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Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 24th June
Altrincham Bridge Club
Restricted to NGS J and below and below rank of Regional Master
Click here for entry form and more details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 22nd July 11.00 at Altrincham
Entry limited to 26 teams
Click here for details and entry form

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 15th April at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Deal of the Week
Apr 2018
4th Green Point Pairs 2S
11th Green Point Pairs 3N
18th More GP Pairs

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  

League Update (18th Apr)
The league season is reaching its end.  Some promotion and relegation issues have been decided, others depend on the final few matches.
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) lead ahead of St Titus (Michael Byrne) both have two matches to play.  The match between the top teams on Thursday will be critical, with St Titus needing a big win.  St Titus play third placed Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) on Friday.  Isolated Menaces could win the league theoretically, but it seems unlikely.  In division two
Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) and Tempo (Steve Mattinson) will be promoted, along with Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald) unless DASH (Ian Kane) manage a big win in their final match.  Graham Burns' Take the Money and Run have overtaken Roger Hopton's New Connections in division three.  In division four Altrincham Z (Joan Lewis) are champions with City Aces (Ivor Rosenberg) also promoted.  Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) have won division five with Double Diamonds (Nigel Catterall) also promoted.  Jems (Peter Elton) have won division six with The Biddables (Duncan Watson) also promoted.  Finally in division seven there is one match to play.  Bridge Under Troubled Waters (David Rigby) and 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) seem likely to be promoted.

Congratulations to all teams that have won their division or been promoted.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the MCBA will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 19.30 at Altrincham Bridge Club, St. Peter's Church Hall, Cecil Road Hale WA15 9NU.
All members of MCBA are welcome.
Motions for the AGM need to be sent to the Hon. Secretary a minimum of 3 weeks before the AGM. That is to by Wednesday 2nd May at the latest.
Agenda and papers for the AGM will be circulated two weeks in advance, that is, on Wednesday 9th May.

Intermediate Swiss Pairs
The Intermediate Swiss pairs at Manchester Bridge Club on 8th April attracted a field of  21 pairs.  Winners by a good margin were Scott Middleton and Roy Saleh with Graham Winn and Susan Triggs tying with Adrienne Stone and Mark Gomme for second place.

Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Susan Triggs and Ann Thornton for organising.


Winners Roy Saleh (Ann Thornton Tournament Secretary) Scott Middleton

Joint second

Joint Second Graham Winn, Susan Triggs, Adrienne Stone, Mark Gomme


Fourth Peter Allinson, Helen Nightingale

Fifth Chris and Daniel Kelsall

Pos No Players Matches Total
1 19
Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton
15 14 19 17 20 85 100
2= 20
Graham Winn & Susan Triggs
12 17 12 17 10 68 100
2= 10
Adrienne Stone & Mark Gomme
18 19 9 3 19 68 100
4 6
Peter Allison & Helen Nightingale
19 18 11 3 15 66 100
5 8
Chris & Daniel Kelsall
10 16 15 11 10 62 100
6 11
Stephen Fearnley & Ann Morris
20 2 14 9 13 58 100
7 12
Melanie Foster & Joanna Keene
0 17 18 2 20 57 100
8 2
Suzanne & Roy Beckett
12 20 1 18 5 56 100
9 7
Wendy Burton & Angela Ashleigh
10 17 8 18 0 53 100
10 18
Pat Dunningham & Hilary Boydell
8 4 14 8 18 52 100
11 3
Susan Braid & Jan Lancaster
18 1 2 18 12 51 100
12 9
Elizabeth Downie & Margaret Kelly
2 12 13 12 8 47 100
13 16
Judy Yates & Barbara Eastabrook
17 6 5 9 7 44 100
14 13
Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie
7 5 5 9 17 43 100
15 21
Jane Macgruer & Barbara Herring
7 15 6 11 1 40 100
16= 14
Margaret Harris & Pat Turner
13 3 2 7 14 39 100
16= 4
Ally Olliver & Judith Lambert
2 7 15 15 0 39 100
18 5
Chris Boal & Gillian Leather
1 15 18 2 2 38 100
19= 17
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
12 0 7 7 11 37 100
19= 15
Anne Jeater & Karen Leigh
3 3 9 13 9 37 100
21 1
Bernard & Patricia Shea
8 3 11 5 3 30 100

More detailed reults are on the Manchester and Altrincham Bridge club web sites.

At the North Wales Swiss congress on 7-8th April leading Manchester pair on the Saturday were Joy and Irving Blakey in third place.  In the Swiss Teams Kath and Alan Nelson with Raymond Semp and John Hassett were second, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey were third.  Results are here.

Northern Easter Festival
At Leeds on 30-31st March Alan Mould and John Holland won the Swiss Pairs with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield third.  In the mixed pairs on Thursday John Holland and Jackie Pye were second.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

The minutes of the council meeting held on March 27th are now posted.

Mary Costagliola
We are sorry to report the death of Mary Costagliola on March 26th after several years of ill health.  Mary was a keen and skilled player at clubs in South Manchester, especially Cheadle Hulme where she features innumerable times on the club honours boards.  She also competed successfully at county level, where she won the Higson Cup and Plate, the mixed and ladies pairs and the Gazette cup.  At national level her sole win was in the NICKO plate in 2006.  A fuller obituary is on the Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club web site.
Mary Costiagliola

Portland Pairs
The EBU's mixed pairs event was held at multiple centres on Sunday 25th March.  Many local pairs played at Brierfield where the most successful nationally were Eve Lighthill and Raymond Semp who, having lead overall after the first session, finished 18th.  John Holland and Jackie Pye were just behind them.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

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