Michael Byrne is in his mid-thirties and lives in Manchester, where he teaches bridge full time as part of the MSB teaching school. He teaches between 100 and 200 people a week and makes every effort to remember their names, succeeding with a suspiciously high success rate.
He first came to competitive bridge when he won the Schools plate at Nottingham University, although his school only had 2 bridge players, he quickly taught two more and a team was born.
Six months later he arrived at Manchester University and discovered Manchester Bridge Club, where he was a permanent fixture for the next few years, including several years where he actually lived upstairs.
His career as a junior international started when he was selected for the U20 team and managed to capture the Peggy Bayer on Scottish soil. He subsequently won the Junior Camrose 3 times, before representing the U25 team in two European Championships, a World Championships, three European pairs Championships, and three Channel trophies.
The majority of his success however has come as a non playing captain and in his capacity as Under 20 squad Leader he has captained his players to two World Championship Silver medals (in Beijing in 2008 and Philadelphia in 2010) as well as the Peggy Bayer (he has been successful NPC seven times - the most of any NPC in the event's history) and the Channel trophy (something he never achieved as a player!).
In the open game he has won the English Premier League, the Camrose Trophy, the Brighton teams championship (twice), and the prestigious Lederer memorial trophy in consecutive years.
Away from the bridge table (although admittedly he doesn't spend much time there), Michael enjoys cooking, cinema, writing and doing quizzes, and going out with his friends (some of whom don't even play bridge).
In July 2014 Michael was part of the England team which won the Chairman's Cup - the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation.
In August 2015, playing with Kieran Dyke, he won the prestigious Harold Poster Cup, the Swiss Pairs event at the Summer Meeting in Brighton.
Last updated: August 2015
Read Michael's a day in the Life of.. - December 2010
Major International Appearances
World Youth Team Championships: 2005
European Junior Championships: 2004 and 2005
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2009 (EBU team) and 2011
Junior Camrose Selections: 2002 2004 and 2006
Peggy Bayer Trophy Selections: 2001
Premier League Winner: 2010
Harold Poster Cup - Brighton Swiss Pairs - winner: 2015
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 2006 and 2011
National Teams Congress winner: 2007 and 2013
National Pairs winner: 2006
Player of the Year Championship: 2014/15 - 18th=