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Do you want to learn bridge?
These clubs are running lessons starting in October

Manchester Bridge Club
Dave Debbage 0161 445 3712

Bramhall Green
Derek Bailey 0161 483 6347

Dave Tilley 07984529673
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday November 4th
Altrincham Bridge Club
Restricted to Intermediate players
Regional Master and below AND NGS Jack and below
Click here for details and entry form

Manchester Congress
5th-6th January 2019
Victoria and Albert Hotel Spinningfields
Click here for brochure
Click here for flyer
Click here for non-expert brochure
Click here for online congress entry form

Click here for the EBU calendar

Ben Franks Pairs
Sunday December 2nd
Manchester Bridge Club
Qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
Click here for entry form and details

Deal of the Week
Oct 2018
3rd Northern Bridge League

Sep 2018
5th GP defence

26th Teams or Pairs

Aug 2018
1st National League
8th Yorkshire Congress
15th Llandudno
22nd NBL Grand
29th MichelleMemorial
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
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  

Chester Bowl
The annual charity event at Deva Bridge Club on Sunday 14th October was well attended with many Manchester participants.  The qualifying section was won by Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson with Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard second and Mohamed and Mariam Jabber third.  In the final Keith Boulton and Nigel Pearce were second with Rodney Lighton and John Currie third.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

North Wales Swiss Pairs
Manchester players were out in force at Northop on Sunday 7th October.  In second place was John Holland playing with Jackie Pye, Gary Hyett was third playing with Dan Crofts, Pauline Lang and Alan Barnes were fourth equal with Josh Clarke and Paul Murray.  Full results are on the North Wales site.

Northern Bridge League
Manchester just failed to win all three divisions on Saturday October 6th.  They won convincingly in the A and B divisions, but lost on a split tie to Yorkshire NW in the C division.  

At Bolton in the A division Manchester pulled away from Yorkshire 2 with a strong performance.  The team was John Holland/Gary Hyett, Michael Newman/Alan Mould, John Roberts/Pete Foster, Rodney Lighton/John Currie.  The Manchester 2 team of Kath & Alan Nelson. David Barton/Leslie Klein, Max Sampson/John Stell, Richard Acaster/David Olliver finished sixth.  On the cross IMPs John and Gary headed the division with Alan and Michael second.  Leslie and David and Pete and John also did well.

At Bradford in the B division the Manchester team of Eve Lighthill/Sam Herman, Chris Hine/Stephen Ward, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas also won convincingly.  Eve and Sam headed the cross IMPs with all the pairs positive.

At Leeds in the C division Manchester C1 were fourth on the day which meant that they tied overall with Yorkshire NW.  Yorkshire NW however, beat them in the head to head over the four dates, so are winners.  The team was Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey.  The Manchester C2 team were sixth and finished seventh overall.  The team was Harold Weinstock/Pearl Epstein, Daniel Kelsall/Wei Che Tham, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook, Phillip Hayward/Nigel Caterall.  Herbert and Sylvia, Daniel and Wei Che, Harold and Pearl and Steve and Rod all did well on the cross IMPs.

Thanks to all players for supporting the county teams throughout the season.  We hope to have a few of the events in the Manchester area next year.
Results are on the NBL web site, you may need to do a refresh (F5) to see them.

Lesley Johnson
We are sorry to report the death of Lesley Johnson on the first of October.  Click here for an obituary.


Lesley Johnson

Other obituaries are on the Manchester and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club web sites.
Lesley's funeral will be on Thursday October 18th at 15.15, the Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs
John Holland playing with Clive Owen of the North East retained the trophy at Leeds on 29-30th September.  Kath & Alan Nelson were fourth equal, Daniel Kelsall & Wei Che Tham were 13th, winning the C category prize and coming second in the B category.  Congratulations to all, results are on the EBU web site.

Lancashire Mixed Pairs
Congratulations to Ian Kane and Barbara Eastabrook who won the Lancashire Mixed Pairs at Poulton on Sunday 23rd September. 
Results are on the Lancashire web site.

World Bridge Series
The World Bridge Series is taking place in Orlando from 21st September to 6th October.  Michael Byrne is playing with Mike Bell in the Lilienstein team.
For results click here.  Some matches will be on BBO.

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