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Latest News and Upcoming Events
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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 5th November
A single session pairs event
Restricted to players Regional master and below
and NGS Jack or below
Click here for entry form and details
Learn Bridge
Click here to find details of lessons in your area
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 8th October at 14.30
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details
MCBA Handbook
Click here for the MCBA Handbook for 2017-18.
EBU Events

Deal of the Week
Sep 2017
6th NBL Lead
13th Bolton Defence
20th League Defence

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  

League and Higson Cup
67 teams have entered the league this year, the same as last year and 50 the Higson Cup and Plate.
Some matches have already been played in the league, to see the results for both competitions follow the links on the league and cup pages which which take you to the relevant page on the EBU web site.

County Seminars
Michael Byrne will give two seminars for county players this autumn.
The first will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 28th October for county C players and other interested players.
The second will be at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 2nd December for county B players and other interested players.
Invitations will be sent out by the match secretary in the next few days, but if you are interested in attending please contact him.
There is plenty of space so as many of the county's members are welcome as is practical.

The selection committee has made the following selections.

NBL Round 4 7th October
A1 at Bolton
A2 at Bolton
B at Bradford
C at Manchester
Michael Byrne - Michael Newman
John Holland - Alan Mould
Alec Smalley - Tom Slater
John Currie - Rodney Lighton
Peter Foster/John Roberts
Joyce & Bill White
Irving & Joy Blakey
John Parsons/Nicholas Greer
Joyce & Robert Jones
Neil Thomas/Gillian McMullan
David Olliver/Howard Kay
Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts
Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom
Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend
Liz & Steve Halstead
Alan Tranter/Andy Burnett
Tollemache Qualifier 18-19th November
John Hassett - Jeff Morris
Catherine Draper - Andrew Woodcock
John Holland - Gary Hyett
Michael Newman - Michael Byrne

Guernsey Congress
In the Senior's pairs on the 13th Sept. at the EBU congress Joy and Irving Blakey won with Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield third.
The Goldenfields and the Blakeys won the multiple teams on the 14th Sept. and the seniors teams on the 14-15th Sept. and were second in the Swiss teams on the final weekend.
Congress results are on the EBU web site.

Northern Bridge League
The third round (of four) of the Northern League was played on Saturday 9th September at Bradford, Keighley and Brierfield for the A, B and C teams respectively.

In the A division the A1 team of David Barton/Leslie Klein, Alan & Kath Nelson, John Roberts/Pete Foster, Gary Hyett/Michael Newman finished second on the day and moved into first equal position overall.  The A2 team of Nicholas Greer/Henry Bissell, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey, Rodney Lighton/Royce Alexander, Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum were sixth and remain in sixth place overall, but did have the satisfaction of beating the A1 team in their individual match.  Gary and Michael were best on the cross IMP scores with Pete and John also doing well.

In the B division Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings, Rod Franks/Steve Mattinson, Roger Hopton/David Fussell finished fifth equal and now lie sixth equal overall.  Ken and Eve did well on the cross IMPs.

In the C division Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Joan Lewis/Barbara Eastabrook, Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler, Michael Wymer/Stephen Ward were seventh and now lie sixth overall.

Premier League
The EBU's Premier League event takes place over three weekends from 9th September to 5th November this year with three divisions this year.  Manchester Bridge club hosts the second weekend for the top two divisions on 23-24 September.

Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne, Alan Mould and John Holland in division 1, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater in division 2 and Ollie Burgess in division 3.

Results are on the EBU web site and some matches are being shown on BBO.  At the end of the first weekend Michael Byrne is in the leading team in division one and Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater are leading division two.

Bolton Congress
John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Nicholas Greer and Neil Thomas won the Swiss teams at Bolton on 3rd September for the third year running.
Stephen Ward and Michael Wymer were second in the consolation pairs on the previous day.
Congratulations to all, results are on the Bolton web site.

Goldstone Trophy
The draw for this season's Goldstone Trophy has now been made and is posted on the Goldstone page.  Twenty two teams have entered, the winners will represent Manchester in the EBU's Pachabo Cup competition next June.

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Last updated 20th Sep 2017.  Pages updated recently - News, Goldstone, Minutes
Thanks to Michael Byrne for many reports.
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Thanks to John Holland for checking articles and analyses for Deal of the Week
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