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Sunday 24th November
Manchester Bridge Club
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Cheadle/Bramhall IMPed Pairs
Thursday 28th November
Bramhall Bridge Club
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Ben Franks
Sunday 1st December
Manchester Bridge Club
A two session pairs event. 
Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
Click here for online entry form
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2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester
Click here for congress online entry form
Click here for online Jack High entry form
Congress leaflet and entry form
Jack High events and entry form
Travel Information
Gazette Cup
Inter Club Teams of Eight
Sunday 2nd February
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MCBA Handbook 2019-20
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Click here for the EBU calendar

Deal of the Week
Nov 2019
6th Lancs Swiss Pairs
13th Premier League Defence

Oct 2019

16th NBL Grand 23rd Higson Game
30th No Entry
Sept 2019 4th Four-Three fit 2 11th MBC 3NT
18th Cheadle Defence

Aug 2019 7th GP Teams 14th Defence problem
21st NBL 1
28th Four-Three fit 1

July 2019 3rd Corwen 1 10th Corwen 2
17th Corwen 3
24th President's Cup 1
31st President's Cup 2
June 2019
5th Hubert Phillips 1
12th Hubert Phillips 2
19th Hubert Phillips 3
26th 20 years ago

May 2019
1st Higson Final
8th Higson Final 2

22nd NICKO lead
29th Ruia Slam
Apr 2019

17th Preston Pairs

Mar 2019
6th Cheadle Pairs
13th Trump Squeeze
20th Green Point Pairs
27th Green Point Pairs Defence

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  

Higson Cup and Plate
The draw for round 2 of the Higson Cup has been made and is on the Cup page.  The tie of the round is Michael Byrne's St Titus against current league leaders Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras.  The draw for the plate will be made next week when the outstanding matches in the first round of the cup have been played.

John Buck
From the late sixties through to the early eighties the Manchester team of Bernard Goldenfield, Denis Robson, John Buck and Raymond Semp were one of the finest in the North.  They reached the Gold Cup final in 1983 after which John Buck retired from competitive bridge.  We are sorry to report that John died recently.   Click here for an obituary written by his long time partner and friend Raymond Semp.

Tollemache Qualifier
Congratulations to the Manchester team Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Rhona Goldenfield who qualified in the inter county teams of eight at Daventry on 16-17th November, winning their group comfortably.  All four pairs were positive on cross-IMPs with John and John the best of our pairs.  Results are on the EBU web site.

Manchester will now play in the final in February against Middlesex, Devon, Cambs & Hunts, Kent, Surrey, Berks & Bucks and Gloucestershire.

Online Entries for Competitions
There is now a bridgewebs web site for entering Manchester competitions online and which will also have the detailed results of any competitions played.
It can be accessed at  
It has the entry forms for the Ben Franks Trophy and the Manchester Congress (Main and Jack high events).

Premier League
The third and final weekend of the English Premier League took place on 9-10th Nov in Solihull.  Manchester players involved were Ollie Burgess, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock in Jeff Morris's team in division 1, Michael Byrne in Tim Leslie's team and John Holland and Alan Mould in Sandra Penfold's team in division 2, Peter Foster, John Roberts and Peter Jones in Peter Foster's team in division 3 and Josh Clarke and Henry Bissell in the Junior team in division 3.

The Leslie and Penfold teams were first and second in division two and are promoted for next season, the other teams with Manchester involvement did less well, but Josh Clarke did well on cross IMPs.

Results are on the EBU web site.

EBU Seniors Congress
In the Seniors at Daventry over the weekend of November 1st to 3rd Rhona Goldenfield and Raymond Semp finished third in the A Final with Gary Hyett playing with Alan Cooke fourth.  Congratulations to all, results are on the EBU web site.

Intermediate Pairs
Thirty pairs took part in the Intermediate Pairs at Altrincham on Sunday 3rd November.  Prizes were awarded at two levels, Intermediate and Less Experienced.  Thanks to Karen Jones for organising and to Joan Lewis for directing.  Detailed results are on the Altrincham web site.


Winners Geoff Densham and Hazel Powell


Second Scott Middleton and Roy Saleh


Third Angela Ashleigh and Wendy Burton


Fourth Richard Aubrey and David Tilley
LE 1st

Less Experienced First Colin Mills and Alison Morgan-Milne

LE 2nd

Less Experienced Second Linda Wood and Peter Parsonage
LE 3rd

Less Experienced Third Rosalind and Michael Rosenblatt

LE 4th

Less Experienced Fourth Graham Hobbs and Stephen Harlow
Spot Prize

Spot prize Robert and Margret Sloss

Pos No Players Match
Tops Score
1 23
Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham
285.50 440 64.89
2 29
Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton
264.00 440 60.00
3 18
Angela Ashleigh & Wendy Burton
263.00 440 59.77
4= 11
Colin Mills & Alison Morgan Milne
261.00 440 59.32
4= 14
David Tilley & Richard Aubery
261.00 440 59.32
6 4
Melanie Foster & Gail Jones
256.10 440 58.20
7 30
Sam & Mike Wakefield
253.90 440 57.70
8 6
Tricia Blum & Judy Yates
252.90 440 57.48
9 19
Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly
251.50 440 57.16
10 24
Peter Parsonage & Linda Wood
249.60 440 56.73
11 26
Michael & Rosalind Rosenblatt
246.50 440 56.02
12 16
Margaret Harris & Pat Turner
238.00 440 54.09
13 8
Graham Hobbs & Stephen Harlow
236.70 440 53.80
14 27
Sandra Hargreaves & Keith Stevens
226.00 440 51.36
15 2
Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie
225.40 440 51.23
16 7
Robert & Margaret Sloss
223.50 440 50.80
17 21
Adrienne Stone & Mark Gomme
215.30 440 48.93
18 3
Susan Braid & Jan Lancaster
209.50 440 47.61
19 17
David Eason & Jenny Allwright
207.10 440 47.07
20 10
Patricia Dee & Jacky Edelson
204.00 440 46.36
21 20
Ted Bailey & Julie Dennerley
201.90 440 45.89
22 22
Dilys Whitelegg & Shelagh Hulme
197.60 440 44.91
23 15
Anne Naylor & Lauren Millar
191.10 440 43.43
24 13
Dianne Hutchinson & Patricia D.J. Khan
188.00 440 42.73
25 1
Jan Boyd & Chris Overton
187.40 440 42.59
26 28
Valerie Laddin & Barbara Taylor
171.90 440 39.07
27 12
Jackie Burns & Dolores Sultan
168.00 440 38.18
28 5
John Crawford & Kit Butterworth
161.10 440 36.61
29 25
Juliette Rose & Sharon Buchalter
157.00 440 35.68
30 9
Joan Moor & Eva Schroeder
149.50 440 33.98

League and Higson Cup
The league and Higson Cup are now well under way, with matches having been played in all but one of the league divisions and some first round matches in the Higson Cup.  Follow the links on the league page to see league results or go to the EBU knockout page for the Higson Cup results.

The first division of the league has been the busiest so far, with Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras setting the early pace with two big wins and a draw.

Robert Jones
We are sorry to report the death of Robert Jones on Friday 25th October.  Robert was a regular player at the Cheadle Hulme and Marple clubs.  He participated in county events, winning both the Higson Cup and Plate as well as representing Manchester in the Northern Bridge League.  Our condolences to his wife Joyce and family.  A fuller obituary is on the Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club web site.

Lancashire Congress
In the Lancashire Congress at Preston Bridge Club on 26-27th October, John Currie and Rodney Lighton won the Swiss Pairs by a good margin, winning all their matches.  In the Swiss Teams Paul Beckwith, Andy Green, Stephen Ward and Paul Morrell were second.  Results are on the Lancashire web site.

Please e-mail information for the site to Rodney Lighton
Last updated 19th Nov 2019.  Pages updated recently - News, Goldstone
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