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Manchester Bridge Congress
6th-7th January 2018
at the Victoria and Albert Hotel
Water Street  M3 4JQ

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Ben Franks
Sunday 3rd December at 14.00
at Manchester Bridge Club
Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen

Click here for details
MCBA Handbook
Click here for the MCBA Handbook for 2017-18.

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 3rd December at 14.30
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Deal of the Week
Nov 2017
1st Sacrifice
8th Deva Charity Event
15th Cheadle Mixed
22nd Lancs Pairs

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
30th 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  

Tollemache Qualifying
The Manchester team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock played at Solihull in the inter counties teams of eight over the weekend of 18th-19th November in the qualifier for the final in February.  They were drawn in a tough group including London, Cambs and Hunts, the North East and Surrey.  They won the group convincingly ahead of Cambs and Hunts.  All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs with Jeff and John heading the list just ahead of Andrew and Catherine.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

Pendle Witch Pairs
Manchester pairs were out in force at Brierfield on Sunday 12th November.  Congratulations to John Currie and Kath Nelson who won ahead of Janet Tolan and Andy Green with last year's winners Boris Ewart and Peter Foster third.  This is John Currie's third win in four years in this event.  Full results are on the Brierfield club site.

Council Minutes
Minutes of the meeting on November 7th are now posted.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
24 pairs took part at Altrincham on Sunday 5th November and had an enjoyable afternoon.  Thanks to Barbara Lewis for organising and to Joan Lewis for her excellent directing.


Winners Wei Che Tham and David Tilley
with Ann Thornton MCBA tournament Secretary


Second Tony O'Neill and Pat Gorham

Third Vincent and Christopher Kelsall


Fourth Henry Bissell and Rocky Bullin

Fifth David Bakewell and Peter Roche


Spot Prize Karen Sandler (and Liza Czyniewska in the background)
Spot prize 2

Spot Prize Frances and Robert Campbell

Pos No Players Match
Tops Score
1 2
David Tilley & Wei Che Tham
351 528 66.48
2 24
Pat Gorham & Tony O'Neill
330 528 62.50
3 15
Vincent & Christopher Kelsall
322 528 60.98
4 18
Henry Bissell & Rocky Bullin
318 528 60.23
5 3
David Bakewell & Peter Roche
305 528 57.77
6 14
Simon Townsend & Tricia Blum
297 528 56.25
7 19
Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly
291 528 55.11
8= 8
Rak Kapur & Paul West
281 528 53.22
8= 23
Carolyn Jones & Mac Norgate
281 528 53.22
10 16
Graham Fletcher & Kathy Priestley
277 528 52.46
11 4
Ann Thompson & Vanessa James
273 528 51.70
12 12
Peter Butterworth & Elaine Preece
269 528 50.95
13 9
Lisa Czyniewska & Karen Sandler
265 528 50.19
14 6
Vera Lowson & Stephen Fernley
261 528 49.43
15 10
Frances & Robert Campbell
253 528 47.92
16 5
Martin Godden & Chris Bennett
242 528 45.83
17 21
Michael Kisil & Ralph Deane
240 528 45.45
18 22
Stephen Harlow & Gill Page
230 528 43.56
19 13
Sanjeet Kamath & Faye Georgiou
229 528 43.37
20 1
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
214 528 40.53
21= 11
Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie
210 528 39.77
21= 20
Suzanne Beckett & Adele Hodari
210 528 39.77
23 7
Pam Hegarty & Jackie Walton
200 528 37.88
24 17
Carole Thomas & Hilary Blank
187 528 35.42

Premier League
Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke was in the team that finished second in the EBU's Premier League over three weekends in September and November.  Michael and Kieran were the second best pair in the cross IMP ranking.
In the second division the Manchester team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock were second and are promoted to the top division next year.

Roger Waddington
We are sorry to hear of the premature death of Roger Waddington, a regular participant in county and national events for many years.

Much of his bridge was played online at Bridge Club Live and he will be sorely missed by his many bridge playing friends both there and face to face.
Condolences are extended to his widow Pam and all his family.

Bernard Kaye

Lancashire Congress
Congratulations to John Holland and Rodney Lighton who won the Swiss Pairs at Brierfield on Saturday 28th October averaging over 17 VPs per match.  Gary Hyett was third playing with Alan Cooke. 

In the Swiss Teams on Sunday at Bolton Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won playing with Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith of Lancashire.  Second were Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Raymond Semp and Henry Bissell. 

Full results are on the LCBA web site.

Pairs Winners

Pairs Winners John Holland and Rodney Lighton
Teams Winners

Teams Winners Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield

County Seminars
Michael Byrne will give two seminars for county players this autumn.
The first will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 28th October for county C players and other interested players.
The second will be at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 2nd December for county B players and other interested players.
Invitations will be sent out by the match secretary in the next few days, but if you are interested in attending please contact him.
There is plenty of space so as many of the county's members are welcome as is practical.

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