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EBU Autumn Congress Successes for MBC!
The EBU Conference took place on 19th October in Stafford.
Congratulations to Dave Debbage, John Hassett, Paul Hackett and John Sansom who the Teams
and to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs  with Heather Dhondy.
Full results are on the EBU web site.




Congratulations to the winning team




(Full results bottom right of this page)


Congratulations to


Winners of the 2019 Lancashire Mixed Pairs 

World Championships
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. 
England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. 
Manchester players involved are John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors, Catherune Draper in the Womens and Michael Byrne in the Mixed. 
Good luck to all the teams. 
Some matches will be on BBO. 

Update Friday - Seniors reach Final in Wuhan!

The World Bridge Championships is now down to the final two teams in each series, and we're very proud that our Seniors team will be one of those fighting for a gold medal.

They had an up-and-down match against the Netherlands and were trailing overnight, but a very big fourth set saw them open up a lead that they didn't let go. They'll be facing Denmark in the final.

The Women conceded against Sweden, after going 95 IMPs down with 16 boards to go. They'll now play off for a bronze medal against the Netherlands.

The Mixed team fought all the way to the end and were starting to close on the USA, but ran out of time and lost by 28 IMPs. They'll play Romania in their bronze medal match.

Sadly, the Open team did not reach the Semi-finals stage. In the Quarter-finals they gave the very strong USA 1 a good fight, and were leading for most of the match, but the Americans finished strongly and won by 33 IMPs.

The final matches start on Friday, so good luck to our seniors!


In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
Women Bronze

The teams are:

Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn

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.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

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.

21 Feb 2019

John Holland tops National Master Point list

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.




"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! 

Current Competitions

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



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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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2019 AGM




7th April 2019


Activity Review by Jeff Morris


Monday Afternoons

David Debbage offers a short presentation on a different topic each week before supervising a duplicate session for improvers.  The session starts at 1.00pm and during 2018 has maintained a regular loyal following.


Monday Evening Duplicates

This continues to grow and be successful – attracting both established players and some of the newer members.  There are three different competitions each year held on a Monday night – all keenly fought.

From January to the end of April we hold the Geoff Nuttall Trophy which is awarded to the best performance by an individual player which in 2018 was won by David Sarabowski.

From May to the end of August we hold the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy for pairs and in 2018 it was won by David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson.

Our oldest events, the Cheadle Royal Cup was held from September to the end of December 2018 and was won by Stephen Ward and Chris Hine.


Tuesday Evenings

During the course of 2018 the format has been a short lesson followed by a supervised duplicate session. 

Numbers have dropped off as players have moved on to other sessions but the graduates of Dave Debbage’s beginners sessions and less experienced players returning to the game are finding this format most helpful. Josh Clarke does the supervision.  


Wednesday Evening Duplicates

Wednesday night has traditionally been the night where you will find some of the club’s best duplicate players and the results of the best 21 performances on Wednesdays decides the winner of the Club Championship.

In the year ending 30th April 2018, Eve Lighthill was winner of the Club Championship.

During 2018 it was nice to see some of the less experienced players join the sessions and it is essential for the continuation of our flagship duplicate that more such players support it on a regular basis.


Thursday Evenings

The introduction of Swiss Pairs on a Thursday night has proved one of the club’s great success stories.   Regular turn outs are between eight and ten tables.

From January to May players compete for the John Bird Memorial Trophy which was won for the third year running by Nicolas Greer.

From October to the end of December the Trophy played for is the Merton Cantor Cup donated by one of Merton’s former team mates, Bill Atherton and this was also won by Nicolas.



The club continues to encourage less experienced players to participate in the Manchester League and in 2018 a good proportion of the teams in the bottom two divisions came from the club.

The club also organises a number of teams’ events during the course of the year.

The oldest events are The Ruia Cup held once a month over May, June and July and The Eve Lighthill Trophy held on three Thursdays in September. 

In 2018 the Ruia was won by Eve Lighthill, Sid Travers, Elena Rosenbaum, Marcello Rosenbaum and Bob Cooke.  The 2018 Eve Lighthill Trophy was won by Sam Herman, David Evans, Stuart Shalom, Mike Clarke, Irving & Joy Blakey and Peter Jones.  


The other teams’ events we organise are the Michelle Brunner Memorial Charity Event which is a Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams and the Martin Braid Memorial Event which is simply a Swiss Pivot Teams. 

In 2018, the winner of the Martin Braid Memorial Event was Ollie Burgess’s team (Alan Mould, Adrian Kenworthy, Rob Myers and Ollie) and the best placed non expert team were David Tilley, Wei Che Tham and Daniel Kelsall.

The Michelle Brunner Memorial was won by Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland and Alan Mould. The best placed intermediate team was Iain Mackie, Hilary Boydell, Rose Davenport and Simon Townsend.  

The Michelle event attracted 16 teams and £1860 was raised and donated to Christie Hospital and St Ann’s Hospice.  Fifteen tables took part in the Martin Braid event which had prize money sponsored by Susan Braid. 

A raffle at the Martin Braid event raised £500 for the British Heart Foundation.


Rubber Bridge

Most afternoons there is usually a game or two of Chicago with stakes of 50p and above.

With duplicate players coming up to retirement age, playing Chicago is a way of getting a good standard bridge game in an afternoon with a scoring system similar to duplicate.


Sunday Seminars

We have a lot of improvers in the club and many are keen to attend Ollie’s workshops on Sunday afternoons which have proved extremely popular during all of 2018.


Other Club Events


Santa Claus Pairs

This is the Club’s Annual Open Christmas Event played over two sessions with a famous Christmas buffet at the interval. For the last weekend event at Palatine Road eleven tables took part.

There was a good standard field and the winners in 2018 were Irving and Joy Blakey. Dan Crofts and Ollie were second  - maintaining Dan Crofts incredible record with two wins in 2017 and 2016.


Peter Ader Trophy

A one session pairs for this trophy in memory of Peter Ader was won by Martin Taylor and Justin Hackett on the last Wednesday before Christmas 2018.