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Bridge Lessons in January

Do you want to learn how to play bridge?
Do you know someone who would like to learn (maybe buy them a course for Christmas)
Bramhall, Manchester and Stretford Bridge Clubs all have bridge courses starting in January.

EBED training for teachers is at Stretford on 12/13th February - details to follow.

Manchester Congress
5th-6th January 2019
Victoria and Albert Hotel Spinningfields
Manchester's Friendly Flagship Event
 Pairs on Saturday 12.00 - 19.30, Teams on Sunday 11.00 - 18.30
Non-expert events both days

Note the earlier start time and much shorter break on Saturday
Enter online
(click on link below)
Pay by BACS sort code 01 07 20 account 41526708 reference
surname and Congress 19
Click here for brochure
Click here for flyer
Click here for non-expert brochure
Click here for online congress entry form
Click here for travel and parking information
There are currently road works on Water Street, due to finish on 31/12/18
Check status here

LCBA Butler Pairs
Sun 20th Jan. Preston BC at 11.00, entries to Jeff Smith

Northern Bridge League
Dates and venues for 2019 are on the NBL site

Deal of the Week
Dec 2018
5th Tolly Qual 1

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
30th 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  

Manchester Bridge Club - 40 Years
After 40 years at its venue on Palatine Road Manchester Bridge Club will be moving in the New Year.  At a party at Palatine Road on Dec 9th plans were outlined for the club's future.  The club will be moving to share premises with the Fallowfield Lawn Tennis and Bowls Club at 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield M14 6BN (about half a mile from Palatine Road).  The first event at the new venue will be the duplicate on Wednesday January 2nd.  Building and fitting out work is currently taking place to prepare the new venue.  See the Manchester Bridge Club web site for further details and news.

European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly.  The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Mixed Trials
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Ben Franks Pairs
Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 2nd December.  A small but select field of 14 pairs played three boards against each other pair.  After the first session Alec Smalley and Barbara Lewis were leading ahead of John Holland and Rodney Lighton.  These two pairs met in the final round of the second session, with Alec and Barbara still just ahead until the last board, when Alec, playing in a pushy three notrump, guessed to knock out the opposition aces in the wrong order and went down, converting a potential top into a bottom.  Alec and Barbara finished third, with David Sarabowski and Sam Herman second.  In fourth place and also qualifying for the Corwen were Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies.

Thanks to Ann Thornton for organising the event and to Jeff Smith for directing.  Full results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.

Winners John Holland and Rodney Lighton with Ann Thornton

Second David Saraborowski and Sam Herman


Third Alec Smalley and Barbara Lewis

Ascender's prize Mel Pelham and Rod Franks

Pos No Players Match
Tops Score
1 6
Rodney Lighton & John Holland
286.83 468 61.29 42
2 5
David Sarabowski & Sam Herman
278.67 468 59.54 36
3 14
Alec Smalley & Barbara Lewis
267.83 468 57.23 30
4 12
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies
260.50 468 55.66 24
5 1
Peter Foster & John Roberts
251.83 468 53.81 18
6 10
Joy & Irving Blakey
235.33 468 50.28 12
7 9
Josh Clarke & Henry Bissell
233.17 468 49.82 6
8 2
Andy Green & Stephen Ward
230.50 468 49.25  
9 11
Adam Wiseberg & Ann Thornton
223.17 468 47.69  
10 8
Melvyn Pelham & Rod Franks
221.33 468 47.29  
11 7
Graham Currie & Tony Hodgson
214.00 468 45.73  
12 4
Paul Murray & Peter Grauer
198.83 468 42.49  
13 13
Wei Che Tham & Daniel Kelsall
192.67 468 41.17  
14 3
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
181.33 468 38.75  

League (30th Nov)
Another month and more results.

In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team are off to a good start with three good wins, Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras are in second place some way behind.  In division two Proteus (Frank Brown) with three wins and Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are the leaders.

Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) have played one match in division three and won 30-0, Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) have a more realistic score averaging 19.8 after five matches.  David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars have dropped to second in division four, just behind Haidee Tattersall's Conquering Hearts.

In division five Ray Hill's Monton Misfits have won five out of five matches ahead of Adam Wiseberg's who have completed seven of nine matches already.  Division six is still going slowly but 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead with two good wins.  In division seven Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) have won their only match 30-0, Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had three good wins to lie second.

Llangollen Swiss Teams
Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock were on the winning team in the Welsh event on 24-25th November playing with Gillian and Joe Fawcett respectively Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, John Holland and Jackie Pye were third.  Click here for the North Wales web site.

Senior World Championship
Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September.  They replace Alan Mayo and Rob Cliffe in the Shelley team who qualified from the European championship earlier this year.

Tollemache - Manchester Qualify
The inter counties teams of eight qualifying weekend took place on 17-18th Novenber at Daventry.  After a ruling involving a match between Middlesex and Sussex Manchester finished second in their group qualifying for the sixth year in a row.  The Manchester team was John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett.  John Holland and John Hassett headed the cross IMPs for their group, the other three pairs were negative on the cross IMPs.  The final is in February.

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