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Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 24th June
Altrincham Bridge Club
Restricted to NGS J and below and below rank of Regional Master
Click here for entry form and more details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 22nd July 11.00 at Altrincham
Entry limited to 26 teams - 4 places left 17th May
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Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 3rd June at Manchester Bridge Club
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Deal of the Week
May 2018
2nd League Grand
9th 3N or 5 of a minor
16th Cheadle 3NT
23rd Ruia Cup

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
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  

Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the MCBA took place on Wednesday 23rd May Altrincham Bridge Club.
League and Player of the Year awards were presented.

Div 1

Division 1 Alan Mould with Kath Nelson League Secretary
(Jason Hackett, Ollie Burgess, Adrian Kenworthy)
Alan also was presented with the expert Player of the Year prize
Div 3

Division 3 Gillian McMullan, Roger Hopton, David Fussell (Peter Green)
Div 4

Division 4 Stephen Halstead, Joan Lewis ( Liz Halstead, Roy Higginbottom)

Div 6

Division 6 Jonathan Vallance, Stewart Last, Malcolm Rich, Peter Elton

Joy Blakey replaces Peter Green as treasurer and John Roberts replaces Steve Mattinson as a selector.  The selectors are Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Adam Wiseberg, John Roberts and Roger Hopton.

The meeting voted to retain the current method of determining Intermediates for the Player of the Year and to explore developing a membership campaign in conjunction with Merseyside and Cheshire.

Agenda and papers for the AGM are below.

Officers' reports
Selections for the Northern League
Implications of the GDPR

Swiss Pairs Events
Ten Manchester pairs competed at Deva in Merseyside's John Armstrong Green Point Swiss on Sunday 20th May.  Rodney Lighton and John Currie were in third place with one match to go.  They beat Roger Hopton and Lance Bloohn 18-2 while Richard Acaster and Kevin Higgins just beat the leading pair 12-8.  This meant that Rodney and John won, Richard and Kevin were third and Lance and Roger finished seventh.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

Meanwhile at Huddersfield in the Castle Swiss Pairs Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas were fifth, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann were seventh.  Full results are on the Huddersfield web site.

Blackburn Swiss Pairs
Blackburn held their annual Open Swiss Pairs on Sunday 13th May at their new premises at Blackburn Northern Sports Club.  Several Manchester pairs competed, Rodney Lighton and John Currie won with Dhun Daji and Howard Stubbings third.  Results are on the Blackburn web site.

Ken Hassell
We are sorry to report the death of Ken Hassell on 5th May after several years of ill health.  A graduate of Manchester University in the sixties, Ken won a few national events in the early seventies, including the Field Cup with Peter Watson, the National Swiss Teams and the Northern Foursomes.  He then played little for many years while bringing up a family and pursuing a career in education.  On return to playing he formed an effective partnership with Ian Kane and played for the DASH team in the higher levels of the Manchester league.  He played regularly at Altrincham and Marple Bridge Clubs and with Ian won national simultaneous pairs events a phenomenal six times.  He also played regularly for the Manchester B team in the Northern Counties league and won the National final twice.  He was a selector for the MCBA for several years, chairing the committee until he retired last year.  A friendly and keen competitior, he will be sadly missed.  Our condolences to his family.

Ken Hassell

Another obituary and funeral details are on the Altrincham Club site.

Schapiro Spring Fours
The prestigious double elimination knock out teams took place from 4th to 8th May near Warwick.  Manchester players were out in force.  Michael Byrne was on the Allerton team.  John Holland and Alan Mould played on the Penfold team.  Ollie Burgess, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Barbara Hackett and Martin Taylor played together.  Henry Bissell and Josh Clarke were on Josh's team.  Kath and Alan Nelson teamed up with Jeff Smith and Greer Mackenzie.  Results are on the EBU web site.

On Sunday morning the Allerton team and the Penfold team were unbeaten, the Nelson team was once defeated.
By Sunday evening the Allerton team and the Penfold team were once defeated, the Nelson team was eliminated.
Allerton lost in the quarter finals and Penfold conceded because of illness.

League 1st May
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) won their final match against Paul Hackett's Curry Eaters to win the league by a comfortable margin.  Curry Eaters are relegated.  Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) beat St Titus (Michael Byrne) 20-10 in their final match to finish 1 VP ahead of St Titus.  In division two Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) and Tempo (Steve Mattinson) are promoted, along with Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald).  Roger Hopton's New Connections have won division three with Graham Burns' Take the Money and Run also promoted .  In division four Altrincham Z (Roy Higginbottom) are champions with City Aces (Ivor Rosenberg) also promoted.  Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) have won division five with Double Diamonds (Nigel Catterall) also promoted.  Jems (Peter Elton) have won division six with The Biddables (Maggie McPhillips) also promoted.  Finally in division seven  4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris)  are champions with Bridge Under Troubled Waters (David Rigby) also promoted.

Congratulations to all teams that have won their division or been promoted.  Thanks to Kath Nelson for her hard work all season running the league and cup.

Player of the Year
With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
The intermediate category was very close with Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley joint winners just one point ahead of Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones.  Congratulations to all, prizes to the winners will be presented at the AGM.

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