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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

 

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6BN

(See yellow tab 2nd from top left for directions)

Ring the club on 0161 445 3712  or Dave on 07717 252114 for any clarification

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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OLLIE IS BLOOMING!!!!

If you can just about read this article you'll see that Ollie is really starting to put his stamp on his new Bridge World.

You will remember that he recently went to the Young Chelse Bridge Club as their new Manager and is thriving.

I am in touch with Ollie of course and am forging strong links between our two clubs. 

David

https://youtu.be/DdCl8LCFNY4

Quick Hands 5 - Short Club with 2D Sign Off

Sam and David are exploring the bids in a Short Club convention. Today we use a club check back to sign off in 2D.

MCB Bridge Video: Short Club Convention - 1♣ Opener

https://youtu.be/jSQnGbXeJk4

Short Club Convention - 1♣ Opener

What kind of hand can open 1♣ using the short club convention? How is short club different from better minor? This is what we are looking into.

MBC BRIDGE VIDEO #4 with Sam Knox and Dave Debbage

https://youtu.be/PV4tVJsZq0M

Quick Hands 4 - Short Club and Diamond Game Forcing Checkback

Sam and David are exploring the bids in a Short Club convention. Today we use a game forcing diamond check back to see if partner has a major suit fit.

MBC BRIDGE VIDEO #3 with Sam Knox and Dave Debbage

https://youtu.be/r1Q2NCf8fCM

Quick Hands 3 - Short Club and No Trump

MBC BRIDGE VIDEO #2 with Sam Knox and Dave Debbage

https://youtu.be/BAOglRCWoeM

MBC BRIDGE VIDEO #1 with Sam Knox and Dave Debbage

https://youtu.be/0g486wCWRRc

WILL MBC RE-OPEN?

The simple answer is "definitely but not just yet".

We understand that a few clubs have taken the surprising decision to re-open.

We believe, however, that this is extremely unwise and goes against current EBU and governmental recommendations regardless of how many additional safety features are in place.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remain our absolute priority and we will not take any risks to endanger anyone.

We are, of course, constantly reviewing this situation and rest assured that we will be together again as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

For all our members who have already switched or are considering moving to 5 Card Majors and 2 over 1 Game Forcing, this book by Neil Rosen is perhaps the closest to the systems taught at Manchester Bridge Club.

It is easy to read, structured and offers many quizzes and examples to test your understanding. Highly recommended!!

If you would like a copy please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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 Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 07717 252114 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Welcome to Manchester Bridge Club

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

Sunday 20th December

Two Session BBO Event - Each Session with 18 boards

11am - 1pm and 2pm to 4pm 

Feel free to eat your own sumptuous buffet in the break!!

The cost for these two sessions is £10 per player

so make sure you have enough credit in your kitty!

We need all players to please pre-register

using the form below.

....and there will be "Live Prizes" as the session continues

......so watch this space!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS CANCELLED

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Due to insufficient support we are sorry to say

that we have had to cancel

the RealBridge on Wednesday evenings.

However we hope to encourage all who played on Wednesday evenings

to play on a Tuesday Fun Night for all instead on BBO

  RealBridge Link  ♣ 

COME AND SUPPORT THE SESSION TODAY

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Dear Members - Thank you so much for all of your support to keep our wonderful bridge club going.

It's been a hard transition for all of us from what we know and love to playing on-line and, as I'm sure you realise, we have all had to work seven days a week to ensure that sessions run smoothly and that as many players as possible can be included. I am also very impressed with how so many of you have been able to join in - it's been quite a change all round!

However, I understand that Manchester County Bridge "Club" are contacting you regularly in order to encourage you to play on their site which naturally takes players away from our own club sessions. They are the only county association that is doing this and I would ask you to please to disregard their emails as we are fighting to keep afloat during Covid-19 and need you all to play with us to be sure that you will have a club to come back to! 

Much friendship and support as always 

David

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

**CURRENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE**

(from December 2020)

MBC ‘Pay to Play’ Online Games

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     MONDAY

   ►BBO Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

 

     TUESDAY

 RealBridge Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

BBO Evening Fun Duplicate for all at 7.15pm 

 

     WEDNESDAY 

     ►BBO Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

 

     THURSDAY 

     ►RealBridge Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

       ►BBO Evening Swiss Pairs at 7.15pm

 

     FRIDAY 

       ►BBO Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

 

     SATURDAY

       ►BBO Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

 

    SUNDAY 

     BBO Morning Duplicate at 11am (Improvers) 

   ►BBO Afternoon Duplicate at 2.00pm

 

THE BBO PLAYER INDEX (the alphabetical list of Real Names and BBO User Names) is now under the yellow tab third one down, top left of this page. - Updated July 2020

 

A pre-arranged partner is preferable. However, partners can be found via the BBO Partnership Desk or in the RealBridge lobby when you access our tournaments,

Subject to 4 tables minimum, a Free Game is awarded to the winners. 

You cannot enter these games unless you have pre-paid.

Each game costs £3.50 to enter. Please deposit £21 (or more) into the MBC bank account (details below).

We will reduce your balance after each session played. 

MBC will email you when your ‘pot’ reduces to approx £12 so you have time to top it up and stay in credit.

Manchester Bridge Club Bank details are –

HSBC   Sort Code 40-11-56   Account Number  90730807

 

Thank you for supporting Manchester Bridge Club

RealBridge Help Sessions

♠  RealBridge Set Up - 1 to 1 Sessions   
If you are not able to join in on Manchester Bridge Club's RealBridge matches due to technical reasons, MBC can help!

For a small £5 fee (deducted from your MBC online account), we can remotely access your device and check these issues for you. The service will assess your device’s configuration, browser version & compatibility, camera & microphone functionality and internet connection so we can confirm if your device can support the software. If it can, we will leave you with a simple link to access RealBridge when you want to play in our games.

If it can’t, you may have to consider purchasing a new device – but at least you’ll know. Given that we believe RealBridge WILL be the future and that online bridge is here to stay, then at some point soon, you will therefore need a new device to play (online) bridge.

If you would like to have us assess your device remotely, then please fill in the form belowThe check will be carried out by Sam Knox, an MBC member studying for a PhD at Manchester University. Once you’ve filled in the form, Sam will be in touch to arrange an appointment. It will probably take 30-45 minutes. None of your data will be accessed and you can watch the session as he does it from the comfort of your own home.

Priority of this service will be given to members who intend to play in the MBC RealBridge matches.

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RealBridge at MBC

On TUESDAY & THURSDAY AFTERNOONS  and on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 

our online games will now take place on RealBridge and not BBO

If you want to play in our RealBridge sessions

then please action the following –

LINK 1 is to test the camera and microphone on your device (even if you participated in the trials, please re-test your device). Do not press log-in.

LINK 2 is to log-on to play in our games (no ID is needed, just your real name).

The entry fee for the first two RB games will be only £2 per player.

For both LINKS and more information about RealBridge 

click on the yellow 'RealBridge at MBC' tab at the top left of this page 

NOW EVERY SUNDAY MORNING!

IMPROVERS ON-LINE DUPLICATE ON SUNDAYS AT 11am!

By popular demand we have arranged a weekly BBO Online Session specifically for Beginners and Improvers.

These sessions are for players who would normally have played on Monday afternoons, Tuesday evenings or the Wednesday evening supervised session.  

These new Improver Sessions are INVITATION ONLY and will be held every Sunday Morning at 11am. 

Like our well established, daily online Club duplicates, these sessions will be £3.50 each to enter (with concessions for students – see Dave). Please lodge (say) £21 into the MBC bank account. We will let you know when your ‘kitty’ runs out so you can replenish it in good time to continue playing.

If you would like to join in please contact Dave Debbage by email / text to inform him of your BBO User Name and email address.

email: daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk           

text: 07717 252114

In due course and subject to demand, we will add another Improvers Session to our Monday-Friday schedule.   

 

To join the ‘Improvers duplicate’ you need to: 

 Register with BBO to obtain a BBO User name

 Inform Manchester Bridge Club of your User name & email address (we control entry to these games via this data)

 

When you’ve done this and you want to enter the session: 

 Log on to BBO and click "Play Bridge"

 Click "Competitive"

 Click "All Tournaments"

 Click "MAN" into the Search box at the top right of the screen. 

 Click on the Manchester BC tournament

 Enter your Partner’s User name

( If you don’t have a Partner, join the Partnership Desk and wait – we can see you there and will get in touch and/or arrange a Partner )

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TUESDAY NIGHTS AT 7.15 PM ARE FOR INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS

... so a good standard but no experts and a really nice friendly atmosphere.

COME AND JOIN US!

   Virtual Children in Need Event  ♣ 

Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 2 pm (BBO)

Manchester Bridge Club hosted this virtual Children in Need Fundraising event and 21 pairs played

The entry fee including donation was £7 and helped raise money for the essential Children in Need charity.

ALL THE MONEY YOU DONATED WENT TO CHILDREN IN NEED - WE RAISED £276 AND A CHEQUE HAS BEEN SENT FOR £300.

Special congratulations to Frances Nagle and Jerry Fynn, two of my pupils, who won North South and to Tricia Blum and Simon Townsend who had a very good score East West.

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THURSDAY NIGHTS are SWISS PAIRS starting at 7.15pm! 

Many of you asked us to run evening games and Swiss Pairs was a popular choice.

It's an 18 board event, 6 x 3 boards, in the usual fun format so we should be finished by 9.30pm.

It's been organised so that those of you who are working during the day have an evening session to join in with so please, everyone, continue to support this.

We've noticed that numbers have dropped off recently and so we need you all to start playing on Thursday nights again.

See you on Thursday nights!! 

.....good to see more of you playing on Thursday nights now - thanks and keep it up!!!

 

What a treat to be able to have the chance to continue playing bridge.,,,and thankyou again to all the people "behind the scenes" who work so hard to make it all happen.

Please don't forget that the rules for table etiquette still apply - more especially in these unusual times.

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......and HAVE FUN!

Dave Debbage.

ONLINE BRIDGE FOR MEMBERS

Duplicate pairs sessions for club members are available online.

These are currently a mixture of BBO games and RealBridge format

Please be online on BBO at least 15 minutes before the start.

(See  below for full instructions)

You must have registered with Bridge Base On-line (www.bridgebase.com) and have a UserName & Password. Then send us your name and BBO UserName so we can add it to the list of players for that Tournament. New members wanting to sign on with Manchester BC should send an Email with their BBO UserName to Paul Murray at paul.murraysafc@gmail.com

There is a help page at https://berwickbridgeclub.co.uk/bbo

To play in a duplicate, please login to BBO a 15 minutes before the start. Click on "Competitive" under "Play or Watch Bridge".  Then Click "All Tournaments" and, in the search box above the list which appears, type "MAN" or  "Manchester BC".  The tournament will appear and you can click on it to register.  Your partner will need to be online at the time you register and you need to enter their BBO name. There will normally be a £3.50 charge for the session which will be collected using your pre-paid contribution into the Manchester Bridge Club account. 

 

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HOW ABOUT SOME ON-LINE LESSONS

or some

PRIVATE LESSONS ON BBO?

What a great way to keep up with your bridge!

Give Dave Debbage a ring and sort things out.

Tel: 07717 252114

OFFER OF HELP IN THE FALLOWFIELD AREA

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One of our Tuesday night students Sam Knox has offered to go shopping or run errands for any of our members who live in the Fallowfield, Withington or surrounding areas if they would be glad of some support.
His telephone number is 07494863444

RAY'S "JOG" FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT  "JOG"

https://exrayraylejog.home.blog

 

"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog).  This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham).  There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!).  The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."

COVID19

Looks like LEJOG part 2 is off this year. In theory I could camp and cook my own food en route I don’t know whether campsites will be open, and communal washing and toilet facilities are hardly self isolating. Wild camping is theoretically possible but is illegal in England, difficult in central Scotland but I will explore this. If I do this there will not be a blog as I won’t have internet access or charging facilities for my electronics.

Favoured option at present is to stock the car up (or use the trains) and bag some Munro’s as well has some of the lower but still beautiful Scottish hills. Or the Cape Wrath trail or Knoydart (avoiding the village at the tip of the peninsula) which is self isolating in the extreme!

Stay safe everyone and the blog will continue in 2021

Results
BBO Afternoon Dup
BBO Afternoon Dup
RealBridge Afternoon Dup
BBO Swiss Pairs
BBO Afternoon Dup
Real;Bridge Evening Dup
RealBridge Afternoon Dup
BBO Evening Duplicate (Intermediate)
BBO Afternoon Dup
BBO Morning Dup for Improvers
Calendar
Sun 29th Nov 2020
BBO Morning Dup for Improvers
11.00am
Sun 29th Nov 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Mon 30th Nov 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Tue 1st Dec 2020
RealBridge Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Tue 1st Dec 2020
BBO Evening Fun Night Duplicate for all
7.15pm
Wed 2nd Dec 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Thu 3rd Dec 2020
RealBridge Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Thu 3rd Dec 2020
BBO Swiss Pairs
7.15pm
Fri 4th Dec 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
7.15pm
Sat 5th Dec 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Sun 6th Dec 2020
BBO Morning Dup for Improvers
11.00am
Sun 6th Dec 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Mon 7th Dec 2020
BBO Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Tue 8th Dec 2020
RealBridge Afternoon Dup
2.00pm
Tue 8th Dec 2020
BBO Evening Fun Night Duplicate for all
7.15pm