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Sunday 3rd December 2023 Ben Franks Trophy M/C Bridge Club - see below for more details Gordon Bickley's Second Hand Books 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
EBU Bridge Warehouse
6th-7th Jan 2024 Manchester Congress Cresta Court Altrincham
7th Jan 2024 Non-expert event at the Manchester Congress
18-19th November Lancashire Congress Barton Manor Hotel Preston
EBU Calendar

Deal of the Week

Nov 2023
1st Switch
8th Don't give up
15th Symmetry
22nd League Defence
29th Children in Need
Oct 2023

11th Overtrick
18th Great Northern
25th Great Northern 2

Aug 2023

23rd Endplays
30th Eastbourne
July 2023

12th Double Grand Coup

26th Double Squeeze

June 2023
7th Spring Fours Grand
14th Defence

May 2023
3rd Higson Final
10th Higson Final 2
17th Spring Fours
24th Spring Fours 2
31st Montenegro
Apr 2023

12th Overtrick
19th Higson 1
26th Higson 2

Mar 2023

15th Defensive Technique
22nd Triple

Feb 2023
1st Backwash

22nd Your bid

Jan 2023
4th Defence problem
11th Congress Pairs 1
18th Congress Pairs 2
25th Congress Pairs 3

Dec 2022
7th Six Clubs
14th SixNT
21st Ben Franks Defence 1
28th Ben Franks Defence 2

Nov 2022
2nd False Card
9th Unblocking
16th Squeeze
23rd Burn's law
30th Six Diamonds
Oct 2022
5th Suit Play
12th Restricted Choice
19th Swingy Board
26th Devil's Coup

Sep 2022

21st Six NT

Aug 2022
3rd Smother Play
10th GP Teams
17th Lightner
24th FourThreeFit
31st EastbourneDefence
July 2022

27th Smooth duck

June 2022
8th Find the Queen

May 2022
4th Thwarted
11th Blocked Suits
18th Spring Fours Defence

Apr 2022
6th Big Hand
13th Defensive Guess
20th Defend 3N
27th Four Four Fit

Mar 2022
2nd Goldstone Defence
9th Green Point Pairs 6-6

Feb 2022
2nd Congress 4H
9th Two Spades
16th Teltscher Lead
23rd Michael's brilliancy

Jan 2022
5th Tolly Play 4H
12th League 6H
19th Bramhall 6N
26th One imp

Dec 2021
1st Tolly Grand
8th Tolly 4H
15th Tolly 3D
22nd Tolly Defence
29th Tolly Defence 2
Nov 2021
3rd Lucky Top

17th Spades
24th Tolly Qual 1

Oct 2021
6th Two Grands
13th Misplays
20th Discarding

Sep 2021

15th MBC
22nd EBU 3NT
29th NBL Defence
Aug 2021

11th President's Cup
18th Suit Combination
25th Trump Coup

Jul 2021
7th Criss-Cross
14th BerksBucks
21st NICLF

Jun 2021

16th Lancs League
23rd Lancs League 2
30th John Armstrong Pairs
May 2001
5th Lancs League
12th Play 3NT
19th EBU Pairs
26th Bramhall Slam

Apr 2021
7th Cumbria and Norfolk
14th Bramhall & Cheadle
21st B&C Defence
28th League imps

Mar 2021
3rd Nicko
10th Overtrick
17th Tollemache
24th Espen's Endplay
31st GP Pairs
Feb 2021
3rd Congress Teams Qual
10th Poor contract
17th Chester Pairs
24th Norfolk Slam

Jan 2021
6th A double problem
13th Suit play
20th Congress Pairs
27th Congress Grand

Dec 2020
2nd TollyQual
9th League
16th Sussex Grand
23rd Teltscher Trials
30th Cheap save
Nov 2020
4th Beat 2S
11th Last Chance
18th Crockford's Plate
25th Difficult Play Hand

Oct 2020
7th Timing
14th Plan
21st Gambit
28th Defend 1NT

Sep 2020
2nd Double Double
9th Suicide Squeeze
16th Five Hearts
23rd Squeeze without Count
30th Play Problem
Aug 2020
5th Play Problem
12th A Poor Slam
19th Make Game
26th Avoidance

July 2020
1st Play Problem
8th Tens
15th Trumps
22nd Squeeze?
29th Lead Problem
June 2020
3rd Good Hand
10th Trump Coup
17th Suicide squeeze

May 2020
6th Online Overtricks
13th League Luck
20th Online IMPs
27th Online Slam

Apr 2020
1st Tollemache
8th Tollemache
15th Lockdown League
22nd Lockdown League 2
29th Online Duplicate
Mar 2020 4th Cheadle Pairs 11th Cheadle Pairs
18th Chester Pairs
25th Goldstone

Feb 2020 5th Peter Ader Memorial 12th Santa Claus Pairs
19th Santa Claus 2
26th Congress Pairs

Jan 2020 1st Another Grand 8th Middlesex Pairs
15th Middlesex Teams
22nd Middlesex Teams 2
29th Middlesex Teams 3
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  

Sid Travers

We are sorry to report the death of Sid Travers on Sunday 26th November at the age of 92.  He had competed in the Manchester area for over 70 years, winning his first county trophy, the Manchester Teams, in 1955 and his final one, the Mixed Pairs with Eve Lighthill, in 2007.  In between he also won the league once and the Higson Cup twice as well as two further wins in the Mixed Pairs with Eve and a win in the Manchester Pairs again with Eve.  Nationally he won the Life Master Pairs with Tracy Sherman in 2000.  He represented Manchester in many county matches especially in the Northern League and won a National B title in 2010.  He was a regular competitor at the Manchester and Altrincham clubs for many years.

He was a graduate of Manchester University and was a solicitor by profession.

Our condolences to his widow Marice, sons Harry and Max and family.

The funeral will be at 15.00 on Thursday 30th November at the Yeshurun Cemetery Cheadle SK8 2PN with prayers in the evening at 20.00

Fall Nationals

The ACBL Fall Nationals are taking place in Atlanta Georgia from Nov 23rd to Dec 3rd.  Michael Byrne is playing in the Knottenbelt team with Maggie Knottenbelt, Zia Mahmood, David Gold, Stefano Tommasini and Ben Norton.  In the Soloway Knockout Teams they qualified easily in the Swiss and then narrowly won in the round of 32, but then lost in the last 16.  Results can be found here.

Ben Franks

The Ben Franks Trophy, Manchester's premier pairs event will be held on Sunday 3rd December starting at 11 am at Manchester Bridge Club.  This will be a two session event with a break for lunch.  The competition qualifies the top four pairs to play in the Corwen Trophy.  The Corwen Trophy is the annual county representative event run by the EBU for pairs from all over England to be held June 1st-2nd 2024.

Please join us for a great event.  Many different pairs have won this over the years and everyone has a good time.

Registration is now open on the Manchester Events site (click on registrations, Ben Franks).  Do sign up to make sure you support your county for this fantastic event.

Lancashire Congress

Congratulations to Stephen Ward and Paul Morrell who won the Swiss Pairs at Preston on Saturday 18th November.  There were many Manchester pairs competing, Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper and Alec Smalley/Tom Slater were fourth equal.  In the Swiss Teams on Sunday John Holland, Jackie Pye, Jeff Smith and Rhona Goldenfield were second.  Full results are on the Lancashire web site.

Goldstone Upset

Well done to Phillip Taylor's Silver and Black Team who beat Inverted Minors, last year's league winners in the round of 16.

Tollemache - Manchester Qualify

The inter county teams of eight qualifier took place on Nov 11-12th online on RealBridge.  The Manchester team of Alec Smalley/Michael Byrne, John Holland/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Gary Hyett/Rodney Lighton won their group.  After a moderate start on Saturday, leaving them placed sixth, the team won all their matches on Sunday and just headed their group with Surrey, London and Kent also qualifying.  In the other group Middlesex, Berks & Bucks, Gloucester and Cambs & Hunts also qualified.  All four pairs contributed a plus score on the cross imps.  The final will be face to face in February.

Results are on the EBU web site.

League, Higson Cup and Goldstone 2023-24

All these competitions are under way.  In the league only a handful of matches have been played in each of the four divisions.  In the Higson Cup only three of the twelve first round matches have been played so far with no great upsets.  More progress has been made in the Goldstone where all but one of the round of 32 matches have been played, again with no great surprises.

Premier League

The EBU's Premier League continued with its final weekend on 4th-5th November.  Michael Byrne playing in the Knottenbelt team finished fourth, John Holland and Alan Mould in the Senior team were eighth.  In the second division Andrew Woodcock and John Hassett in the Hackett team did well and moved into top position.  Results are on the EBU web site.

Manchester Congress

The popular MCBA congress returns as a face to face event on January 6th and 7th 2024 at a new venue, the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.

On the Sunday of the congress there will be a single session non-expert event for the Kevin Comrie Cup.

Click on the above links for more information and details of how to enter.

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Last updated 29th Nov 2023.  Pages updated recently - News, Goldstone
Thanks to Michael Byrne for many reports.
Thanks to John Holland for checking articles and analyses for Deal of the Week

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