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Upcoming Events
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 18th September at 2.30pm

Club TD Training
Bolton Bridge Club will be hosting a Club TD Training Course over
four sessions on the dates below.
Essentials October 15, 2016, Book rulings November 12, 2016,
Judgment  rulings December 10, 2016, Assessment January 14, 2017
For more details click here

EBU Events
 Deal of the Week
Aug 2016
3rd Trump End Play
10th Slam Lead
17th 800

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  

Eastbourne Summer Meeting
The EBU's main congress has moved from Brighton to Eastbourne this year.  The Swiss Pairs was the main event of the first weekend from 19th-21st August.  Last year's winners Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished fourth, with John Holland and Alan Nelson 13th in a field of 270 pairs. 
Kath Nelson and Bill Hirst (ex Manchester, now Kent) were second in the senior pairs, with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield sixth.
Michael Byrne was second in the Tuesday Open Pairs with Jonathan Richards, and also second in the GCH Fox Championship Pairs with Ewa Kater.
Full results are on the EBU web site.

Higson Cup Draw
The draw for the preliminary round of the Higson Cup is on the cup page.

Goldstone Draw
The draw for the 2016-17 knock out for the Goldstone Trophy is posted under Goldstone (another team added 22nd Aug).  The winners will represent Manchester in the Pachabo (inter counties teams of four) in June next year.

Michelle Brunner Memorial
The annual charity event in memory of Michelle Brunner and in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann Hospice was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 13th August.

Ollie Burgess spoke eloquently of his memories of Michelle and her great help especially when starting his bridge career.
Nineteen teams then sat down to play a mixed pivot Swiss event under the direction of Mike and Sarah Amos.
Kath & Alan Nelson, Jeff Morris and Michael Newman were winners well ahead of Raymond Semp, John Hassett, Barry Myers and Sally Brock.

Result of the day was achieved by the intermediate trophy winners John and Catherine Ashworth, Barbara Heaton and Paul Vose who were third.

At the interval Simon Alexander auctioned off various items effectively and then the raffle was drawn by Eve Lighthill.  In all £1700 was raised.
Thanks to Jeff Morris and Manchester Bridge Club staff for hosting, Simon Alexander for auctioneering, Susan Triggs, Graham Winn and Eve Lighthill for the raffle and to Sarah and Mike Amos for directing (for which they waived their fee) and to everyone else who helped.

Full results are on the Manchester Bridge Club site.


Simon Alexander auctions memorabilia

Eve Lighthill conducts the raffle


Winners Alan Nelson, Michael Newman, Kath Nelson, Jeff Morris

Second Raymond Semp, Barry Myers, Sally Brock, John Hassett


Third and Intermediate Prize Paul Vose, John Ashworth, Catherine Ashworth, Barbara Heaton

Northern Bridge League Selections
The selection committee has selected the players below for the final two Northern league matches.

Saturday 10th September
A1 at Bradford
A2 at Bradford
B at Keighley
C at Brierfield
Kath & Alan Nelson
Michael Byrne & Michael Newman
Tom Slater & Alec Smalley
Alan Mould & Ollie Burgess
Raymond Semp & Peter Jones
Joyce & Bill White
John Roberts & Peter Foster
Andy Green & David Sarabowski
Sylvia Massey & Herbert Potts
Steve Mattinson & David Pennington
Neil Thomas & Nicholas Greer
Roger Hopton & David Fussell
Paul Beckwith & Dave Hammonds
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill
Haidee Tattersall & Anne Whitehead
Saturday 8th October
A1 at Bolton
A2 at Bolton
B at Bradford
C at Manchester
Alan Mould & Ollie Burgess
Michael Byrne & Michael Newman
Irving & Joy Blakey
Tom Slater & Alec Smalley
Kath & Alan Nelson
Raymond Semp & Peter Jones
John Currie & Royce Alexander
Sylvia Massey & Herbert Potts
Joyce Jones & Robert Jones
Eve Lighthill & Ken Hassell
Neil Thomas & Gillian McMullan
John Roberts & Peter Foster
Liz & Stephen Halstead
Joan Lewis & Roy Higginbottom
Irene Davies & Karen Reissmann
Janet Tolan & Victor Ridding

Preston Summer Pairs
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Preston Summer Pairs on Sunday 7th August.  Full results are here

Northern Bridge League Match 2
Manchester now lead in both the A and B divisions after the matches on Saturday 6th August.
In the A division at Bradford the team of Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman, Michael Byrne/Toby Nonnenmacher finished second on the day but increased their lead at the top of the table.  John and Gary were the best pair overall on the cross IMPs.  The A2 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Peter Foster/John Roberts, Peter Jones/Raymond Semp, Jeanne & Ron Bayly improved their score over last month's matches but still finished last.  Alan & Kath were the best pair on the cross IMPs.
In the B division at Blackburn Manchester were also second on the day, but swapped places at the top of the table to lead Cumbria by 6 VPs.  The team was Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Joyce & Robert Jones, David Olliver/Sid Travers, Neil Thomas/Nicholas Greer.  Joyce and Robert were our best pair on the cross IMPs.
In the C division at Bradford the team of Linda Williams/Ann Thornton, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Michael Wymer/Mel Pelham finished last.  Roger and David did well on the cross IMPs.

Patrick Jourdain
We are sorry to report the death of Patrick Jourdain on 28th July.  Patrick was a Welsh international, bridge correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and a frequent visitor to the Manchester congress.  A full obituary is on the EBU web site and another on the Welsh Bridge Union site

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