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Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Autumn Intermediate Pairs - Sunday November 2nd at 1.30 pm Altrincham Bridge Club.
The 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 entry form and further information

Manchester Congress 2015
A long way off, but advanced notice that next year's congress will be a week later on 10-11th January at the same venue - Victoria and Albert Hotel.

EBU Events
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EBU Autumn Congress
Congratulations to Mike Bell who has won the two star pairs at Peterborough with Alex Hydes on 18th October.

World Bridge Series
The World Bridge Series is taking place in Sanya China from 10th to 25th October.  The first week was Mixed events, the second week is Open, Womens and Seniors events.  Manchester is represented in the Seniors teams where Paul Hackett and John Holland are playing with John Sansom and Christian Mari respectively.  Results can be found here and some matches will be on BBO.  John and Paul's team finished third in the round robin and the went on to win their quarter final match, but lost in the semi-finals to a strong American team.

EBU Montenegro Congress
There were successes for Manchester players at the EBU holiday congress from 8-14th October.
Joy and Irving Blakey won the Simultaneous Pairs heat and were third in the Swiss Pairs, also third in the Swiss Teams with Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield.
Bernard and Rhona were also second in the Swiss Pairs.
Best result was in the Swiss Teams where Bill and Joyce White (with Tim and Babs Matthews of Cumbria) won by a big margin.
Congratulations to all - full results are on the EBU web site.
Swiss Teams

Bill White, Babs Matthews, (Jane Taylor), Joyce White and Tim Matthews

Autumn Simultaneous Pairs
Congratulations to Ken Hassell and Ian Kane who, playing at the Altrincham heat, won nationally on Thursday 9th October with a score of nearly 70%.  This is the fourth time they have won a national simultaneous.

Northern Bridge League Final Matches
The Manchester A1 team duly wrapped up the A division with another win on Saturday 11th October, Manchester A1 won each of the four individual events.  As well as those pictured below other players this season were: Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Joy and Irving Blakey, Gary Hyett, Royce Alexander, Alan Jones and David Barton.  All four pairs were positive on cross IMPs, with the Michaels top ranked of all the pairs.  The Manchester A2 team of Ken Hassell/Ian Kane, Ben Beever/Eddie Thornton-Chan, Alan Jones/David Barton, David Pennington/Rod Franks finished last.

In the B Division, also at Bradford, the B team of David Olliver/Sidney Travers, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Barbara Lewis/Alec Smalley, Joyce and Robert Jones won to leap the team up from last place to third overall.  Robert and Joyce were top of the cross IMPs with David and Sidney and Barbara and Alec also having very good cross IMP scores.

In the C Division at Leeds the team was Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Gillian McMullan/Roger Hopton, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Celia and Kevin Comrie.  They finished last on the day leaving Manchester in last place overall.

Full results and masses of data are on the Northern Bridge League web site.

Thanks to Michael Byrne and the selectors for their hard work and to all those who have played for the county at various levels this season.

A Team

Alan Nelson, Alan Mould, John Holland, Kath Nelson,
Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, John Currie

Derbyshire Match
The selection committee has chosen the following team to play the annual friendly against Derbyshire on Sunday November 23rd:

Elena and Marcelo Rosenbaum, Joan Lewis and Roy Higginbottom, George Leigh and Michael Wymer, Roger Hopton and David Fussell, Terry McCaughey and John Browning, Dhun Daji and Howard Stubbings.

Treasurer and Tournament Secretary
At the AGM in May our current Treasurer, Joan Hinchliffe, is stepping down after a number of years of sterling work for the county and we are therefore looking for a replacement.
The person doesn't need a financial background but a basic knowledge of spreadsheets would be useful.
Also our current Tournament Secretary, Irene Davies, will be changing her role and we will require an enthusiastic replacement.
Both Joan and Irene will help the new incumbents should they require any support at the beginning.   For any further information contact Bob Cooke(mobile: 07766051282 or e-mail or any member of the committee.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Kath and Alan Nelson who won the Great Northern Swiss Pairs at Leeds on 4th-5th October.  There was a large entry of 98 pairs; Barbara Hackett and Martin Taylor in eighth position were the next highest ranked Manchester pair.

Tollemache Selection
The selection committee has selected the following team for the Tollemache Qualifying event on November 22nd and 23rd.
Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, John Hassett/Jeff Morris, John Holland/Alan Mould, Gary Hyett/Ollie Burgess, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, non playing captain Peter Jones.  Good luck to the team.

Derbyshire Green Point Pairs
Congratulations to Kevin Higgins and Richard  Acaster who won the EBU/Derby Green point pairs at Spondon on 27th September in a field of 54 pairs.  Full results will be on the Derbyshire web site.

Goldstone Trophy 2014-2015
The draw for the Goldstone Trophy is now on the Goldstone page (26th Sept).  This is the county knock-out teams event to qualify a Manchester Team for the EBU's Pachabo Trophy for county teams champions which is held next June.  21 teams have entered this year, so five matches will be played in the preliminary round to reduce the field to 16.  The event has been won for the last three years by St Titus.

Premier League
The second weekend of the Premier League took place on 27-28th Sept. at Manchester Bridge Club.  John Holland's team dropped to third place in the top division and Michael Byrne's team moved up to second place in the second division.  Thanks to BBO operators Tom Slater, Ollie Burgess, Nicholas Greer (and others) for their work which enabled a large audience to see the event.  The final weekend is at Solihull in November.


Sally Brock, Nevena Senior, Barry Myers and Sandra Penfold

Colin Simpson, David Bakhshi, Andrew McIntosh and David Price
Tom Slater operating BBO

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