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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

 

manchesterbridgeclub@hotmail.com

 

The Club’s regular opening and closing times are:

Monday - 12.30 to I 16:00

Tuesday pm – 13.00-16.00

Tuesday evening - 19:00- 22.00

Wednesday am/pm – 10.00 -16.00

Wednesday evening - 19.00- 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 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 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
Annie Curtis RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Annie Curtis, who died peacefully in hospital on the morning of Friday 13th January, after a long illness. 

After moving to Manchester, Annie first received bridge lessons by her son and daughter and then learned to play bridge at MBC over 10 years ago. She enjoyed the game hugely and made many friends playing at Manchester Bridge Club and in the Manchester League as part of "3 Reds and a Rebel" team - a reference to the 3 Manchester United fans and one ‘rebel’ who made up the team.

She frequently supported intermediate events throughout Manchester and was the joint winner of one of the first the intermediate Swiss Pairs run by the county at Manchester Bridge Club.

Away from the table Annie was always encouraging others to come along to lessons, seminars, competitions and she supported bridge throughout the area. More latterly and until 2021, she worked diligently to improve and update the Manchester Bridge Club homepage on the Club website – for which the Committee and David and Jeff in particular will always be grateful. 

Long standing MBC member, Ollie Burgess fondly remembers Annie hosting him and feeding him at her home in return for a great meal and her key role in ensuring his monthly Sunday seminars at MBC were well advertised on the website and well attended – and therefore a great success!! She also attended herself, helped with catering and organisation and reminded Ollie afterwards to distribute the seminar material and hand records!!

RIP Annie - you will be missed by everyone at the Club.

Annie is survived by her son, daughter and 5 grandchildren to whom she was devoted.

We will post details of the funeral as and when we receive them...

*** We have been informed that Annie had two young pet cats that now need a home. If you are interested in providing a home for Annie's cats or know anyone that may be interested, please let us know and we'll pass on the details to Annie's family***

CHRISTMAS CHARITY CHEER

For all those who bought Christmas puddings and Chocolate Oranges from Ann Wood you will be pleased to know that £215 was raised for St Ann's Hospice.

8,420 Christmas Pudding Photos - Free & Royalty-Free Stock Photos from  Dreamstime

Bernard Goldenfield Trophy at Manchester Congress Teams Championship
Bernard Goldenfield Trophy at Manchester Congress Teams Championship

Manchester Bridge Club team wins the Bernard Goldenfield Trophy

at the Manchester Congress Green Point Teams event

TMBC members Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Paul Murray & David Debbage led throughout to win the Teams event by almost 7 VPs with a round to spare on Sunday.

Whilst David, Andrew and Catherine have won at the Congress many times, this was Paul’s first win in his home county – and he’s still buzzing! Congratulations!! TMBC members also in Teams competition who showed well were - Peter Grauer (2nd), John Hassett & Jeff Morris (9th), Irene Davies & Karen Reissmann (10th).

In the Championship Pairs on Saturday, 38 pairs competed. TMBC members Irene Davies & Alan Mould finished 2nd, Andrew Woodcock & David Debbage (4th), David Sarabowski & Tom Dessain (6th), Paul Hackett & Paul Murray (9th) and Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor (11th). David & Andrew were the top Men’s Pair.


It’s nice to see Manchester Bridge Club members performing well and winning in top County Bridge events. Well done to all!


Why not come along to Paul’s supervised sessions on Monday & Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. Each session includes a short lesson followed by a supervised duplicate of around 15 boards.

Membership Promotions
Membership Promotions

We are delighted to announce that the following Members of the Club achieved a promotion in December 

Mark Bradbury  Club Master
Vera Lowson  Master
Gilbert Lee  Area Master


 

Congratulations to all 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.

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 

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.

The course 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.

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 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 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

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"HOP ALONG" TO OUR THURSDAY NIGHTS 

It's a popular 18 board event, 6 x 3 boards on IntoBridge 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 a 7.15pm start!! 

Our IntoBridge Swiss pairs is a true Swiss movement and guaranteed to be a friendly and competitive evening!

 

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.

The Manchester Bridge Club Bank details are –

Sort Code 40-11-56   

Account Number  90730807


 

Bridge and Cakes

Our cake makers on Tuesday 24th January will be Ann Wood & Hannah Hutchinsom  Thanks to all our 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 for these sessions 

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 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 Swiss Pairs
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
Calendar
Fri 27th Jan 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sat 28th Jan 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sun 29th Jan 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 30th Jan 2023
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm
Mon 30th Jan 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Tue 31st Jan 2023
Club Afternoon Duplicate
1:30pm
Tue 31st Jan 2023
Paul's Improver Class
7:00pm
Wed 1st Feb 2023
Beginners Supervised Duplicate
1:30pm
Wed 1st Feb 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Wed 1st Feb 2023
Club Evening Duplicate F2F
7:15pm
Thu 2nd Feb 2023
IntoBridge Swiss Pairs
7:15pm
Fri 3rd Feb 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sat 4th Feb 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Sun 5th Feb 2023
IntoBridge Afternoon Duplicate
2:00pm
Mon 6th Feb 2023
Paul's Improver Class
1:00pm