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Intermediate Swiss Pairs
Sunday 24th March
at Manchester Bridge Club
Open to players NGS Jack or below and below Regional Master
Click here for details and entry form

Welsh Green Point Swiss Pairs and Teams
6th-7th April
Click here for details

MCBA AGM
Thursday 30th May at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club
(note change of date)

Ollie's Workshops
Next one is Sunday April 14th 14.30 at Manchester Bridge Club
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Deal of the Week
Mar 2019
6th Cheadle Pairs
13th Trump Squeeze
20th Green Point Pairs


Feb 2019
6th Deva Slam 2
13th Deva Slam 3
20th Deva Slam 4
27th Double End Play

Jan 2019
2nd League Lead
9th A bad break
16th Congress Teams 1
23rd Congress Teams 2
30th Deva Slam 1
Dec 2018
5th Tolly Qual 1
12th Tolly Qual 2
19th Lancs Teams 2


Nov 2018
7th Lancs Pairs
14th Lancs Pairs Defence
21st Lancs Teams
28th Scottish Curiosity

Oct 2018
3rd Northern Bridge League 10th Northern Bridge League
17th Northop
24th Chester Defence
31st Cheadle Mixed
Sep 2018
5th GP defence


26th Teams or Pairs

Aug 2018
1st National League
8th Yorkshire Congress
15th Llandudno
22nd NBL Grand
29th Michelle Memorial
July 2018
4th Yorks Grand
11th Super Moysian
18th Pachabo
25th Defence at Cheadle

June 2018
6th John Armstrong Pairs
13th Blocked suit
20th Cheadle Grand
27th Goldstone Final

May 2018
2nd League Grand
9th 3N or 5 of a minor
16th Cheadle 3NT
23rd Ruia Cup
30th Play 5D
Apr 2018
4th Green Point Pairs 2S
11th Green Point Pairs 3N
18th More GP Pairs
25th Llangollen

Mar 2018
7th Slam play problem
14th Scissors Coup
21st Improvisation
28th Tollemache 3NT

Feb 2018
7th Devil's coup
14th End Play
21st Congress 3NT
28th 3NT Play problem

Jan 2018

10th NICKO pre-empt
17th Congress slam 1
24th Congress slam 2
31st Congress Slam 3
Dec 2017
6th A curiosity
13th Ben Franks Grand
20th Ben Franks Lead
27th A suit play

Nov 2017
1st Sacrifice
8th Deva Charity Event
15th Cheadle Mixed
22nd Lancs Pairs
29th Lancs Teams
Oct 2017
4th League Play
11th League bid
18th Both minors
25th NBL Inference

Sep 2017
6th NBL Lead
13th Bolton Defence
20th League Defence
27th Mixed results

Aug 2017
2nd Michelle Memorial
9th Trump Coup

23rd Northern Bridge League
30th More NBL
July 2017
5th Extra trick


26th Llandudno

June 2017
7th Make this slam
14th Online Bridge
21st Your lead
28th Corwen Defence

May 2017
3rd MBC Slam
10th Higson Cup 3NT
17th Higson Cup Grand
24th Slam fork
31st Bridge in Salford
Apr 2017
5th Surrogacy
12th Pairs vs Teams
19th Pseudo End Play
26th Your lead

Mar 2017
1st Goldstone Slam
8th Non-technical line
15th Freak hand
22nd Find the Lady
29th Six-six
Feb 2017
1st Lead direction
8th Compete part scores
15th The three level
22nd Defence problem

Jan 2017
4th 6C Bid and play
11th Congress Slam
18th League Game
25th Gold Cup Grand

Dec 2016
7th Slam in fourth suit
14th Beer card
21st Xmas puzzle
28th New Year puzzle

Nov 2016
2nd Direct Route
 9th More suit plays
16th Don't give up
23rd Bid and play
30th Psyche
Oct 2016

12th Duplication
19th Defensive unblock
26th Endplay

Sep 2016
7th Pairs Defence
14th Psychology
21st Poor bridge
28th Unblocking

Aug 2016
3rd Trump End Play
10th Slam Lead
17th 800
24th 1100
31st 3NT with 4-4 fit
July 2016
6th Welsh Bridge
13th Llandudno
20th 6NT play
27th En passant

June 2016
1st Slam Try
8th  University Bridge
15th Tuesday Bridge
22nd Pachabo overtrick
29th Slam play
May 2016
4th Long sequence
11th RKCB with void
18th More RKCB
25th IMP Pairs

Apr 2016
6th Sixteen point game
13th Easter bridge
20th Four-Three fit
27th Six-Six hand

Mar 2016
2nd Inferences and end play 9th  Make the overtrick 16th A lead problem
23rd Two suit plays
30th The wrong slam
Feb 2016
3rd Simple technique 10th Six, five, come alive 17th Which small card? 24th The dark blue card
Jan 2016
6th Which game? 13th The last guess 20th Nine card suit 27th An intricate sequence
Dec 2015
2nd Precarious trumps 9th  Classy sequence 16th Distribution inference 23rd Cheadle cross ruff
Nov 2015
4th Endplay choice 11th Spooky bridge 18th Third round control 25th Surprise gain
Oct 2015
7th A direct route 14th Breaking Blackwood rules 21st Crockfords slams 28th Textbook deal
Sep 2015
2nd 8410 hands 9th  A suit combination 16th A critical defence 23rd Premier League in Manchester 30th Which squeeze
Aug 2015



26th Choice of slams  

Hubert Phillips
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.

Cumbria Congress
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.

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.

Winners

Winners Stuart Clarke (Irene Davies) Sue Woodcock

Second

Second Stuart Davies and Tracy Capal
Third

Third equal Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Mark Weeks, (Stuart Matthews),
Alan Mould, Raymond Semp
Intermediate

Intermediate prize Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler

Pos Cat No Players Matches Total
VPs
Tops Green
Points
1   19
Sue Woodcock & Stuart N. Clarke
18 8 13 18 16 16 19 108 140
2   32
Tracy Capal & Stuart Davies
2 19 17 15 6 20 19 98 140 2.38
3=   28
Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks
19 14 1 18 14 16 14 96 140 2.20
3=   2
Alan Mould & Raymond Semp
5 15 20 2 14 20 20 96 140 1.95
3=   23
Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith
17 6 11 16 6 20 20 96 140 1.95
6   7
Liz Commins & David Stevenson
12 16 17 14 4 10 17 90 140 1.85
7=   26
Bob Loveridge & Michael Tomlinson
14 14 19 6 17 12 6 88 140 1.56
7= N 42
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
2 2 17 13 19 16 19 88 140 1.56
9   3
Paddy Murphy & Christopher Pope
15 11 16 20 13 8 1 84 140
10   33
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
18 20 13 20 7 4 1 83 140 1
11=   24
Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft
3 19 8 6 17 14 15 82 140 1
11=   45
Celia & Kevin Comrie
1 9 10 20 7 17 18 82 140 0.88
13   31
Eve Lighthill & Howard Kay
18 12 7 13 14 4 13 81 140
14   13
Sheila Shea & Edward Jones
12 6 4 18 18 19 0 77 140 1
15=   41
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
18 0 11 7 19 13 7 75 140 1
15=   12
John Currie & Rodney Lighton
7 6 16 17 14 0 15 75 140 1
15=   30
Gwen Beattie & Carol Fisher
8 6 20 10 9 19 3 75 140 0.63
18=   44
Nicholas Greer & Henry Bissell
16 16 19 0 12 10 0 73 140 1.13
18=   34
Irene Davies & Karen Reissmann
2 18 16 5 6 12 14 73 140 1
20   16
Irene Bowers & Ruthy Chadwick
15 9 18 11 3 0 16 72 140 1
21   18
Gillian Whyte & John Holland
12 14 3 13 8 8 13 71 140 1
22= N 48
Josh Clarke & Paul Murray
20 6 4 14 11 14 1 70 140 1
22=   46
Alec Smalley & Barbara Lewis
19 16 7 9 8 1 10 70 140 0.63
24=   29
John Hampson & Julian Merrill
12 3 14 3 20 12 5 69 140 1
24=   1
David Hammonds & Andy Green
15 4 16 7 6 11 10 69 140 0.88
26   11
Colin Humphrey & Daniel Miller
13 11 2 8 13 9 11 67 140 1
27=   22
Peter Jones & Neil Morley
13 9 12 2 1 17 12 66 140 1
27=   14
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
8 15 7 11 13 7 5 66 140 ¾
29=   43
John Morrell & Marianne Farr
4 1 20 12 17 4 7 65 140 ¾
29=   37
Kevin Higgins & Ann Thornton
19 4 9 10 14 0 9 65 140 0.63
29=   9
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
8 5 19 15 6 6 6 65 140 ½
32   38
Babs Matthews & Joyce White
1 17 9 8 3 13 13 64 140 ¾
33=   40
James Carpenter & Jason Levesley
16 14 13 0 12 6 2 63 140 1
33=   17
Laurence Stone & David Smith
8 14 13 4 2 10 12 63 140 0.88
33=   47
Bernard Kaye & Sidney Travers
0 11 5 12 19 8 8 63 140 ¾
36=   4
Chris Ryall & Trevor Hails
5 5 10 7 1 18 15 61 140 0.63
36=   10
Howard Stubbings & Ed Glinert
12 4 6 2 15 18 4 61 140 ¾
38   36
Stephen Ward & Christopher Hine
11 17 1 9 13 1 8 60 140 ¾
39 N 25
Richard Cross & Carol McKinnon
6 14 4 6 0 15 14 59 140 ¾
40   5
Liz & Bill Wattleworth
7 14 3 14 3 10 7 58 140 0.63
41 N 6
Avril Mattison & Pearl Epstein
13 6 0 0 17 3 18 57 140 ¾
42   8
Rod Franks & Pauline Lang
8 4 15 12 7 3 5 54 140 ½
43=   27
Catherine & John Ashworth
1 3 0 15 3 20 10 52 140 0.63
43=   21
Margaret Barnes & Wyn Williams
7 6 1 19 7 2 10 52 140 0.38
45   35
Ray & Angela Ashleigh
9 16 7 5 1 7 6 51 140 ¼
46 N 20
Sally Bray & George Leigh
2 1 3 5 18 2 17 48 140 ½
47   39
David Murray & Barbara Moore
4 10 4 8 5 5 3 39 140 0.13
48 N 15
Pat Dunningham & Peter Horn
5 10 0 1 2 0 2 20 140 0.13


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.

League (28th Feb)
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team remain unbeaten with a narrow win over Jeff Smith's Inverted Minors, while Kath Nelson's Agamemnon remain second and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras third.  In division two the positions have changed dramatically with Eve Lighthill's DASH taking the top spot after beating Proteus (Frank Brown) 30-0, Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are now second.

In division three Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention remain top with Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) second and Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) third. In division four there is a complete change in the top positions since January.  Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe) have completed all their matches and are leading ahead of Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) with David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars third.

Ray Hill's Monton Misfits are unbeaten after seven matches in division five, they lead ahead of David Tilley's Stretford Sabres with Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid third.  In division six 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead ahead of John Berry's Double Trouble.  In division seven  Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had four good wins, they are ahead of Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) and Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt).

B and C Team Seminars
Michael Byrne will be holding seminars for B and C team players at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club.  The C team seminar will be on Sunday March 17th 12.30-18.00, the B team seminar will be on Saturday March 30th 12.00 to 17.30.  Both seminars cost £5 and are by invitation.  Invitations for the C team seminar have now been issued, invitations for the B teams seminar will be issued in early March.  Any suggestions for topics will be welcomed.  If you don't receive an invitation and you think you could benefit from attending please email Michael Byrne.

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