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Club Opening Hours & Contacts
Club Opening Hours & Contacts

Welcome to

THE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD,

MANCHESTER

M14 6BN

 

The Club’s regular opening and closing times are:

Monday - 12.30 to I 16:00

Tuesday pm – 13.30-16.00

Tuesday evening - 19:00- 22.00

Wednesday am/pm – 10.00 -16.00

Wednesday evening - 19.30- 22.30

Note: Our opening times may differ when we host special events such as Halloween, Special Duplicates, Santa Claus Pairs and for Michael Byrne's seminars. Please check the Calendar on our website for the updated details. 

Closing times can only be extended by prior arrangement and need to conform with the Club’s obligations to our landlord and building security protocols.

Please ensure that you arrive at all our scheduled events at least 10 minutes before the start time so that we can start play at the scheduled time. If you are coming but are delayed please let the TD or event organiser know.  

Ring/Text Paul Murray on 07776 200962 for any clarification

or email paul.murraysafc@gmail.com

5 Card Majors
5 Card Majors

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 the ISBN is 978 108 915 4877

RECEIVING OUR E-MAILS?
RECEIVING OUR E-MAILS?

Are you receiving e-mails from the bridge club? If not, here are a number of possible reasons:

 1) Your email address has been blocked from receiving emails from Bridgewebs. Check the status of your email address, and resubscribe if it is blocked or suspended

2) We do not have your correct email address registered. You can check this via attempting to set/reset password in the Members Only login screen

3) If we do not have your correct email address, please let us know via the Contact Form or speak to any committee member

 

Welcome to The Manchester Bridge Club
Sue Bailey RIP

We are very sad to announce that the Club heard yesterday from her cousin, Mr David Tubby, of the death of Sue Bailey.

Sue was a long standing, very regular and much loved member of Manchester Bridge Club - a larger than life character who just loved playing bridge. She particularly enjoyed travelling, especially to the USA, to play in the American tournaments and achieved some success at the lower competition levels. Her enthusiasm for the game was an inspiration to us all.

For many years, both Jeff and Dave often had the pleasure of partnering Sue at Club duplicates when she did not have a partner - they tell us that sometimes it was a hair-raising ride!

Sue died at Stepping Hill Hospital on October 10th after a short illness.  She will be cremated at Stockport Crematorium on Wednesday 7th December at 10 am. We understand there is no church service.

Arrangements are managed by Davenport Co-op Funeral Services (0161 456 1709)

Rip Sue, you will be missed by all your friends at The Manchester Bridge Club

Swiss Pairs on IntoBridge
Swiss Pairs on IntoBridge

Click here to sign on to IntoBridge

Swiss Pairs will switch to Intobridge on/from Thursday December 8th at 7.15pm

Click on the links below to register your account on IntoBridge and come and join us to play on this new innovative online platform that offers much more than than BBO. 

If you haven't already, Click here to Register on the IntoBridge platform

The following youtube videos explain:

     The IntoBridge platform, how to register and available controls

     How to register for an IntoBridge game, how to join a game, and how to use the partnership desk

 

Registration is straightforward, but does involve receiving an email with a confirmation link to activate your account.

If you have any problems please contact Dave Fernley on 07388 398 919

Once you have registered you can invite your partner using his/her user name or join the Partnership Desk to signify you are looking for a partner.

An IntoBridge host will play with you cannot find one via the Partnership Desk

For the time being, there are no robots on IntoBridge.

Santa Claus Pairs

SANTA CLAUS PAIRS

RETURNS ON SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER

1.30pm for a prompt 2pm start (6-7pm finish)

This is a two session pairs event with prizes for the best pairs (and the less fortunate!)

The undoubted highlight between sessions is

TMBC'S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BUFFET with Festive drink

Coffee and tea available throughout

Entry fee £10 pp.

Payments to: The Manchester Bridge Club

Sort Code 40-11-56

Account Number 90730807

Please use reference SANTA and your SURNAME

Numbers for this event are limited and all entries must be pre-registered. Please register early using this form to secure your place

This will also assist our volunteer caterers, who are making and preparing the buffet, and ensure minimal waste. Thank you.

Santa Claus Pairs
The Ben Franks Trophy Sunday 4th December

Ben Franks Trophy - Sunday 4th December

The Manchester Bridge Club is proud to host the Manchester County Bridge Association's (MCBA) annual pairs competition on Sunday 4th December.

The event starts at 11am and will end at approximately 6pm

The Ben Franks is an 'All play All' event of two sessions with a break for (free) tea, coffee & biscuits (or bring your own lunch).

Entry Fee is £13.50 per player (Juniors £6.25).

The top four MCBA Affiliated pairs will qualify to represent the County in the EBU's National Corwen Trophy in 2023.

Please come and support your County - everyone welcome.

Entry forms here  together with payment details.

 

 

Pitch Perfect Night
Pitch Perfect Night

Last night at the Club it all came together. We had Vera on keyboard and conducting, Simon Townsend on Dishwasher, Ron Butler and Jan on the mugs , Frank Eade on the money, David Sarabowski on the clock and Chris Boal standing by to step in  ( with apologies to the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and also to all our members who have no idea who they were !). The end result was 6 tables playing 24 Boards finished by 10.20 , no sit outs and no robots. Some new partnerships formed and some old ones rekindled. It was as perfect a night of Bridge as we could have - thank you all for your contributions. See you next week.    

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Hallowe'en saw some great costumes as people entered into the spirit of the occasion and raided their party wardrobes

The best dressed people in the afternoon session were Emma Jayne Bolshaw and Pam Hunt

The night time folk were more difficult to judge with a lot of superb entries.....the winners were Ann Wood and Maria Eade

Oh, and there was also some bridge played.....the winners of the evening pairs event were Rose Davenport and Ray Hill

All of the lucky winners received a bottle of wine, but more importantly everyone had a great time with lots of laughter and merriment

TMBC Success at Bedfordshire & Great Northern Swiss Pairs

Our Chairman, Paul Murray and fellow TMBC member, Andrew Woodcock enjoyed a convincing win in the Bedfordshire Green Point Swiss Pairs event recently.A huge field of 82 pairs entered the competition, which was played on the RealBridge platform and also coincided with Paul's birthday!  Well done Paul and Andrew!

Why not come along to Paul’s supervised duplicate sessions for Beginners and Improvers on Monday at 1pm and Tuesday evening at 7pm and Wednesday morning at 10.30am? A short lesson and discussion on a key bridge topic is followed by supervised play at the table.

Meanwhile, TMBC members figured prominently at the recent Great Northern Swiss Pairs, which was held on 1st-2nd October at Leeds. All TMBC participants finished in the top half of the 37 pair field.

Congratulations to Michael Byrne and Alec Smalley who won in a very tight finish.  Rodney Lighton and Tom Dessain were 3rd, Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor 5th, Rhona Goldenfield & Tracy Sherman 7th and Jackie Pye & John Holland 8th. Jeff Morris & David Sarabowski finished joint 16th. 

Michael becomes the first person to have won the event with four different partners - Alex Morris, Andrew Woodcock and Kieran Dyke.  John Holland has also won the event four times previously with three different partners.

Beginner's Course

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OUR NEXT BEGINNER'S BRIDGE COURSE WILL START ON WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH 2023 at 10.30am 

We will also be running a second course for those people who can't make a Wednesday morning on Thursday mornings and this class is likely to start in February 2023

 

This course lasts for 12 weeks and covers the basics of play and bidding. We teach the 5 card major, strong No Trump and short club system.  We will cover basic defensive tactics and also demonstrate how to play bridge online mainly using Bridgebase Online and No Fear Bridge.

The most important thing though is that the classes will be friendly and sociable. Bridge can be a complicated game and will stretch your mind, but we aim to make bridge fun to learn and hope you will quickly come to love the game as much as we do.

Both courses will cost £72 payable in advance 

Tutors are Susan Triggs and Anne Naylor

Interested?  Find out more by emailing Susan on grasan30@gmail.com

 
Online Account for Online Games
Online Account for Online Games

Please be aware that the BridgeWebs attendance Module is not a real time system. It reflects entry fees spent on online and face-to-face games but does not reflect money paid into your online account until it is manually updated from the Club's bank statement. Our 'WebMaster', Dave Fernley performs these updates periodically- usually weekly. If you need to know your balance between updates, call Paul or Dave.

The new Bridgewebs Attendance Module for tracking payment money for online games is now live.

It provides you with a real-time view of the games you have played, the current balance of your account and payments made and received by your account. 

To see this information you will need to log on to the Members Only area of the website and then select thePayments Account tab.
Detailed instructions logging onto this area are available here

A detailed description of the Online Account, how it works, etc, is also available here within the Members Only Area (log-on needed).

Account statements will also be sent out periodically by email. This ensures that people who choose not to actively monitor their account balance are still aware of it. The statement provides a regular update to non-members who play in our online games who do not have access the member's area and therefore the real time benefits of this system.

EBU Promotions
EBU Promotions

EBU master point promotions

Fly Leung   Local Master

 

Afternoon Improvers
Afternoon Improvers

MONDAY AFTERNOON LEARNERS & IMPROVERS GET TOGETHER

EVERY WEEK AT 1PM WITH PAUL MURRAY AT THE CLUB

EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Download our latest interactive activity schedule - BBC Tiny Happy PeopleSee Calendar on the right of this home page for our Weekly Schedule

Face to Face table fees for Duplicates at the Club are £4 for fully paid-up MBC members & £6 for Guests

(includes free tea/coffee & biscuits and occasional treats! However, sandwiches/supper will not be served)

Online bridge entry is £3.75 for members & £4.50 for non-members

For Online games a pre-arranged partner is preferable.

However, if possible, partners can be found after you log on to our tournaments. Just wait on Partnership Desk (BBO or IntoBridge) or in the Lobby (Real Bridge)

Please transfer entry fee (or more for convenience / multiple games) into the MBC bank account (see below).

MBC will reduce your balance after each session played and text/email/call you when your ‘pot’ reduces to approx £12 so you have time to top it up and stay in credit.

The Manchester Bridge Club Bank details are –

HSBC   Sort Code 40-11-56   Account Number  90730807

Please put your Firstname and Surname as the payment reference

Thank you for supporting The Manchester Bridge Club

Thursday Swiss Pairs on BBO

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"HOP ALONG" TO OUR THURSDAY NIGHTS 

It's a popular 18 board event, 6 x 3 boards on BBO in the usual fun format. We start at 7.15pm 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.

See you on Thursday nights at 7.10pm for 7.15pm start!! 

Our BBO Swiss pairs regularly attracts 10-12 tables so a friendly, competitive evening is guaranteed!

 

Would you like to learn to play bridge?

We are currently setting up our new courses for beginners.  We will be running a course of 12 lessons starting Spring 2023 starting each week at 1.30pm

If you are interested in joining this course or would like to learn at different time or day, please fill in the form below and we'll get in touch to make arrangements for you to start lessons to learn to play this fascinating game.

Annual Subscription 2023

It’s that time of the year again when your annual membership subscription to The Manchester Bridge Club becomes due. The committee have decided to reward our lovely, loyal members that pay their subs in a timely manner with a £10 discount! Yep, that’s right, you read it correctly. Subs paid after 31st December will remain the same as last year at £50 per person but only £40 if paid before 1st January 2023. You can pay by cash or card at any f2f session or by online banking with the reference of your name followed by the word subs.


Merry Christmas from your committee!

Bridge and Cakes

Our cake makers on Tuesday 6th December will be Dave Fernley and Dianne Hutchinson.  Thanks to them and to all our past cake makers for their contributions.   Please come along and remember that to enable us to make a prompt start and timely finish please endeavour to be seated by 1.25pm. Please contact Ann Wood if you would like to provide cakes on December.13th .  

Shirley Leak Celebrates the week of her 98th Birthday
Shirley Leak Celebrates the week of her 98th Birthday

Shirley Leak celebrated the week of her 98th Birthday at the Bridge Club on Monday. She enjoyed a slice of Birthday Cake some Bridge and the best wishes of everyone there. Congratulations Shirley  

IntoBridge Board Analysis
IntoBridge Board Analysis

Our friends at IntoBridge will be sending feedback and hand analysis for selected boards played in this Friday afternoon's game.

This promises to be a useful and educational addition to their service, and depending upon feedback may become a regular feature of our games

So why not join us on Friday 21th at 2pm and see if you find this an interesting and beneficial extra

Results
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
BBO Swiss Pairs
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
Club Afternoon Duplicate
Paul's Improver Class
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
BBO Swiss Pairs
Calendar
Sat 3rd Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sun 4th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 5th Dec 2022
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm
Mon 5th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Tue 6th Dec 2022
Club Afternoon Duplicate
1:30pm
Tue 6th Dec 2022
Paul's Improver Class
7:00pm
Wed 7th Dec 2022
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
10:30am
Wed 7th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Wed 7th Dec 2022
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
7:15pm
Thu 8th Dec 2022
BBO Swiss Pairs
7:15pm
Fri 9th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sat 10th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sun 11th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 12th Dec 2022
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm
Mon 12th Dec 2022
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm