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
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RAY ASHLEIGH'S AMAZING RETIREMENT "JOG"
"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)."
The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).
In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.
EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne
Congratulations to Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett whose team came an easy first place in the 4 Stars A Final.
The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.
Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.
The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.
This Monday sees a team of bridge players take on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.
Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team need to win two matches from three to reach the quarter finals.
The show airs on Monday 2nd September at 8pm on BBC2.
The Welsh Cup is now a double elimination knockout leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
Stanza Greens: not only do you get Green Points for winning a match but you get Greens for any stanza you win which usually means you get something even when you lose a match.
Double elimination: you are guaranteed two matches and you can get to the final even if you lose one match.
Click here for details.
The Cambria Cup is now a double elimination mixed pivot aggregate knockout (similar to the Hubert Phillips) leading to a final in Mid Wales. Because of regionaling the draws all matches before the final are in North Wales and in practice nearly all in North East Wales. This is a perfect competition for Manchester members. You will have to join the WBU but that does not cost much.
There has to be at least one woman and one man playing and they play one-third of the boards with each other team member.
Bronze Medal for English Juniors
MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB
HOME OF JASON & JUSTIN HACKETT
THE NEW 2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!
(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)
WHAT A WIN AND WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
EBU 6 Jun 2019
During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.
If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am
Link to the full show
21 Feb 2019
John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.
John, who has won the competition on six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699.
John also topped the Gold Point list.
CLUB CHAMPION 2019
"She's done it again!"
Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2019 Club Champion.
This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2018 and May 2019.
Well Done Eve!
2019 / 20 Club Championship
This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from
May 1st 2019 until the end of April 2020
2019 Cheadle Royal Cup
This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from
September 2019 until the end of December 2019
The Winning Pair on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings
can claim their
NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!
Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability.
If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"!
Alternatively please phone David ahead of the session to ask him to find someone for you.
"We aim to please!!"
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Twenty three teams took part in a Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams in memory of Michelle Brunner who died just over a year ago at the tragically young age of 57. Michelle was one of the great women bridge players of all time. A former World and European Champion she was twice the recipient of Awards from the International Bridge Press Association recognizing her skill at the table.
The format of the memorial competition was a mixed teams event where partners are changed compulsorily after every match. This leads to some unusual partnerships and some surprising results. However in the final match David Debbage's team were leading the field by 11 victory points and had to avoid losing heavily to their nearest rivals, Eve Lighthill's team. As it happened David Debbage won comfortably and Barbara Lewis's team moved into second place with a last round victory over Tracy Capal.
There were many distinguished players participating but also many team of players that had learnt their bridge with Michelle and wanted to be part of an event in her memory. Joy Blakey paid tribute to Michelle saying that she was not only a great player but also a great friend to all those she taught and played with. Joy said that Michelle loved bridge, loved to share her enthusiasm with others, but most of all she loved her partner and husband John Holland.
At the prize giving, John Hassett said it was fitting to be part of the winning team in an event in Michelle's memory. As her team mate over many years he had been with her travelling up and down the M6 for many matches and even gone to Australia with her. John thanked those that had organised the memorial event.
The Trophy for the winning team was provided by John Holland in Michelle's memory and the design of the trophy was much admired by every-one attending.
Almost £1700 was raised for The Christie Hospital and St Anne's Hospice. Thanks must be recorded to members of the Manchester Bridge Club Committee who supported the event in many ways especially in sourcing prizes for the magnificent raffle. Everyone enjoyed the freshly made scones and sandwiches prepared by Bridget and Ellie and Joy Blakey was the winner of the guess the weight of the cake so kindly donated by Barrie Klein.
An event in memory of Michelle in a similar format will become an Annual event on the Manchester Bridge Club calendar.
For the full results click on the orange tab in the menu on the left for 'mixed pivot teams'.
Jeff and David along with the Manchester Bridge Club Committee would like to thank all our members who completed our recent questionnaire. Over 50 responses were received, many of which were very detailed with lots of positive comments and good ideas. We were really pleased to find out that most people were happy with the club with lots of positive comments about Jeff/David and their staff team.More detailed information about your feedback can be seen by clicking on the 'questionnaire feedback' yellow tab in the menu above left.The key findings from the questionnaire were:Members like the friendly atmosphere of the club and the refreshments (Bridget's food was mentioned many times). Members also appreciate that Jeff and Dave will always find them a partner and members also highlighted the range of teaching and supervised play.The main change members overwhelmingly asked for was for prompt starts to duplicate sessions and faster play. Members also asked for the Director of the duplicate session to remain in the room through out the session so they were able to resolve any problems promptly.
Suggestions for improvements included support for more special events (eg play with an expert, a cheese and wine evening on both Friday/Sunday evenings), a more structured teaching programme with sessions clearly identified as suitable for novices or for more experienced players and better communication between the club and members.The Committee has immediately put improvements in place to start duplicate sessions promptly and to improve the speed of play. David Debbage has made sure the last few Monday evening duplicate sessions have started on time, he has been moving play on and asking people to average boards if they are slow, or play them in the break. The duplicates have all finished before 10.45 pm. A more detailed note for members about what this means in terms of how sessions will be run will be on this website shortly. The main thing is for all members to arrive for sessions at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Best Suggestions The Committee decided that the best suggestions related to ideas proposed by a number of members about developing a structured teaching programme for intermediate and improvers. Ben Beever is currently working on this and as soon as it is finished we will publish it on this website. A number of members suggested this including Peter Wild and Susan Triggs but the most comprehensive proposal with the most ideas for improving teaching for intermediate/improvers was from John Bridgman who is our winner of the bottle of Champagne.
Other suggestions which we intend to implement are:
1. Having a bridge clock to speed up play on a Wednesday evening. This proposal has already been adopted and we are getting help from the Young Chelsea Bridge Club to improve our current software. This suggestion was made by Michael Coop and Stephen Ward.
2. Make more of the noticeboard including a ‘who’s who’ section, history of the club and building. Annie Curtis will be taking this forward wih help from Jeff Morris, Michael Newman and David Debbage. This suggestion was made by Ann Thornton
3. Commentary on interesting hands from the duplicate to be added to the newsletter and website. Michael Newman will action this – 3 hands per newsletter.
4. Fill the gap between supervised play and the main duplicate session with a Graduation Party (will be auctioned as a Duplicate for Dummies session run 2 or 3 times a year). This session will be aimed at players who have been playing in supervised play for a while along with the people who when returning their questionnaire said they would be willing to be a Bridge Buddy. Tean has agreed to take this forward.
5. Re-introduce the Cup on Tuesdays. Jeff and David will action this
To thank them for their suggestions, Jeff and David will buy Michael Coop, Stephen Ward, Ann Thornton and Peter Wild a drink at the Bridge Club Bar.
Members will also be pleased to know that a comprehensive re-decoration of the club has been ordered by Jeff and David and we are hoping that the decorator will start work in approximately 3 weeks time.Thanks again to every-one for their helpful and comprehensive responses.
John Hassett, Rob Myers, Andrew Woodcock and David Debbage, winners of this years Eve Lighthill Trophy with Eve Lighthill. Catherine Draper and Andrew Petrie also played for the team in earlier rounds of the competition.
David Wing, an EBU member from Middlesex is currently on a cycle tour of all fifty-one cities in England to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. As part of his tour David is visiting each city cathedral and is also visiting and playing at a local bridge club in each city. David visited Manchester Bridge Club on Monday 3rd September and played in our Duplicate session partnered by Eve Lighthill.
David's plan to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society is that each bridge club he visits, will hold an annual City Cup event to raise money for the Society. David Wing presented the winners of Monday's Duplicate session - Eddie Thornton Chan and Nigel Matthews with a cup he has donated to our Bridge Club and he will have the cup engraved with their names. David Wing hopes we will continue to hold an annual event for this cup whilst at the same time using this opportunity to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
We raised £120 for the Alzheimer's Society via our table money collection but if you still wish to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society, you can give via David's Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/citycup
The final session of the RUIA Cup took place on Thursday 12th July. In an exciting finish, the two leading teams led by Catherine Draper and Darren Evetts played each other in the final round whilst the third placed team led by Michael Byrne played the fourth placed team captained by Sid Travers.
When the smoke had cleared Darren Evett's team had beaten Catherine Draper's team 18-2 and Michael Byrne's team had won 16-4 meaning Darren Evett's team won with Michael Byrne's in 2nd place. The winning team were no doubt inspired by the presence of our old friend, American Dick Fleischman, who is in Manchester on a short visit.
A special prize was awarded to Faye Georgiou's team for the best performance by a non-expert team