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Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 21st July at Altrincham
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Thursday 30th May at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club
(note change of date)


Deal of the Week
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  

Easter Festival
In the Easter Festival at Ilkley John Holland and Jackie Pye finished third in both the Mixed Pairs and the Swiss Pairs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

This year's final will be between St Titus (Michael Byrne) and New Connections (Roger Hopton).  New Connections did well to beat Jeff Morris in a close semi-final.  The winning team will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June.

League (19th Apr)
Most divisions are now completed or near completion.  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 the final match between Proteus (Frank Brown) and Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) will decide who is promoted alongside Eve Lighthill's DASH.  DASH are promoted despite winning four and losing five matches.

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 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) need a handful of VPs in their final match against the bottom team to ensure promotion.  John Berry's Double Trouble are currently second and will be promoted.  In division seven there is an intriguing situation, the final match between Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) and Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) will decide who is promoted along with Larkhill-1, unless it is a 15-15 draw in which case there will be a triple tie between those two teams and Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt).

Michael Clarke
We are sorry to report that Michael Clarke died on 17th April of pancreatic cancer.  Michael was a long standing member of the MCBA.  He was primarily a rubber bridge player but had been a member of Kath Nelson's Agamemnon league team for many years, playing with Martin Braid until Martin's death a few years ago and then with Jeff Morris.  The team always placed well in the league, winning in 2007 and finishing second this year.  Michael was also on the Goldstone Trophy winning team in 2007 and won the Gazette Trophy a couple of times on Manchester Bridge Club teams.  In 1982 he won the National Masters Pairs with Jeremy Wyndham.  Our condolences to his wife and family.

Preston Blue Point Pairs
Nearly half the field were Manchester players at Preston on 14th April.  Best Manchester result was achieved by John Holland with Jackie Pye who were second.  Jeff Morris and John Hassett were third.  Results are on the Preston site.

Lady Milne
Catherine Draper played for England in the women's home internationals in Ireland on the weekend of April 12th-14th with Susanna Gross, Sally Brock, Gilly Cardiff, Nicola Smith and Yvonne Wiseman.  England won the competition with Catherine and Susanna heading the Butler rankings.  The event web site is here.

Teltscher Trophy
John Holland played for England Seniors on the weekend of April 5th-7th in the home internationals in Edinburgh.  The rest of the team was Norman Selway, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Halberg and David Mossop.  England won by a large margin, with John and Norman second in the Butler rankings.  The event website is here.

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Last updated 21st Apr 2019.  Pages updated recently - News, Goldstone
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