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Stretford Bridge Club Course
Starting Saturday 18th January at 10.30 (poster is wrong)
A 10 week course, 2 hours each lesson
Cost 75 or 10 per lesson, includes refreshments
Contact Dave Tilley on 07984 529 673
or email Stretford Bridge Club for further information
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Gazette Cup
Inter Club Teams of Eight
Sunday 2nd February
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Sunday 16th February
Manchester Bridge Club
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Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 7th March
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Click here for online entry form

EBU Teacher Training Course
28th-29th February at Stretford Bridge Club
For details click here
Contact Dave Tilley on 07984 529 673
or email Stretford Bridge Club for further information

MCBA Handbook 2019-20
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Click here for the EBU calendar

Deal of the Week
Jan 2020 1st Another Grand 8th Middlesex Pairs
15th Middlesex Teams

Dec 2019 4th Llangollen 11th YC Defence
18th Middlesex Pairs
25th Christmas Present

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
18th Middlesex Pairs

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  

Lancashire Cross-IMP Pairs
Well done to Rhona Goldenfield playing with Jeff Smith who won at Preston on 18th January.  Jeff Morris and Kath Nelson were fourth. 
Results are on the LCBA web site.

League and Higson Cup (15th Jan)
The leaders in each division are displayed on the league page of this site.  In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus have won two matches by good margins to lead ahead of Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras and David Barton's Inverted Minors. Division three is headed by Splinter Group (George Leigh) and Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who have each won four matches.  In division four Monton Misfits have started with two maximum wins.  The Enigmas (Graham Fletcher) are off to a good start in division five with three wins.  Bombay Sapphires have started with two wins and a draw to lead division six.  The Wakefield family team lead division 7a and Mudlarks are winning division 7b.

In the Higson Cup round 2 the tie of the round between Michael Byrne's St Titus and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras was a close run match with St Titus just winning on the last two boards.

Preston Blue Point Teams
Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, Rodney Lighton and John Currie who won the teams at Preston on 12th January.  They won on a split tie.  In the consolation event Bill Bentley, Rhona Goldenfield, Kevin and Celia Comrie were also in a split tie for first place, but they lost the tie split.  Results are on the Preston Club Web Site.

Manchester Congress
The Manchester Congress took place over the weekend of 4-5th January at the Victoria and Albert Hotel.
We welcomed Jovanka Smederevac an Austrian World Champion, several Norwegian players, Scottish and Welsh players as well as English players from all over the country to make this an international congress.

The congress was well attended with 62 pairs in the championship event, 33 teams on the Sunday and 21 and 27 pairs in the Intermediate events on Saturday and Sunday respectively.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the pairs for the third time in four years, Leslie Klein and Jeff Smith won the Men's Pairs prize, Suzy Lawson and Alan Jarvis the Mixed Pairs and Rhona Goldenfield and Marianne Farr the Women's Pairs.  The championship teams was renamed the Bernard Goldenfield Congress Teams this year in memory of one of Manchester's greatest players who died last year.  A magnificent new trophy was presented in his memory.  The event was won by Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Jovanka Smederevac and Rodney Lighton.  Will and Sam Wakefield won the prize for the best juniors over the weekend.

In the Intermediate events Harold Weinstock and Tomi Komoly won the Players Progress Cup on the Saturday, Vanessa and Clement Goldstone the Kevin Comrie cup on the Sunday.

Thanks to Irene Davies and her team of helpers and to the directors who ran these events smoothly.

The Player of the Year spreadsheet has been updated, John Holland and Adam Wiseberg still lead in the Expert and Intermediate categories respectively, but their lead has been cut.

Raymond Semp's quiz was won by Sally Brock, the champagne prize was consumed by Sally's team to celebrate their win in the teams.
Michael Byrne's quiz and answers can be found here
Winner was Graham Osborne 57, second Mike Wood 56, third Tom Slater and friends 40, fourth Adam Wiseberg 31.

Here are links to the results of various events which can also be found on the Manchester Events web site under the results tab.

PP Winners

Players Progress Cup Winners
Harold Weinstock and Tomi Komoly with Ann Thornton

PP 2nd

Players Progress Cup Second
Rana Das and Andy Robertshaw
PP 3rd

Players Progress Cup Third
Heather Saunders and Graham Fletcher

PP 4th

Players Progress Cup Fourth
Niramay and Mike Wakefield
PP 5th

Players Progress Cup Fifth
Paula and Peter Behrens
Kevin Comrie Winners

Kevin Comrie Cup Winners
Vanessa and Clement Goldstone with Kevin Comrie

KC seocnd

Kevin Comrie Cup Second
Vera Lowson and Stephen Fernley
KC third

Kevin Comrie Cup Third
Andrew Wiatr and Ken Hall

KC Fourth

Kevin Comrie Cup Fourth
Annie Curtis and Ann Wood
KC Fifth

Kevin Comrie Cup Fifth
Christopher Tolhurst-Cleaver and Adrienne Stone
Pairs Winners

Pairs Winner with John Holland presenting
David Debbage (Andrew Woodcock)
Mens Pairs

Pairs Second and Men's Pairs
Leslie Klein and Jeff Smith

Mixed Pairs

Pairs Third and Mixed Pairs
Suzy Lawson (Alan Jarvis)


Ladies Pairs
Marianne Farr and Rhona Goldenfield
Mixed 2nd

Second in Mixed Pairs
John Holland and Jackie Pye

Session 1

Session 1 Prize
Raymond Semp (David Olliver)

Bjorn Borre Leinan and Erik Eliassen


Intermediates First
Stewart Hart (David Smith)

Intermediates Second and Juniors Prize
Will and Sam Wakefield with Rhona Goldenfield

Teams Winners

Bernard Goldenfield Teams Winners
Jovanka Smederevac, Sally Brock, Rodney Lighton, Barry Myers

Teams 2nd

Teams Second
Tom Slater, Alan Jarvis, Suzy Lawson, Rob Dixon
Teams 3rd

Teams Third
Mary Green, Victor Ridding, Janet Tolan, Barbara Lewis

B teams 1st

Secondary Teams Winners
Nicholas Greer, Neil Thomas, John Parsons, Josh Clarke
B Teams 2nd

Secondary Teams Second
Mia Deschepper, Ceri Pierce, Gilly Clench (Adrian Thomas)

C Teams Winners

Consolation Teams Winners
Fiona Brown, Mark Weeks, (Helen Erichsen, Ollie Burgess)

Open Trials
The final stage of the England trials for the European Open took place in London from 3rd-6th January.  Michael Byrne played with Kieran Dyke and finished fourth.  Ten pairs took part, with the top two guaranteed selection.  See the EBU web site for results.

Year End Congresses
Congratulations to the Manchester players who did well at Blackpool and London.
Rhona Goldenfield won the Mixed Pairs at Blackpool with Jeff Smith.
John Holland second in the Mixed Pairs at Blackpool with Jackie Pye.
Ollie Burgess fourth with Mark Weeks in the Swiss Pairs at Blackpool.
Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard fifth in the Swiss Pairs at Blackpool.
Michael Byrne third with Sally Brock in the Mixed Pairs at London.
John Holland and Rhona Goldenfield won the Swiss Teams at Blackpool playing with Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith respectively.
Results are on the EBU web site.

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