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Summer Intermediate Pairs
A single session event for players below the rank of Regional Master
Sunday 23rd June at Altrincham
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Michelle Brunner Memorial
Saturday 20th July at Manchester Bridge Club
A mixed pivot teams charity event
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Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 21st July at Altrincham
(1 place left - 4th June)
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Welsh Foursomes
14-15th September 2019
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2020 Manchester Congress
Put it in your diary now.
4th & 5th January at the Marriot V & A Hotel
Water Street Manchester


Deal of the Week
June 2019
5th Hubert Phillips 1
12th Hubert Phillips 2

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  

National Inter-County League Finals
In the Inter-County League finals at Coventry on the 16th June Manchester A finished third and Manchester B were fifth in their groups.  The teams had qualified by winning the Northern Counties leagues last summer.  The A team was Michael Newman/Michael Byrne, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Alan Mould/Alec Smalley, David Barton/Leslie Klein.  The B team was David Olliver/Richard Acaster, Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas.  Full results are on Ian Mitchell's web site.

Didsbury Festival

Didsbury Festival

Stall at Didsbury Festival
Bridge Ad
Manchester Bridge Club had a stall at the Didsbury Festival on Saturday 8th June.  Despite the pouring rain 20 members turned out to help on the stall and signed up 24 people who were interested in learning bridge, five of whom turned up for a taster session at the club three days later. 
Is there a festival in your area that you could use to recruit members?  The county has bought the banner pictured above right; any club interested in using it should contact Irene Davies.

Yorkshire Congress
Congratulations to Martin Taylor playing with Barbara Hackett who won the main pairs final at Harrogate on 8th June and to Paul Beckwith and Neil Thomas who won the secondary pairs final.

Congratulations to the team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who retained the Pachabo Trophy (inter-county teams of four) over the weekend of 8-9th June at Coventry.  Manchester were in the top four throughout the event, towards the end they were vying with Hants & Isle of Wight for the top spot.  Hants & Isle of Wight won their last match by a comfortable margin.  Although Manchester lost their last match by the narrowest margin they held on to the top spot by 1.5 points.  This continues Manchester's fine record in this event with the third win since 2015, the other two years they finished second.


Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, John Holland

Bernard Goldenfield

Bernard Goldenfield

We are sorry to report the death of Bernard Goldenfield, one of Manchester's strongest and best known and loved bridge players and a constant presence at bridge events both locally and nationally for around six decades.

Bernard was born in 1932 in Manchester; he joined an accountancy firm in 1949 where he started playing bridge.  Denis Robson also joined the firm soon after and they formed a partnership which lasted for over 25 years.  Their best achievements were to play for England in a Camrose match in 1976 and to reach the Gold Cup final in 1983. 

Around 1970 Bernard met Rhona, they married in 1975.  They became one of the top partnerships in the area, playing many events and winning a large proportion of them.  Together they won a bronze medal representing Great Britain in the Common Market Mixed Teams in 1993, three Hubert Phillips Bowls, the NICKO (twice) and the Garden Cities (three times).  They regularly played for Manchester in the Tollemache and the Northern league.  Bernard won the
Manchester league nine times, the Higson Cup seven times as well as every other major local event several times.

He seemed to lose none of his skill even when in his eighties, although occasionally his eyesight let him down.  This year he won the Higson Cup at the age of 86.

Bernard was seventh in the all time master point rankings and highly graded on the NGS.

He assisted Rhona with the running of the Green Point events at Altrincham and was the county's auditor for many years.

Above all Bernard was a very popular player, friendly and courteous.  He was a great raconteur with a large fund of good stories and jokes.  He enjoyed going to  Killarney every year and was recently presented with a special award for his attendance at the congress.

He will be sadly missed, we send our condolences to Rhona, his family and friends.

The funeral, in accordance with Jewish custom, was held on 6th June the day that he died.  It was attended by several hundred people, including a large number of bridge playing friends.

Corwen Trophy
The inter-county pairs event took place at Daventry on 1st-2nd June.  John Holland and Rodney Lighton started off well, lying second after the first session, but a poor Saturday evening session saw them drop to 15th and they eventually finished tenth.  Joy and Irving Blakey were doing very well in third place before the final session but dropped to 15th.  John Roberts and Peter Foster had a good final session to finish 24th overall, Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies finished just below half way.

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