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Lancashire Congress on BBO Sat/Sun 30th-31st October
Link to Manchester Clubs Online Schedule EBU Calendar

Deal of the Week

Oct 2021
6th Two Grands
13th Misplays

Sep 2021

15th MBC
22nd EBU 3NT
29th NBL Defence
Aug 2021

11th President's Cup
18th Suit Combination
25th Trump Coup

Jul 2021
7th Criss-Cross
14th BerksBucks
21st NICLF

Jun 2021

16th Lancs League
23rd Lancs League 2
30th John Armstrong Pairs
May 2001
5th Lancs League
12th Play 3NT
19th EBU Pairs
26th Bramhall Slam

Apr 2021
7th Cumbria and Norfolk
14th Bramhall & Cheadle
21st B&C Defence
28th League imps

Mar 2021
3rd Nicko
10th Overtrick
17th Tollemache
24th Espen's Endplay
31st GP Pairs
Feb 2021
3rd Congress Teams Qual
10th Poor contract
17th Chester Pairs
24th Norfolk Slam

Jan 2021
6th A double problem
13th Suit play
20th Congress Pairs
27th Congress Grand

Dec 2020
2nd TollyQual
9th League
16th Sussex Grand
23rd Teltscher Trials
30th Cheap save
Nov 2020
4th Beat 2S
11th Last Chance
18th Crockford's Plate
25th Difficult Play Hand

Oct 2020
7th Timing
14th Plan
21st Gambit
28th Defend 1NT

Sep 2020
2nd Double Double
9th Suicide Squeeze
16th Five Hearts
23rd Squeeze without Count
30th Play Problem
Aug 2020
5th Play Problem
12th A Poor Slam
19th Make Game
26th Avoidance

July 2020
1st Play Problem
8th Tens
15th Trumps
22nd Squeeze?
29th Lead Problem
June 2020
3rd Good Hand
10th Trump Coup
17th Suicide squeeze

May 2020
6th Online Overtricks
13th League Luck
20th Online IMPs
27th Online Slam

Apr 2020
1st Tollemache
8th Tollemache
15th Lockdown League
22nd Lockdown League 2
29th Online Duplicate
Mar 2020 4th Cheadle Pairs 11th Cheadle Pairs
18th Chester Pairs
25th Goldstone

Feb 2020 5th Peter Ader Memorial 12th Santa Claus Pairs
19th Santa Claus 2
26th Congress Pairs

Jan 2020 1st Another Grand 8th Middlesex Pairs
15th Middlesex Teams
22nd Middlesex Teams 2
29th Middlesex Teams 3
Dec 2019 4th Llangollen 11th YC Defence
18th Middlesex Pairs
25th Christmas Present

Nov 2019
6th Lancs Swiss Pairs
13th Premier League Defence
20th Cheadle
27th Cheadle DD

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
18th Middlesex Pairs

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  

Premier League

The second weekend of the Premier League at Spondon on 16-17th October was won by team Leslie with Michael Byrne playing throughout with Kieran Dyke, Mike Bell and Ben Norton.  They scored 88 VPs to rise from 8th to 5th.  Team Penfold with John Holland and Gary Hyett also did well, finishing fifth to move out of the relegation zone.  The final weekend will be in London on 6-7th November.

Chester Bowl

The annual Chester Bowl Charity Pairs was held online this year, congratulations to Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray who were second.  Results are on the Deva Club web site.

Northern Bridge League Final Matches

The fourth and final matches of the NBL season were played on Saturday 9th October on RealBridge.  In the A division Manchester were fourth on the day and finished third overall.  The team was Rodney Lighton/John Holland, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alec Smalley/Tom Dessain and Irving & Joy Blakey.  Alec and Tom were top of the cross-imp rankings.

In the B division Manchester won on the day and overtook Mersey & Cheshire to win the division - well done.  The team was John Stell/Steve Allen, Rhona Goldenfield/Kath Nelson, John Roberts/Pete Foster and Neil Thomas/Roger Hopton.  John and Pete were top of the cross-imp rankings just ahead of John and Steve with Rhona and Kath also scoring well.

In the C division Manchester were fourth on the day to finish fifth overall.  The team was Keith Boulton/Nigel Pearce, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Liz & Steve Halstead.  Keith and Nigel were our best pair on cross-imps followed by Karen and Barbara.

Thanks to everyone for playing in the matches this summer, the B team get to play in the National Final next year and the league will continue next season in some format to be decided next week.

Gold Cup Semi-Final and Final

In the semi final of the Gold Cup Michael Byrne's team (Tim Leslie, Ben Norton, Mike Bell, Kieran Dyke) won convincingly against Hinden (Hinden/Osborne, Sally Brock/ Barry Myers, Chris Jagger/Jeffrey Allerton).

They got off to a good start winning the first set 35-4, and then proceeded to win the next two sets 64-0 to be 91 imps up. Their opponents never recovered and conceded with a set to play.

In the final, on Sunday 10th October over 64 boards on RealBridge, they played the De Botton team who beat Mossop by a similarly large amount.  After a close and exciting match the De Botton team came out on top by 20 imps, although Michael's team had a narrow lead after 61 boards.

Higson Cup and Plate

32 teams have entered this year's Higson Cup and Plate competition.  In round 1 the division 1 and 2 teams have been seeded.  The winners of round 1 proceed to round 2 where the winners will play in the eight team Higson Cup final.  The losers in round 1 will play one round of knock-out with the winners playing in the eight team Higson Plate final.  The draw and results can be seen on the EBU knockouts page.

Great Northern Pairs

Congratulations to Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray who won this event played on BBO over the weekend of 2nd-3rd October, this was Paul's first ever win in a National event.  Results are on the EBU web site.

Goldstone and League

Bridge is slowly returning to normality, 25 teams have entered the Goldstone and the draw is now on the Goldstone page.

50 teams have entered the league, split into five divisions with ten teams in each division.

Both competitions have the option of playing face to face or online.

League results will be on the EBU web site.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs

A single session pairs event for those of rank of Regional Master and below and NGS Jack or below.

Sunday 7th November at 13.30 at Bramhall and Cheadle Bridge Centre.

Click here for flyer with entry details

Bridge Teaching

Starting in September and October there will be a variety of classes and tuition available across Greater Manchester, both online and face-to-face, for newcomers to bridge and for improvers.

Click here for a flyer and here for a spreadsheet of teachers.

Council Meeting

The next meeting of the MCBA council will be on Thursday 28th October at 19.00 on Zoom.

Joining instructions will be posted later.

Please e-mail information for the site to Rodney Lighton
Last updated 18th Oct 2021.  Pages updated recently - News, League, Cup, Goldstone
Thanks to Michael Byrne for many reports.  League and Cup pages maintained by Adam Wiseberg.
Thanks to John Holland for checking articles and analyses for Deal of the Week

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