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Upcoming Events
EBU Events

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 13th August at 14.30
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details


Deal of the Week
Aug 2017
2nd Michelle Memorial
9th Trump Coup



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  

Learn Bridge

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MCBA Handbook
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Preston Blue Point Pairs
Congratulations to Ann Thornton and Mary Green who finished second in the 12 table event at Preston on Sunday 6th August.

Eastbourne
The EBU's main congress of the year took place from 4th to 13th August.
In the Swiss Pairs played over the first weekend Alan Nelson and John Holland were fourth and Kath Nelson and Jeff Smith were eighth.
In the Senior's pairs Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were second with John Holland and Alan Nelson third.
Michael Byrne won the GCH Fox pairs with Jonathan Richards.
In the Mixed Pivot Teams John Holland, Peter Jones and Raymond Semp were second playing with Karen Harris.
Michael Byrne won the Thursday Open Pairs with Karen Harris.
Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Alan and Kath Nelson won the Seniors Swiss Teams.
Michael Byrne and Rhona Goldenfield were second in the Mixed Pairs.
John Holland and Michael Byrne won the point a board teams with Mike and Sarah Bell.
And finally Michael Byrne rounded off a very successful week by winning the Four Star Teams with Kieran Dyke, Mike Bell, Sarah Bell and Marion Robertson.

Senior Swiss WInners

Senior Swiss Winners
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath & Alan Nelson

Four star teams

Four Star Teams Winners
Michael Byrne, Sarah Bell, Kieran Dyke, Marion Robertson, Mike Bell

Scarborough Summer Congress
Congratulations to Joyce and Bill White who won the B teams with Babs Matthews and John Farmer of Cumbria on Sunday 30th July in the EBU congress.
Full results of the congress are on the EBU web site.

B teams winners

Bill and Joyce White, Babs Matthews and John Farmer

Derbyshire Match
The annual Manchester v Derbyshire Match took place on the 30th July at Manchester Bridge Club.  The Manchester players were: Team 1: Joan Lewis & Anne Jordan / Barbara Eastabrook & Karen Jones,  Team 2 : Henry Bissell & Josh Clarke / Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton, Team 3 : George Leigh & John Moran / Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum. After losing by 54 imps in the first half, Manchester almost regained the lead, but ended up losing a very friendly match by 5 imps.

Thanks to Rocky Bullin for directing.  Team 1 scored best overall, but congratulations go to Henry and Josh, the only pair to bid the slam on the following hand -  even if it wasn't text book bidding!

A10xxx
KJx
QJ1098
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KQJ987
A853
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Thanks to Joan Lewis for the above report


Green Point Swiss Teams
The Green Point Swiss Teams was held at Altrincham on Sunday 22nd July.  Well done to winners John Holland, Gillian Whyte, Pat Burrows and Pauline Lang.  Second were Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Toby Nonnenmacher and Raymond Semp.  Thanks to organisers Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, directors David Stevenson and Joan Lewis and to Barbara Eastabrook for providing the photos.  The player of the year spreadsheet has now been updated for this event.

Winners

Winners John Holland, Gillian Whyte, Pat Burrows, Pauline Lang
with MCBA Chair Irene Davies

Second

Second Toby Nonnenmacher, Raymond Semp, Michael Newman, Alan Mould
Third

Third Peter Boardman, Michael and Sally-Ann Rothwell, Glenda Lloyd

Fourth

Fourth John Roberts, John Stell
Fifth

Fifth Andy Green, Victor Ridding, Mary Green

Intermediate

Intermediate winners Judith Dunkerley, Adam Wiseberg, Sally Bray, Jonathan Engler
Last round

Last round highest score Stephen Ward


Pos Team Players Matches Wins/
Draws
Total Green
Points
1 17
Gillian Whyte & John Holland
Pauline Lang & Patricia Burrows
4 13 8 17 19 18 13 5 88 3.25
2 9
Alan Mould & Michael Newman
Toby Nonnenmacher & Raymond Semp
12 15 16 18 17 2 12 6 80 2.39
3 2
Michael & Sally-ann Rothwell
Peter Boardman & Glenda Lloyd
12 14 13 19 3 9 16 5 74 1.89
4 5
Peter Jones & John Stell
John Roberts & Peter Foster
17 12 12 16 14 11 8 6 73 1.94
5 21
Mary Green & Victor Ridding
Victor Ridding & Janet Tolan
David Sarabowski & Andy Green
4 9 9 19 1 16 16 3 70 1.00
6= 14
Stephen Ward & Christopher Hine
Mohammed Jabbar & Peter Green
6 9 3 19 12 10 16 4 69 0.88
6= 15
Nicholas Greer & Neil Thomas
Jean & Dave Keen
8 11 15 16 6 9 12 4 69 1.00
8 18
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
Nicola Smith & Catherine Draper
3 15 7 14 14 11 7 4 68 1.00
9 11
John & Catherine Ashworth
Barbara & Clive Henderson
1 3 9 18 11 15 11 4 67 1.00
10 20
Eve Lighthill & Kenneth Hassell
Howard Kay & Bob Cooke
2 11 17 1 16 11 8 4 64 1.00
11= 6
Howard Stubbings & Dhun Daji
Rod Franks & Melvyn Pelham
19 8 11 10 8 11 15 5 63 1.13
11= 16
Tim & Babs Matthews
Bill & Joyce White
4 7 4 20 13 10 9 3 63 0.63
13 4
Liz Commins & John Hampson
Paddy Murphy & Mark Weeks
16 18 15 2 6 9 12 4 62 1.00
14= 7
Bill & Liz Wattleworth
Roger Allison & Peter Richmond
18 6 16 8 9 17 4 3 60 0.75
14= 8
Kath Nelson & John Currie
Alan Nelson & Jeff Smith
16 14 9 6 8 9 14 3 60 0.75
16 13
Marianne Farr & Mike Nicholson
Kevin Comrie & Jim Luck
6 17 5 12 12 9 4 3 59 0.75
17 12
Roger Hopton & David Fussell
Gillian McMullan & Irene Davies
15 5 13 10 16 5 8 4 57 0.88
18 10
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
8 5 6 1 7 17 20 2 56 0.50
19 26
Bob Loveridge & Nicholas Sutcliffe
Gwen Beattie & Jeremy Stanforth
14 15 4 3 18 11 4 4 55 1.00
20 19
Veronica Petrie & Ian Edwards
Bill Alston & Andrew Petrie
1 5 14 1 15 3 13 3 51 0.75
21 24
Stuart Clarke & Sue Woodcock
Sue Fjortoft & Nick Woodcock
19 13 11 4 4 13 5 4 50 1.00
22 25
Bhim Ruia & Ann Thornton
Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton
5 8 18 4 7 4 6 1 47 0.25
23 1
Helen Nightingale & Peter Allison
Helen Nightingale
Andrea Mills & David Welsh
14 6 7 2 13 8 7 2 43 0.50
24= 3
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Andrew Jackson & John Fitzgerald
16 2 11 8 2 3 14 3 40 0.75
24= 22
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
Chris & Jenny Rippin
8 12 5 12 4 7 0 2 40 0.50
26 23
Wynn Sutherland & Irene Bowers
Dorothy Mollins & Stephen Dere Molins
12 7 2 0 5 12 6 2 32 0.50


Michelle Brunner Memorial
The annual charity Mixed Pivot Teams event was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 21st July.  Over £2000 was raised for Christies and the St. Ann's Hospice.  21 teams took part with John Morrell, Jim Luck, Peter Jones and Marianne Farr winning ahead of Kevin and Celia Comrie, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield.  The Intermediate winners were Graham Winn, Susan Triggs, Diana Calvert and Hazel Powell.  Thanks to all who participated and to those volunteers who gave freely of time and effort.

Winners
Winners Peter Jones, John Morrell,
Jim Luck, Marianne Farr


Second

Second Kevin Comrie, Rhona Goldenfield,
Bernard Goldenfield, Celia Comrie


Intermediate

Intermediate winners Diane Calvert, Hazel Powell,
Susan Triggs, Graham Winn


Selections
NBL Round 2 19th August
A1 at Bradford
A2 at Bradford
B at Manchester
C at Leeds
Michael Byrne (c) - Michael Newman
John Holland - Gary Hyett
Alan Mould - Rodney Lighton
Alan Nelson - Kath Nelson
David Barton (c) - Royce Alexander
Joy Blakey - Irving Blakey
Nicholas Greer - John Parsons
Bill White - Joyce White
Ken Hassell (c) - Adam Wiseberg
Howard Stubbings - Dhun Daji
Jeanne Bayly - Ron Bayly
Eve Lighthill - Sam Herman
Ann Farquhar - Gordon Bickley (c)
Steve Mattinson - Gillian McMullan
Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum
Irene Davies - Karen Reissmann

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