Latest News and Upcoming Events
Deal of the Week
The second weekend of the Premier League at Spondon on 16-17th October was won by team Leslie with Michael Byrne playing throughout with Kieran Dyke, Mike Bell and Ben Norton. They scored 88 VPs to rise from 8th to 5th. Team Penfold with John Holland and Gary Hyett also did well, finishing fifth to move out of the relegation zone. The final weekend will be in London on 6-7th November.
The annual Chester Bowl Charity Pairs was held online this year, congratulations to Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray who were second. Results are on the Deva Club web site.
Northern Bridge League Final Matches
The fourth and final matches of the NBL season were played on Saturday 9th October on RealBridge. In the A division Manchester were fourth on the day and finished third overall. The team was Rodney Lighton/John Holland, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alec Smalley/Tom Dessain and Irving & Joy Blakey. Alec and Tom were top of the cross-imp rankings.
In the B division Manchester won on the day and overtook Mersey & Cheshire to win the division - well done. The team was John Stell/Steve Allen, Rhona Goldenfield/Kath Nelson, John Roberts/Pete Foster and Neil Thomas/Roger Hopton. John and Pete were top of the cross-imp rankings just ahead of John and Steve with Rhona and Kath also scoring well.
In the C division Manchester were fourth on the day to finish fifth overall. The team was Keith Boulton/Nigel Pearce, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Liz & Steve Halstead. Keith and Nigel were our best pair on cross-imps followed by Karen and Barbara.
Thanks to everyone for playing in the matches this summer, the B team get to play in the National Final next year and the league will continue next season in some format to be decided next week.
Gold Cup Semi-Final and Final
In the semi final of the Gold Cup Michael Byrne's team (Tim Leslie, Ben Norton, Mike Bell, Kieran Dyke) won convincingly against Hinden (Hinden/Osborne, Sally Brock/ Barry Myers, Chris Jagger/Jeffrey Allerton).
They got off to a good start winning the first set 35-4, and then
proceeded to win the next two sets 64-0 to be 91 imps up.
Their opponents never recovered and conceded with a set to
In the final, on Sunday 10th October over 64 boards on RealBridge,
they played the De Botton team who beat Mossop by a
similarly large amount. After a close and exciting
match the De Botton team came out on top by 20 imps,
although Michael's team had a narrow lead after 61 boards.
Higson Cup and Plate
32 teams have entered this year's Higson Cup and Plate competition. In round 1 the division 1 and 2 teams have been seeded. The winners of round 1 proceed to round 2 where the winners will play in the eight team Higson Cup final. The losers in round 1 will play one round of knock-out with the winners playing in the eight team Higson Plate final. The draw and results can be seen on the EBU knockouts page.
Great Northern Pairs
Congratulations to Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray who won this event played on BBO over the weekend of 2nd-3rd October, this was Paul's first ever win in a National event. Results are on the EBU web site.
Goldstone and League
Bridge is slowly returning to normality, 25 teams have entered the Goldstone and the draw is now on the Goldstone page.
50 teams have entered the league, split into five divisions with ten teams in each division.
Both competitions have the option of playing face to face or online.
League results will be on the EBU web site.
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
A single session pairs event for those of rank of Regional Master and below and NGS Jack or below.
Sunday 7th November at 13.30 at Bramhall and Cheadle Bridge Centre.
Starting in September and October there will be a variety of classes and tuition available across Greater Manchester, both online and face-to-face, for newcomers to bridge and for improvers.
The next meeting of the MCBA council will be on Thursday 28th October at 19.00 on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be posted later.