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Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 3rd March 2018 11 am
at St Peters Assembly Rooms Altrincham
Click here for more information and entry form
Event now full but reserve places can be booked

WBU Llangollen Congress
7-8th April
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Martin Braid Memorial Pivot Teams
Sunday 4th March at Manchester Bridge Club
In aid of the British Heart Foundation
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Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 18th March at Manchester Bridge Club
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Intermediate Swiss Pairs
Sunday 8th April at Manchester Bridge Club
Note start time 3pm because of the Manchester Marathon
Click here for entry form and more information
Open to players both NGS Jack or below and below Regional Master

Cantor Cup
Sunday 25th February
A pairs event for beginners and
inexperienced duplicate players
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

MCBA Handbook
Click here for the MCBA Handbook for 2017-18.

Deal of the Week
Feb 2018
7th Devil's coup
14th End Play
21st Congress 3NT

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  

Lederer Trophy
This annual invitation event in London takes place on February 24th- 25th.  Many of the world's top players are playing.  The event is being shown on BBO.  Manchester interest is provided by John Holland and Alan Mould who play for the Chairman's team.
Click here for the Lederer web site

All the quarter-final matches have been completed now.  In the semi-finals John Robert's team (Pete Foster, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Royce Alexander, John Currie) play Michael Byrne (Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton).  Jeff Morris (John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock) play Raymond Semp (Henry Bissell, Kevin & Celia Comrie).  The competition winners will represent Manchester in the Pachabo in June.

EBU Spring Congress
At Harrogate on 18th February Alan Mould, John Holland, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye won the Swiss Teams; Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath & Alan Nelson were third.

MCBA Treasurer
Peter Green our current treasurer will be stepping down from the post in May because of work committments.
If you would like to help the county association by volunteering for this role the chair, Irene Davies, would be delighted to hear from you.

Commonwealth Nations Bridge
Gary Hyett played for England A with Bill Hirst, Steve Eginton, Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth in Australia starting on Wednesday 14th February.  Matches are being shown on BBO and the event web site is here.  In the invitational pairs before the teams event Gary came 13th playing with Barbara Travis of Australia.  In the teams event England finished eighth in the qualifying Swiss and then lost a close match to a Scottish team in the quarter finals.

Tollemache Final
The inter county teams of eight final took place in Coventry on 10-11th February.  Manchester were represented by John Holland, Ollie Burgess, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock.  Ollie Burgess replaced Gary Hyett, otherwise the team was the same as that which qualified in November.  Rhona Goldenfield was non-playing captain.  The other counties in the final were Cambs & Hunts, Oxford, Lancashire, Kent, Dorset, Hants & IOW and Berks & Bucks.

Manchester finished second, 1 VP behind Kent.  Kent and Manchester were level going into the penultimate match when they played each other.  Kent won 15-5 to establish a good lead, but in a tense finish Kent then lost 9-11 to Cambs. while Manchester won 18-2 against Dorset.  Unfortunately not quite enough.
All the pairs were positive on the cross IMPs with Catherine and Andrew just edging out Michael and Michael for the highest scoring Manchester pair.

Gazette Trophy
The inter club teams of eight took place at Altrincham on Sunday 4th February.  An interesting set of deals with a large number of slams were played by ten teams representing five clubs.  Manchester Bridge Club's top team won ahead of Cheadle with the third Manchester team winning the Intermediate trophy.  Thanks to Ann Thornton and Barbara Lewis for organising and to Joan Lewis for directing.  Full results are on the Altricham Bridge Club web site.


Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Michael Clarke, Jeff Morris,
Michael Newman,  Dave Debbage,
Rob Myers (Eve Lighthill MCBA President), Ed Levy

Intermediate Winners
Simon Alexander, John Moran, Peter Grauer, Paul Murray,
Celia Comrie, Graham Wynn, Susan Triggs

Pos Team Team Players Wins/
Total Master
1 1 Manchester- Debbage
Michael Newman & David Debbage
Andrew Woodcock & Catherine Draper
Jeff Morris & Mike Clarke
Edward Levy & Robert Myers
9 127 243
2 3 Cheadle - Lighton
Joy & Irving Blakey
Peter Foster & Rodney Lighton
Eve Lighthill & Raymond Semp
Alec Smalley & Tom Slater
6 112 155
3 6 Cheadle - Thornton-Cha
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
Barbara Lewis & Ann Thornton
Howard Stubbings & Dhun Daji
Pat Burrows & Paul Worswick
4 101 96
4 9 Marple - Bayly
Kenneth Hassell & Ian Kane
Herbert Potts & Sylvia Massey
Joyce & Robert Jones
Ronald & Jeanne Bayly
5 88 75
5 4 Altrincham - Nelson
Kath & Alan Nelson
Roger Hopton & David Fussell
David Olliver & Richard Acaster
Roz Bavin & John Fitzgerald
4 87 53
6 7 Altrincham - Kay
Howard Kay & Stuart Shalom
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Anne Jordan & Geoff Hull
Sally Bray & George Leigh
4 86 60
7 5 Manchester - Davies
John Parsons & Nicholas Greer
Christopher Hine & Stephen Ward
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies
2 82 30
8 2 Bramhall - Worthington
Michael Parr & Pauline Lang
Julia Bannister & Ross Worthington
Steve Tearle & Melvyn Pelham
C Barnard & Ian Pendlebury
4 78 60
9 8 Manchester - Murray
Paul Murray & Peter Grauer
Kevin & Celia Comrie
John Moran & Simon Alexander
Susan Triggs & Graham Winn
3 73 45
10 10 Altrincham - Campbell
Graham Campbell & Terry Krell
Steve Reynolds & Jim Regan
Liz & Stephen Halstead
Howard Middleton & Peter Jackson
5 66 75

Senior's Trials for European
The first stage of the trials for the England Senior's European team took place on Feb 3rd-4th at Solihull.  Four teams participated with the top two playing off in March.  Manchester interest was provided by Alan Mould (with Barry Myers, Pat Collins and Norman Selway) and John Holland and John Hassett (with Gunnar Halberg, Paul Hackett, David Mossop and Brian Senior).  John Holland and John Hassett's team won, but Alan's team finished third.  Results are on the EBU web site.

Chester Congress
In the Chester Congress pairs at Deva on 27th January congratulations to Nigel Pearce and Keith Boulton who finished third in the final and to Paul Murray and Peter Grauer who won the consolation final.  Rodney Lighton and John Currie won the qualifying section. 
In the Swiss teams Kath and Alan Nelson, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were third with Barbara Eastabrook, Ian Kane, John Fitzgerald and Karen Jones fourth.
Full results are on the Deva Club site.

League Update (25th Jan)
Many matches have been played since the last update in early December.
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) haven't played any more matches, but lead ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) and IMPs R US (Tracy Capal).  Division two has seen many more matches played with Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) just ahead of Smash the System (Irene Davies).  Roger Hopton's New Connections head division three, though they have only played two matches so far.  Division four is headed by Conquering Hearts (Haidee Tattersall) and Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) now having played three and five matches respectively.  Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) still lead division five having now played four matches.  Jems (Peter Elton) have now played three matches in division six and are top with a good average score.  Finally in division seven 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) have won the first three of their scheduled six matches to take a healthy lead.

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