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For all our members who have 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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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.


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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.

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.



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

and has been won by MBC's


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.


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!

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


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



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

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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.


The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 

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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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2013 Playing Bridge on Holiday
Irene and Karen play bridge in Venice
Irene and Karen play bridge in Venice

There are few better ways of having fun and getting to know the locals when you are on holiday than playing bridge. Karen & I went to Venice in March. There was lots to do, lots to see, but always time for bridge. Before we went I looked on the internet, found the Italian Bridge Federation and their list of clubs in Venice. Il Circolo di Bridge Venezia seemed the most likely. So I emailed them in my shoddy Italian to see where and when they played and if it was OK for us to play. La Signora Di Dio got back to us right away. Unfortunately the address system in Venice is beyond confusing and San Marco 4013 could be anywhere. No street names are given and the numbering seems to be totally illogical. So, after several false starts, we found the club for play on Monday evening. It was in the tiniest of back streets full of crumbling warehouses.( If you have seen the film ďDonít Look BackĒ itís the kind of street you would expect to find a red-coated knife wielding dwarf in.) But up the stairs was a beautiful suite of 4 bridge rooms, a dining room, a large bar and lounge with sofas. There were chandeliers and marble everywhere. Play started at 9pm and finished about midnight. (Take note those who complain about Manchesterís lateness.) It was a SIMS and we came 26th nationally with 60.65%. We gained some red points but I have no idea what they are. So at midnight we were sat by the Rialto bridge waiting for the late night Vaporetto (Water Bus). Magical but cold. 
They asked us to play the next afternoon and then attend a dinner they were having. So we did. Bridge 4pm to 7pm with 16 tables, then they had a very shouty and argumentative meeting about the elections to the club committee. We sat in the bar drinking Prosecco and Campari and wondering if any of them would be speaking to each other by the end of the meeting. But a lovely 4 course meal and more wine followed and all argument was forgotten. However, everywhere on the tables political arguments were taking place about the way forward for Italy as there was still no government in Italy. At about 10pm we played speedball. When we left at Midnight some were settling in to play poker. Food, bridge, prosecco, politics and loud arguments: it was all so Italian.
 They seemed to take the development of new players very seriously. After 2 years you have to enter a competition to see if you are worthy of becoming a proper recognised player. There bridge style was reasonably familiar, all playing a strong NT. Most playing Quinta (5 card Majors, short club), weak 2s (sotto aperture). But everyone played a multi 2Ds and their overcalling was wild. A 2D overcall against us turned out to be 8 points and a five card suit to the 10. They constantly intervened in the auction, sometimes they had some values and a good suit, but mostly not. 
Everyone was really welcoming: coming over to practice their English on us or to tell us about relatives they had in England or to talk football and bridge. If you are on holiday somewhere where there is a bridge club do consider going. I am sure you wonít regret it.