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Upcoming Events
The AGM of the Association will be held at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Thursday 26th May at 19.30
All members welcome
Presentation of League Trophies and PotY awards
To reduce the meeting length officers will be providing their reports before the meeting to be posted on this web site
Buffet and Wine
Click here for more details
Reports click below
Green Point Secretary Web site and PotY
Congress Secretary
League Secretary
Membership Secretary
Match Secretary
Selection committee
Goldstone Cup Report
Tournament Secretary

Selection committee policy paper for agenda item

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 24th July
Altrincham 11 am start - limited to 26 teams - early entry advisable
Click here for details and entry form

  Now full, waiting list only (May 4th)
Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 12th June
Altrincham 13.30 start. One session.
This event is restricted to Intermediate Players (below the rank of Regional Master) to include regular club players and others with limited experience of bridge tournaments

Click here for details and entry form
Ben Beever Memorial Pairs
Manchester Bridge Club 10th July 14.00 to 18.00
Click here for details
Par Contest
Manchester Bridge Club Sunday 17th July 13.45
Click here for details
Change of Date Michelle Brunner Memorial
The Michelle Brunner Memorial event will take place this year
on Saturday 13th August
EBU Events
Click here for the EBU calendar
 Deal of the Week
May 2016
4th Long sequence
11th RKCB with void
18th More RKCB

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  

Goldstone Final
The final of the Goldstone Trophy takes place at Manchester Bridge Club tonight (Monday 23rd May at 19.30).  Spectators are welcome.
St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alan Mould and John Holland), winners for the last four years, defend their title against Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Ollie Burgess and Rob Myers.

The selection committee has made the following selections
Derbyshire Match July 3rd Away

Tricia Blum & Simon Townsend

Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton
Barbara Eastabrook & Adam Wiseberg
Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill
Liz & Stephen Halstead
Graham Campbell & Lindsey Barnes (c)
All Counties Super Final July 10th Coventry

Alan Mould & Rodney Lighton
Michael Newman & Michael Byrne (c)
Kath & Alan Nelson
Alec Smalley &Tom Slater

Teltscher Trophy
The Senior Camrose event takes place in Edinburgh this weekend 20th to 22nd May.  John Holland is playing for the Patron's team with Gunnar Hallberg.  Matches will be shown on BBO.  Click here for the event web site with schedule and results.

Northern Counties Improvers Pairs Final
The finals of this event for players under the rank of Master were held at four centres simultaneously on Sunday 15th May.  Qualifiers from club heats played at their local final.  The Manchester Bridge Club heat was won by Margaret Harris and Pat Turner from the Altrincham club.  They also won overall with a fine score of nearly 69%.  Many congratulations.  For the MBC results click here and the overall results click here.


Pat Turner and Margaret Harris

Killarney Congress
The annual congress at Killarney takes place from May 14th to 22nd.  As usual several Manchester players are participating.  In the first event, the congress pairs Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finished first ahead of Rob Myers playing with Dan McIntosh.  Kath Nelson won the mixed pairs with Cian Holland, Rob Myers won the mixed teams with Dan MacIntosh, Tim and Alex Gauld.  Kath Nelson won the ladies teams and Rob Myers the men's teams.  Alan Nelson won the President's night pairs.  To conclude a successful week Bernard and Rhona won the main teams event, the Loch Lein Trophy, playing with Jim Luck and Alan Williams, regular visitors to the Manchester Congress.  For congress results click here.

League Summary All Matches Completed (May 10th)
The remaining match in Division three was played on May 9th.  We look forward to everyone participating next year; the entry form will be on the league page in July.

Division 1: St Titus clinched the league title by losing to Bare Bones by 13-17.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Gary Hyett, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton and Toby Nonnenmacher.  St Titus have now won the league five times in nine years with Gary Hyett having a record 17 titles.   Bare Bones have finished second, congratulations to Jason Hackett, Ollie Burgess, Rob Myers, Ed Levy and Adrian Kenworthy in their first season with a new line-up. 
Division 2: IMPs R Us (Tracy Capal, David Stevenson, Ted Revely, Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins, Stuart Davies) have won the division with an excellent average VP score of 22.9 to bounce back into the top division next year.  Tempo (Bob Cooke, David Pennington, Rod Franks, Gill Griffiths, Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) 29-1 in their final match to overtake Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts).  Tempo and Cheshire Cheeses join IMPs R Us in promotion to the first division.
Division 3: Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald, Peter & Rita Jordan, Stuart Hunter, Jane Perrins, Roz Bavin, Barry Keen) and Uppercut (Stephen Ward, James Sheppard, Michael Wymer, Christopher Hine, Linda Williams) are promoted, with Uppercut winning the league by 10 VPs.
Division 4: Splinter Group (John Moran, Andy Green, Yvonne Barnes, George Leigh, Janet Tolan) have won the divisionSkaters (Karen Sandler, Lance Bloohn, Barry and Vivienne Newgrosh) have taken the second promotion place.
Division 5: Midland Railway (Simon Townsend, Ted Cadman, Iain Mackie, Philip Eagle, Tricia Blum) have won the division on a split tie ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe, Colin Skelton, Anthony Yates, Mark Garrod).
Division 6: In the first division to complete all the matches, The Unconventionals (Pam Hegarty, Anthony Shortell, Peter Harrison, Mark Gomme, Christine Brierley) won their final match 23-7 to win the division on a split tie ahead of Double Diamonds (Nigel Caterall, Philip Hayward, Michael Green, Ann Wood, John Bridgman).
Division 7: Many congratulations to Adam Wiseberg's (Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray, Judith Dunkerley and Peter Jackson) who have won the division in their first season in the league, winning six out of seven matches.  Adlan (Edward & Helene Adam, Eric & Janet Langer) have taken the other promotion spot.

Blackburn Open Swiss Pairs
Manchester players dominated this event on Sunday 8th May.  John Holland and Brian Senior who were practising for the European Seniors next month unsurprisingly won, losing only one match to David Hammonds and Paul Beckwith who finished a close second.  Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield recovered from an indifferent first session scoring 59 out of 60 in the evening to finish third.  An excellent buffet was served and the other five Manchester pairs had an enjoyable, but less successful, event.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities Regional Final
The Manchester Bridge Club team of Edward Levy, Robert Myers, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, David Sarabowski, Andy Green, Adrian Kenworthy and Jason Hackett won the Northern regional final of the Garden Cities Trophy at Bradford on 7th May.  They progress to the national final in June.

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