any other systems are used, they will be explained in the problems. 
Most problems will not be of a Systemic nature, more a question of evaluation and judgment. It will be great to see the agreements and disagreements amongst the Experts together with their thoughts and comments.
For every set of problems the best competitor will win one period of free bridge in the club’s events. At present worth £10.  
You have to send in answers to 4 sets of problems to compete for an overall prize of a ‘voucher’ capped at  £25 for bridge books of the winner’s choice.
If you send in 5 answers, the 4 best months will count. The Terms of Competition are on the club website.
Good Luck
Espen Gisvold
Newsletter September 2021

F2F and On-Line    Those members who have returned to face-to-face bridge have enjoyed seeing friends for bridge, chat and coffee.…we look forward to welcoming others when you feel comfortable to do so.  Our numbers for RealBridge on Monday are continuing to be good, but not so many for BBO - if you haven’t played on Thursday BBO then please consider doing so. 

Membership   Nearly 150 of you have paid membership subscriptions, due September 1st for the year to August 2022 and filled in their membership form. A few more are still to do so. We have lost a few long- time members and will miss them, but already have attracted some new players to the centre.

Manchester League  This will be starting soon, running as ‘normal’ with one set of matches during October to April- with the default platform being on-line BBO. Matches may be played F2F if both teams agree. Quite a number of our members are entered - not too late yet to enter – if you are a pair or a team then contact Adam Wseberg at

NICKO   The National Inter-Club Knock Out Competition is due to start again soon for 2021-2022. The first 2 rounds may be played on-line, but it is planned for later rounds to be face-to-face. If you wish to enter a team then please contact Steve at

Diary Dates

Bramhall Village Club AGM will be held in the Rhodes Room on Thursday September 30th pm: all welcome.   

MCBA Intermediate Pairs is scheduled to be held in the Rhodes Room on Sunday 7th November; further details to follow.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs. Again, we will be holding 2 sessions: Monday 8th November on RealBridge and Tuesday 9th November F2F. Last year we raised nearly £2,000 – can we match this? The centre will pay the entry fees so 100% of your donations will go to C.I.N.

B&CHBC Annual General Meeting    Our first AGM will be held on Tuesday November 2nd in the Rhodes Room at 6.30pm – prior to the duplicate. An agenda will be sent in due course: discussion topics welcome – please let us know.

What Would You Bid Competition 2021-2022   We are planning to start this in October with 5 bidding challenges over 10 months- with a prize for each challenge.

Marie and Ron Appleby   The Applebys joined us for RealBridge during the last year: they welcomed the opportunity and enjoyed meeting members of the centre and send their best wishes to all. 


Alec and Steve