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Ben Franks Pairs
Sunday 6th December at Manchester Bridge Club
Qualifier for the Corwen Trophy
Manchester Full and Associate Members only
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Manchester Congress 2016
Next year's congress will be at the Victoria and Albert Hotel on 2nd-3rd January 2016
Click here for entry form and brochure
Click here for information on travel and car parking

Change of Date Higson Finals
The Higson Cup and Plate Finals will now take place on Sunday 10th April 2016 (not Sunday 24th) to avoid a clash with Passover.

EBU Events
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Weekly Bridge Article

Updated 25th Nov 2015

Tollemache Qualifier
The inter counties teams of eight qualifier took place on 21st-22nd November in Birmingham.  Manchester was represented by John Holland/Alan Mould, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Jeff Morris/John Hassett npc Rodney Lighton.  They were drawn into a group of nine with the top two counties qualifying for the final in February.  The other counties in the group were Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Cumbria, Lancashire, Channel Islands, Somerset, Suffolk, Yorkshire.  After trailing to Yorkshire virtually all weekend, Manchester rallied in the last 7 boards against Somerset and Cumbria to storm into first place, beating their old rivals to qualify for the final in February.  Congratulations to Tom and Alec who headed the cross IMPs for the section and to Jeff and John who were third overall.
Updating current results are here

Tolle Qual

John Holland, Alan Mould, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley, Jeff Morris,
 Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Hassett

Contingency Fund
The county has set up a contingency fund to help finance players selected by the county to play in events who find themselves in a difficult financial position.  This will be dealt with confidentially.  Please contact Irene Davies if you need this help.

Llangollen Swiss Teams
Michael Byrne and Gary Hyett playing with Tommy Garvey and Hugh McGann of Ireland have won the two day event at Llangollen on 14-15th November ahead of Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who played with Jim Luck and Adrian Thomas of Wales.  Llongyfarchiadau.  Full results on the North Wales site.

The MCBA County Seminars are returning.

The three different teams of players that represent Manchester are being offered seminars courtesy of the county to help them to improve their bridge. 

The first of these will be the C team seminar, with guest lecturer Michael Byrne.  Attendance is by invitation but those who are regular C team players and might have been left off the list should contact the match secretary. 

The seminar is being held on Saturday December 5th at Manchester Bridge Club at 1 pm. 

Seminars for the B team and A team will follow shortly in the new year.

Pendle Witch Pairs
Brierfield held their annual Pendle Witch pairs event on Sunday 9th November.  The event was well attended with 18 tables participating.  A nice feature of this event is that there are first and second prizes for non-expert and middle ranking pairs based on NGS rating.  Congratulations to Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones who were delighted to win the non-expert prize and trophy.  John Currie and Rodney Lighton won overall for the second year running.  Session prizes were won by Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield and Ken Hassell and Ian Kane.  Click here for results.

Barbara and Karen

Megan Taft with non-expert winners Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones

League Summary (Nov 8th)
In division 1 Inverted Minors (Joy Blakey) have won two by good margins including an emphatic win over last year's champions Grasshoppers.  St Titus (Byrne) have won three matches while Curry Eaters (Hackett) have won two and lost one narrowly to St Titus.  In division 2 Cheshire Cheeses (a team mainly from Mersey) made an excellent start with two maximum wins, but then lost their third match, Red Bull (Elena Rosenbaum) have won two.  In division 3 Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald) have also started with two good wins while Uppercut (Stephen Ward) have played four winning three and losing one narrowly.  Karen Sandler's Skaters have started well in division 4 with two wins and a draw.  Few matches have been played in division 5, but in division 6 Double Diamonds (Nigel Caterall) have won two and lost one very narrowly.  In division 7 Adam Wiseberg's have won three just ahead of Conjurers (Jennie Birchall) who have won two and lost one narrowly.

Premier League
The final weekend was on November 6-8th.  The first division finished on Saturday with Jason and Justin Hackett's team winning and the twins being the leading pair on the cross IMPs.  Michael Byrne's team survived in sixth place, but John Holland's team finished seventh and is relegated.  The second division finished on Sunday, with the Hackett team dropping to third place.

The second weekend of three in the premier league took place at Solihull on 31st Oct to 1st Nov.  In division two the Hackett team (Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Ollie Burgess, Alan Mould, Paul Hackett, John Sansom) increased their lead with Jeff and John leading the cross IMP rankings.

All results are on the EBU web site.

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Thirteen and a half tables enjoyed the Intermediate pairs at Altrincham on Sunday 1st November.
Thanks to director Joan Lewis and organisers Barbara Lewis, Irene Davies and Ann Thornton for their hard work.

NS winners

NS winners Andrew Jackson and Adam Wiseberg
with Ann Thornton MCBA Tournament Secretary

EW Winners

EW Winners Peter Allison and John Attree
NS 2nd

NS 2nd Chris Baker and Jim O'Neill

EW 2nd

EW 2nd Nicki Decent and Haidee Tattersall

NS 3rd

NS 3rd Susan Triggs and Graham Winn

EW 3rd

EW 3rd Graham Fletcher and Kathy Priestley
NS 4th

NS 4th Jackie Lowrie and Annie Curtis
EW 4th

EW 4th Elaine Duwe and Sue Harrison


1st    Adam Wiseberg & Andrew Jackson       63.69
2nd    Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill            62.94
3rd    Graham Winn & Susan Triggs           60.10
4th    Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie         55.85
5th    David Tattersall & Helen Nightingale 52.71
6th    Lisa Czyniewska & Joan Missira       49.83
7th    Carol McKinnon & Maureen Beresford   46.54
8th    Chris Cleaver & Pam Hegarty          46.45
9th    Faye Georgiou & Sanjeet Kamath       45.33
10th    Jeanette Owen & Jennifer Birchall   45.22
11th    Ally Oliver & Judith Lambert        44.91
12th    Angela Ashleigh & Wendy Burton      40.57
13th    Felicity Byrne & Rebe Bhaduri       35.87
1st    Peter Allison & John Attree          65.18
2nd    Nicki Decent & Haidee Tattersall     57.02
3rd    Kathy Priestley & Graham Fletcher    55.64
4th    Elaine Duwe & Sue Harrison           54.57
5th    Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook     52.04
6th    Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton          51.59
7th    Anne Whitehead & Hilary Boydell      50.74
8th    Hugh Searson & Anne Lowe             49.87
9th    Ralph Deane & Mike Kisil             49.73
10th    Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham        44.76
11th    Pat Dunningham & Jean Reed          42.66
12th    David Welsh & Andrea Mills          42.46
13th    Estelle Megitt & Mel Megitt         42.36
14th    Margaret Kelly & Liz Downie         40.10

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