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Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 24th June
Altrincham Bridge Club
Restricted to NGS J and below and below rank of Regional Master
Click here for entry form and more details

Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial
Saturday 21st July 11.00 at Manchester Bridge Club
Palatine Road
A Mixed Pivot Teams Event
Proceeds to The Christie and St Ann's Hospice
Click here for details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 22nd July 11.00 at Altrincham
Entry limited to 26 teams - 2 places left 29th May
Click here for details and entry form

Click here for the EBU calendar

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 1st July at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Deal of the Week
June 2018
6th John Armstrong Pairs
13th Blocked suit
20th Cheadle Grand

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
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  

Derbyshire Match
Manchester won the annual match against Derbyshire by 13 IMPs.  In a closely fought competition Manchester scored particularly well in the slam zone to clinch the match.  Hosted at East Midlands Bridge Centre in Spondon the match was played on Sunday June 17th.

Well done to: Barbara Eastabrook/Karen Jones, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, George Leigh/Sally Bray. Wei Che Tham/Daniel Kelsall, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji.

Derbyshire Match

Gordon Bickley, Dhun Daji, Joan Lewis, Roy Higginbottom, Sally Bray, Karen Jones,
Daniel Kelsall, George Leigh, Barbara Eastabrook, Ann Farquhar, Howard Stubbings, Wei Chei Tham

NBL Selections
The selection committee has met and selected the following teams for the first two rounds of the Northern Bridge League.
Round 1 July 14th
Alan Mould/Gary Hyett
John Holland Rodney Lighton
Tom Slater/Alec Smalley
David Barton/Leslie Klein
Irving Blakey/Joy Blakey
Alan Nelson/Kath Nelson
Neil Thomas/Gillian McMullan
Peter Jones/John Stell
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Tony Hodgson/Eddie Thornton-Chan
Robert Jones/Joyce Jones
Victor Ridding/Janet Tolan
Roger Hopton/Lance Bloohn
Rod Franks/Mel Pelham
Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann
Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook
Ann Thornton/Mary Green
Haidee Tattersal/Anne Whitehead
Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom
Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler
Round 2 August 11th
John Holland/Alan Mould
Rodney Lighton/John Currie
Irving Blakey/Joy Blakey
Michael Newman/Alec Smalley
John Roberts/Peter Foster
Alan Nelson/Kath Nelson
Nicholas Greer/John Parsons
Raymond Semp/Henry Bissell
Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay
Ron Bayly/Jeanne Bayly
Rod Franks/Steve Mattinson
Andy Green/Dave Sarabowski
Stephen Ward/Michael Whymer
Josh Clarke/Phillip Taylor
Kevin Higgins/Ann Thornton
Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum
Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar
Wei Chei Tham/Daniel Kelsall
Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley
George Leigh/John Moran

MiniBridge in Schools
Do you have any contacts in local schools who may be interested in the minibridge taster sessions, details below.  For testimonials click here.

Would you like to end the school year on a high note, while giving both staff and pupils an opportunity to acquire a potential lifelong skill?
If so, we are sponsored by the Manchester County Bridge Association to provide free taster sessions in the simplified version of the card game bridge known as minibridge.

All you will need is a hall (or classroom) full of enthusiastic staff and pupils arranged in tables of four players sitting as individuals but playing in pairs North-South against East-West. All other materials will be provided on the day by our authorised schools officer and minibridge instructor.

Sessions are roughly two hours long but have often been extended without fuss such is the general level of engagement. Year 4 is the recommended minimum age group.

If you would like to take advantage of an end of term offer to bring bridge via minibridge to your school, sponsored by Manchester County bridge association, then please contact Jeff or David, details below.

Jeff Morris

National Youth Bridge Consultant
Director, Manchester Bridge Club T: 0161 445 3712

David Adelman

Schools Officer, Manchester County Bridge Association
National Minibridge in Schools Instructor T: 07958 802763

Manchester Win Pachabo
Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

European Championship
The European Championships took place in Ostend from June 6th to 16th.  The Open event started on the 6th, the Womens and Seniors Teams on the 10th, with pairs events from 6th to 9th June.  Playing for the England Women was Catherine Draper with Gillian Fawcett, Sally Brock and Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy and Nevena Senior, they finished fifth, qualifying for the Venice Cup.  Click here for the event web site.

The selection committee has met and selected the following teams.

Manchester v Derbyshire
June 17th at Spondon
All Counties Super Final
June 24th at Coventry
President's Cup A team
June 30th - July 1st at Spondon
President's Cup B team
June 30th - July 1st at Spondon
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook
Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar
George Leigh/Sally Bray
Wei Chei Tham/Daniel Kelsall
Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom
John Holland/Gary Hyett
Michael Byrne/Michael Newman
John Currie/Rodney Lighton
Tom Slater/Alec Smalley
John Holland/Alan Mould
Leslie Klein/David Barton
John Parsons/Nicholas Greer
Andy Green/David Sarabowski

John Holland/Rodney Lighton
Leslie Klein/David Barton
Tom Slater/Alec Smalley
Kath & Alan Nelson
John Stell/Peter Jones
Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson
Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks
Howard Kay/David Olliver

Jeanne & Ron Bayly
Roger Hopton/David Fussell
Paul Beckwith/Wei Chei Tham
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings

Membership Campaign
Manchester and Merseyside & Cheshire counties are working together to organise a membership campaign starting in the Autumn.  The counties are looking for a Project Officer to lead this campaign.  If you are interested please see this job description and contact Irene Davies.

Yorkshire Congress
Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.

Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who won the inter-county pairs event at Daventry over the weekend of 2nd-3rd June.  They lead virtually throughout to finish just ahead of a Middlesex pair.  This is John's second consecutive win, he won with Michael Byrne last year.  The other Manchester participants who qualified via the Ben Franks last December were Eddie Thornton-Chan & Graham Currie, Phillip Taylor & Ross Allen, Paul Murray & Peter Grauer.    Results are on the EBU web site.
Corwen Winners

Two Manchester teams have now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out.  Cheadle Hulme (Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Royce Alexander) will play a team from Kent.  Manchester Bridge Club (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett) will play a team from the South-West.

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