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Upcoming Events
MCBA AGM
The AGM of the Association will be held at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Thursday 26th May at 19.30
All members welcome
Presentation of League Trophies and PotY awards
To reduce the meeting length officers will be providing their reports before the meeting to be posted on this web site
Buffet and Wine
Click here for more details
Reports click below
Green Point Secretary Web site and PotY
Congress Secretary
League Secretary
Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 24th July
Altrincham 11 am start - limited to 26 teams - early entry advisable
Click here for details and entry form

  Two places left (April 16th)
Summer Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 12th June
Altrincham 13.30 start. One session.
This 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 details and entry form
Seminar
Sunday 22nd May at Manchester Bridge Club
Splinters & Cue Bids with links to Keycard Blackwood
presented by Ollie Burgess
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs Merseyside
Sunday 22nd May
Click here for details

Change of Date Michelle Brunner Memorial
The Michelle Brunner Memorial event will take place this year
on Saturday 13th August
EBU Events
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 Deal of the Week
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  

Jersey Festival
Well done to Joy and Irving Blakey who finished second in the Swiss Pairs in a field of 58 pairs at the EBU event 22nd April to 1st May.  In the teams Joy and Irving Blakey, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield were third and in the senior pairs Joy and Irving were second with Rhona and Bernard third.  Rhona and Bernard won the mid-week pairs and Joy, Irving, Rhona and Bernard won the seniors multiple teams.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

League Summary (Apr 28th)
All promotion and relegation positions have now been determined, the only remaining matches of significance are in division 3, which will determine which team wins the division.  Congratulations to those promoted, commiserations to those relegated.  We look forward to everyone participating next year; the entry form will be on the league page in July.

Division 1: St Titus clinched the league title by losing to Bare Bones by 13-17.  Congratulations to Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Gary Hyett, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton and Toby Nonnenmacher.  St Titus have now won the league five times in nine years with Gary Hyett having a record 17 titles.   Bare Bones have finished second, congratulations to Jason Hackett, Ollie Burgess, Rob Myers, Ed Levy and Adrian Kenworthy in their first season with a new line-up. 
Division 2: IMPs R Us (Tracy Capal, David Stevenson, Ted Revely, Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins, Stuart Davies) have won the division with an excellent average VP score of 22.9 to bounce back into the top division next year.  Tempo (Bob Cooke, David Pennington, Rod Franks, Gill Griffiths, Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) 29-1 in their final match to overtake Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts).  Tempo and Cheshire Cheeses join IMPs R Us in promotion to the first division.
Division 3: Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald, Peter & Rita Jordan, Stuart Hunter, Jame Perrins, Roz Bavin, Barry Keen) and Uppercut (Stephen Ward, James Sheppard, Michael Wymer, Christopher Hine, Linda Williams) are promoted, but the league winners are yet to be determined.
Division 4: Splinter Group (John Moran, Andy Green, Yvonne Barnes, George Leigh, Janet Tolan) have won the divisionSkaters (Karen Sandler, Lance Bloohn, Barry and Vivienne Newgrosh) have taken the second promotion place.
Division 5: Midland Railway (Simon Townsend, Ted Cadman, Iain Mackie, Philip Eagle, Tricia Blum) have won the division on a split tie ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe, Colin Skelton, Anthony Yates, Mark Garrod).
Division 6: In the first division to complete all the matches, The Unconventionals (Pam Hegarty, Anthony Shortell, Peter Harrison, Mark Gomme, Christine Brierley) won their final match 23-7 to win the division on a split tie ahead of Double Diamonds (Nigel Caterall, Philip Hayward, Michael Green, Ann Wood, John Bridgman).
Division 7: Many congratulations to Adam Wiseberg's Lastminutebid.com (Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray, Judith Dunkerley and Peter Jackson) who have won the division in their first season in the league, winning six out of seven matches.  Adlan (Edward & Helene Adam, Eric & Janet Langer) have taken the other promotion spot.

Player of the Year
In a closely fought contest for the Intermediate category Graham Campbell and George Leigh share the prize just two points ahead of Karen Jones in third place, with Chris Baker, Jim O'Neill and Barbara Eastabrook in joint fourth place a further two points behind.  The new format for Intermediates appears to have been successful with more players scoring points in events, leading to a more exciting contest.

Michael Newman has won the Expert category ahead of Ollie Burgess with Alan Mould third.  The Goldstone final is yet to be played, but this will not affect the final standings.

John and Michael in Paris
The French Bridge Federation are holding their Open trials with a novel format this week (19th-21st April).  They have invited six pairs from England to play against their top six pairs.  John Holland is playing with Ben Green and Michael Byrne with Mike Bell.  To follow their progress and that of the French pairs click here.

Exciting finish in Division One relegation battle
In the final match of division one of the league at Cheadle Hulme on Monday 18th April, Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas, Peter Foster, David and Jean Keen) just failed to stay up.  One more IMP in their match against DASH would have led to Agamemnon being relegated.  To go down with an average score of 14.4 is somewhat unlucky.

Goldstone
St Titus beat DASH in the Goldstone semi-final to set up the final against Jeff Morris's team.  The first 24 boards were closely fought with St Titus being 11 ahead, but they easily won the last set, bidding two slams missed by DASH and various other swings totalling 48 IMPs.  The winners qualify for the Pachabo.
As a result of this win Michael Newman wins the expert category of the Player of the Year category, his second win in this competition.
In the Intermediate category Graham Campbell now leads by one point ahead of George Leigh with the league points still to be added.

President's Cup Selections
The following team has been selected for the inter county event at Bradford on June 18-19th.
Both days: Raymond Semp/Toby Nonnenmacher, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater. Saturday Michael Byrne/Gary Hyett, David Barton/John Currie.  Sunday Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Kath & Alan Nelson.

Higson Finals
The Higson Cup and Plate Finals took place at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday April 10th.
In the cup the top league placings were reversed when Bare Bones, who were one VP behind St Titus at half time overhauled them to win by a margin of seven VPs.  Congratulations to Robert Myers, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith and Ed Levy.  Third place went to Isolated Menaces.
In the plate Splinter Group (John Moran, George Leigh, Janet Tolan and Andy Green) won by a substantial margin ahead of The Four Dummies (Karen Jones, Barbara Eastabrook, Susan McGeechan and Judy Yates) who won the Higson Salver for lower division teams.

Thanks to Kath Nelson for her hard work running the league and cup this season and to directors Jeff Smith and Joan Lewis.
Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.

Winners

Cup Winners
Robert Myers, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith, (Kath Nelson), Ed Levy
Second


Cup Second
Toby Nonnenmacher, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman,
Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton



Third

Cup Third
John Holland, Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield
Palte 1

Plate Winners
George Leigh, Janet Tolan, John Moran, Andy Green
Palte 2

Plate Second (Michael Newman MCBA Secretary), Karen Jones,
Susan McGeechan, Judy Yates, Barbara Eastabrook


Palte 3

Plate Third
Alan Tranter, Andy Burnett, Colin Humphrey (Donald FitzPatrick)


Higson Cup

1 Bare Bones
Robert Myers & Adrian Kenworthy
Mike Goldsmith & Ed Levy
126
2 St Titus
Michael Byrne, Toby Nonnenmacher
Alan Mould, Michael Newman
Rodney Lighton
119
3 Isolated Menaces
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
John Hassett & John Holland
106
4 Agamemnon
Kath Nelson & John Currie
Jeff Morris & Alan Nelson
99
5 Curry Eaters
John Sansom & Justin Hackett
Martin Taylor & Barbara Hackett
85
6 Tricksters
Tony Togneri & Ann Thornton
Richard Sinton & Kevin Higgins
84
7 Dash
Eve Lighthill, Raymond Semp
Sidney Travers, Ian Kane
Ken Hassell, Dave Olliver
82
8 Tempo
David Pennington & Gill Griffiths
Rod Franks & Bob Cooke
78
9 Cheshire Cheeses
Julian Merrill & Paul Roberts
Laurence Stone & David Flacks
66
10 New Connections
Bill White & Gillian McMullan
Roger Hopton & Peter Carey-Yard
55


Higson Plate

1 Splinter Group
John Moran & George Leigh
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
99
2 The Four Dummies
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Susan McGeechan & Judy Yates
79
3 Hindsight Convention
Colin Humphrey & Donald Fitzpatrick
Alan Tranter & Andy Burnett
69
4 City Aces
Barry Fine & Phil Reed
Howard Harris & Ivor Rosenberg
68
5 Spinning Tops
Howard Rosemarine & Jonathan Berg
Jeffrey Bor & Adrian Shiers
63
6 Hydrangeas
David Ackroyd & Gordon Johnson
Chris Baker & John Browning
62
7 Midland Railway
Ted Cadman & Iain Mackie
Philip Eagle & Simon Townsend
61
8 Last Minute Bid
Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
59


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