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Welcome to

THE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

81 WELLINGTON ROAD, FALLOWFIELD,

MANCHESTER

M14 6BN

 

manchesterbridgeclub@hotmail.com

 

The Club’s regular opening and closing times are:

Monday - 12.30 to 16:30

Monday evening- 19:00 - 22:00

Tuesday - 13.00 -16.30

Tuesday evening - 18:45 - 22.00

Wednesday - 10.00 -16.30

Wednesday evening - 19.00 - 22.30

Thursday am - 10:00 -13:30

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 as shown on the calendar 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 07393 579962 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
Manchester Retain Tollemache Trophy
Manchester Retain Tollemache Trophy

The Tollemache is the English Bridge Union's premier county event. After a qualifier in November, involving all English counties, the top eight teams play all play each other over a weekend in February.

Manchester (County) won this event for  the first time last year after almost 40 years of trying.

In this year's event Manchester have retained the trophy with John Holland and Alan Mould outstanding but well supported by Alec Smalley, Tom Slater ,Jeff Morris ,John Hassett, Nicholas Greer and Phil Taylor. Great credit goes to Nicholas and Philip who sustained great pressure in their first ever Tollemache. Rhona Goldenfield, as reserve, also played an important role in encouraging the team against formidable opposition to finish the event beating six of the other seven teams and having a winning draw against the seventh team

Five of the team are current Manchester Bridge Club members. Phil and Nicholas were members until recently. Alec and Tom are are members of Bramhall & Cheadle BC
Well done to all!

Michael Byrne Seminars - next Seminar Friday 23rd February at 1:30
Michael Byrne Seminars - next Seminar Friday 23rd February at 1:30

The Manchester Bridge Club and Michael Byrne are holding a series of seminars.


Each seminar will consist of a talk, with notes, and then the playing of 8 hands to illustrate the topic
The hands are then discussed, with hand records, at the end of the session

The cost of the seminar will be £10 for Manchester Bridge Club members and £12 for non-members


Tea, coffee, biscuits and Michael’s famous home-made brownies will be available

Seminar Topics
Topic

Details

Friday February 23rd 

When should I lead my singleton

Improve your opening leads and become a demon defender - a look at why we lead short suits, when is the right time to do it, and some hands on which the obvious singleton lead should be rejected. 

Friday March 22nd  

 

Part Score Bidding

A look at low level sequences where a lot of information can be exchanged. Some old familiar sequences are revisited with a chance to look at them in more subtle and developed ways, as well as "shaping out" on the 3rd round to explore fully your hand for part-score or even a game. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner's Course

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Beginners Bridge Courses.

 

Our latest 12 week Beginner's Bridge Course started on Monday 5th February at 7.15pm and is full.

If you are interested in joining one of our future courses, please fill in the form below and we will keep you updated about our plans for our next course.

Each course will last 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 also cover basic defensive tactics.

Most importantly, 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.

The course will cost £72 payable in advance 

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

Our latest Tuesday evening group of beginners , all 28 of them,  are seen here enjoying lesson 4 in their 12 week course. There are other groups  on Wednesday and Thursday mornings  .  

 
Beginner's Course
Would you like to learn to play bridge?

Would you like to learn to play bridge?

We are currently setting up our new courses for beginners.

If you are interested in joining the above course or would like to learn at a 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.

Membership Promotions
Membership Promotions

We are delighted to announce that the following Members of the Club achieved an EBU Master Point ranking promotion in January 

Ron Lowe  1 Star Master
Matthew Stibbe  Club Master


Congratulations to both of you
   

Swiss Pairs on IntoBridge
Swiss Pairs on IntoBridge

Click here to sign on to IntoBridge

Thursday evening online Swiss Pairs on Intobridge at 7:15pm

9 tables for popular online MBC game on Dec 8th with 15 players playing on IntoBridge for the first time!

Come and join us every week!

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.

Supervised Sessions
Supervised Sessions

We now have supervised sessions for beginners, learners & improvers at the club:

Monday afternoon at 1pm for Improvers with Paul Murray.

** NEW** Tuesday evening at 7pm all levels.

Wednesday afternoon at 1pm for beginners with Paul Murray.

**NEW** Thursday morning at 10:30 for beginners with Susan Triggs.

Members £6 & Visitors £8

Everyone is welcome

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.

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

Supervised Face to Face table fees at the Club are £6 for fully paid-up MBC members & £8 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 on IntoBridge. 

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 email you with a regular statement to help you stay in credit.

The Manchester Bridge Club Bank details are –

Natwest Sort Code 01-02-02   Account Number  21867577

Please put your First Name and Surname as the payment reference

Thank you for supporting The Manchester Bridge Club

Save the Date

The Club AGM will be held on Wednesday March 13th commencing at 18.30. The AGM is for members only but everyone is welcome to come along at 19.30 to enjoy cheese and biscuits and a free Duplicate Bridge afterwards. Nomination and Proxy voting forms will be sent out shortly and a copy of the Accounts will soon be available to view on the web site. If you think you can find some time to help support the Club in any way please let us know.      

Michael Byrne Seminars

Michael Byrne Seminars in 2024  

Friday 23rd February at 1:30:  When should I lead my singleton 

Friday 22nd March at 1:30: Part Score Bidding

Bridge and Cakes

START TIME CHANGED TO 1:15
Our cake makers on Tuesday 27 February will be Lesley and Jan.

  Many thanks to all of our cake providers for their delicious and generous contributions over the past year . Shop bought cakes are equally welcome as are those provided by “Rubber” players or a very friendly cleaner!!😉
Please contact Ann Wood if you would like to provide a bake for any Tuesday session and join the bustling queue for a place in this popular cake rota!

 All abilities are welcome to play bridge and kindly remember that to enable us to make a prompt start and timely finish at 4:00 we endeavour to be seated by 1:05. Hosts are generally available but not guaranteed.

We play a very relaxed 18-21 boards over the session and look forward to welcoming both new visitors and much missed old friends.

Annual Subscriptions 2024

If you haven't already paid your 2024 membership subscriptions, now is the time to do so.

Subs are £50 for the year.

Those of you who live more than 20 miles from the Club can subscribe for £10.

You can pay by cash or debit card at any F2F session at the Club or via online banking using the reference of your name followed by ‘2024 subs’.

The Manchester Bridge Club Bank details are –

Nat West

Sort Code 01-02-02   

Account Number  21867577

A reminder- please do not pay subs ( or table money ) to our old HSBC bank account

Club Bank Account Change

Please note that the Club's bank account has changed from HSBC to NatWest

Please transfer funds into your Club account via the new NatWest account with immediate effect

The Manchester Bridge Club

Bank : NatWest

Sort Code 01-02-02

Account Number 21867577

Transfers made in error to the HSBC account will be credited as normal until the HSBC account is closed. Thereafter, they will automatically be transferred to our NatWest account by HSBC. 

If you have any questions, please call Paul Murray or Dave Fernley

Return Of Monday Evening Bridge

Starting on Monday July 3rd at 7.15pm competitive Monday evening bridge returns to the Club.

The first competition will be the Geoff Nuttall Memorial Trophy, which will run for 13 consecutive weeks, from Monday 3rd July to 25th September. 

It is an individual contest, so you can play with different partners on each Monday you play. 

Each competitor's best 7 scores during the quarter will be averaged to determine the winner. Minimum number of games to qualify is 7 .

Cheese & crackers as well as the usual tea, coffee and biscuits will be available

Please come along and support the Club and enjoy a pleasant summer evening of bridge

Attendance on Monday evenings is slowly improving with 4 tables on Monday Sept 11th. Please come along and support the Club!

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
IntoBridge Swiss Pairs
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
Club Afternoon Duplicate
Paul's Improver Class
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
IntoBridge Swiss Pairs
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
Calendar
Fri 23rd Feb 2024
Michael Byrnes Seminar
1:30pm
Sun 25th Feb 2024
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 26th Feb 2024
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm
Mon 26th Feb 2024
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 26th Feb 2024
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
7:15pm
Tue 27th Feb 2024
Club Afternoon Duplicate
1:15pm
Tue 27th Feb 2024
Supervised Duplicate, all abilities
7:00pm
Wed 28th Feb 2024
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
1:00pm
Wed 28th Feb 2024
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Wed 28th Feb 2024
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
7:15pm
Thu 29th Feb 2024
Beginners Supervised Play
10:30am
Thu 29th Feb 2024
IntoBridge Swiss Pairs
7:15pm
Fri 1st Mar 2024
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sun 3rd Mar 2024
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 4th Mar 2024
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm