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Santa Claus Pairs
Sunday 15th December at Manchester Bridge Club
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2020 Manchester Congress
4th and 5th January at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester
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Congress leaflet and entry form
Jack High events and entry form
Travel Information
Half price car parking (validate ticket at the hotel reception)

Sunday 19th January
Manchester Bridge Club
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Gazette Cup
Inter Club Teams of Eight
Sunday 2nd February
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MCBA Handbook 2019-20
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Deal of the Week
Dec 2019 4th Llangollen 11th YC Defence

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

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  

Seniors Trials
Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) take place from 14-15th December in Solihull.  Alan Mould and John Holland are playing in the Mossop team.  Results will be on the EBU web site and matches will be shown on BBO.

Tollemache Final Team
The following team has been selected to represent Manchester in the inter-counties team of eight final in February.
Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper, John Holland/John Hassett, Alan Mould/Michael Byrne, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley.  NPC Rhona Goldenfield, reserve Michael Newman.

League and Higson Cup
The leaders in each division are displayed on the league page of this site.  In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus are winning on average VPs, but they have only played one match, so Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras in second place with an average of 20 VPs provide a more realistic state of affairs. In division four Monton Misfits have started with two maximum wins, but The Four Dummies are not far behind with three good wins.

Ben Franks
The Ben Franks pairs took place at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 1st December.  This is Manchester's qualification event for the Corwen Trophy with the top four Manchester pairs qualifying.  This year non Manchester pairs were allowed to play, resulting in a much increased entry of 31 pairs.  Thanks to John Roberts for organising and to Henry Bissell for directing.  The winners were David Stevenson and Paddy Murphy from Merseyside and North Wales.  Top Manchester pair were Alan Mould and John Holland in second place with the other Manchester Corwen qualifiers being Peter Foster and John Roberts, Christopher Hine and Stephen Ward, Joy and Irving Blakey.  The handicap prize went to Sheila Wimbleton and Christine Richardson.

Detailed results can be found on the Manchester Events web site


Winners David Stevenson and Paddy Murphy
with Irene Davies MCBA Chair


Second Alan Mould and John Holland

Ascenders Prize Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas

Intermediate Prize Paul Jones and Ann Naylor

Pos Cat No Players Match
Tops Score
1   14
Paddy Murphy & David Stevenson
901.29 1400 64.38 90
2   30
Alan Mould & John Holland
796.85 1344 59.29 84
3   32
Jeff Smith & Marianne Farr
779.65 1344 58.01 78
4   31
Sue Fjortoft & Nick Woodcock
764.12 1344 56.85 72
5   8
Peter Foster & John Roberts
756.54 1344 56.29 66
6   10
Christopher Hine & Stephen Ward
756.27 1344 56.27 60
7   2
Joy & Irving Blakey
749.90 1344 55.80 54
8   13
Simon Alexander & Andy Green
759.46 1400 54.25 48
9   26
Graham Currie & Eddie Thornton-Chan
728.50 1344 54.20 42
10   7
Josh Clarke & Daniel Kelsall
727.71 1344 54.15 36
11   23
Alec Smalley & Barbara Lewis
710.15 1344 52.84 30
12   18
Rhona Goldenfield & Raymond Semp
736.87 1400 52.63 24
13   19
Paul Murray & Peter Grauer
704.50 1344 52.42 18
14   21
Chris Selway & Edward Jones
695.87 1344 51.78 12
15   29
Stuart N. Clarke & Michael Fay
692.65 1344 51.54 6
16   24
Gillian McMullan & Neil Thomas
714.83 1400 51.06  
17   28
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies
666.92 1344 49.62  
18   11
Rod Franks & Melvyn Pelham
666.06 1344 49.56  
19 I 3
Paul Jones & Anne Naylor
638.50 1344 47.51  
20   15
Jackie Pye & Sue Woodcock
658.31 1400 47.02  
21 I 17
Ralph Deane & Michael Kisil
643.77 1400 45.98  
22 I 20
Jonathan Engler & Mohammed Jabbar
611.46 1344 45.50  
23   9
John Parsons & Ann Thornton
611.13 1344 45.47  
24 I 5
Diana Calvert & Hazel Powell
600.71 1344 44.70  
25 I 1
Chris Baker & John Browning
595.21 1344 44.29  
26 I 27
Pamela Ledbrooke & Hilary Abramson
591.44 1344 44.01  
27   12
Yao Zongfu & Henry Ding
589.58 1344 43.87  
28 I 4
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
577.98 1344 43.00  
29 I 25
Matilda Bingham & Maggie McPhillips
573.25 1344 42.65  
30 I 6
Sheila Wimbleton & Christine Richardson
550.73 1344 40.98  
31 I 22
Julie Dennerly & Andy Forrester
449.79 1344 33.47  

European Open Trials
The second stage of the European Open trials took place from 22nd-24th November at Derby.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne who played with Kieran Dyke of London.  They won the trial, leading throughout most of the weekend, only losing two of fifteen matches.  They now progress to the third and final stage of the trial in London in January where the seven pairs who qualified from the second weekend will join three exempted pairs.

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