Latest News and Upcoming Events
Deal of the Week
A single session pairs event for new and inexperienced players at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 25th Feb at 14.00.
Larkhill New Session
Larkhill bridge club has started a session on Monday afternoons face to face of approx 2 hours. See the Larkhill web site for more details.
Tollemache Final - Manchester Win
Congratulations to the Manchester team who won the inter counties team of eight for the second year running in Coventry over the weekend of 17-18th Febuary. They won six and drew one of their matches against the other counties to finish well clear of Middlesex in second place. The team was Tom Slater/Alec Smalley(capt), John Holland/Alan Mould, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Phil Taylor/Nicholas Greer, travelling reserve Rhona Goldenfield. John and Alan were the best pair on cross imps. Especial congratulations to Phil and Nicholas who were drafted in as last minute replacements for their first ever Tollemache. Well done to the selectors in selecting a fine team despite various withdrawals and non-availabilities.
Results are on the EBU web site.
Phillip Taylor, Nicholas Greer, John Hassett, Alan Mould, Rhona Goldenfield,
Alec Smalley, Jeff Morris, Tom Slater, John Holland
Harrogate EBU Spring Congress
Congratulations to John Holland playing with Jackie Pye who finished second of seventy pairs in the Swiss Pairs at Harrogate on 9-10th February. Results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester vs Lancashire
A match has been arranged between Manchester and Lancashire counties at Bolton Bridge Club at 12.00 on Sunday 30th June.
There will be two teams of 12 competing, one at open level, the other at Jack high level, the matches will be of around 40 boards.
More details to follow.
England Mixed Trials
Trials for the Mixed Team to represent England in the European Championships took place from 2nd to 5th February in Solihull. Michael Byrne played in Team Knottenbelt, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock in Team Seale. Both teams qualified from the round robin on Friday and Saturday to play in the semi-final matches on Sunday. Team Seale won the round robin and Team Knottenbelt were third. Both teams went on to win their semifinals on Sunday, they played each other on Monday.
Congratulations to Michael Byrne and team (Maggie Knottenbelt, Kieran Dyke, Heather Dhondy, Mike & Sarah Bell who won the final convincingly and will represent England in the European Championships in Herning Denmark in June. Commiserations to Andrew and Catherine who did very well, especially as they were a four player team.
Results are on the EBU web site.
The inter club teams of eight competition was held on Sunday 4th February at Manchester Bridge Club. Eight teams competed, three each from Manchester and Bramhall & Cheadle and two from Altrincham. Bramhall A held a small lead at half time with the strong Manchester A team languishing in the bottom half of the field. A late surge from Manchester A saw them leap into second place, but they couldn't catch Bramhall. Congratulations to Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Peter Grauer, Stephen Ward, John Holland, Raymond Semp, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton. Tom and Alec headed the cross imp rankings. Manchester A were Paul Hackett, Mike Goldsmith, Jason Hackett, Martin Taylor, Jeff Morris, David Sarabowski, John Hassett, Rhona Goldenfield. In third equal place were Bramhall C Steve Mattinson, Tony Hodgson, Julia Bannister, Joyce White, Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, Barbara Lewis, Ann Thornton and Manchester B Ann Wood, Dee Connolly, Susan Triggs, Graham Winn, Ceilia and Kevin Comrie, Jon Middleton, Andy Brocklehurst.
The winning team goes on to represent Manchester in the Garden Cities Regional Final in May.
Thanks to Jeff Smith for directing, Michael Byrne for organising and providing half time desserts and to Manchester Bridge Club members for hosting.
Detailed results are on the Manchester Events site.
Alec Smalley and Tom Slater with MCBA President Kevin Comrie
League, Higson Cup and Goldstone Update Feb 1st
In the league division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team lead having played four, winning three by a good margin and losing narrowly to last year's winners Inverted Minors who are now second having won five out of six. In division two Mike Hart's North Star lead followed closely by Julia Bannister's Sandbaggers. In division three Four Dummies (Barbara Eastabrook) are well ahead with four wins out of four. Division four is headed by Ron Lowe's Manchester Misfits ahead of Heather Saunders' Enigmas. In the Higson Cup all the first round matches have been played, the draw for round two is on the EBU site. In the Goldstone all the round of 16 matches have been played, and Phil Taylor's team are the first team through to the semi-finals.
The draw has now been made for the first round of the Higson Plate.
Green Point Swiss Pairs