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Directors' Course
Stretford Bridge Club is hosting a Directors' Course
on 10th, 24th, 31st March and 14th April

Click here for details on the EBU site
Click here to contact Dave Tilley at Stretford Bridge Club
Book either through the EBU or via Dave Tilley

Cantor Cup
Sunday 24th February 2019
Manchester Bridge Club
A single session pairs event for beginners and inexperienced players
Click here for flyer

Manchester Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 2nd March 2019
St Peter's Assembly Rooms Altrincham
Entry limited to 26 tables - 4 places left (14th Feb)
Click here for entry form and details

Mersey Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday March 3rd
Click here for details
Ollie's Workshops
Start again on Sunday March 17th (note change of date)
Click here for details

Intermediate Swiss Pairs
Sunday 24th March
at Manchester Bridge Club
Open to players NGS Jack or below and below Regional Master
Click here for details and entry form

Deal of the Week
Feb 2019
6th Deva Slam 2
13th Deva Slam 3
20th Deva Slam 4

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  

European Mixed Teams
The first European Mixed Teams Championship takes place in Lisbon from 22nd to 28th February.  Playing for England is Michael Byrne with Fiona Brown, the rest of the team is Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne.  For the event web site click here.  There will be coverage of the event on BBO.

Lederer Trophy
The annual invitation Lederer Trophy takes place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London.  There are many international stars playing in the various teams.  Manchester players in the Chairman's team are John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts.  There will be BBO coverage from noon on Saturday.  For the event web site click here.

Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th.  The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess.  After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place.  Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

If anyone is interested in attending a Countdown recording please follow the links below.
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EBED Teacher's Course
The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time.  Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.

The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Bridge Course

Harrogate Spring Congress
Congratulations to Tom Slater and Michael Byrne winners of the three session Swiss Pairs on 8-9th February.  They won all their nine matches and were well ahead of second place.  Gary Hyett playing with Alan Cooke, who had been leading up to the final session, finished 11th.  This is a first win in this event for Tom and Michael.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

B and C Team Seminars
Michael Byrne will be holding seminars for B and C team players at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club.  The C team seminar will be on Sunday March 17th 12.30-18.00, the B team seminar will be on Saturday March 30th 12.00 to 17.30.  Both seminars cost £5 and are by invitation.  Invitations for the C team seminar have now been issued, invitations for the B teams seminar will be issued in early March.  Any suggestions for topics will be welcomed.  If you don't receive an invitation and you think you could benefit from attending please email Michael Byrne.

Gazette Trophy
Congratulations to Altrincham Bridge Club on their first win in the Gazette Trophy.  The team of Stuart Hunter, Robert James, David Olliver, Stuart Shalom, Andrew Jackson, Nathan Marks, Kath and Alan Nelson finshed ahead of Bramhall, Manchester and Cheadle in that order.  Ten teams competed from four clubs, Altrincham (Halstead) also won the Intermediate prize.


Winners Altrincham
(Ann Thornton) David Olliver, Stuart Shalom, Kath Nelson, Alan Nelson,
Andrew Jackson, Stuart Hunter, Nathan Marks, Robert James

Second Bramhall
Chris Barnard, Richard Acaster, Ian Pendlebury, (Ann Thornton), Rod Franks,
Ross Worthington, Steve Mattinson, Gil Fletcher, Steve Tearle

Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing, Ann Thornton for organising.
In the Intermediate category of the Player of the Year Sally Bray is now leading a point ahead of Adam Wiseberg.
Full results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.


Pos Team Team Players Total
1 4 Hunter
Stuart Hunter & Robert A James
David Olliver & Stuart Shalom
Andrew Jackson & Nathan Marks
Alan & Kath Nelson
121 7 213
2 2 Worthington
Ian Pendlebury & Chris Barnard
Richard Acaster & Gilbert Fletcher
Steve Tearle & Ross Worthington
Steve Mattinson & Rod Franks
114 6 162
3 1 Debbage
Rhona & Bernard Goldenfield
David Debbage & Ollie Burgess
Paul Hackett & Paul Murray
Jeff Morris & John Hassett
106 5 111
4 3 Lighthill
Alan Jones & David Barton
Gary Hyett & John Holland
Eve Lighthill & Raymond Semp
Alec Smalley & Peter Jones
105 5 75
5 6 Jones
Joyce & Robert Jones
Paul Worswick & Patricia Burrows
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
Gillian McMullan & Roger Hopton
96 5 75
6 5 Davies
David Sarabowski & Mike Burtt
John Moran & Andy Green
Irene Davies & Karen Reissman
Celia & Kevin Comrie
93 5 75
7 7 Eastabrook
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Michael Wymer & Bernard Kaye
Anne Jordan & Geoff Hull
Mohammed & Mariam Jabbar
84 5 75
8 10 Halstead
Liz & Stephen Halstead
Mark Gomme & Adrienne Stone
Sally Bray & George Leigh
Wei Che Tham & Daniel Kelsall
80 4 60
9 8 Sinton
Richard Sinton & Ann Thornton
Graham Wood & Doris Kirwan
Inder & Surinder Sethi
David & Marion McNeillie
72 3 45
10 9 Jackson
Sheila Reynolds & Chris Collison
Linda Williams & Ken McCarthy
Margaret Kelsall & Rowland Agius
Peter Jackson & Richard Aubrey

Lady Milne Trials
Congratulations to Catherine Draper, playing with Susanna Gross of London, who qualified in the trials for the Womens home internationals held at the Young Chelsea on 2nd-3rd February.  Results are on the EBU web site.

League (28th Jan)
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team have won another match this month to increase their lead while Kath Nelson's Agamemnon and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras have swapped places with Kath's team now second.  In division two Proteus (Frank Brown) with four wins and Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are the leaders.

It's all very close at the top of division three Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention have moved from third to first with Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) second and Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) now third.  Haidee Tattersall's Conquering Hearts have regained the top spot in division four ahead of Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley), David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars have dropped to third.

In division five the top two teams have not played any matches in December or January.  Ray Hill's Monton Misfits have won five out of five matches ahead of Adam Wiseberg's who have completed seven of nine matches.  Division six is unchanged with no matches being played in January.  4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead with three good wins.  In division seven  Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had four good wins, they are ahead of Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) and Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt).

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