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Upcoming Events
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will take place on Thursday 25th May at 19.30 at Manchester Bridge Club.

We would encourage all members to attend and have a say in the running of bridge in Manchester.
If you have a specific issue you want to raise at the meeting you can email Michael Newman, the county's secretary and he will put it on the agenda.
Refreshments will be served.
To speed up proceedings officer's reports will be posted on the web site prior to the meeting.
Please could all officers submit their reports before the meeting.

Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 11th June 13.30

Restricted to Intermediate Players (below the rank of Regional Master and NGS Jack or below).
Click here for more details
Michelle Brunner Memorial
Saturday 22nd July
Manchester Bridge Club

  A Mixed Pivot Teams charity event
Proceeds to Christie and St Anne's Hospice
Details to follow
Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 23rd July

  One place left (7th May)
Click here for more details

EBU Events

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 21st May at 14.30
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Deal of the Week
May 2017
3rd MBC Slam
10th Higson Cup 3NT
17th Higson Cup Grand
24th Slam fork

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  

John Armstrong Pairs
About a dozen Manchester pairs went to Merseyside on Sunday 22nd May for the John Armstrong Swiss Pairs event.  Successful were Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang in second place, Kevin Higgins and Richard Acaster third, Rodney Lighton and John Currie fourth and Janet Tolan and Andy Green fifth.  They were, however, a long way behind winners David Flacks and Paul Roberts from Merseyside.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham bridge club web sites.

Teltscher Trophy
The Senior Camrose took place on 19th-21st May in Belfast.  John Holland played for England with team mates Nick Irens, David Kendrick, Tony Forrester and Norman Selway.  The team won ahead of Ireland, full results are on the Irish web site.

League and Cup Rules
The rules for the league and Higson Cup and Plate have been revised for the 2017-18 season.  They can be read by going to the league page and clicking on League Handbook.

National Swiss Teams Congress
Manchester players were in each of the top three teams at the Swiss Teams in Solihull on 13-14th May.
Michael Byrne's team (Toby Nonnenmacher, Ed Jones, Kieran Dyke) won. Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock were second playing with Nicola Smith and Michael Prior and John Holland was third with Ben Green, Barry Myers and Sally Brock.  Full results are on the EBU web site.


Kieran Dyke, Michael Byrne, Toby Nonnenmacher and Ed Jones

I have added many events in neighbouring counties to the calendar page.  Please let me know of any errors/omissions

National League Finals
The selection committee has selected the following players for the National League A and B finals on July 9th in Coventry.
A team: Alec Smalley/TomSlater, Kath & Alan Nelson, Rhona & Bernard Goldenfield, Michael Newman/Alan Mould.
B team: John Roberts/Peter Foster, Joyce & Robert Jones, Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas.
The teams qualified for these finals by winning their respective divisions in the Northern League last summer.

Hubert Phillips Final
The final of the EBU Mixed Pivot Teams will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday June 25th.  Spectators will be welcome.  The finalists are Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Alan Mould, John Holland against Michael Byrne, Ollie Burgess, Fiona Brown and Hugh McGann.  Four of the eight finalists are Manchester players.  Further details will be posted when available.

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Last updated 24th May 2017.  Pages updated recently - News, Calendar
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