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Club Sessions

TUESDAY AFTERNOON: 1:15 PM

WED AFTERNOON: 1:15 PM

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: 1:00 PM

Online Sessions:

SUN MORNING BBO @ 11:00 AM

MON AFTERNOON TEN HIGH REAL BRIDGE @ 1:30 PM

MON EVENING OPEN SESSION BBO @ 7:15 PM

FRI EVENING OPEN SESSION REAL BRIDGE @ 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 Real Bridge

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

Monday Evening - 7:15 pm  on BBO

Open Session

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
 
 
  The Next Real Bridge Session

     E-Cats UNICEF SIM PAIRS     ♣ 

Friday 27th January at 7:15 pm on Real Bridge 

£5 per player of which £3 goes to UNICEF 

Come and see how you fare against players from around the country!

 

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 an alternative link is posted at the Warrington club site (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.

  OUR NEXT SESSIONS

NEXT ONLINE SESSIONS

E-Cats UNICEF Sim Pairs on Real Bridge - Friday 28th January 2022 at 7:15pm

Sunday Morning BBO Session at 11:00 am.

In the event of the reintroduction of Govt restrictions, we may organise further online sessions, please keep checking on here. 

STRETFORD CLUB SESSIONS

Next Session: Sunday 30th January at 1:00 pm

The Committee has met and listened to comments from a number of members.  We have done as much as we can to encourage safe playing and therefore as the Government has not officially locked down local communities, we feel that players should make their own decision.  Masks and shields must be used and all other precautions must be taken at each session.  If you arrive without a partner, we will try to accommodate you, but there will be no designated standby partner at each session.  The session director's decision in any matter is paramount and any request or instruction from them must be followed.

 

  SUNDAY'S RESULTS 5TH DECEMBER 2021
SUNDAY'S RESULTS 5TH DECEMBER 2021

Kindly prepared by Vera McKeon

  Sad News
Sad News

It is with sadness that we bring you the news that former Club Chairman Ken McCarthy passed away earlier this week.  Ken took office in 2018 and stepped down last year due to health issues.  Ken was a popular member who worked hard for the Club and supported all its events.  He chaired the Club meetings wisely and with diligence, and we will all miss him.


Members wishing to attend the funeral, please contact David for details.

  ELECTIONS 2021

At the meeting on Saturday 30th October 2021, those (re) elected to the Committee were:

President - Arthur Barrow

Chairman - Chris Collison

Hon. Secretary - Dave Tilley

Hon. Treasurer - Frank Eade

(Membership Secretary - Chris Collison)

Other Committee members elected were: Richard Aubery, Irene Cooke, Maria Eade & Sheila Reynolds

  MONDAY AFTERNOON TEN HIGH SESSION

From now on, the Monday afternoon Ten High session will be played on Real Bridge.  A link is shown under the 'Next Real Bridge Session' tab. for you to access the session.  We start at 1:30 pm and you should be in the virtual room for 1:15 pm.  If you need a partner, please let Dave Tilley know with as much notice as possible.  There is usually a stand-by partner available.

  CHILDREN IN NEED SIMS FRIDAY

Last night we held the first of our two online Children in Need sessions and the national results have been published.  The results are entered and then recalculated against all other players (movements, number of boards played, etc.)  We're pleased to say that Pam Cox and Brian Irlam came 3rd in the World (you'll see why on the site). Adam Wiseberg and Peter Jones who won our event were 31st overall!

You can see the overall results here.    You can also see how you should have played the boards here.

There are Club events over the next few days and another online event on Tuesday evening at 7:15pm on Real Bridge.  Come and join us!

CHILDREN IN NEED SIMS FRIDAY
  SUNDAY'S RESULTS 31ST OCTOBER 2021
SUNDAY'S RESULTS 31ST OCTOBER 2021

Unfortunately we weren't able to upload to the E.B.U., so there are no Masterpoints for this.

  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021

Our A.G.M. will be held this Saturday, 30th October at 10.30 a.m. at the club (time will be given from 10.00 to go through minutes and other documents given out, which will also be emailed or posted out to members in advance, when available).

Please come along if you can (despite lower attendances at the club recently, we hope to have enough attendees to be quorate - 15). It would be helpful if you could let us know if you can/can't make it. 

Please wear a mask if you can, for the safety of everyone. We will take forehead temperatures and may also check your vaccination status (if we haven't already).

Thank you.

 

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

The Club reopened on Tuesday 17th August and it was good to see friends that we haven't seen in person for some time (and Fred's ponytail!). 

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.

THERE WILL BE A STANDBY PARTNER FOR THOSE COMING TO THE CLUB WITHOUT ONE THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY 28th and 29th

Members can also 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 try to arrange a partner beforehand. 

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 safely.

THE ONLINE SESSIONS WILL CARRY ON AS NORMAL 

  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.

  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
Club Tuesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Ten High Session on Real Bridge
Virtual Bridge Club 13:30
Monday Evening on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Sunday Morning on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 11:00
Friday Evening on Real Bridge
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Club Tuesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Calendar
Fri 28th Jan 2022
UNICEF SIM Pairs on RealBridge
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Sun 30th Jan 2022
Sunday Morning on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 11:00
Sun 30th Jan 2022
Club Sunday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:00
Mon 31st Jan 2022
Ten High Session on Real Bridge
Virtual Bridge Club 13:30
Mon 31st Jan 2022
Monday Evening on BBO
Virtual Bridge Club 19:15
Tue 1st Feb 2022
Club Tuesday Afternoon Bridge
The Club 13:15
Real Bridge on iPads

I M P O R T A N T  

RealBridge have asked us to send you some more advice about iPads that have been upgraded to iOS 15.

There is a problem where some iPads freeze when they arrive at a table. To solve this problem, RealBridge have updated their advice for iPads with iOS 15, and there are some more settings changes to make.

If you have an iPad, and you have iOS 15, please follow the instructions here:

     https://realbridge.online/media-support-ios-15.html

Even if you did this during the past two weeks, please do it again, as the advice has changed.

If you have been in contact with RealBridge since Wednesday 8 December, they may already have asked you to make these changes.  If so, you don’t need to do anything.  If you are not sure whether you have the latest settings, either go and check whether your iPad has the recommended changes, or contact RealBridge to check.

IMPORTANT - COVID-19 RULES FOR CLUB SESSIONS

The Club has now reopened for its regular sessions

Following the rules introduced by the Government from Friday 10th December, face masks must be worn at all face-to-face sessions unless you have an exemption from wearing one.  We will continue to take temperatures on arrival and ventilate the playing room as much as we can and promote suitable distancing.  There are masks and visors available at the Club.

We would ask you to carry out a lateral flow test before coming to play at the club if it is possible.  These are available free from local pharmacies and health centres.  The Club is committed to keeping you safe, but we need you to take responsibility as well.

As cases of the Omicron variant continue to grow, we will review the situation after each session and follow instructions and guidelines from the Government.  If you are feeling unwell and running a temperature, please do not come to the club until you are better and have completed the relevant quarantine session.

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.