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Upcoming Events
Manchester Congress
Jan 7-8th 2017
at The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street M3 4JQ
Pairs Saturday, Teams Sunday, Non-expert pairs both days
Click here for more details and entry form
Click here for travel and car parking information
Click here for non-expert events and entry form
Ben Franks
Sunday 27th November 13.30
Manchester Bridge Club
Pairs qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
MCBA members only
Click here for details and entry form

Club TD Training
Bolton Bridge Club will be hosting a Club TD Training Course over
four sessions on the dates below.
Essentials October 15, 2016, Book rulings November 12, 2016,
Judgment  rulings December 10, 2016, Assessment January 14, 2017
For more details click here
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 6th November
Altrincham Bridge Club
Entry restricted to below Regional Master and NGS Jack or below
Click here for details
EBU Events
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 13th November at 2.30pm
Play in NT
Click here for details
 Deal of the Week
Oct 2016

12th Duplication
19th Defensive unblock

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  

Premier League in Manchester
The EBU trials for the Camrose Trophy are being played over three successive weekends this autumn.  Last weekend (22-23rd Oct) saw the start of the event in London.  On Oct 29-30th the event is at Manchester Bridge Club.  Spectators are welcome at the club and matches are also broadcast on BBO.  With almost all of England's top players in action this is an opportunity to see the elite in person.  Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne, Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett, Ollie Burgess, John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett.

Currently Ollie Burgess's team are leading division two.

Session times are 10.45-12.55 (Sat Div 1 only, Sunday both divisions), 13.25-15.35, 15.55-18.05, 18.25-20.35 (Sat only).
Results can be found on the EBU web site.

Chester Bowl
Many Manchester pairs went to Deva Bridge club for the charity pairs event on Sunday 24th October.  Most successful were Lance Bloohn and Roger Hopton who were third in the consolation final and John Currie and Rodney Lighton second in the main final.  Full results are here.

Northern League Dates
The dates for the Northern league matches for 2017 are posted on the calendar page.

North Wales Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won at Shotton on Sunday 9th October, John Holland and Tony Coley were third.
Full results are here.

Northern League Final Round - Manchester win A and B Divisions
The final round of Northern league matches took place on Saturday 8th October.
In the A division at Bolton, Manchester, fielding their Tollemache team, won on the day and increased their overall lead to finish nine VPs ahead of Yorkshire 2.  The team was Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman.  Tom and Alec were our best pair on the cross IMPs.  The A2 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Royce Alexander/John Currie, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Raymond Semp/Peter Jones finished fifth on the day and sixth overall.  Peter and Raymond were the best of our A2 pairs.

The B division was played at Bradford where our team of Pete Foster/John Roberts, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Robert & Joyce Jones had an excellent day, winning the day's event and overtaking Cumbria to take the division title.  Special congratulations to Neil and Gillian who were the best pair in the division on the cross IMPs with 1.5 IMPs per board and to Eve and Ken who were second with 1.07 IMPs per board.

The C division was played at Manchester where our team of Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann, Ann Thornton/Paul Murray, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Liz and Stephen Halstead finished seventh on the day and overall.  Irene and Karen were our best pair on cross IMPs.

Detailed results are here

B Winners

NBL B Division Winners
Ken Hassell, Joyce Jones, Gillian McMullan, Neil Thomas,
Pete Foster, John Roberts, Eve Lighthill, Robert Jones

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