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Michelle Brunner Memorial July 18th - see below




Gordon Bickley's Second Hand Books

EBU Bridge Warehouse
MCBA Handbook 2019-20 EBU Calendar

Deal of the Week

July 2020
1st Play 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  

Llandudno Pairs Weekend

In the qualifying round on Saturday 4th July the following Manchester players reached the A final by finishing in the top ten.  Pete Foster (with Mike Amos), Rhona Goldenfield (with Tracy Capal), Stuart Shalom and Daniel Kelsall, Irving Blakey and Raymond Semp.

Results are on the North Wales web site.


New suit combination (4th July - Scroll down)


Michelle Brunner Charity Event

This year the annual event in memory of Michelle will take place on Saturday 18th July at 2pm online.

It will be a pairs event in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann's Hospice.  Please keep the date free and support these worthy causes.

Click here for more information.


President's Cup

The annual inter county teams of eight is being played online this year on Tuesday evenings.  Twelve counties have entered with each match being eight boards.  Manchester have two teams.  In the first round on 23rd June Manchester Red beat Derby 12-8.  The Manchester Blue team won against Warwickshire by 11-9.

In the second match Manchester Blue beat North Wales 13-7 while Manchester Red lost 19-1 to Warwickshire.

Manchester Blue team members: John Holland, Rhona Goldenfield, Rodney Lighton, John Currie, Alan Mould Ollie Burgess, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Alec Smalley, David Barton.

Manchester Red team members: Kath & Alan Nelson, Peter Foster, John Roberts, Roger Hopton, Mike Hart, Pearl Fielding, Neil Thomas, Gillian McMullan, John Parsons, Peter Jones, Josh Clarke, Paul Murray.

Information about the event is here


Bill Hirst

Bill Hirst

Bill Hirst, who has died recently, was an outstanding player in and for Manchester for many decades.

Bill came to Manchester in 1978 where he worked in Insurance and Risk Management.  He was a very keen rubber bridge player, who played in the big game at Manchester Bridge Club where he could enjoy a high standard of bridge.  He also liked playing golf, and went frequently to the bridge congress in Killarney where he could participate in both pastimes.  In 1989 he formed a partnership with John Hassett; they had many successes, including playing for Great Britain in the Senior's World Olympiad and winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.  They qualified to play for England in the Camrose Trophy via the Premier League twice, but were unable to play as Bill was in Australia.   At national level Bill won the Tollemache twice and Crockfords.  He and John Hassett together with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won the Hubert Phillips twice and came very close to winning the Gold Cup, losing narrowly in the final in 2006.   He won virtually every major trophy in Manchester, many several times over.

About ten years ago Bill and his wife Sheila retired to Kent to live near their daughter Suzanne, they also went to Australia for long periods every winter to stay with their son Andy who also plays bridge to a high standard, Bill often played in the Gold Coast Congress whilst there.  In Kent Bill played some bridge with Pat Collins.

Bill died of an infection following surgery for a benign brain tumour.  Our condolences to his family.


League and PotY

The league season will end on July 11th with unplayed matches being scored by the Mould formula.  See the league page for details.

I will score the player of the year competition once the league has finished including results from the league, ignoring the Higson Cup and Plate and using results from the Goldstone up to the completed quarter finals.

Adam Wiseberg is organising an online league starting in July - again see the league page for details.


An interview with...

Michael Byrne interviews various personalities from the world of bridge in Manchester.

Click on the links below for the interviews

Rhona Goldenfield **** New 24th Jun ***

Bob Cooke

Barbara Lewis and Alec Smalley  Results from Vilamoura

Jeff Smith 

Eve Lighthill 

Alan Mould 

Irene Davies

Celia and Kevin Comrie

Joy and Irving Blakey


Suit Combinations

Below are a set of suit combination problems.  Assume there are plenty of entries to both hands and no problems with control and no inferences from the auction or previous play unless otherwise stated. 

I will add any more as I come across them.  Please email me with further problems and I will add them if suitable.

K1097632
Void
(New 4th July)
AK10432
Q8
for 5 tricks
Solution
AJ32
Q984
Solution
A9432
QJ5
for four tricks
Solution
AKQ109
2
Solution
Q86
AJ7532
for 5 tricks
Solution

J10743
K652
Solution
AK1082
3
(for four tricks)
Solution
J982
K743
Solution
K932
J654
Solution
J2
AK976543
Solution
QJ832
10754
Solution
7
K108532
Solution
2
KQ106543
Solution
A5432
Q1098
Solution
J8
AQ6542
Solution
AK9872
103
for five tricks
Solution
AKQ102
3
Solution
Q1076
K543
for 2 tricks
Solution
AJ32
K10654
Solution
5432
J876
Solution
A108
Q432
for three tricks
Solution
AQ5432
J6
Solution
KJ32
A54
for three tricks
Solution
AQ105
K876
Solution
AK1092
43
for four tricks
Solution
K9
A10432
for four tricks
Solution
765
Q10432
for three tricks,
with one entry to N
Solution
A1082
J543
at matchpoints
Solution
K932
AQ1054
Solution
K932
AQ854
Solution
K873
J92
Solution
K108632
54
Solution
K932
AJ54
For three tricks
Solution
K1093
AJ82
Who has the queen?
Solution
K932
AJ54
For four tricks
Solution
KJ1096543
2
Solution
AK108
32
Solution
AK6
98432
for four tricks
Solution
AJ10432
5
for four tricks
Solution
KJ2
A9543
for four tricks
Solution
AJ9654
Q87
Solution
KJ2
A9543
for four tricks
with no entry to dummy
Solution
KQ932
A104
With no entry to dummy
for five tricks
Solution
AK109
432
(tricky)
Solution
AJ95
432
for three tricks
Solution
A1092
Q543
Solution
A1092
Q6543
Solution
AJ95
432
for two tricks
Solution
A1032
Q654
for three tricks
Solution
AKJ102
543
Solution
AKJ1032
54
Solution
J32
AQ97654
Solution
void
AJ105432
 
Solution
Void
J10965432
KQ32
J54
Solution
J92
AQ103
With only one
entry to dummy
Solution

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