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Upcoming Events
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)
Michelle Brunner Memorial
The Michelle Brunner Memorial event will take place this year
on Saturday 13th August at Manchester Bridge Club
A Mixed Teams Charity Event in aid of Christie Hospital
and St Ann's Hospice
Click here for details
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 31st July at 2.30pm
More aspects of winning defence
Click here for details
EBU Events
Club TD Training
Bolton Bridge Club will be hosting a Club TD Training Course over four sessions on the dates below.
Essentials October 15, 2016, Book rulings November 12, 2016, Judgment  rulings December 10, 2016, Assessment January 14, 2017
For more details click here
 Deal of the Week
July 2016
6th Welsh Bridge
13th Llandudno
20th 6NT play

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  

Northern Bridge League Match 1
In the A division Manchester 1 (John Holland/Toby Nonnenmacher, Nicholas Greer/Neil Thomas, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman, Kath & Alan Nelson) lead ahead of Yorkshire at Brierfield.  Manchester 2 (David Pennington/Rod Franks, Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, David Olliver/Sid Travers, Ron & Jeanne Bayly) fared less well. Toby (in his penultimate match for Manchester before moving to London) and John were the top pair on the cross IMPs.

In the B division at Manchester (Peter Jones/Barbara Lewis, Chris Hine/Stephen Ward, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts) were a close second to Cumbria.  Howard and Dhun were our best pair on the cross IMPs.

In the C division, also at Manchester, the team of Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Janet Tolan/Victor Ridding, Susan Triggs/Graham Winn, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook finished sixth with Victor and Janet our best pair on cross IMPs.

Full results are on the Northern Bridge league site.

European Youth Pairs Championship
Manchester's Alex Birchall has qualified for the final of the European Youth Pairs in Liepaja, Latvia partnering Will Roper.
They are joined by Alex Roberts and Ankush Khandelwal who led the field from the start, their score of 59.7% was nearly two whole tops ahead of the next pair.
The final takes place this Sunday, the other non qualifiers will play in the President's Cup.
13 English pairs are competing, six have made it through to the finals. Michael Byrne is with them as NPC.

National Inter County League Finals
Manchester won the A division of the inter-county leagues on July 10th at Coventry for the second year running.  Congratulations to the team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Kath and Alan Nelson, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Alan Mould and Rodney Lighton.  They held a small lead over Avon and Warwickshire at half time, but pulled away to win comfortably in the second half.  All four pairs contributed to the win with everyone being positive on the cross-imps.  Manchester had qualified by winning the Northern League last year and were playing against winners of the South-West, Eastern and Midland leagues (London, winners of the South-East league, were unable to raise a team).


Tom Slater, Michael Byrne, Kath Nelson, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Alan Nelson, Alan Mould, Alec Smalley

Full results are here

League Entry
Kath has posted an entry form for the league, cup and Goldstone on the league page.  Please enter as soon as possible to help her sort out the divisions.

Derbyshire Match
The annual Manchester vs Derbyshire match took place on the 3rd July at Spondon Bridge Club.  Manchester was represented by Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Victor Ridding/Janet Tolan, Barbara Eastabrook/Adam Wiseberg, Chris Baker/Jim O'Neill, Liz & Steve Halstead, Graham Campbell/Lindsay Barnes (Captain).
They lost the first half by 35 IMPs but won the second by 1 IMP.

This was an interesting hand



South opened 1D and despite heavy pre-emption in hearts the Manchester pair reached 7S.

WBU Swiss Pairs
Several Manchester pairs went to Llandudno on the 2nd-3rd July for the Swiss Pairs event.  Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finished third out of 71 pairs.  The event was won by a large margin by Jason Hackett and John Sansom who didn't lose a single match.
Full results are here

Player of the Year 2016-17
The Player of the Year competition starts this month with the first event being the Green Point Swiss Teams on July 24th.
Intermediate players are defined as those with an NGS rating of J or below AND a master point ranking of below Premier Regional Master.  A list of those eligible for the Intermediate category will be drawn up during the week of 17th-24th July.  The master point ranking will be based on the EBU master point lists for the end of 2015.  The NGS grading will be that during the week of 17th-24th July.  In order to qualify for the intermediate category your NGS grade must be public during that week, if you choose to hide your NGS grade at that point you will not be eligible for the intermediate category.

Expert players will automatically be entered into the competition.

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