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THE CLUB IS NOW OPEN WITH FACE TO FACE SESSIONS AS FOLLOWS:

TUESDAY AFTERNOON: 1:15 PM

WED AFTERNOON: 1:15 PM

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: 1:00 PM

THE ONLINE SESSIONS WILL CARRY ON AS NORMAL;

SUN MORNING BBO @ 11:00 AM

MON AFTERNOON TEN HIGH BBO @ 1:30 PM

MON EVENING OPEN SESSION BBO @ 7:15 PM

FRI EVENING OPEN SESSION @ 7:15 PM

We're The Friendly Club!

 

One of the friendliest Bridge Clubs in Manchester

Tel 0161 865 2846 at session time.  

Alternatively, ring Club Secretary Dave Tilley on 07984 529673

Email us: stretfordbridge@gmail.com

 

Forthcoming Events

We currently run these regular Virtual Club Sessions (ON B.B.O. UNLESS IT SAYS REALBRIDGE)

Sunday Morning - 11:00 am  on  BBO

Open Session

Monday Afternoon 1:30 pm  on BBO

'Ten High' session for players with an NGS grade of ten or less

Monday Evening - 7:15 pm  on BBO

Open Session

Wednesday Afternoon - 1:30 pm on RealBridge

Open Session                     

Thursday morning - 10:30 am -  on RealBridge

Gentle Duplicate Session - with Zoom lesson before some sessions - see News items

Friday Evening - 7:15 pm - on Real Bridge

Open Session - Last Friday of Month Swiss Pairs!

We'll also be holding special charity and other events, see right for details.

Remember you can sign up anytime in the two hours before the session starts.

N.B. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR B.B.O. USERNAME REGISTERED WITH US BEFORE YOU CAN PLAY YOUR FIRST B.B.O. SESSION. 

TO PLAY IN REALBRIDGE SESSIONS - PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS WEBSITE (A WORKING CAMERA AND MICROPHONE IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL)

Our Next Committee Meeting

To be arranged.

WELCOME
 
 
  Next Real Bridge Session

    Friday Bridge     ♣ 

 Friday 17th September at 7:15 pm on Real Bridge 

Please be in the RB lobby by 7:05 pm

Click on the cards to join the session

If the above link doesn't work for any reason, then the links are posted at the Brierfield and Warrington club sites (click on either name to be taken there).

If you need a partner, please contact Dave Tilley on 0161 865 2846 at least an hour before the session.

PLEASE NOTE:  Following a recent upgrade to Real Bridge, players on iPads should firstly update their systems to the latest version of iOS. 

When playing, you should use Safari as your Browser for RealBridge, as it may not work as effectively on Chrome.

  ONLINE SESSIONS

We have made some changes to the online sessions.  Our Wednesday afternoon online session has been discontinued but may return if circumstances change.  The Thursday morning Supervised session has been cancelled but will be reintroduced on a new day in the near future, once we have consulted with those who have supported it.  The remaining sessions as shown in the left-hand panel will continue.

  We're Open and Playing!
We're Open and Playing!

The Club reopened on Tuesday 17th and it was good to see friends that we haven't seen in person for some time.  Again on Wednesday, it was lovely to see friends that we hadn't seen for a while (and Fred's ponytail!).  We will be playing next on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm.

For the time being, the club will open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday afternoons.  The Friday Supervised play session will be re-introduced at a later date.  As you will appreciate, we will have to bring in a number of new ways of running the session, and the club.

We will not be running a stand-by partner service on the day for a while, but members will be able to call us on the club number 0161-865-2846 (it will divert at no cost to you) at least 24 hours in advance and we will always try to find a partner for you. 

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CLUB IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PARTNER, YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

All sessions will be free to members of both the Club and Virtual Club for the first week.  Guests and visitors will be charged £3. Normal charges from Tuesday 24th.

A leaflet has been sent to members by post and email.  We ask you to study this carefully and to let us know as soon as possible if you have any specific requirements.  if you haven't received this, please let us know.

The Club is committed to ensuring that sessions take part in the safest environment possible and this needs the understanding and support of all members.  Please work with us and we can all enjoy our bridge.

THE ONLINE SESSIONS WILL CARRY ON AS NORMAL 

  Keeping Your Eyes Safe Playing Online

Following feedback from players, we have decided to defer the option to have breaks in our sessions.   

Whilst our games are not governed by the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations it's worth thinking about the effects of playing in front of a computer screen for long periods.

  • Try to have good ambient light in the room when you are playing, either daylight or artificial light, but avoid strong reflections off your screen.
  • Whenever you can try to take your eyes off the screen and if possible focus on something further away such as out of a window. This could be when you’ve finished your round with a little time still on the clock or whilst you are dummy.
  • Try not to use such time to do other things on your screen such as checking emails.
  • Consider getting a pair of glasses set for computer or screen distance especially if it is different from your normal reading distance.
  • Stand up and move around whenever you can.  Short stretches are good for preventing cramps, etc.

If you need advice or support about this then feel free to contact us.  Email stretfordbridge@gmail.com if you have any comments or queries.  We can put you in touch with Norman Cope who is the IT Manager at one of our Clubs and is a retired optometrist.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe Playing Online
Results
Sunday Morning
Virtual Bridge Club 11:00
Friday Evening on RealBridge
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Club Tuesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Monday Evening on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Ten High Session on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 13:30
Friday Evening on RealBridge
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Calendar
Sun 19th Sep 2021
Club Sunday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:00
Mon 20th Sep 2021
Ten High Session on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 13:30
Mon 20th Sep 2021
Monday Evening on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Tue 21st Sep 2021
Club Tuesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Wed 22nd Sep 2021
Club Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Thu 23rd Sep 2021
Supervised Play on RealBridge
Virtual Bridge Club 10:30
Playing Bridge Online Guides

If you are thinking of having a try at playing online, Adam Wiseberg of Manchester County Bridge Association has produced some really helpful short YouTube videos.

How to Register at BBO                                             

How to Self-Alert

How to Play in the ACOL Players' Club on BBO        

How to direct chat to people on BBO

Adding Your Name to Your Profile                             

How to ask for Undo in Bidding

How to Change Your Settings                                   

How to Claim on BBO

How to Add Your Basic System to Your Profile     

How to Add Your Convention Card          NEW!

How to Create a Teams Match

How to Start a Table on BBO                                   

How to Kibitz (Watch a Game/match)     

How to use Chat Manager for Regular Messages     

How to Register to Play in one of our Tournaments    

 

There are also some excellent videos on these and more BBO topics (for example, setting up your convention card) at Berwick Bridge Club

Improving Your Bridge!

Many of the country's top bridge teachers are offering free online live and video tutorials for free.  Local teacher Adam Wiseberg has his own You Tube channel (see above) and there are number of others to help you improve and develop your game:

John Stell - Lancashire

John is one of Lancashire's top bridge players and on Tuesday evenings he offers a live commentary using Zoom and BBO where four players from his club (Bury Athenaeum) play some hands and he provides a commentary on the bidding and play.  Aimed at improvers and beginners, it starts around 7pm and 10 hands are played.  You can see one of the sessions here.  There are some other instructional videos here.

Further information at https://www.stellar-bridge.co.uk

Mr Bridge - Bernard Magee

Popular Bridge personality Bernard Magee is streaming live bridge seminars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.00 am on YouTube. Watch live and ask questions or comment during the event or catch up on past seminars. Visit the Mr Bridge site. for more details.

Andrew Robson Bridge 

Andrew is one of Britain's top players and has columns in the Times and other periodicals, as well as being the author of many best-selling books.  He is running video bridge lessons and seminars free of charge.  Details here.  

Yorkshire Bridge Online

Jack Stocken from Yorkshire runs a daily podcast on bridge, as well as live video lessons.  There is a charge for some of his material, details here.