2019 News and Results
Summer Intermediate Pairs
Nineteen pairs contested the Summer Intermediate Pairs at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 23rd June. A lovely afternoon was had by all, the winners were Tricia Blum and Judy Yates with a huge score of nearly 73%. Full results are on the Altrincham Club web site.
Thanks to Barbara Eastabrook for organising and to Joan Lewis for directing.
Inter County League Finals
In the Inter-County League finals at Coventry on the 16th June Manchester A finished third and Manchester B were fifth in their groups. The teams had qualified by winning the Northern Counties leagues last summer. The A team was Michael Newman/Michael Byrne, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Alan Mould/Alec Smalley, David Barton/Leslie Klein. The B team was David Olliver/Richard Acaster, Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas. Full results are on Ian Mitchell's web site.
Manchester Bridge Club had a stall at the Didsbury Festival on Saturday 8th June. Despite the pouring rain 20 members turned out to help on the stall and signed up 24 people who were interested in learning bridge, five of whom turned up for a taster session at the club three days later.
Is there a festival in your area that you could use to recruit members? The county has bought the banner pictured above right; any club interested in using it should contact Irene Davies.
Congratulations to Martin Taylor playing with Barbara Hackett who won the main pairs final at Harrogate on 8th June and to Paul Beckwith and Neil Thomas who won the secondary pairs final.
Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry. Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants & Isle of Wight for the top spot. Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin. Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points. This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.
Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, John Holland
Bernard was born in 1932 in Manchester; he joined an accountancy firm in 1949 where he started playing bridge. Denis Robson also joined the firm soon after and they formed a partnership which lasted for over 25 years. Their best achievements were to play for England in a Camrose match in 1976 and to reach the Gold Cup final in 1983.
Around 1970 Bernard met Rhona, they married in 1975. They became one of the top partnerships in the area, playing many events and winning a large proportion of them. Together they won a bronze medal representing Great Britain in the Common Market Mixed Teams in 1993, three Hubert Phillips Bowls, the NICKO (twice) and the Garden Cities (three times). They regularly played for Manchester in the Tollemache and the Northern league. Bernard won the Manchester league nine times, the Higson Cup seven times as well as every other major local event several times.
He seemed to lose none of his skill even when in his eighties, although occasionally his eyesight let him down. This year he won the Higson Cup at the age of 86.
Bernard was seventh in the all time master point rankings and highly graded on the NGS.
He assisted Rhona with the running of the Green Point events at Altrincham and was the county's auditor for many years.
Above all Bernard was a very popular player, friendly and courteous. He was a great raconteur with a large fund of good stories and jokes. He enjoyed going to Killarney every year and was recently presented with a special award for his attendance at the congress.
He will be sadly missed, we send our condolences to Rhona, his family and friends.
The funeral, in accordance with Jewish custom, was held on 6th June the day that he died. It was attended by several hundred people, including a large number of bridge playing friends.
The inter-county pairs event took place at Daventry on 1st-2nd June. John Holland and Rodney Lighton started off well, lying second after the first session, but a poor Saturday evening session saw them drop to 15th and they eventually finished tenth. Joy and Irving Blakey were doing very well in third place before the final session but dropped to 15th. John Roberts and Peter Foster had a good final session to finish 24th overall, Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies finished just below half way.
Annual General Meeting
A well attended AGM of the association took place on Thursday May 30th at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club. Kath Nelson retired as league secretary after seven years of service, the association thanks her for hard work and efficiency in running the league and cup. Adam Wiseberg is the new league secretary. Ann Thornton retired as tournament secretary. Her job is being split between various people each of whom will take over the running of a small number of competitions. Barbara Lewis retired from her role as organiser of various intermediate competitions which she has done with great efficiency for many years. Presentations were made to Kath and Barbara for their service.
Prizes and trophies were given for the Player of the Year, (John Holland in the expert category and Adam Wiseberg in the intermediate category), and for the league divisions and Goldstone Trophy.
Three motions were presented for discussion.
The meeting voted to
Ashton Bridge Club
We are pleased to welcome Ashton Bridge Club as an affiliated club to the county and EBU. The Ashton club has existed since time immemorial, but at some time in the past decided to disaffilate from the EBU. The members have now voted to affiliate at a recent meeting. They have bridge sessions every weekday, see their web site for details.
Keep Bridge Alive
Professor Sam Punch, a sociology professor at Stirling University, is doing research into the sociology of bridge. This is concerned with the social aspects of playing bridge and the effects of keeping an active mind through participating in the game. She is seeking financial help via crowd sourcing for this work.
If you would like to read more please follow the links below.
Keep Bridge Alive letter
Keep Bridge Alive A5 leaflet
Keep Bridge Alive Poster
Keep Bridge Alive donation form
Hubert Phillips Final
In a very close final Alan Mould's team (John Holland, Jackie Pye, Jeff Smith) just lost to Sally Brock's team (Barry Myers, Phil King, Robert Sheehan) at Spondon on 28th May. The winning margin for the Brock team was 430 aggregate points.
SelectionsThe selection committee has chosen the following players for the events below.
Spring Bank Holiday Congress
Congratulations to Michael Byrne, playing with Dinah Caplan, who came second in the pairs A final at Stratford on 26th May. Results are on the EBU web site.
After many years teaching bridge at Wilmslow Guild Jenny Morris is leaving to start teaching bridge at her home in Mobberley. She will run courses in the mornings, afternoon and evenings for absolute beginners to more experienced players.
These new courses will begin from September 2019 and are detailed on her website https://jennymorrisbridge.com
This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas). New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final. St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
The final scores for this year's player of the year are now updated. John Holland has won the expert category just ahead of Rodney Lighton with last year's winner, Alan Mould, a distant third.
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May. Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
National Swiss Teams Congress
Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke, Toby Nonnenmacher and Ben Norton who won the Swiss Teams at Solihull over the weekend of 11-12th May. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Bramhall and Cheadle to Merge
Following overwhelming votes in favour by the members of both clubs, Bramhall and Cheadle Bridge Clubs will merge in September. The new club will meet at the current Bramhall premises with the Cheadle site closing. The clubs are taking advantage of a unique and timely opportunity to bring together two successful bridge clubs with between them a group of members who have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to create and grow a joint club with a full range of bridge activities. The new club will initially continue with the sessions currently run by both clubs and will be one of the largest in the county.
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May. By Sunday evening, after five rounds, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match. By Monday evening only the Penfold team remained, having won a very close quarter final, but they lost in the semi-finals on Tuesday; nevertheless an excellent result in a star studded field.
League (3rd May)
Congratulations to those who won their divisions or are promoted.
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team have won, winning all their matches. Kath Nelson's Agamemnon are second. In division two in the final match Proteus (Frank Brown) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) by 30-0 to win the division. Also promoted are Eve Lighthill's DASH and Bernard Kaye's Sedgley.
In division three Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) have won with Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention second. In division four Astrazeneca Stars (David Milne) have won just ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe).
Ray Hill's Monton Misfits won division five unbeaten, Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid won their last match well to finish second. In division six in a very close finish John Berry's Double Trouble have won the division with Vera Lowson's Wild at Heart second. In division seven Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) are promoted along with Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt) after another close finsih.
Many thanks to Kath Nelson for running the league so efficiently for many years, she retires at the end of this season as league secretary, with Adam Wiseberg taking over next year.
Player of the Year
Congratulations to Adam Wiseberg who has won the Intemediate category of the Player of the Year just one point ahead of Josh Clarke.
The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April. Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup. They started with the team of Kath and Alan Nelson, Bernard Goldenfield and John Hassett. Jeff Morris arrived at half time straight from the airport after a holiday in Ireland to replace Bernard for the second half. In the plate Monton Misfits (Rose Davenport, Ray Hill, Valerie and Ian Hempstock, Enid Noronha and Ron Lowe) won by a good margin ahead of The Four Dummies.
Thanks to Henry Bissell and Joan Lewis for efficient directing and to Adam Wiseberg for organising. Detailed results are on the Altrincham Club web site.
In the Easter Festival at Ilkley John Holland and Jackie Pye finished third in both the Mixed Pairs and the Swiss Pairs. John and Jackie then teamed up with Alan Mould and Michael Newman to win the Swiss Teams on Sunday concluding a successful tournament. Tom Slater's team was second. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Michael Newman, John Holland, Jackie Pye, Alan Mould
We are sorry to report that Michael Clarke died on 17th April of pancreatic cancer. Michael was a long standing member of the MCBA. He was primarily a rubber bridge player but had been a member of Kath Nelson's Agamemnon league team for many years, playing with Martin Braid until Martin's death a few years ago and then with Jeff Morris. The team always placed well in the league, winning in 2007 and finishing second this year. Michael was also on the Goldstone Trophy winning team in 2007 and won the Gazette Trophy a couple of times on Manchester Bridge Club teams. He represented England in the winning Junior Camrose team in 1981 partnering Jeremy Wyndham with whom he won National Masters Pairs in 1982. Our condolences to his wife and family.
Preston Blue Point Pairs
Nearly half the field were Manchester players at Preston on 14th April. Best Manchester result was achieved by John Holland with Jackie Pye who were second. Jeff Morris and John Hassett were third. Results are on the Preston site.
Catherine Draper played for England in the women's home internationals in Ireland on the weekend of April 12th-14th with Susanna Gross, Sally Brock, Gilly Cardiff, Nicola Smith and Yvonne Wiseman. England won the competition with Catherine and Susanna heading the Butler rankings. The event web site is here.
John Holland played for England Seniors on the weekend of April 5th-7th in the home internationals in Edinburgh. The rest of the team was Norman Selway, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Halberg and David Mossop. England won by a large margin, with John and Norman second in the Butler rankings. The event website is here.
Congratulations to Michael Byrne who won the EBU's Mixed Pairs event playing with Dinah Caplan of London at Richmond on 24th March. They were lying second just behind Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield after the first session and a solid second session saw them just stay ahead of another pair playing at Richmond who managed a 72% second session. At 86 years old Dinah becomes the oldest ever winner of the Portland Pairs. Bernard and Rhona finished 13th, with John Holland and Jackie Pye 14th. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Dinah Caplan and Michael Byrne
Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team. This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.
Intermediate Swiss Pairs
26 pairs had a very enjoyable afternoon playing Swiss Pairs at Manchester Bridge Club on March 24th. Congratulations to the winners Wendy Burton and Angela Ashleigh, with Susan Bloor and Sue Ralph in second place, only just ahead of third placed Annie Curtis and Jackie Lowrie. Full results can be found on the club websites of Manchester, Larkhill and Altrincham.
Thanks to Susan Triggs for organising the event and Joan Lewis for directing.
The following Manchester players were successful in the Cumbria Congress from 15th-17th March. Ladies Pairs 2nd Joyce White with Babs Matthews, 3rd Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook. Mixed Pairs 3rd Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang. Championship Pairs 2nd Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield. Swiss Teams Winners Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock with Michael Prior and Keith Ashcroft, 2nd Joyce White with Babs Matthews, Tim Matthews, Ian Reeves, 3rd Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang, Rod Franks with Margaret Howe. Full results are on the Cumbria web page.
St Titus Win League
Congratulations to Michael Byrne's team (Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton, Gary Hyett) who have won the first division. They won all their matches, mainly by good margins. This is the team's sixth win in the league, the first being in 2008 and the most recent three years ago, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney and Gary have participated throughout since the team was formed in 2004.
European Mixed Teams
The first European Mixed Teams Championship took place in Lisbon from 22nd to 28th February. Playing for England was Michael Byrne with Fiona Brown, the rest of the team was Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne. For the event web site click here. Congratulations to all the team on finishing fifth which qualifies them for the World Championships in Wuhan in September.
Green Point Pairs
Manchester's annual green point pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March. Forty eight pairs competed with Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke winning by half a match ahead of Tracy Capal and Stuart Davies. Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield and Ann Thornton for organising, to Ken Johnston and Joan Lewis for directing and to Irene Davies for presenting the prizes.
Full results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Clubs web sites.
In the PotY competition Adam Wiseberg has retaken the lead ahead of Sally Bray in the Intermediate category.
The 21st Cantor Cup Competition was held on Sunday 24th February at Manchester Bridge Club. 21 pairs had an enjoyable and competitive afternoon, including afternoon tea with freshly baked scones. Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing, Jeff Morris for hosting and Barbara Lewis for organising. Congratulations to the winners Ian and Charlie Lowe who had a huge score of 73.5%, Suzanne and Roy Beckett were second just ahead of Sharon Buchalter and Juliette Rose. Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.
The annual invitation Lederer Trophy took place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London. There were many international stars playing in the various teams. Manchester players in the Chairman's team were John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts. For the event web site click here.
Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th. The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess. After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place. Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew. Full results are on the EBU web site.
EBED Teacher's Course
The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time. Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley. If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at email@example.com. Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Harrogate Spring Congress
Congratulations to Tom Slater and Michael Byrne winners of the three session Swiss Pairs on 8-9th February. They won all their nine matches and were well ahead of second place. Gary Hyett playing with Alan Cooke, who had been leading up to the final session, finished 11th. This is a first win in this event for Tom and Michael. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Congratulations to Altrincham Bridge Club on their first win in the Gazette Trophy. The team of Stuart Hunter, Robert James, David Olliver, Stuart Shalom, Andrew Jackson, Nathan Marks, Kath and Alan Nelson finshed ahead of Bramhall, Manchester and Cheadle in that order. Ten teams competed from four clubs, Altrincham (Halstead) also won the Intermediate prize.
Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing, Ann Thornton for organising.
In the Intermediate category of the Player of the Year Sally Bray is now leading a point ahead of Adam Wiseberg.
Full results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.
Lady Milne Trials
Congratulations to Catherine Draper, playing with Susanna Gross of London, who qualified in the trials for the Womens home internationals held at the Young Chelsea on 2nd-3rd February. Results are on the EBU web site.
The annual congress at Deva Bridge Club was held over the weekend of 26-27th January. Manchester successes included a win in the Swiss Teams for Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield playing with Tracy Capal and Peter Kaufmann and second place in the pairs for Gillian McMullan and Roger Hopton.
Full results are on the Deva Club website.
EBU Point a Board Teams
Manchester players did well at the Young Chelsea on the weekend of 19-20th January. Michael Byrne won with Kieran Dyke, Mike Bell and Neil Rosen just ahead of John Holland and Alan Mould playing with Sally Brock and Barry Myers.
Lancashire Butler Pairs
Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook did well to finish fourth and win the second session prize at Preston on Sunday 20th January. Results are on the LCBA web site.
Blue Point Teams
Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith. Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.
Manchester Bridge Club at Wellington Road
Manchester Bridge Club is now well established in its new premises in Fallowfield at 81, Wellington Road, M14 6BN. The club has its own rooms in the Fallowfield Bowling and Lawn Tennis club. The main room is plushly appointed and nicely decorated with room for twelve tables. There is a small kitchen and a bar area which has room for a further half dozen or so tables. Car parking is plentiful with space available on Wellington Road if the car park is full. See the pictures below.
Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. We were pleased to welcome guests from all over the UK and particularly two teams from Norway. David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy). Helen Erichsen and Fiona Brown won the Ladies Pairs for the second year running and Sheila Shea and Edward Jones from North Wales won the Mixed Pairs Trophy. In the Teams final on a relatively unexciting set of boards John Holland, John Hassett, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith won ahead of three of the Hackett family (Paul, Justin and Barbara) and Martin Taylor, with Fiona Brown, Helen Erichsen, John Currie and Rodney Lighton third. The B Final was won by Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Jim Luck and Marianne Farr. The consolation final was a mainly Welsh contest with Barry and Beth Wennell, Margaret Barnes and Wyn Williams winning on a split tie from Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Howard Kay and Peter Jones. For the other prize winners see the photos below. A non-expert session was held each day.
Thanks to Irene Davies and all the other helpers, too numerous to name, for their hard work in organising and to directors Neil Morley, Nicholas Greer, Joan Lewis and Victor Ridding for running everything smoothly. Also to World Champion Sally Brock for presenting prizes and to Raymond Semp and Michael Byrne for the quizzes.
Michael Byrne's quiz was won by Mike Wood (57), second Adam Wiseberg (33), third Gordon Bickley (31). Prizes for the first two, answers here.
Rankings are below the photos, more detailed results are on the Manchester and Altrincham Bridge Club web sites.
PotY results have been updated, John Holland leads in the Expert category, Adam Wiseberg in the Intermediate category.
Players Progress Rankings
Kevin Comrie Rankings
Teams A Final
Teams B Final
Teams C Final