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Upcoming Events
Manchester Congress
Jan 7-8th 2017
at The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street M3 4JQ
Pairs Saturday, Teams Sunday
Click here for more details and entry form
Click here for travel and car parking information
Click here for details of the non-expert events
Ben Franks
Sunday 27th November 13.30
Manchester Bridge Club
Pairs qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
MCBA members only
Click here for details and entry form

Club TD Training
Bolton Bridge Club will be hosting a Club TD Training Course over
four sessions on the dates below.
Essentials October 15, 2016, Book rulings November 12, 2016,
Judgment  rulings December 10, 2016, Assessment January 14, 2017
For more details click here
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 6th November
Altrincham Bridge Club
Entry restricted to below Regional Master and NGS Jack or below
Click here for details
EBU Events
North Wales Swiss Pairs
Sunday 9th October
Click here for details
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 2nd October at 2.30pm
Declaring in suit contracts.
Click here for details
 Deal of the Week
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  

Cumbria Green Point Weekend
Manchester players were out in force at the Cumbria event on 24th-25th September.  Best results were achieved by Joyce and Bill White with Tim and Babs Matthews of Cumbria who were second in the Swiss Teams, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield with Joy and Irving Blakey were fourth and Bernard and Rhona again who were third in the Swiss Pairs. Full results are here.

League and Cup
The new league season for 2016-17 is now well under way with several matches having been played and the preliminary round of the Higson Cup has also started.  Go to the league page to click on the results link to see current standings.

World Bridge Games
The World Bridge Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland from 3rd to 17th September.  England are represented in the Open, Women's, Seniors and Mixed events with Manchester interest in the Seniors where John Holland plays with Brian Senior, Patrick Collins, David Kendrick, Sandra Penfold and Norman Selway with Paul Hackett npc.

The Seniors failed to progress to the knock-out stages, John Holland and Paul Hackett led the Seniors Pairs after Friday's sessions, but slipped to ninth place by the finish on Saturday.

Click here for the event web site

Ben Franks - change of date AGAIN
The Ben Franks Pairs will be on Sunday 27th November, not the 11th or 4th  December as previously advertised.

Northern League Round 3
The third round of Northern league matches took place on Saturday 10th September.
In the A division at Bradford, Manchester were third on the day and just retained their overall lead four VPs ahead of Yorkshire 2.  The team was Alan Mould/Rob Myers, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, Joy & Irving Blakey.  Tom and Alec were our best pair on the cross IMPs.  The A2 team of Pete Foster/John Roberts, Joyce & Bill White, David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Raymond Semp/Peter Jones finished fifth equal on the day.
The B division was played at Keighley where our team of Steve Mattinson/David Pennington, Gillian McMullan/Roger Hopton, Nicholas Greer/Neil Thomas, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey were fifth equal on the day and surrendered their overall lead by four IMPs to Cumbria.  Neil and Nick were our only pair to score positive on the cross IMPs.
The C division was played at Brierfield where our team of Gordon Bickley/John Parry, Ken Hassell/Adam Wiseberg, Paul Beckwith/Paul Worswick, Anne Whitehead/Haidee Tattersall finished fourth equal but remain in last place overall.  Paul and Paul were our best pair on cross IMPs.

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