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Learn Bridge this Autumn
Various local clubs have bridge lessons starting soon
Click below for details
Manchester Bridge Club Mondays starting 23rd September
Stretford Bridge Club Saturdays starting 28th September
Ashton Bridge Club
Trafford Bridge Club Wednesdays starting 25th September
Altrincham Wednesday afternoons starting 25th September
Sunday 22nd September 2.30 to 5 pm
Manchester Bridge Club

North Wales Swiss Pairs
Sunday 13th October 2019
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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 3rd November 2019
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Ben Franks
Sunday 1st December
Manchester Bridge Club
A two session pairs event Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy

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

Click here for the handbook

Deal of the Week
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  

World Championships Update Friday
The World Championships are being held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September.  England has a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior.  Manchester players involved are 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.  Good luck to all the teams.  Some matches will be on BBO. 

With 18 of 23 round robin matches played all the England teams are in the top eight which, if they remain so, means they qualify for the knock out phase.  Best placed are the Mixed team who have been leading since round five and have a good lead.  The Seniors are in fourth place and are well ahead of the ninth placed team.  The Women's team is in third place.  All these three teams look likely to qualify for the knock out stages.

Welsh Foursomes
Congratulations to Jeff Smith, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Peter Foster and John Roberts who won the Welsh Fours at Wrexham over the weekend of 14-15th September.  Full results are on the North Wales web site.


Peter Foster, John Roberts, John Hassett, Jeff Morris

League and Cup
The league has started!  The first match of the season was played on 4th Sept in division 2.  All the divisions have now been set up by Adam Wiseberg.  The draw for the first round of the Higson Cup has also been made.  See the league and cup pages for details.

Bolton Congress
Congratulations to Rodney Lighton and John Currie who won the pairs at Bolton on Saturday 31st August by a good margin.  In fourth place were Stephen Ward and Paul Morrell.  In the Teams on Sunday Alec Smalley, Barbara Lewis, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann were second, with Kath & Alan Nelson, Stuart Shalom and Daniel Kelsall fourth.  Results are on the Bolton web site.

NBL Selections

These are the selections for rounds 3 and 4 of the NBL to be played on Saturday 21st September and Saturday 12th October.

Round 3
A1 at Bradford
A2 at Bradford
B at Preston
C1 at Altrincham
C2 at Altrincham
Alan & Kath Nelson
Alec Smalley/Jeff Morris
David Barton/Royce Alexander
Rhona Goldenfield (C) /John Stell
Andy Green/Paul Beckwith (C)
Daniel Kelsall/Stuart Shalom
Josh Clarke/Phil Taylor
Rod Franks/Mel Pelham
Stephen Ward/Chris Hine
Sam Herman/David Sarabowski
Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson
Roger Hopton (C)/David Fussell
Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler
Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook
Irene Davies (C)/Karen Reissmann
Peter Grauer/Paul Murray
Susan Triggs (C)/Graham Winn
Judith Dunkerley/Sally Bray
Andy Jackson/Nathan Marks
Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum
Round 4
A1 at Bolton
A2 at Bolton
B at Bradford
C1 at Preston
C2 at Preston
Pete Foster/John Roberts
Rodney Lighton (C)/Gary Hyett
Dave Barton/Leslie Klein
Irving & Joy Blakey
Alan & Kath Nelson
John Stell/Rhona Goldenfield
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Adam Wiseberg (C)/Jonathan Engler
Sam Herman/David Sarabowski
Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay
Victor Ridding (C)/Janet Tolan
Neil Thomas/Gillian McMullan
Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann
Peter Grauer/Paul Murray
Michael Wymer/Peter Green
Richard Acaster/Gil Fletcher
Pearl Fielding/Avril Mattison
Joan Lewis (C)/Nathan Marks
Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook
Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum

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