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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

or email daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk

 

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WILL MBC RE-OPEN?

The simple answer is "definitely but not just yet".

We understand that a few clubs have taken the surprising decision to re-open from August.

We believe, however, that this is extremely unwise and goes against current EBU and governmental recommendations regardless of how many additional safety features are in place.

The safety of our members, guests and staff remain our absolute priority and we will not take any risks to endanger anyone.

We are, of course, constantly reviewing this situation and rest assured that we will be together again as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE

Interesting Bridge Article in this week's Sunday Express

23 JUL 2020

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Since Lockdown, even those of us who in the past may have shied away from technology, have found ourselves drawn by the game of bridge to dip our toes in the virtual world. Indeed if you haven’t already given it a go there’s never been a better time with plenty of options for every level of player.

Bridge can help improve the mental fitness of those at every age. You are never too young or old to start playing bridge and learning on-line has never been easier. If you have children or grandchildren no doubt you have weekly zoom meetings so why not add a bit of fun and teach them to play?

Writing for the Sunday Express S-Magazine, Essex EBU member, Cath Fox, explores the new virtual world of Bridge during Lockdown and how this has been good for bridge, whatever your age or profile. You can read the full article in this week's Sunday Express on 26th July.

REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS
REVOLUTIONARY SCREENS

Signs of things to come maybe?.......or maybe not!!!

THE MUTTON CUP
THE MUTTON CUP

The Mutton Cup is organised by Jason Hackett. Last year some MBC players took part in this competition in Madrid and Jason is holding another on 13-15 August when quite a few of our members are hoping to play. Jason is also hosting on-line bridge games called Satellite Pairs and Peter Jones  won the spot prize recently,

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 please contact David so we might organize a bulk order from Manchester Bridge Club and perhaps a better price.

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CORONAVIRUS

We have had to take the unwanted decision to close the Club until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time and keep in touch by phone and email even if we can't meet up for a while.

13 MAR 2020

World Bridge Games Open Teams Trial Underway

The World Bridge Games Open Teams Trials are currently underway, taking place from 13th - 17th March at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.

There will be live coverage on Bridge Base Online from 10.30am tomorrow.

The teams will play a three-day round-robin followed by a two-day final. The winning team will earn selection to the World Bridge Games, to be held in Italy, Salsomaggiore Terme from 21st August – September 4th.

RESULTS

PREMIER GRAND MASTERS PAIRS WINNERS 2020

This prestigious EBU event has just taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon

and has been won by MBC's

DAVID DEBBAGE & PAUL HACKETT

2020 Premier Grand Masters Pairs winners

How fantastic - well done to you both!

EBU 21 FEB 2020

John Holland tops Master Point list

For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

CONGRATULATIONS!

3 FEB 2020

Mossop Team wins Senior European Trials

The trials to represent England in the senior competition of the 2020 European National Teams Championship, has been won by the Mossop Team.

The winning team of David Mossop (C), Brian SeniorNorman SelwayJohn HollandPaul Hackett and Gunnar Hallberg, finished the weekend on 272 IMPs. They were 31 IMPs ahead of the Dhondy Team (Jeremy Dhondy (C), Brian CallaghanDavid KendrickAlan Mayo, John Hassett and Trevor Ward).

The European National Teams Championship, will be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 21st to 27th June 2020.

 

Congratulations to MBC members John Holland, Paul Hackett and John Hassett!

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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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!!"

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Dave know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Dave at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or davedebbage@hotmail.co.uk

Thankyou.

Archive 2020

PLEASE NOTE

TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING  SESSIONS 

NOW START AT 7.15pm

(OUR DAILY AFTERNOON SESSIONS

AT 2pm ARE UNCHANGED 

... as is our SESSION for IMPROVERS on SUNDAY at 11am)  

FULL WEEKLY SCHEDULE BELOW

 

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

We have heard that Richard Fleischman sadly passed away in March this year.

He was a much loved regular visitor to Manchester from America since the days of the Central Bridge Club in the late 1960s.

He was initially very friendly with Irving Blakey and over the years made a number of visits to Manchester as part of his academic research forming close friendships with Irving and Joy, Leslie Klein, Kevin and Celia Comrie, Michelle Brunner and John Holland plus many others.

He stayed with us for about a month on one of his visits in the 1980s which was particularly memorable for him being chased around our house by our young daughter Leonie brandishing her toy snake! 

Our condolences and best wishes go to his friends and family.

Jeff Morris 

(You can also read a lovely obituary for Richard on The Herald Tribune website which you might like to search for on-line)

BILL HIRST
BILL HIRST

We are sad to have to pass on the news that Bill has passed away following complications after surgery.. He was a great supporter of Manchester Bridge Club and served on our MBC Committee in the early 80's. He had a great love of tournament bridge and was a keen and successful rubber bridge player at Palatine Road. I last played with him 20 years ago and we were due to play together this year at Killarney.

There is a full obituary for him on the MBCA website,

He was the current holder of the EBU Seniors Congress Teams and Pairs in addition to his other successes. He also served as NPC for the English Open Team in the European Championships in Pu, France in 2008. He and John Hassett finished top of the Butlers in the 2006 European Seniors Teams in Warsaw. He was very easy to play with and had good victories with a number of partners including Leslie Klein, Alan Nelson, and Jeremy Dhondy - and of course his son Andrew!

He will be missed.

Jeff Morris

MARK HALLIWELL
MARK HALLIWELL

We are saddened to learn of the death of

Mark Halliwell.

Mark was a regular member of Manchester Bridge Club when it was at Palatine Road.

Many of our Monday and Wednesday night players together with our Rubber bridge players will have fond memories of him from the past.

Our condolences go to his friends and family.

If you would like to send a card or need further information please contact  Mark's brother, Mr & Mrs Simon Halliwell, 14 Hillside Avenue, Groton, Oldham O14 5SG

 

ONLINE BRIDGE

SORRY TO INFORM EVERYONE BUT THE ONLINE BRIDGE HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED TONIGHT

WE WILL BE RUNNING SESSIONS EVERY AFTERNOON INCLUDING WEKKENDS AND ARE LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF GAMES ON AN EVENING

DAVID AND PAUL

MICHAEL NEWMAN 1960 to 2020

Michael Newman

We are all so sad to have to let members know that Michael lost his fight with cancer today.

He has been a wonderful beacon for the promotion of bridge in the Manchester area for many, many years and will be sadly missed.

There is an expansive history of Michael's life and achievements on the MCBA website.

Rest in peace MJN.

12th March 2020

Michael Newman Funeral

Michael Newman's funeral service at Howe Bridge crematorium took place on Thursday 26th March.  A few close friends attended (well separated) and a large number of other friends watched it online.

If you missed the funeral and wish to see it, then the service will be back online with the same login details within 2 working days for a period of 28 days.

The website is www.obitus.com  username howe1344 password 900240

It is hoped that a celebration of Michael's life will take place in the Autumn that everyone will be welcome to go to.

At the MCBA council meeting on Tuesday it was agreed to buy a new trophy for the first division of the Manchester League in honour of Michael.

MICHAEL NEWMAN 1960 to 2020

Manchester

County Bridge Association

Invites you to an event for beginners and

inexperienced duplicate players.

THE CANTOR CUP

Sunday, 23rd February 2020 at 2.00pm

Manchester Bridge Club, 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, M14 6BN

  Entry fee £8 per player -                       Generous Prizes

24 Boards (approx) – One Session – Finish by 6.00pm

This event is restricted to Novices and New or Inexperienced (NGS 8 or below) Duplicate Players

Only simple systems will be allowed.   No masterpoint awards

Entry Form (see www.manchesterbridge.org.uk)

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Manchester Bridge Club’s next Seminar Workshop is on

SUNDAY 19th JANUARY

2.30pm to 5pm

The topic for this session is

PLACING THE CARDS”

…Bridge would be much easier if we knew where the unseen cards were! A lot can be worked out about this as the play progresses and there are sometimes steps a player can take to discover the things they want to know”.

Tutor Nick Greer

The seminar starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by specific practice hands demonstrating the correct bidding, lead and play.

The cost is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  This includes light refreshments during the brief break.

Everyone is very welcome to attend – with or without a partner.

“Have you had your lightbulb moment yet?!”

Manchester Bridge Club

 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BN

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

 7.30pm to 10.30pm

......FOR IMPROVERS AT ALL LEVELS!!

Enjoy a short lesson with Dave Debbage

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Personalised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

Beginners Lessons Start THIS Week
Beginners Lessons Start THIS Week

NEW YEAR BEGINNERS LESSONS

A FOUR WEEK EVENING COURSE STARTING

TODAY 

 TUESDAY 7th JANUARY

7.30pm to 9.30pm

 Just £50 for the whole course....

... covering 5 card majors and a strong notrump

with the emphasis on bidding.

 

David Debbage will be tutoring these invaluable sessions.

Please contact him on  07717 252114 

or daviddebbage@hotmail.co.uk  

for further information and / or to enrol.

"It's good fun and you'll be very welcome!"

"WHY NOT DO SOMETHING NEW FOR THIS NEW YEAR?!"

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE

at 7.30pm

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

 

IMPORTANT - ALL AFTERNOON SESSIONS START AT 2PM 

We've brought the start time forward to 2pm for all afternoon sessions which should mean there is more capacity available on the BBO site.

(The Sunday morning session for  Improvers will continue every week at 11am and the new Swiss Pairs evening session will be held on Thursdays at 9pm)

 

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January

at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester
Click here for congress online entry form
Click here for online Jack High entry form

 

(See MCBA website for full details)
 

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

at 7.30pm

SWISS PAIRS!

Suitable for all - great fun!

,,,and Includes the John Bird Memorial Trophy for individual winner achieving top 12 results between January and May!

 

JOHN OLDFIELD
JOHN OLDFIELD
We are sad to learn of the passing of John Oldfield.
John was a regular player and a great supporter of the club for many years.
In 1996 he won the both the Ruia Cup and the Cheadle Royal Cup playing with Mark Halliwell
I learned from Kathy Oldfield, his ex wife, that John passed away last week after years of deteriorating health.
The ceremony will be at Altrincham Crematorium on Monday 24th. February at 12 midday.
Regards, Jeff.

Happy New Year 2019

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

Come and play in our enjoyable

Supervised Duplicate with Brief Lesson at 1pm

There's a brief lesson first with Dave Debbage, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

RESULTS

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020 - Won by Paul & Dave!

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards. 

The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage. 

The first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.

Your Annual Subscription was due in JANUARY.

There are a few members who still haven't got around to paying

(you know who you are!)...

... please settle your membership dues a.s.a.p.

Prices are the same as for last year.

£50 per player or £80 per couple.

Students free.

We accept CASH, CHEQUE (payable to Manchester Bridge Club)

or you can pay direct to Act No: 90730807  Sort Code: 40-11-56

 

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(Including the 2019 Tony Wood Cup for pairs from May to end of August.)

The Cantor Cup

The Cantor Cup, a tournament for beginners and inexperienced players, was held by MCBA at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday, 23rd February.

The friendly event was enjoyed by 22 pairs. Results and photos can be found on the MCBA website.

 

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Please could you come and help our beginners on a Tuesday night?

 

Remember how you felt when you had only just had a handful of lessons and were about to start playing in a proper supervised game?

Scary or what?!!

We thought it would be good if some of our members could come along on a Tuesday night to act as a "mentor" to our newest people - a bit of personal support to make everyone feel that much more comfortable. You don't need to commit to every Tuesday but whenever you can would be great....and no table money of course.

 Dave will be running the session and if you can make it please give him a quick ring on 07717 252114 to say you plan to be there (7.15 for 7.30 start)

 

THANKYOU!

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MYSTERIES OF 2 OVER 1??

There are now a large number of new books available for sale on this and associated subjects which have been brought back from the USA.

Essential reading!!

Dave has all the details of what is available and the prices.

A.G.M.

Sunday 12th January 2020

A very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all members attending.

Dave gave a brief and amusing round-up of 2019 which was followed by 8 tables of friendly duplicate puctuated by a delicious supper cooked by Eylam.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening!

(Dave's Review of 2019 can now be found top left of this page under the yellow tab marked 2020 AGM Review)

 

2nd Feb 2020

Gazette Trophy Success for MBC A and B Teams!!

The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February.  Ten teams competed with the competition being won by the Manchester Bridge Club A team with our B team finishing second!

Winners

Winners Manchester A
Martin Taylor, Nicholas Greer, Rhona Goldenfield, Henry Bissell, Dave Debbage, Catherine Draper, Barbara Hackett, Andrew Woodcock with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

Second

Second Manchester B
Daniel Kelsall, Karen Reissman, Irene Davies, Simon Townsend, Paul Murray, Tricia Blum, Peter Grauer, Philip Taylor with Ann Thornton (MCBA)

WELL DONE US!!!

 

Detailed results of all ther teams who took part are on the Manchester Events web site.

French Trials

The French Bridge Federation played their trials for Europen Open selection on the weekend of 24-26th January.  They invited six English pairs to play against their participants.  Among the English pairs were MBC players John Holland and Alan Mould - Congratulations.

Click here for the French Bridge Federation website (en Francais).

 

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Manchester Bridge Club’s next Seminar Workshop is on

TODAY!

 SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY

2.30pm to 5pm

The topic for this session is

2 over 1 Game Forcing”

 "The 2/1 approach to bidding is popular among expert players because it is simple and effective. This lesson will present the basics of playing this approach, which helps to solve several difficult problems in more common methods without having to rely on memorising complicated artificial sequences."

Tutor Nick Greer

The seminar starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by specific practice hands demonstrating the correct bidding, lead and play.

The cost is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  This includes light refreshments during the brief break.

Everyone is very welcome to attend – with or without a partner.

“Have you had your lightbulb moment yet?!”

Manchester Bridge Club

 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BN

RESULTS
RESULTS

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January 2020

(Results & Roundup to follow)

Many MBC members took part in this years Congress and almost half of the intermediate competitions were made up of Manchester Bridge Club players with Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley coming 2nd in the Kevin Comrie Cup and Annie Curtis and Ann Wood coming 4th - well done to them!

KC seocnd  KC Fourth   
In the expert competitions Will and Sam Wakefield won the junior prize.

Juniors
Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the Pairs Competition.

Pairs Winners

Other successes included, in the teams competition. Barbara Lewis who came third and John Parsons, Josh Clarke and Nick Greer who won the secondary teams final.

Full results & more photos are on the MCBA website.

JUST FOR FUN!
JUST FOR FUN!

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Current Competitions

2019 / 20 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

May 1st  2019 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from 

January 2020 until the end of April 2020

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2020 The John Bird Memorial Trophy

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest runs from

January 2020 until the end of May 2020

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CLUB CHAMPION 2019
CLUB CHAMPION 2019

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! 

2nd Feb 2920

Senior European Trials


Trials for the Senior European Team take place in London on 1st-2nd Feb.  There are two teams:  David Mossop's team includes John Holland, Jeremy Dhondy's team includes John Hassett, so Manchester will have a player in the championships in Funchal, Madeira in June.  The match is being shown on BBO.  Results will be on the EBU web site.