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Upcoming Events
Manchester Congress
Jan 7-8th 2017
at The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street M3 4JQ
Pairs Saturday, Teams Sunday, Non-expert pairs both days
Click here for more details and entry form
Click here for travel and car parking information
Click here for non-expert events and entry form
Santa Claus Pairs
Sunday 18th December at 1.30pm
Manchester Bridge Club's Festive Event
Click here for details
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th January at 2.30pm
at Manchester Bridge Club
Topics to be announced

EBU Events
Club TD Training
Bolton Bridge Club will be hosting a Club TD Training Course over
four sessions on the dates below.
Essentials October 15, 2016, Book rulings November 12, 2016,
Judgment  rulings December 10, 2016, Assessment January 14, 2017
For more details click here

Deal of the Week
Dec 2016
7th Slam in fourth suit

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  

Radio 4 at MBC
Members of the Monday afternoon class at Manchester Bridge Club featured on an item about the GCHQ puzzle book broadcast on Wednesday 7th December at 12.15.  The item was on the programme "You and Yours" and is available here about 6 mins into the program.

Llangollen Swiss Teams
Winners at Llangollen over the weekend of 3rd-4th December were Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, John Holland and Jackie Pye ahead of Michael Byrne, Fiona Brown, Ciaran Coyne and Hugh McGann.  Congratulations to them; full results are on the North Wales site.

League Update (1st Dec)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are best placed after St Titus lost in November to Isolated Menaces. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading with five out of five and five out of six wins respectively.  In division three Smash the System (Irene Davies) have won four out of four with a VP average of 24.5.  In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading, but it is all very close at the moment.   In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have started well with three wins, Winning Ways (Tony O'Neill) are close behind.  In division six (Adam Wiseberg), Pack Choice (Christine Barrowclough) and Double Trouble (John Berry) have all started well.  School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell and Jems (Peter Elton) have both started with two wins in division seven.

Ben Franks
A perfect number of pairs (26) meant that everyone played two boards against every other pair over two sessions at Manchester Bridge club on Sunday 27th November.  In a very close finish John Holland and Michael Byrne won, with Rodney Lighton and John Currie second, Alan Mould and Alec Smalley third and Nicholas Greer and John Parsons fourth.  These pairs qualify for the Corwen Trophy in June.  Andrew Jackson and Graham Campbell were the top placed intermediates, finishing in eleventh place.  John Holland has now won the event seven times, more than any other player. 
In the player of the year competition John Holland leads after two events.  In the Intermediate category there is a four way tie for first place between Judith Dunkerley, Sally Bray, Chris Baker and Jim O'Neill.
Thanks to Ann Thornton for organising the event, Jeff Smith for directing and Irene Davies for presenting the prizes.  Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.


Winners John Holland and Michael Byrne
with MCBA Chairman Irene Davies

Second Rodney Lighton and John Currie

Third Alan Mould and Alec Smalley

Intermediate prize Graham Campbell and Andrew Jackson


Ascenders prize Pete Foster and John Roberts

Pos Cat No Players Match
Tops Score
1   20
John Holland & Michael Byrne
721.30 1200 60.11 78
2   5
Rodney Lighton & John Currie
709.91 1200 59.16 72
3   23
Alec Smalley & Alan Mould
705.89 1200 58.82 66
4   7
Nicholas Greer & John Parsons
691.54 1200 57.63 60
5   3
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
666.70 1200 55.56 54
6   13
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
663.91 1200 55.33 48
7   15
John Roberts & Peter Foster
659.92 1200 54.99 42
8   12
Kath & Alan Nelson
645.74 1200 53.81 36
9   25
John Hassett & Robert Myers
641.83 1200 53.49 30
10   17
Peter Jones & Raymond Semp
627.46 1200 52.29 24
11 INT 21
Graham Campbell & Andrew Jackson
624.75 1200 52.06 18
12   6
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies
618.20 1200 51.52 12
13   19
Victor Ridding & Mary Green
614.05 1200 51.17 6
14   26
David Hammonds & Paul Worswick
585.27 1200 48.77  
15   2
Eve Lighthill & Barbara Lewis
582.91 1200 48.58  
16   16
Michael Wymer & Paul Murray
580.59 1200 48.38  
17   9
Michael Parr & Pauline Lang
574.11 1200 47.84  
18   1
Barbara Eastabrook & Ian Kane
571.62 1200 47.64  
19 INT 14
Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill
564.80 1200 47.07  
20   4
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Graham Currie
564.15 1200 47.01  
21 INT 10
David Tattersall & Graham Wood
553.50 1200 46.13  
22 INT 18
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley
502.84 1200 41.90  
23 INT 22
Linda Williams & Ann Thornton
501.67 1200 41.81  
24 INT 11
Henry Bissell & Josh Clarke
483.53 1200 40.29  
25 INT 24
Diana Calvert & Hazel Powell
477.63 1200 39.80  
26 INT 8
Adam Wiseberg & Joan Lewis
466.17 1200 38.85

EBU Selection Committee
Manchester's Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess have been elected to the EBU selection committee at the EBU AGM in November.

Tony Priday Award
Congratulations to Jeff Smith who has become the second recipient of the Tony Priday Award for an outstanding contribution to bridge.
Jeff has been involved in county administration and tournament directing in Manchester and Lancashire and has developed the scoring software used by the EBU and many of its clubs.

Foundation Cup
Congratualtions to Peter Foster, John Roberts, Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan who won the teams event at Blackburn on Sunday 20th November.
Full results are on the Blackburn web site.

Tolly Qualy - Manchester Scrape Through
Manchester's finest played in the inter county teams of eight on 19-20th Nov. in Birmingham.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, Alan Mould, Ollie Burgess, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman (npc Rhona Goldenfield), with Bernard Goldenfield substituting seven boards for Ollie Burgess, were drawn in group A against Leicester, Lancashire, North East, Berks & Bucks, Channel Islands, Norfolk, Derbyshire and Northants.  After lying sixth after the first session on Saturday, and fourth at the end of Saturday, they spent most of Sunday battling for second place with Lancashire but miles behind Berks and Bucks.  Eventually a ruling went Manchester's way and they scraped through by 1 VP.

Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess were best on the cross IMPs (apart from Bernard who led the whole field by virtue of his seven boards).  John and Gary also scored respectably, while the Michaels and Tom and Alec were slightly negative.

Aviemore Congress
A few Manchester players went North to the Aviemore congress on the 12-13th November.  Winners of the consolation teams were Bill and Joyce White playing with Babs and Tim Matthews of Cumbria.  Second were Neil Thomas, Gillian McMullan, Dave Hammonds and Corrine Ross who were also second in the Swiss Teams.
Results are here.

Consolation Winners
Bill & Joyce White, Babs & Tim Matthews

Pendle Witch Pairs
About a dozen Manchester pairs went to Brierfield on Sunday 13th November for the enjoyable Pendle Witch Pairs.  Winners were Boris Ewart (making a rare appearance) and Peter Foster, with last year's winners John Currie and Rodney Lighton third and Andy Green and Janet Tolan fifth.  Peter Jones and Adam Wiseberg were second in the non-expert category.
Full results on the Brierfield club web site

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