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Learn Bridge this Autumn

Manchester Bridge Club Tuesdays starting 15th October
Sunday 27th October
Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for more details

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 3rd November
Click here for more details

Ben Franks
Sunday 1st December
Manchester Bridge Club
A two session pairs event. 
Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
Click here for details

2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January At the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester
Congress leaflet and entry form
Jack High events and entry form
Travel Information
MCBA Handbook 2019-20

Click here for the handbook

Click here for the EBU calendar

Deal of the Week
Oct 2019

16th NBL Grand

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

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  

EBU Autumn Congress
Congratulations to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs at Stratford at Daventry with Heather Dhondy on 19th October (he also runs half-marathons).  In the teams John Hassett won playing with Dave Debbage, Paul Hackett and John Sansom.
Full results are on the EBU web site.

Northern Bridge League 2020
Dates and provisional venues for the 2020 season are on the calendar page.  Please note that the start time has been brought forward to 11.30 for 12.00 and the table money will be 13 - an increase of 50p.

North Wales Green Point Pairs
Congratulations to Rhona Goldenfield who won at Northop on Sunday 13th October with Jeff Smith of Lancashire.  Click here for results.

NBL Manchester Win A and C Divisions
Manchester have won two of the three divisions in this year's Northern league, congratulations to all those who played.

In the final matches on Saturday 13th October the Manchester 1 team were first equal at Bolton with the Manchester 2 team recording their best result of the season finishing fourth.  Manchester increased their lead over Yorkshire 1 from 1 VP to 12 VPs.  The Manchester teams were Gary Hyett/Rodney Lighton, Irving & Joy Blakey, David Barton/Leslie Klein, John Roberts/Pete Foster and Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Royce Alexander/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, Rhona Goldenfield/John Stell.  Irving and Joy were our best pair on cross IMPs closely followed by Gary and Rodney.

At Bradford the B team finished sixth on the day, but held on to second place overall.  The team was Janet Tolan/Victor Ridding, Eddie Thornton-Chan, Tony Hodgson, Eve Lighthill/David Sarabowski, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas.  Eddie and Tony were our best pair on cross IMPs.

In the C division at Preston we had two teams, the Manchester 2 team finished above the Manchester 1 team in third and sixth place respectively.   However the Manchester 1 team managed to hold onto the lead overall ahead of Yorkshire NW.  The teams were Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Gil Fletcher/Richard Acaster, Peter Green/Michael Wymer (1) and Pearl Epstein/Avril Mattinson, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook, Michael Greaney/Peter Carey-Yard (2).  Michael Greaney and Peter Carey-Yard headed the cross IMPs for the whole division with the other Michael and Peter also doing well.

The A and C teams will play in the National League Finals next summer.
Thanks to all players who have played for the Manchester teams this season, the selectors and Michael Byrne, the match captain.

Gold Cup Finals
The finals of Britain's main knock out competition take place in London over the weekend of 13-14th October.  Manchester participation consists of Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Senior team.  John and Alan lost a close semi-final match on Saturday.

Premier League
The first weekend of the English Premier League took place on 5-6th Oct in London.  Manchester players involved are Ollie Burgess, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock in Jeff Morris's team in division 1, Michael Byrne in Tim Leslie's team and John Holland and Alan Mould in Sandra Penfold's team in division 2, Peter Foster, John Roberts and Peter Jones in Peter Foster's team in division 3.

The Penfold and Leslie teams did well in division two, the other teams with Manchester involvement have some catching up to do.

Results are on the EBU web site.

Cumbria & Westmorland GP Pairs
Congratulations to Eddie Thornton-Chan and Tony Hodgson who were second in this event on Sunday 29th September at Kendal.
Results are on the Cumbria web site.

World Championships Silver for Seniors, Bronze for Women
The World Championships were held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September.  England had a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior.  Manchester players involved were John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors and Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown in the Mixed and Catherine Draper playing with Gillian Fawcett in the Women's.  Some matches will be on BBO. 

Congratulations to all the England teams who qualified for the knock out phase. The Open team were seventh, the Women fifth, the Seniors fourth and the Mixed team won by over a match.

In the quarter finals, the Open team lost to USA 1 after leading by a large margin, the Women won comfortably against Poland, the Seniors scraped a four IMP win against China with John and Alan playing throughout and the Mixed team won against Latvia, having been 20 down after the fourth set.

And then there was one.  The Seniors turned their semi-final against The Netherlands round with an amazing 79 IMP win in the fourth set and won by 77 IMPs.    The Women lost heavily to Sweden conceding with one set to go.  The Mixed team have done very well, but lost a fairly close match to the USA by 28. 

In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal.  Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.

The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.

The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24.  Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.

Women Bronze

LCBA Mixed Pairs
Congratulations to Rhona Goldenfield and Jeff Morris who won the Lancashire Mixed Pairs at Poulton on Sunday 22nd September. 
Results are on the LCBA web site

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