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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 Saturday 21st September
With only two round robin matches remaining all the England teams are in the top eight which, if they remain so, means they qualify for the knock out phase.  Best placed are the Mixed team who have been leading since round five and are now certain to qualify.  The Seniors are in fourth place 13 VPs ahead of the ninth placed team.  The Women's team is in sixth place nine VPs ahead of the ninth team.






















"I wanted to do some walking after I retired and, in what may turn out to be a mad moment, I thought it would be a good idea to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats (LeJog).  This is a well known charity walk, often done on roads (e.g. by Ian Botham).  There are a number of books and blogs that describe the walk cross country which increases the distance from 874 miles to 1100 or more depending on the route. The route can be done, of course, from South to North or North to South (becoming JogLe!).  The advantages of LeJog include walking with the prevailing wind and (rain!) coming from behind the walker, hopefully I will be fitter by the time I get to the Pennine Way and the Highlands and a new walking route between Inverness and John O’Groats should be complete in 2020 (currently most walkers use the A9)."

Welsh Foursomes
Congratulations to Jeff Smith, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Peter Foster and John Roberts who won the Welsh Fours at Wrexham over the weekend of 14-15th September. 
Full results are on the North Wales web site.
Peter Foster, John Roberts, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

Senior Team wins Gerard Faulkner Salver

The winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Norman Selway, Brian Senior (Captain), Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester and Paul Hackett (pictured, left to right).

In the final, the first time champions defeated the team of Malcolm Pryor (Captain), Alan Mayo, David Muller and Ed Scerri by 44 IMPs.

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.

The Club Social last night (Saturday 7th September) was. yet again, a great success.

Twenty four people came who drew straws for their partner which was great fun.

The food was fab and the whole event was much enjoyed by all.

Thankyou to Tessa for her hard work in organising.

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.


Bronze Medal for English Juniors

Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. 
(Full details are on MCBA website)




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...and below are the family and friends toasting this fantastic success in champagne at MBC's wednesday night duplicate!

(Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Charlotte Jansen and Martin Taylor)




EBU 6 Jun 2019

Rare Bridge Mention on Virgin Radio

During the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky on Virgin Radio on 5th June, Chris Evans and his sports reporter Vassos Alexander, gave a glowing review of bridge. When talking about improving memory and keeping your mind active they said that bridge is the best game in the world ever to offset Alzheimer’s, with lots of people now taking up the game.

If you would like to listen to again, please use the link below. The bridge mention is at approximately 8.10am

Link to the full show

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

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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