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Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 3rd March 2018 11 am
at St Peters Assembly Rooms Altrincham
Water Street  M3 4JQ

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Gazette Cup
Sunday 4th February at Altrincham
Inter Club Teams of Eight Manchester's qualifier for the Garden Cities
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Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 4th February at Manchester Bridge Club
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Cantor Cup
Sunday 25th February
A pairs event for beginners and
inexperienced duplicate players
At Manchester Bridge Club
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MCBA Handbook
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Deal of the Week
Jan 2018

10th NICKO pre-empt
17th Congress slam 1


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  

National Point a Board Teams
John Holland playing with Ben Green and Alan Mould with Barry Myers finished third in the final at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club on January 20-21.  They won the qualifying section.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

Preston Blue Point Teams
Preston bridge club has moved premises, not very far, to downstairs at the St Walburge's Centre.  The new premises are comfortable and spacious allowing room for at least 18 tables, whereas upstairs there was only room for 11 tables.  As a result they were able to accommodate 14 teams for a multi-team event on Sunday 14th January.   Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won with Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye with a huge score.  Results are on the Preston Club web site.

Open Trials
The pairs trials for the England team to play in the European Championship this year took place in London from 12th to 15th January.  Michael Byrne played with Kieran Dyke of London against nine other pairs.  The top two will join the pre-selected pair of Tony Forrester and Andrew Robson.  After lying in the top three almost all of the event Michael and Kieran finished third, with the top three well clear of the rest.  This was no doubt very disappointing for them, but they played extremely well and could well earn European selection in the future.
Results are on the EBU web site.

Manchester Congress
Manchester's annual congress was held at the Victoria and Albert hotel in Spinningfield on 6th-7th January.  Ably directed by Neil Morley and Rob Dixon with Graham Winn and Susan Triggs running the non-expert sessions, everything ran smoothly.  Thanks to Irene Davies and her team who helped set up on Friday morning and everyone who cleared up on Sunday evening.  66 pairs and 33 teams competed on Saturday and Sunday respectively and there were 15 and 14 pairs in the non-expert events.  Players travelled from Norway, Germany and many areas of the UK.  Congratulations to Alan Mould and Barry Myers who won the pairs, this was a first win in the congress pairs for both of them, though Alan had won the event in a previous incarnation 31 years ago.  Men's, Ladies and Mixed Pairs trophies went to Paul Hackett/Ed Levy, Fiona Brown/Helen Erichsen, Joy & Irving Blakey respectively.

Alan Mould did the double by winning the teams with Jeff Smith, John Holland and Paul Hackett.  Results of all the events are below and more detailed results are available on the Manchester Bridge Club web site, with the non-expert results also on the Larkhill club web site.

The player of the year results have now been updated, Alan Mould has taken a clear lead ahead of John Holland in the expert category.  Adam Wiseberg and Jonathan Engler lead the intermediate category just ahead of Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley.

For Michael Byrne's quiz answers click here

Winners

Kevin Comrie Winners (Rob Dixon TD)
Carol McKinnon and Diana Calvert


second

Kevin Comrie Second Jackie Lowrie and Annie Curtis


Third

Kevin Comrie Third Lorrie Murphy and Karen Harvey
Fourth
Kevin Comrie fourth Christine Barrowclough and Nick Tarrier

fifth=

Kevin Comrie fifth equal Stephen Fearnley, Vera Lowson,
Elaine Preece and Peter Butterworth

PP1


Players Progress Winners
John Attree (Kevin Comrie) David Welsh

PP2

Players Progress Second
Gillian Armstrong and Yvonne Dickinson
PP3

Players Progress Third
Jackie Lowrie and Annie Curtis

PP4
Players Progress Fourth
Lynne and Richard Mallard

PP5

Players Progress Fifth
Mark Sapeira and Malcolm Allum

PairsWinners

Pairs Winners Barry Myers (Sally Brock presenting) Alan Mould
Mens

Mens Pairs and second Ed Levy and Paul Hackett

3rd

Third Bernard Goldenfield and Jim Luck
fourth

Fourth and Mixed Pairs Irving & Joy Blakey
fifth

Fifth and Session one prize.  Kath & Alan Nelson
non-expert

Non-expert and Juniors prize Henry Bissell and Josh Clarke

Ladies

Seventh and Ladies Pairs Fiona Brown and Helen Erichsen

8th

Eighth - Croz Croswell and Degsy Williams
Pauline

Session 2 - Pauline Lang (played with Frank McCarthy)

Sess 2

Ascenders Mel Pelham and Rod Franks

Ashworths

Second Mixed Pairs John and Catherine Ashworth


Teams A

Teams winners John Holland, Jeff Smith (Sally Brock presenting)
Paul Hackett and Alan Mould
Teams A 2

Teams second Alan Jarvis, Suzy Lawson, Roz Bavin, John FitzGerald
Teams A 3

Teams third Bob Pitts, Ted Revely, Tracy Capal, David Sherman
Teams B

Teams B Final Justin Hackett, Martin Taylor,
Barbara Hackett, Ann Gladiator

Teams B 2

Teams B second Alec Smalley, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Tom Slater
Teams C

Teams C Winners Mike Goldsmith, Ed Levy (also Mike and Sarah Bell)


Players Progress Cup (Saturday)

1st     John Attree & David Welsh             62.96
2nd     Gillian Armstrong & Yvonne Dickinson  62.21
3rd     Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie          57.06
4th     Richard Mallard & Lynne Mallard       53.57
5th     Mark Sapeira & Malcolm Allum          52.84
6th     Bernard Shea & Pat Shea               51.79
7th     Rak Kapur & Paul West                 51.50
8th     George Falzon & John Banbury          49.83
9th     Suzanne Beckett & Roy Beckett         47.40
10th    Peter Collinson & Kate Durham         46.96
11th    Geoff Densham & Hazel Powell          44.25
12th    Susan Braid & Jan Lancaster           43.81
13th    Mike Faust & Richard Aubery           41.87
14th    Sue Berry & David Eason               41.53
15th    Sheila Wimbleton & Christine Richardson 40.48

Kevin Comrie Cup (Sunday)

Pos No Players Match
Points
Tops Score
%
Master
Points
1 14
Carol McKinnon & Diana Calvert
176 288 61.11 30
2 1
Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie
166 288 57.64 24
3 9
Lorrie Murphy & Karen Harvey
162 288 56.25 18
4 10
Christine Barrowclough & Nick Tarrier
152 288 52.78 12
5= 2
Stephen Fearnley & Vera Lowson
150 288 52.08 6
5= 11
Peter Butterworth & Elaine Preece
150 288 52.08 6
7 13
Richard & Lynne Mallard
145 288 50.35  
8 8
Joy Young & Ken Doodson
141 288 48.96  
9 5
Gill Armstrong & Yvonne Dickinson
140 288 48.61  
10 6
Bernard & Pat Shea
135 288 46.88  
11 3
Carol Straffon & Sue Jones
130 288 45.14  
12 7
Richard Roberts & Karen Jagger
127 288 44.10  
13 4
Sandra Magher & Lis Todd-Jones
126 288 43.75  
14 12
Pat Denham & Del O'Sullivan
116 288 40.28

Championship Pairs
Pos Cat No Players Match
Points
Tops Score
%
1 G 23
Alan Mould & Barry Myers
1837.17 2976 61.73
2 G 44
Paul Hackett & Edward Levy
1791.71 2976 60.21
3 G 2
Jim Luck & Bernard Goldenfield
1782.00 2976 59.88
4 M 50
Joy & Irving Blakey
1748.77 2976 58.76
5 M 47
Alan & Kath Nelson
1734.75 2976 58.29
6 GN 40
Henry Bissell & Josh Clarke
1718.01 2976 57.73
7 L 48
Fiona Brown & Helen Erichsen
1714.32 2976 57.60
8 G 43
Croz Croswell & Degsy Williams
1678.32 2976 56.40
9 G 62
Andrew Woodcock & David Debbage
1677.49 2976 56.37
10 GM 57
Catherine & John Ashworth
1661.91 2976 55.84
11 M 6
Sheila Shea & Edward Jones
1654.48 2976 55.59
12 M 15
Frank McCarthy & Pauline Lang
1651.51 2976 55.49
13 G 60
John Hassett & Jeff Morris
1648.80 2976 55.40
14 M 4
Eve Lighthill & Sidney Travers
1642.81 2976 55.20
15 G 19
Rodney Lighton & John Currie
1637.63 2976 55.03
16 M 36
Alan Jarvis & Suzy Lawson
1627.23 2976 54.68
17 L 11
Marianne Farr & Rhona Goldenfield
1620.81 2976 54.46
18 L 42
Catherine Draper & Maureen McConkey
1620.23 2976 54.44
19 G 66
Stephen Ward & Christopher Hine
1617.55 2976 54.35
20 L 49
Emma Bentley & Sally Brock
1597.69 2976 53.69
21 MN 34
Celia & Kevin Comrie
1581.45 2976 53.14
22 G 51
Phil Godfrey & Robert Myers
1554.39 2976 52.23
23 G 63
Paul Murray & Peter Grauer
1543.19 2976 51.85
24 M 65
Sarah & Mike Bell
1542.71 2976 51.84
25 G 35
Melvyn Pelham & Rod Franks
1531.47 2976 51.46
26 L 55
Lindsey Cuff & Barbara Moore
1520.86 2976 51.10
27 G 64
Howard Kay & John Roberts
1509.23 2976 50.71
28 G 52
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
1507.86 2976 50.67
29 G 17
Kjetil Helgeson & Espen Anfinsen
1504.24 2976 50.55
30 L 13
Barbara Lewis & Irene Davies
1501.33 2976 50.45
31 G 16
Erik Eliassen & Thorleif Skimmelan
1501.09 2976 50.44
32 M 53
Diane & Duncan Ault
1498.24 2976 50.34
33 L 10
Anne Gladiator & Barbara Hackett
1497.66 2976 50.32
34 M 9
Kevin Higgins & Ann Thornton
1494.78 2976 50.23
35 G 1
Jeffrey Smith & Paul Casselle
1486.29 2976 49.94
36 GN 46
Chris Baker & John Browning
1481.97 2976 49.80
37 G 28
Michael Fay & Bill Carr
1480.23 2976 49.74
38 M 41
Gillian Butterworth & Hari Gohil
1478.49 2976 49.68
39 MN 18
Susan Triggs & Graham Winn
1471.41 2976 49.44
40 G 56
Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor
1458.60 2976 49.01
41 M 7
Tracy Capal & David A Sherman
1451.68 2976 48.78
42 G 14
Howard Stubbings & Dhun Daji
1450.02 2976 48.72
43 M 30
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
1444.12 2976 48.53
44= G 24
Jim Straffon & Martin Ellison
1415.79 2976 47.57
44= L 61
Margaret Barnes & Wyn Williams
1415.80 2976 47.57
46 M 8
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
1411.78 2976 47.44
47 LN 12
Irene Bowers & Rona Stewart
1410.05 2976 47.38
48 M 26
Roz Bavin & John Fitzgerald
1395.34 2976 46.89
49 G 20
Tony Coley & John Holland
1393.93 2976 46.84
50 G 21
Roger Hopton & David Fussell
1385.40 2976 46.55
51 L 38
Sue Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft
1373.18 2976 46.14
52 M 22
Gillian McMullan & Neil Thomas
1371.94 2976 46.10
53 MN 37
Anthony O'Neill & Patricia Gorham
1361.59 2976 45.75
54 LN 33
Maggie McPhillips & Matilda Bingham
1335.42 2976 44.87
55 MN 54
Simon Townsend & Tricia Blum
1329.76 2976 44.68
56 L 5
Haidee Tattersall & Anne Whitehead
1325.85 2976 44.55
57 MN 29
Malcolm & Josephine Thompson
1282.53 2976 43.10
58 GN 45
Daniel Kelsall & Alex Lawton
1262.40 2976 42.42
59 MN 3
Simon Alexander & Carol Maman
1259.20 2976 42.31
60 G 31
Joshua & Paul Roberts
1249.04 2976 41.97
61 LN 25
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
1234.73 2976 41.49
62 L 27
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
1214.91 2976 40.82
63 LN 39
Lisa Czyniewska & Mary Green
1210.40 2976 40.67
64 GM 59
Pat Dunningham & Peter Horn
1172.47 2976 39.40
65 GN 32
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
1146.04 2976 38.51
66 GM 58
Carol McKinnon & Diana Calvert
1095.92 2976 36.83

Championship Teams Final
Pos Team Players Matches Wins/
Draws
Total Master
Points
1 1
John Holland & Paul Hackett
Jeffrey Smith & Alan Mould
* -1 0 13 11 -11 -10 10 7 5 14 3 17 9 +58 324
2 9
Roz Bavin & John Fitzgerald
Alan Jarvis & Suzy Lawson
-7 13 24 2 10 -3 7 1 * -1 4 -9 9 8 +50 288
3 10
Tracy Capal & David A Sherman
Bob Pitts & Ted Reveley
-5 31 -4 -16 13 8 7 7 1 * 4 0 -6 8 +40 252
4= 6
Joy & Irving Blakey
Alan & Kath Nelson
11 0 7 -1 7 * 1 12 3 -8 14 -11 -14 8 +21 198
4= 8
Marianne Farr & Rhona Goldenfield
Bernard Goldenfield & Jim Luck
-10 -6 11 12 11 -12 14 * -1 -7 9 0 0 7 +21 198
6 12
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Nigel Matthews
Graham Currie & Tony Hodgson
-3 -7 -5 4 -17 11 2 0 9 0 4 * -2 7 -4 144
7 13
James Thrower & David Debbage
Degsy Williams & Croz Croswell
-17 11 2 -6 2 14 -1 0 -9 6 -11 2 * 7 -7 108
8= 4
Victor Ridding & Mary Green
Barbara Lewis & Ann Thornton
-13 -11 5 * 8 1 -17 -12 -2 16 14 -4 6 6 -9 54
8= 7
Espen Anfinsen & Erik Eliassen
Thorleif Skimmeland & Kjetil Helgeson
10 -10 -8 17 11 -1 * -14 -7 -7 1 -2 1 5 -9 54
10 2
Fiona Brown & Helen Erichsen
John Atthey & Claire Robinson
1 * -3 11 -3 0 10 6 -13 -31 11 7 -11 7 -15  
11 3
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
Stephen Ward & Christopher Hine
0 3 * -5 -13 -7 8 -11 -24 4 16 5 -2 6 -26  
12 5
Jeff & Ann Wilkins
Michael Tomlinson & Linda Smith
-11 3 13 -8 * -7 -11 -11 -10 -13 0 17 -2 4 -40  
13 11
Malcolm & Josephine Thompson
Peter & Brenda Greaves
-14 -11 -16 -14 0 -14 -1 -9 -4 -4 * -4 11 2 -80  


Teams B Final
Pos Team Players Matches Wins/
Draws
Total Master
Points
1 7
Anne Gladiator & Barbara Hackett
Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor
2 * 1 11 -6 7 * 11 12 10 7 +48 180
2 2
John Hassett & Jeff Morris
Alec Smalley & Tom Slater
19 * 6 -10 12 -5 * 10 11 4 6 +47 144
3 6
John Parsons & Paddy Murphy
Christopher Pope & Mark Weeks
* 5 -4 -5 11 * -7 25 -7 18 4 +36 108
4 5
Sheila Shea & Edward Jones
Margaret Barnes & Wyn Williams
11 -12 5 16 * -11 6 1 9 * 6 +25 72
5 3
Nicholas Greer & Neil Thomas
Henry Bissell & Josh Clarke
2 -6 * 18 -5 4 -1 * -3 -2 3 +7 36
6 9
Sally Brock & Barry Myers
John Currie & Rodney Lighton
16 -11 3 * -9 7 -12 -2 * 0 4 -8  
7 1
Raymond Semp & Paul Casselle
Maggie Pierce & David McAndrew
* -19 -2 13 -11 * -2 -10 -16 32 2 -15  
8 8
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies
Gillian McMullan & Roger Hopton
10 -10 * 12 -1 -25 -11 * 2 -3 3 -26  
9 10
Duncan & Diane Ault
Catherine & John Ashworth
-32 -4 2 7 * -18 -10 3 0 * 4 -52  
10 4
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
-13 10 -18 * -16 5 -11 -12 * -7 2 -62

Teams Consolation
Pos Team Players Matches Wins/
Draws
Total Master
Points
1 7
Sarah & Mike Bell
Edward Levy & Mike Goldsmith
9 * -4 -3 6 13 * 20 0 10 6 +51 60
2 9
Joan Lewis & Roy Higginbottom
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
7 12 5 * -14 19 0 7 * 10 7 +46 45
3 2
David Tilley & Bernard Kaye
Daniel Kelsall & Wei Che Tham
-10 * -3 12 7 11 * 19 -12 2 5 +26 30
4 10
John Moran & George Leigh
Peter Green & Yvonne Barnes
26 -2 -18 1 * 21 -10 8 -10 * 4 +16 15
5 4
Jim Straffon & Lindsey Cuff
Martin Ellison & Barbara Moore
-9 -12 -2 * 15 8 3 4 * -1 4 +6  
6 3
Melvyn Pelham & Rod Franks
Pauline Lang & Patricia Burrows
-16 3 * 2 1 -6 4 * -5 18 5 +1  
7 5
Howard Rosemarine & Jonathan Berg
Lance Bloohn & Karen Sandler
4 -7 -1 -15 * 7 -6 4 14 * 4 0  
8 1
Espen Gisvold & Nick Clayton
Paul Murray & Peter Grauer
* 10 16 9 -4 * -9 10 -7 -26 4 -1  
9 6
Anthony Lawrence & John Hurst
Sanjeet Kamath & Faye Georgiou
* -11 6 -8 -7 * -13 7 -19 -21 2 -66  
10 8
Avril Mattison & Rosemary Rosenthal
Melvin & Estelle Megitt
-10 -19 * -4 -4 -7 -20 * -7 -8
-79  


NICKO
Congratulations to the Cheadle Hulme team of Royce Alexander, John Currie, Tom Slater and Alec Smalley who knocked out the seeded Manchester Bridge club team in their second round match on 4th January.

Bridge Magazine
Bridge Magazine, which for many years was a traditional paper subscription magazine, and latterly an online subscription magazine, has now become a free online magazine.  The first edition is out in Jan 2018 click here to read it.  Since the magazine will rely largely on advertising to fund itself please register as a reader of the magazine, so that advertisers know how wide a readership they are reaching.

Camrose
Michael Byrne played for England in the first weekend of the home internationals from 5th-7th January in Belfast.  He was selected as a result of finishing second in the Premier League in the Autumn with Kieran Dyke, Jeffrey Allerton, Chris Jagger, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne.  The England team lead after the first weekend with Michael and Kieran playing very well, winning every match that they played in and finishing second of all the pairs in the cross-IMP ranking.

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