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Michelle Brunner Memorial
Saturday 20th July at Manchester Bridge Club
A mixed pivot teams charity event
Click here for details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 21st July at Altrincham
(Now full, waiting list only- 5th July)
Click here for entry form and details

Taster Event
For those who would like to start playing bridge
11 am Saturday 27th July
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Welsh Foursomes
14-15th September 2019
Click here for more details
2020 Manchester Congress
Put it in your diary now.
4th & 5th January at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester

Preston Swiss Pairs
Sunday 4th August
Click here for details


Deal of the Week
July 2019 3rd Corwen 1 10th Corwen 2
17th Corwen 3

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

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  

Derbyshire Match

The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July.  Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs.  The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom,  Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks.  Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.

Derby match

Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum

Northern Bridge League

The first round of four of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 13th July.  Well done to the Manchester C1 team who lead their division.

In the A division at Sheffield the A1 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Rhona Goldenfield/John Holland, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater finished third behind the two Yorkshire teams.  The A2 team of Steve Mattison/Joyce White, Paul Beckwith/Andy Green, John Roberts/Pete Foster, Lance Bloohn/Roger Hopton were sixth.  John and Pete shared the top spot in the cross imps rankings with John and Rhona.

In the B division at Bradford Manchester are second behind Yorkshire again.  The team was Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Mel Pelham/Rod Franks, Stephen Ward/Chris Hine.  Gillian and Neil were our best pair on the cross imps.

In the C division at the new venue of Preston both Manchester teams did well.  The C1 team of Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler, Barbara Eastabrook/Karen Jones, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke won ahead of Yorkshire NW with the C2 team of Liz & Stephen Halstead, Keith Boulton/Nigel Pearce, Suzanne Beckett/Adele Hodari, Andrea Mills/David Welsh in third place.  Adam and Jonathan headed the cross imps for the division.

Full results are on the NBL web site.

Bronze Medal for Michael's Juniors
Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships.  Pictured below are the under 21 team with non-playing captain Michael Byrne.  Michael puts in an enormous amount of effort training the juniors;  it is good to see his efforts leading to success.

Euro U21 Bronze

Oscar Selby, Elizabeth Gahan, Daniel Winter, Liam Sanderson
Michael Byrne, Sam Anoyrkatis, Harry Madden, Alex Roberts

Intermediate Player of the Year
Next week, before the Green Point Teams on 21st July, we will be sorting out who is eligible for the Intermediate category for the player of the year competition.  Intermediate means NGS J or below and below Premier Regional Master.  To do this we need your NGS rating to be visible on the EBU site.  If your NGS rating is hidden, then we will assume you are in the expert category.

EBU Summer Seniors
Congratulations to John Holland and Raymond Semp who won the Swiss Teams at Eastbourne with Frank Wharton and Geoff Foley from Middlesex by a large margin on 7th July.

Riviera Congress
Congratulations to Gary Hyett who won the Swiss Teams at Torquay on 30th June playing with Alan Cooke, Robert Miller and Bill Taylor.

President's Cup
The annual inter county teams of eight event took place at Bradford Bridge Club over the weekend of 29-30 June, ably directed by Stuart Davies and Adrian Goulding.  The Manchester A team finished second to Mersey and Cheshire in a close contest.  The Manchester B team fared less well but gained valuable experience. 

The A team was Alec Smalley/Tom Slater (both days), John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Kath Nelson/Rhona Goldenfield, David Barton/Leslie Klein (Saturday), Rodney Lighton/Royce Alexander, Joy & Irving Blakey, David Barton/Michael Newman (Sunday).

The B team was Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, John Stell/Max Sampson, Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler (Saturday) and Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings, Tony Hodgson/Eddie Thornton-Chan, Rod Franks/Steve Mattinson, David Olliver/Howard Kay (Sunday).

John, Rodney, Royce, Tom, Alec, Kath and Rhona all scored well on cross IMPs.

Full results are on the Merseyside county page.

European Open
The European Open Championships are taking place in Istanbul from 15-29th June.  Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne in the Leslie team in the Open and John Holland in the Penfold team in the Seniors.  Both teams qualified for the knock out phase from the Swiss event, where the Leslie team lost in the round of 32, the Penfold won their quarter final match but lost in the semi-finals, thus earning a bronze medal.  In the open teams Justin and Jason Hackett played in the Mossop team which won the event.
Click here for results.

The following selections have been made for matches in August.

Northern Bridge League Saturday 17th August
John Holland/Gary Hyett
Rodney Lighton(C)/John Currie
Alec Smalley/Tom Slater
John Roberts/Pete Foster
Stuart Shalom/Dave Sarabowski
Joy Blakey/Irving Blakey
Alan Nelson/Kath Nelson(C)
Andy Green/Paul Beckwith
Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay
Joyce White/Joyce Jones
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Roger Hopton(C)/Dave Fussell
Rod Franks/Ann Thornton
Richard Acaster/Gil Fletcher
Gordon Bickley(C)/Ann Farquhar
Peter Grauer/Paul Murray
Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend
Harold Weinstock(C)/Pearl Fielding
Viv Newgrosh/Karen Sandler
Nigel Catterall/Phil Hayward

Taster Session
Manchester County Bridge Association is running a membership drive to tell people about the wonderful game of bridge and to encourage more people to learn to play bridge.  Members from a number of different clubs are joining together (with support from the EBU) to try out some new ways of increasing interest in learning to play bridge.  One part of this strategy is to run a number of taster sessions.  We are holding a taster session at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 27th July, starting at 11 am.  We already have people who have signed up from this session via the Didsbury Festival (see info elsewhere on this website) but would welcome more interested people.  If you know of any-one who would like to find out more about playing bridge, please encourage them to contact Irene Davies (details on the flyer) and come along to the taster session.  At the taster session we will be telling people about any beginners bridge courses starting in the Autumn which being run by EBU affiliated clubs in the MCBA area.

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