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Deal of the Week
Aug 2018
1st National League
8th Yorkshire Congress
15th Llandudno


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  

Summer Festival Mixed Pivot Teams
Congraulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey who won the EBUs Mixed Pivot Teams at the EBU Summer Festival (used to be Brighton, then Eastbourne).  This year the event was held at multiple centres, the Manchester team played at Huddersfield Bridge Club on 15th August.

Goldstone
The draw for this year's Goldstone Trophy is on the Goldstone page.  The winning team will represent Manchester in the Pachabo Trophy in June, where Manchester hope to keep up their excellent run of 2nd,1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in the last five years.

Northern League
Manchester teams played the second round of four of the Northern league on Saturday 11th August at Bradford, Leeds and Bradford in the A, B and C divisions respectively.  In the C Division Manchester 1 won again to increase their lead, Manchester 2 improved their position compared to the previous round.  In the A division Manchester 2 did well to finish second on the day ahead of Manchester 1, Manchester 1 actually increased their lead at the top of the table.  Unfortunately in the B division Manchester had a poor day and dropped to fourth overall.

Teams were A Division: Manchester 1 John Holland/Alan Mould, John Currie/Rodney Lighton, Irving & Joy Blakey, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman.  Manchester 2 Kath & Alan Nelson, Raymond Semp/Henry Bissell, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons, John Roberts/Pete Foster.  John and Alan topped the cross-IMPs with Raymond and Henry, John and Pete, Alec and Michael also doing well.

B Division: Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay, Andy Green/David Sarabowski, Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Jeanne & Ron Bayly.  Steve and Rod were our best pair on cross-IMPs.

C Division: Manchester 1 Stephen Ward/Michael Wymer, Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke.  Manchester 2 George Leigh/John Moran, Wei Che Tham/Daniel Kelsall, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley.  Elena and Marcelo, Gordon and Ann, Phillip and Josh, Stephen and Michael, Victor and Mary were all positive on cross-IMPs.

All results are on the NBL web site (may need a refresh F5 to see latest results)

Preston Blue Point Pairs
Several Manchester pairs participated at Preston on Sunday 5th August.  Congratulations to Rod Franks and Ann Thornton who finished second, also doing well were Janet Tolan and Andy Green in fourth place and Daniel Kelsall and Wei Che Tham who were sixth.  Results are on the Preston web site.

League 2018-19
All the leagues have now been set up, see the league page for details.  There are 69 teams entered this year, a slight increase on last year.

Scarborough Summer Congress
Congratulations to John Holland who won the teams at Scarborough on the 27th July with Jackie Pye, Jeremy Dhondy and Bill Hirst and to Gary Hyett who was third in the Seniors Pairs on 26th July with Alan Cooke.  Gary and Alan were also third in the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th July.

Green Point Teams
There was a full house at Altrincham for the Green Point Teams on Sunday 22nd July, including visitors from the US and Australia.  However, the winners were the Southport team of Roger Allison, Peter Richmond, Bill & Liz Wattleworth who won their last two matches against illustrious opposition to finish ahead of Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy & Irving Blakey, with Karen McCallum, Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould and Michael Newman third.
Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield and colleagues for organising, Rob Dixon and Joan Lewis for directing.  Detailed results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Club web sites.

Winners

Winners Bill & Liz Wattleworth, Roger Allison, Peter Richmond
Third

Third Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Karen McCallum
Fourth

Fourth Nicholas Greer, Dave & Jean Keen, Neil Thomas
Intermediate

Intermediate Winners
Nathan Marks, Sally Bray, Judith Dunkerley, Adam Wiseberg

Pos Team Players Matches Total
VPs
Wins/
Draws
Green
Points
1 3
Bill & Liz Wattleworth
Peter Richmond & Roger Allison

14
16
5
13
20
18
13 99 0 3.50
2 18
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
Joy & Irving Blakey

13
11
19
12
13
8
18 94 0 2.39
3 24
Karen McCallum & Axel Johannsson
Alan Mould & Michael Newman

19
6
15
7
17
19
7 90 0 1.64
4 1
Nicholas Greer & Neil Thomas
Dave & Jean Keen

13
11
1
15
20
13
15 88 0 1.94
5= 7
Ted Reveley & Mike Swanson
Daniel Miller & Colin Humphrey

17
19
7
13
6
7
17 86 0 1.25
5= 17
Sally Brock & Barry Myers
Rodney Lighton & John Currie

20
20
13
16
7
2
8 86 0 1.25
7 26
Paddy Murphy & David Stevenson
Alan Stephenson & Mark Weeks

18
14
15
4
14
12
5 82 0 1.25
8 21
Kevin Higgins & Ann Thornton
C Barnard & Ian Pendlebury

6
9
19
17
6
11
12 80 0 1.00
9 5
Tim & Babs Matthews
Bill & Joyce White

7
13
16
7
13
9
13 78 0 1.00
10 19
Frank White & Witold Dudek
Sue McIntosh & Philip Cooper

3
18
6
8
9
16
17 77 0 0.75
11 10
Gillian McMullan & Roger Hopton
Karen Reissmann & Irene Davies

5
16
14
3
11
16
7 72 0 1.00
12 23
Marianne Farr & Mike Nicholson
Jim Luck & Raymond Semp

15
9
19
8
14
1
3 69 0 0.75
13 8
Glenda Lloyd & Peter Boardman
Sally-ann & Michael Rothwell

14
4
11
14
7
4
14 68 0 1.00
14 12
Bob Loveridge & Nicholas Sutcliffe
Jeremy Stanforth & Michael Tomlinson

20
0
4
18
3
19
2 66 0 0.75
15= 11
John Holland & Gillian Whyte
Pat Burrows & Pauline Lang

1
18
13
4
11
12
6 65 0 1.00
15= 22
Eve Lighthill & Howard Kay
Bernard Kaye & Sidney Travers

4
4
16
2
11
15
13 65 0 1.00
17 16
Kevin Comrie & Peter Jones
Kevin & Celia Comrie
Ray & Angela Ashleigh

6
11
9
12
0
11
15 64 0 1.00
18 14
Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook
Karen Jones & John Fitzgerald

7
9
4
9
8
13
12 62 0 0.50
19 9
Adam Wiseberg & Nathan Marks
Sally Bray & Judith Dunkerley

16
11
5
16
0
1
12 61 0 1.00
20 13
Janet Tolan & Andy Green
Christopher Hine & Stephen Ward

2
2
9
13
9
17
8 60 0 0.50
21 6
Haidee & David Tattersall
Nicki Decent & Anne Whitehead

17
1
7
5
13
9
7 59 0 0.50
22 25
David Welsh & Andrea Mills
Peter Allison & Don Walton

0
16
16
6
9
8
3 58 0 0.50
23 2
Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar
Jennifer Mar & Christopher Rippin

13
9
1
11
7
5
8 54 0 0.50
24 4
Duncan & Diane Ault
John & Catherine Ashworth

0
4
11
14
12
4
8 53 0 0.75
25= 15
Irene Bowers & Dorothy Molins
Paula & Peter Berens

7
7
1
6
13
3
5 42 0 0.25
25= 20
Pauline Smyth & Karen Harvey
Bernie Baker & Lynne Torrie

3
2
4
7
7
7
12 42 0 0.25


Michelle Brunner Memorial
Sixteen teams played a mixed pivot Swiss Teams at Manchester Bridge Club in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann's Hospice on Saturday 21st July.  Over £1860 was raised for the charities.  Winners were John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith well ahead of Sally Brock, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton and Axel Johannsson.  A full report and results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.

Winners

Winners: John Holland, Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, Alan Mould
Intermediate

Intermediate winners: Iain Mackie, Hilary Boydell, Rose Davenport, Simon Townsend

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