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Upcoming Events
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

  Now full, waiting list only (May 4th)
Michelle Brunner Memorial
The Michelle Brunner Memorial event will take place this year
on Saturday 13th August at Manchester Bridge Club
A Mixed Teams Charity Event in aid of Christie Hospital
and St Ann's Hospice
Click here for details
Ben Beever Memorial Pairs
Manchester Bridge Club 10th July 14.00 to 18.00
Click here for details
Par Contest
Manchester Bridge Club Sunday 17th July 13.45
Click here for details
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 26th June at 2.30pm
Playing Detective in Defence: Cracking Codes and Signals
Click here for details

EBU Events
Click here for the EBU calendar
 Deal of the Week
June 2016
1st Slam Try
8th  University Bridge
15th Tuesday Bridge
22nd Pachabo overtrick

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  

President's Cup
Manchester were victors in the Inter County teams of eight, held over the weekend of 18th-19th June at Bradford Bridge Club.
Manchester led throughout, and increased their margin of victory in the final session to win by 27 VPs, over a match clear of the second placed team. 
All the pairs played well, everyone enjoyed themselves, and the team won all of its matches.  It was a fine performance by a team that included a large number of younger players partnering their older counterparts. The oldest age gap in a partnership was a record 61 years! 

Well done to Toby Nonnenmacher/Raymond Semp, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman (both days), on the Saturday Gary Hyett (played with Michael Byrne) and John Currie (played with Michael Newman) and on the Sunday Kath & Alan Nelson.

Link to the full results including cross imps.

Castle Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who won this event at Huddersfield Bridge Club on Sunday 19th June 10 VPs clear of second place.  This is their second win in this event in three years.

Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan

European Championships
The European Teams event takes place in Budapest from June 15th-25th.  John Holland plays in the Seniors and Alan Mould is coach of the open team.  The event web site is here.  Matches will also be on BBO.

Summer Intermediate Pairs
The Summer Intermediate Pairs event was held at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 12th June.  Thirteen tables enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of bridge; the results are below, together with pictures of the prize winners.
Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Ann Thornton and Barbara Lewis for organising.

1st    Andrea Mills & David Welsh           63.3
2nd    Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill            58.81
3rd    Helen Nightingale & Peter Allison    58.01
4th    Nigel Catterall & Philip Hayward     57.37
5th    Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook     56.57
6th    Scott Middleton & Roy Saleh          55.45
7th    Susan Triggs & Graham Winn           55.29
8th    Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham         54.33
9th    Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie         53.69
10th    Anne Whitehead & Haidee Tattersall  53.21
11th    Adam Wiseberg & Andrew Jackson      52.56
12th    Paul West & Rak Kapur               52.4
13th    Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly         51.6
14th    Stephen Harlow & Gill Page          50.64
15th    David Tilley & Andrew O'Brien       50.48
16th    Jackie Walton & Pam Hegarty         49.84
17th    David Tattersall & Graham Wood      47.92
18th    Gillian Maguire & Brian Lee         46.96
19th    Adrienne Stone & Chris Cleaver      45.99
20th    George Leigh & Sally Bray           45.35
21st    Catherine Kramer & Diane Hutchinson 44.87
22nd    Adele Hodari & Suzanne Beckett      44.23
23rd    Lisa Czyniewska & Diane Saxon       42.47
24th    Ann Thompson & Vanessa James        40.22
25th    John Davies & Alan Swarbrick        37.66
26th    Sue Berry & Carole Whitehurst       30.77


Winners David Welsh and Andrea Mills
with Ann Thornton MCBA tournament secretary


Second Chris Baker and Jim O'Neill

Third Peter Allison and Helen Nightingale

Fourth Nigel Catterall and Philip Hayward


Fifth Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones


Sixth Scott Middleton and Roy Saleh
Spot prize

Spot prize Gillian Macguire and Brian Lees

Pachabo - Manchester Finish Second
The inter counties teams event took place at Birmingham on 11th-12th June, Manchester won the event last year.  Manchester and Cambridge contended first place throughout the weekend, but in the final session Cambridge ran out winners by nearly a whole match.  The Manchester team was Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Holland, Gary Hyett and Alan Mould.

Full results are on the EBU web site.

Northern League Selections
The selection committee have selected the following teams for the first two Northern League matches.

Saturday 16th July
A1 at Brierfield
A2 at Brierfield
B at Manchester
C at Manchester
Kath(c) & Alan Nelson
Tom Slater & Alec Smalley
John Holland & Toby Nonnenmacher
Nicholas Greer & Neil Thomas
Ron & Jeanne Bayly
David Olliver & Sid Travers(c)
Eddie Thornton-Chan & Tony Hodgson
David Pennington & Rod Franks
Sam Herman & Barbara Lewis(c)
Herbert Potts & Sylvia Massey
Dhun Daji & Howard Stubbings
Stephen Ward & Christopher Hine
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies(c)
Janet Tolan & Victor Ridding
Susan Triggs & Graham Winn
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
Saturday 6th August
A1 at Bradford
A2 at Bradford
B at Blackburn
C at Bradford
Alan Mould(c) & Ollie Burgess
Michael Byrne & Toby Nonnenmacher
John Holland & Gary Hyett
Tom Slater & Alec Smalley
Kath(c) & Alan Nelson
Ron & Jeanne Bayly
John Currie & David Barton
John Roberts & Peter Foster
Joyce Jones & Robert Jones
Eve Lighthill(c) & Ken Hassell
Neil Thomas & NicholasGreer
David Olliver & Sid Travers
Mel Pelham & Michael Wymer
Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum
Roger Hopton (c) & David Fussell
Ann Thornton & Linda Williams

Yorkshire Congress
In the Yorkshire congress held over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th June the teams championship was won by Michael Byrne, playing with England international Fiona Brown, and team-mates Hugh McGann and Cameron Small. They scored +90 imps, well over 50 imps clear of the second place team led by Brian Senior, the team who was practicing for the European Seniors Championship.  
On the Friday Michael and Fiona also won the mixed pairs for the 4th time

Manchester Bridge Club's David Debbage playing for Lancashire with Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the inter-county pairs on June 4-5th.  Top placed Manchester pair were Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who were 31st out of 98.

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