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Upcoming Events
Martin Braid Memorial
Swiss Pivot Teams
Sunday 2nd April

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Intermediate Swiss Pairs
Sunday 9th April 2017

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EBU Events

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 22nd April at 2.30pm
at Manchester Bridge Club
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Deal of the Week
Mar 2017
1st Goldstone Slam
8th Non-technical line
15th Freak hand
22nd Find the Lady

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  

Hubert Phillips - Manchester Final
Following on from Jeff Smith's team's win in the semi-finals (see below), Michael Byrne's team (Ollie Burgess, Fiona Brown, Hugh McGann) beat Sally Brock's team at Spondon on Saturday 19th March to set up a final featuring a majority of Manchester players for the first time since 1999 when the final was held at Manchester Bridge Club with a large crowd of spectators watching.

Congratulations to Jeff Smith, John Holland, Alan Mould and Rhona Goldenfield (substituting for Jackie Pye who is recovering from a recent operation) who have reached the final of the EBU's Mixed Teams Championship.  They beat the Hinden team in the semi finals and will play the winners of Michael Byrne vs Sally Brock.


Cumbria Congress
The Cumbria Congress is taking place over the weekend of 17-19th March.
In the Mixed Pairs on Friday Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang won, with John Holland and Jackie Pye third.  In the Ladies pairs Joyce White was second playing with Babs Matthews.  Joy and Irving Blakey were third in the Championship Pairs.
All results are on the Cumbria web site.


National Pairs
A number of Manchester pairs went to Bradford on Sunday 12th March to play in the Northern heat of the National Pairs qualifying.  Only John Roberts and Pete Foster were successful, finishing second at Bradford after a big second session and qualifying for the national final next month.

Green Point Pairs
There was a full house at Altrincham on Saturday 4th March where fifty pairs competed in the Swiss Pairs.  Congratulations to the joint winners Jeff Smith/Alan Nelson and Marianne Farr/John Morrell who were ahead of Kath Nelson/Jeff Morris in third place.

Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield for organising this enjoyable event assisted by Bernard and committee members.  Also thanks to the directors David Stevenson and Joan Lewis for running the event efficiently.

Pos Cat No Players Matches Total
VPs
Tops Green
Points
1=   10
John Morrell & Marianne Farr
16 4 20 20 14 17 12 103 140 3.47
1=   30
Alan Nelson & Jeff Smith
17 19 15 9 17 18 8 103 140 3.22
3   50
Jeff Morris & Kath Nelson
16 8 15 19 17 3 20 98 140 2.31
4   5
Alan Hayward & Alan Jarvis
18 15 16 11 6 15 16 97 140 2.36
5   1
Chris Ryall & Trevor Hails
11 13 16 15 20 2 18 95 140 2.24
6   17
Michael Byrne & Michael Newman
11 7 19 19 4 16 14 90 140 1.86
7   45
Sue Woodcock & Stuart Clarke
19 5 12 16 0 19 17 88 140 1.74
8=   27
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
18 10 11 1 15 11 20 86 140 1.69
8=   47
Barrie & Julia Newall
8 0 14 14 20 15 15 86 140 1.56
10   13
Eve Lighthill & Howard Kay
14 10 8 15 9 12 17 85 140 1.13
11=   20
Raymond Semp & Peter Jones
11 4 18 12 20 15 4 84 140
11=   42
Liz Commins & Paddy Murphy
20 12 1 8 17 7 19 84 140 1
13   7
Bill & Liz Wattleworth
4 19 17 0 5 20 18 83 140 1
14   24
John Holland & Gillian Whyte
6 18 20 8 19 5 6 82 140 ¾
15=   25
Rodney Lighton & John Currie
18 10 16 12 16 5 3 80 140 1.13
15=   23
Gary Hyett & Margaret Howe
14 10 5 9 18 13 11 80 140 1.13
15=   3
Mohammed & Mariam Jabbar
20 8 4 8 20 15 5 80 140 ¾
18=   33
Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft
11 16 8 13 14 15 2 79 140
18=   40
Andrew Petrie & Bill Alston
19 18 5 5 14 18 0 79 140 1
20=   51
Nicholas Greer & Henry Bissell
12 16 9 10 11 5 15 78 140 1.13
20=   35
Babs Matthews & John Farmer
2 19 16 1 18 5 17 78 140 1
22   44
Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks
17 12 19 11 3 5 9 76 140 1
23=   8
Richard Acaster & Kevin Higgins
16 16 16 9 3 2 12 74 140 1
23=   46
Diane Ault & Ailsa Hurst
1 7 2 20 20 5 19 74 140 ¾
25   31
Tracy Capal & Stuart Davies
19 2 17 10 6 9 8 71 140 0.63
26   38
John Parsons & Irene Davies
14 20 4 13 1 15 3 70 140 1
27   21
Michael Tomlinson & Nicholas Sutcliffe
4 12 0 20 20 8 5 69 140 ¾
28=   4
Peter Green & Michael Wymer
0 20 0 19 2 16 10 67 140 0.88
28=   16
Ian Edwards & Veronica Petrie
13 0 13 2 20 19 0 67 140 1
28= I 19
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
9 3 5 15 0 15 20 67 140 ¾
31=   48
John Roberts & Peter Foster
12 4 20 7 17 4 2 66 140 ¾
31=   29
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
3 20 3 18 3 18 1 66 140 ¾
33= I 36
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
18 1 1 13 20 1 10 64 140 0.88
33= I 11
Ann Thornton & Bhim Ruia
16 4 4 11 0 13 16 64 140 1
35=   34
Steve Mattinson & Gilbert Fletcher
9 17 4 12 3 1 17 63 140 ¾
35=   22
Joy & Irving Blakey
16 16 4 4 0 20 3 63 140 ¾
37 I 9
Peter Jackson & Mark Gomme
4 1 20 9 0 17 11 62 140 ¾
38   12
Rod Franks & Pauline Lang
4 8 15 11 0 14 9 61 140 ¾
39   28
Andy Green & Haidee Tattersall
2 1 8 14 16 0 16 57 140 ¾
40   18
Christopher Hine & Stephen Ward
9 6 7 7 4 3 20 56 140 ¼
41   15
Bill & Joyce White
7 20 12 7 6 2 1 55 140 ½
42 I 41
Pat Dunningham & Peter Horn
0 7 6 6 14 7 12 52 140 ½
43 I 6
John Browning & Chris Baker
2 20 3 2 16 4 4 51 140 ½
44   37
John & Catherine Ashworth
6 9 2 5 4 15 8 49 140 ¼
45   14
Gwen Beattie & Jeremy Stanforth
6 2 18 18 0 0 3 47 140 ½
46   39
Wynn Sutherland & Irene Bowers
1 16 16 5 2 6 0 46 140 ½
47 I 43
Wei Che Tham & Jason Levesley
3 0 15 1 6 15 4 44 140 ½
48 I 2
Sally Bray & George Leigh
9 14 0 6 0 5 3 37 140 ¼
49 I 26
David Murray & Andrea O'Rafferty
2 0 11 0 18 5 0 36 140 ½
50   32
Joshua Roberts & Josh Clarke
1 4 0 0 2 5 17 29 140 ¼

More details on the Altrincham and Manchester Club web sites

PotY results have been updated.  In the Intermediate category Adam Wiseberg has taken the lead, John Holland still leads the expert category.

Winners

Joint winners Jeff Smith, Marianne Farr, Alan Nelson, John Morrell
Third

Third Jeff Morris, Kath Nelson

fourth

Fourth Alan Hayward, Alan Jarvis
fifth

Fifth Chris Ryall, Trevor Hails

Intermediate winners

Intermediate Winners Barbara Eastabrook, Karen Jones

Intermediate second

Intermediate second Ann Thornton, Bhim Ruia
Ascenders

Ascender's prize Barrie and Julia Newall


League Update (25th Feb)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley), Adrian's team have played four matches so far. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading both having played most of their nine matches.  In division three Bank (Nigel Pearce) have won seven out of seven in front of Smash the System (Irene Davies) who have won five out of six.  In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading with Hydrangeas (Gordon Johnson) second, both well ahead of the third placed team.  In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have completed all their fixtures and now lead narrowly from Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who still have three to play.   In division six Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou) have jumped into the top spot with LastMinute.bid (Adam Wiseberg) second and Double Trouble (John Berry) third.  Jems (Peter Elton) is averaging 25 VPs per match in division seven, but School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell has dropped to second place.

Treasurer
Our current treasurer, Haidee Tattersall, will be giving up the post from the end of May.  See below for an advert for someone to replace her.

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