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Summer Intermediate Pairs
A single session event for players below the rank of Regional Master
Sunday 23rd June at Altrincham
Click here for entry form and details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 21st July at Altrincham
(3 places left - 22nd May)
Click here for entry form and details

Thursday 30th May at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club
Click the links below for papers for the AGM,
the accounts and last year's minutes can be found on the minutes page.
Reports of Officers
Audit Report
Motions to the meeting Keep Bridge Alive donation form
Keep Bridge Alive Poster
Keep Bridge Alive A5 leaflet
Keep Bridge Alive letter

2020 Manchester Congress
Put it in your diary now.
4th & 5th January at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester


Deal of the Week
May 2019
1st Higson Final
8th Higson Final 2

22nd NICKO lead

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  

This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas).  New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final.  St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May.  Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.

National Swiss Teams Congress
Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke, Toby Nonnenmacher and Ben Norton who won the Swiss Teams at Solihull over the weekend of 11-12th May.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

Bramhall and Cheadle to Merge
Following overwhelming votes in favour by the members of both clubs, Bramhall and Cheadle Bridge Clubs will merge in September.  The new club will meet at the current Bramhall premises with the Cheadle site closing.  The clubs are taking advantage of a unique and timely opportunity to bring together two successful bridge clubs with between them a group of members who have the energy, enthuasism and commitment to create and grow a joint club with a full range of bridge activities.  The new club will initially continue with the sessions currently run by both clubs and will be one of the largest in the county.

Schapiro Spring Foursomes
The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May.  By Sunday evening, after five rounds, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match.  By Monday evening only the Penfold team remained, having won a very close quarter final, but they lost in the semi-finals on Tuesday; nevertheless an excellent result in a star studded field.

League (3rd May)
Congratulations to those who won their divisions or are promoted.
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team have won, winning all their matches.  Kath Nelson's Agamemnon are second.  In division two in the final match Proteus (Frank Brown) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) by 30-0 to win the division.  Also promoted are Eve Lighthill's DASH and Bernard Kaye's Sedgley.

In division three Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) have won with Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention second.  In division four Astrazeneca Stars (David Milne) have won just ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe).

Ray Hill's Monton Misfits won division five unbeaten, Adam Wiseberg's won their last match well to finish second.  In division six in a very close finish John Berry's Double Trouble have won the division with Vera Lowson's Wild at Heart second.  In division seven Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) are promoted along with Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt) after another close finsih.

Many thanks to Kath Nelson for running the league so efficiently for many years, she retires at the end of this season as league secretary, with Adam Wiseberg taking over next year.

Player of the Year
Congratulations to Adam Wiseberg who has won the Intemediate category of the Player of the Year just one point ahead of Josh Clarke.  There are still results to be entered for the Goldstone final, but John Holland will win the expert category.

Higson Finals
The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April.  Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup.  They started with the team of Kath and Alan Nelson, Bernard Goldenfield and John Hassett.  Jeff Morris arrived at half time straight from the airport after a holiday in Ireland to replace Bernard for the second half.   In the plate Monton Misfits (Rose Davenport, Ray Hill, Valerie and Ian Hempstock, Enid Noronha and Ron Lowe) won by a good margin ahead of The Four Dummies.

Thanks to Henry Bissell and Joan Lewis for efficient directing and to Adam Wiseberg for organising.  Detailed results are on the Altrincham Club web site.


Alan Nelson, Bernard Goldenfield, Kath Nelson, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

Second Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton, John Holland
with organiser Adam Wiseberg


Plate Winners
Ron Lowe, Rose Davenport, Enid Noronha, Ray Hill

Plate Second
Susan McGeechan, John FitzGerald, Karen Jones, Barbara Eastabrook

Plate Third
Tony Hodgson, Stephen Booth, Graham Currie, Eddie Thornton-Chan

Cup Final

Pos Team Team Players Total
1 2 Agamemnon
Kath & Alan Nelson
John Hassett & Bernard Goldenfield
John Hassett & Jeff Morris
125 7 50
2 7 St. Titus
Alan Mould & Michael Newman
John Holland & Rodney Lighton
120 8 40
3 10 Grass Hoppers
Royce Alexander & Peter Foster
Alec Smalley & Tom Slater
114 7 30
4 1 Deal or No Deal
Tracy Capal & Stuart Davies
Rhona Goldenfield & Ted Revely
109 6 20
5 9 Inverted Minors
Joy & Irving Blakey
David Barton & Leslie Kelin
82 5 10
6 3 Hindsight Convention
Colin Humphrey & Dan Miller
Alan Tranter & Andy Burnet
80 3  
7 5 Sedgely
Bernard Kaye & Sydney Travers
Bob Cooke & Howard Kay
77 4  
8 4 New Connections
Neil Thomas & Gillian McMullan
Roger Hopton & Dave Fussell
76 4  
9 8 Red Bull
Howard Stubbings & Dhun Daji
Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum
62 2  
10 6 Curry Eaters
Barbra Hackett & Martin Taylor
Adrian Kenworthy & Paul Murray

Plate Final

Pos Team Team Players Total
1 4 Monton Misfits
Rose Davenport & Ray Hill
Valerie & Ian Hempstock
Enid Noronha & Ron Lowe
93 6 90
2 8 Four Dummies
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Susan McGeechan & John Fitzgerald
83 5 63
3 1 Petersfield
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Stephen Booth
Graham Currie & Tony Hodgson
77 4 36
4 3 Stretford Sabres
Don Monks & Anthony Yates
Daniel Kelsall & Frank Eade
75 3 27
5 7 Astrazeneca Stars
David Milne & Barbara Drewery
Kenneth Ward & Andrew Phillips
67 3 27
6 5 Tricksters
Richard Sinton & Ann Thornton
Peter Carey-Yard & Michael Greaney
63 3 23
7 6 Last
Adam Wiseberg & Peter Jones
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
53 2 18
8 2 Biddables
David Owen & Maureen Seddon
Maggie McPhillips & Tilly Bingham
49 3 23

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Last updated 22nd May 2019.  Pages updated recently - News, County Honours
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