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Upcoming Events
Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 4th March 2017
Early entry advised
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  One place now - 27th Feb.
Intermediate Swiss Pairs
Sunday 9th April 2017

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EBU Events

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 12th March at 2.30pm
at Manchester Bridge Club
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Deal of the Week
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  

Cantor Cup
This annual event for inexperienced tournament players was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 26th February.
25 pairs had an enjoyable introduction to a County bridge event. The event was organised by Barbara Lewis and ably directed by Joan Lewis, with sponsorship from the Cantor family - resulting from their generous donation to MCBA.  Manchester Bridge Club provided an excellent afternoon tea.

1st    Neville Toft & Mathew Stibbe        66.80
2nd    Tim O'Connor & John O'Connor        65.82
3rd    David Rigby & Malcolm Allum         60.65
4th    Vicci Johnson & Robin Johnson       58.30
5th    Jan Lancaster & Ann Morris          56.59
6th    Shirley Leak & Phillipe Noel        55.43
7th    Sheila Wimbleton & Chris Richardson 54.58
8th    Vera Lowson & Stephen Fernley       53.91
9th    John Rudd & Mike Whiteoak           53.72
10th   Josh Clarke & Josh Roberts          53.40
11th   Richard Aubery & Mike Faust         52.89
12th   Suzanne Beckett & Roy Beckett       52.48
13th   Richard Mallard & Lynn Mallard      52.31
14th   Pat Shea & Bernard Shea             52.17
15th   Carole Whitehurst & Sue Berry       50.17
16th   Sue Freeman & Diana Gruber Milne    49.64
17th   Rocky Bullin & Peter Chua           49.02
18th   Edmund Ross & Henry Bissell         47.24
19th   Nigel Campbell & Tessa Connolly     46.11
20th   Simon Burgess & Lauren Robertson    42.41
21st   Dave Moules & Hilary Moules         37.72
22nd   Gillian Maguire & Diane Kelsall     37.34
23rd   Peter & Anne Shakespeare            36.33
24th   Julia Faulkner & Lynn Parkin        34.97
25th   Mike Kilkenny & Debbie Kennedy      32.80

Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site


Ann Thornton (tournament secretary) with winners
Neville Toft and Matthew Stibbe


Second Tim and John O'Connor

Third David Rigby and Malcolm Allum


Fourth Vicci and Robin Johnson

Fifth Ann Morris and Jan Lancaster


Spot prize Edmund Ross and Henry Bissell

Spot prize Peter Chua and Rocky Bullin

League Update (25th Feb)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley), Adrian's team have played four matches so far. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading both having played most of their nine matches.  In division three Bank (Nigel Pearce) have won seven out of seven in front of Smash the System (Irene Davies) who have won five out of six.  In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading with Hydrangeas (Gordon Johnson) second, both well ahead of the third placed team.  In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have completed all their fixtures and now lead narrowly from Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who still have three to play.   In division six Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou) have jumped into the top spot with (Adam Wiseberg) second and Double Trouble (John Berry) third.  Jems (Peter Elton) is averaging 25 VPs per match in division seven, but School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell has dropped to second place.

Our current treasurer, Haidee Tattersall, will be giving up the post from the end of May.  See below for an advert for someone to replace her.

Tollemache Final
Manchester finsihed sixth in the inter counties team of eight final in Solihull on February 11th & 12th.  The team was never in contention, winning three out of seven matches.  Playing for the county were Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock & Catherine Draper, John Holland & Alan Mould (playing captain), Alec Smalley & Tom Slater.  Full results are on the EBU site.  Alan and John were our best pair on cross IMPs just ahead of Catherine and Andrew.

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