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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


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)


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


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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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.


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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2014 Club Annual Review



4th JANUARY 2015


Review of 2014


Unbelievably five members of the club have won medals in the recent European Championships in Opatija, Croatia and will all be representing England in next year’s World Championships in India. John Holland and Paul Hackett were both members of the England Senior's team who won the Gold medal. This is Paul and John's third Gold Medal at Senior level, following World Championships in 2009 and 2010.

In the Open Championships Jason and Justin Hackett won bronze and in the Women’s teams the England Women won silver with club member Catherine Draper playing.


World Championship Medals for John Holland and Paul Hackett

In the World Series Seniors Teams John and Paul won bronze medals.


World Mind Games Medals for Catherine

In December Catherine won Gold in the World Mind Games Women’s Teams in China and Bronze in the World Mind Games Women’s Individual Event.



This event took place in Glasgow from Monday 8th September to Sunday 15th September.  John Holland played for England with Ben Green and Alan Mould played for Scotland with John Matheson.   Scotland reached the Quarter-Final while England reached the Semi-Final.  Although both lost these matches England then won the play off match against India to secure a Silver Medal as the President’s team, to whom they had lost in the Semi-Final. were not eligible for medals. The President’s team were the overall winners and included club members Jason, Justin and Paul Hackett.



This big international event held in Stockholm was won by the England team of four which included Michael Byrne and Mike Bell.



Sinead Bird and Sarah O’ Connor played in the Channel Trophy and John Holland was part of the winning Camrose Team.


John Holland won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the player winning the most master points nationally in 2013.



Manchester Bridge Players have done very well in National Events.  The main highlights are:



The Manchester team achieved their best ever result in finishing runners-up to the North East out of 32 teams in the Pachabo held over the weekend of 7 – 8 June 2014. Well done to John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, and Rodney Lighton.


Garden Cities

Manchester Bridge Club finished equal 2nd in the Inter Club Teams of Eight National Final at Solihull on Saturday 14th June 2014.  The team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Andrew Woodcock, Ollie Burgess, John Holland and Gary Hyett had qualified by winning the Gazette Trophy in Manchester and then finished second in the Northern final.


National League Final

The National County Teams of Eight finals took place at Solihull on Sunday 6th July 2014.  The Manchester A and C teams had qualified for the National Finals by winning their respective Northern League divisions in 2013. 

The A team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton/John Currie, Kath & Alan Nelson, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley finished second to Worcestershire.  The C team were represented by Christopher Hine/Stephen Ward, Ken Hughes/Geoff Hull, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Kevin Higgins/Richard Sinton.


Gold Cup

John Holland and Alan Mould both qualified in different teams for the Semi-Finals of the Gold Cup.  While both these teams lost their matches, the team in which Alan played did particularly well to only lose by 6 IMPS to the eventual winners.


Hubert Phillips

Catherine Draper’s team (Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage & John Hassett) reached the last 16 of the 2014 Hubert Phillips bowl.


Crockfords Cup

Justin and Jason Hackett were both members of the winning team in the Crockfords Cup, the English Teams of Four Championship held over the weekend of 6 – 7 September.


Great Northern Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Kath and Alan Nelson who won this event at Leeds on 4-5th October in a large field of 99 pairs.


Montenegro EBU Overseas Congress

In the EBU holiday congress in October Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were second in the Swiss Pairs while Irving and Joy Blakey were third.


Tollemache Qualifying

Manchester won their qualifying group in the Tollemache held over the weekend of 22 – 23 November finishing ahead of the holders Berkshire & Bucks.   Well done to John Hassett & Jeff Morris, Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, John Holland & Alan Mould, Gary Hyett & Ollie Burgess, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley.


Year End Congresses

In the year end event at Clayton-le-Moors on 28-29th December John Holland and Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs.




Manchester Congress

The pairs was won in 2014 by Michael Byrne with Andrew Murphy of Berks & Bucks.  This was a remarkable third win in four years for Michael.   The Teams Competition was won by a team including Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield partnering Jim Luck (Wales) and Marianne Farr (Lancashire) respectively.


Gazette Trophy

Manchester A won the Gazette Trophy the inter club teams of eight at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February with a score of 72 VPs and thus qualified for the Garden Cities Regional Final. Well done to Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Jeff Morris & John Hassett, John Holland & Alan Mould, Kath Nelson & Alan Nelson. Five teams entered from Manchester, Altrincham and Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Clubs.


Life Masters Pairs

Congratulations to Martin Taylor who won the Life Masters Pairs with Mike Bell over the weekend of 22 – 23 February 2014.


Green Point Pairs

Congratulations to Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield on winning the Green Point Pairs held on 9 March 2014.


Merville Goldstone Trophy

Michael Byrne’s team (Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton, John Holland) defeated Jeff Morris’s team (John Hassett, Joy & Irving Blakey) in the final played on 2nd June which is the qualifier for the Pachabo.


Green Point Teams

Congratulations to John Hassett, Jeff Morris and Alan Mould who were members of the winning team in the Green Point Pairs held on Sunday 20 July.


Ben Franks

Congratulations to Michael Newman & Alan Mould in the Ben Franks who won this year’s 24 pair event on Sunday 7 December.


Higson Cup and Plate

The Higson finals were held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 27th April. St Titus (Michael Byrne, Ollie Burgess, Alan Mould, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton) were runners up to Team Mayhem who have primary allegiance to Merseyside & Cheshire.

The Plate was won by Tricksters (Dave Matthews, Ann Thornton, Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton).



Rhona Goldenfield won the MCBA Player of the Year 2013 - 2014 just ahead of husband Bernard.




Michelle Brunner Memorial Event

19 teams took part in the third Mixed Pivot Swiss Teams held on Saturday 19th July in memory of Michelle Brunner.  Winners were Michael Byrne, Alan Mould, Sally Brock & Barry Myers. Second were Eve Lighthill, Raymond Semp, John Hassett & Jeff Morris.  Over £1800 was raised for The Christie Hospital and St Anne’s Hospice.


Club Championship 2014

Martin Taylor won the Club Championship for the fourth year running which is awarded to the best performance over 21 sessions on Wednesday night duplicates.


Geoff Nuttall Trophy 2014

Stephen Ward won the Geoff Nuttall Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period January to April 2014.


Tony Wood Memorial Trophy 2014

Nicholas Greer & Ross Allen won the Tony Wood Memorial Trophy donated by Tony’s partner Beryl and his sister Janet. It is awarded to the best performance on Monday nights over the period May to August 2014.


Cheadle Royal Cup

David Sarabowski and Lesley Johnson won this event for the best performance on Monday nights from the beginning of September to the end of December 2014.  This is their third win in the last four years.


Ruia Cup 2014

Winners were Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton, John Holland and Alan Mould. 12 teams played.


Eve Lighthill Trophy 2014

This  year we organised this event as a three session multiple teams which seemed to be a popular format with the players. Although we had fewer teams taking part we did not interfere with the regular Thursday activity of Swiss Pairs.

Winners were Michael Byrne, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Ollie Burgess, Alan Jones, David Barton, Jeff Smith & Bernard Goldenfield.


Santa Claus Pairs

Twelve tables played and the winners were Kath & Alan Nelson.


Peter Ader Memorial Trophy 2014

Winners were Ollie Burgess and Mike Barlow.



One of the most pleasing things about this last year has been the success of our beginners and supervised activities.


Beginners Courses

This year Beginners Courses start again on Wednesday 7th January 2015 in the evening and on Monday 12th January in the afternoon. Please tell your friends.


Bidding Refresher Course

A “Brush Up Your Bidding” Course starts on Tuesday 6th January – five lessons on Tuesday nights to remind you about modern bidding after the Christmas break.


Sunday Seminar Workshops

Ben Beever has a number of Sunday workshops planned for the New Year all at 3.15pm. Each seminar has elements of interest to everyone and players of all standards are welcome to attend whether they are new to the topic or just want some revision.


(Suitable for Improver and Intermediate level upwards)

Working out whether to draw trumps immediately is a crucial skill every aspiring player needs to have. This lesson will explain how to decide.


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

High Card Points are sometimes a long way off describing the strength of the hand. In this lesson you will see how to adjust the points (both up and down) in order to judge whether you should be in Part-score, Game or Slam!


(Suitable for Improver and Intermediate level upwards)

The ‘hold-up’ is a technique regularly used by good declarers in order to make it harder for the defenders to take lots of tricks in a particular suit. In this lesson we cover this skill along with how to prevent a particular defender (the danger hand) gaining the lead!


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

‘Cover honours with honours’ is fine for beginners, but this adage isn’t always correct. Here we look at the relevant issues in order to work out whether to follow the principle in any given situation.


(Suitable for Intermediate level upwards)

We all learn about finesses early on in our bridge career. In this lesson we see the wide variety of different types of finesses and learn how to choose which suit to finesse in and which card to finesse!


Each seminar starts with a discussion on the topic of the day. This is followed by the opportunity to play a number of set hands that have been designed to illustrate the topic and help establish the new techniques learned. There's a short break in the middle for light refreshments provided by the club and the workshop lasts around two hours.


Swiss Pairs on Thursday Evenings

The weekly Swiss Pairs on Thursday evenings is now very popular. It encourages players of all levels to mix and play together and is a very sociable and enjoyable evening with some delicious home-made suppers on the last Thursday of every month.


Martin Braid Memorial Event

Martin’s widow, Sue, would like us to run a pivot teams in memory of Martin on a Sunday afternoon/evening in March. We will fix a date as soon as possible.


National Pairs

On Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7:30pm there is a qualifying competition for the National Pairs. If you are interested please add your name to the list in the hall.


Tom Middleton Memorial Rubber Bridge Competition

A date for this event will be chosen by the Committee in consultation with Farhad Seka.


Memorial Charity Event for Michelle Brunner  

As in the previous two years this will again be a Mixed Pivot Teams. The date this coming year will be Saturday 18th July 2015 at 1.00pm.


Premier League

Manchester Bridge Club will once again host one of the Premier League weekends in the Autumn of 2015.


Concluding Remarks

It remains for me to conclude my report by thanking the members of the Club for their support during the last year.

We are sad to record the death of Cecil Franks early in the year. Cecil was MP for Barrow in the 1980s and was a good friend and loyal supporter of the club playing many hours of rubber bridge here. More recently I was sorry to hear that Nancy Beattie passed away after two years of illness. Nancy played with her daughter Jackie Shah in one of the club’s league teams. On a happier note the club was very pleased to help celebrate Shirley Leak’s 90th Birthday on a Monday afternoon duplicate.


Manchester Bridge Club has continued to be a centre of excellence for bridge producing considerable numbers of talented players at all levels of the game.  I still find it incredible that one club in the North of England can produce so many medal winners at European and World bridge level.


I would also like to thank the Club Committee, so ably chaired by Eve Lighthill, for making this year such a success. I would like to personally thank the Committee for the support they have given to the club over the last year and the ideas they have contributed to improving the way the club operates. I would particularly like to thank Annie Curtis who has been fantastic in keeping the website up to date and flagging up forthcoming events.


Finally I would like to wish members of the club a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Jeff Morris