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Welcome to

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

 

HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!
HAPPY 95th SHIRLEY!

DOESN'T SHE LOOK GREAT?

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!!

....and she came top this afternoon!

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
took place on Sunday 3rd November
at Altrincham

(See MCBA website for results and photos)
 

SPOOKY SWISS PAIRS

Our Halloween celebrations were enjoyed by all with many members making superb efforts to dress up and scare us all to bits!

Eleven tables played and the Jacket Potatoes were devoured with relish by all - a very special thankyou goes to Eylem for all her hard work in providing a great supper.

Congratulations to Vera Lowson and David Fernley for winning first prize for fab costumes

.........and special mentions also to Maureen Seddon, Ann Wood and Richard Cross.

 

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.

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!

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! 

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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2019 Cheadle Royal Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest runs from

September 2019 until the end of December 2019

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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.

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.