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Manchester Bridge Congress
6th-7th January 2018
at the Victoria and Albert Hotel
Water Street  M3 4JQ

Click here for more information and entry form
Click here for non-expert information and entry form
Click here for travel information for the venue
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Sunday 5th November
A single session pairs event
Restricted to players Regional master and below
and NGS Jack or below
Click here for entry form and details
Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 22nd October at 14.30
at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details
MCBA Handbook
Click here for the MCBA Handbook for 2017-18.
EBU Events

Deal of the Week
Oct 2017
4th League Play
11th League bid
18th Both minors

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  

EBU Holiday Congress

Congratulations to Joy and Irving Blakey winners of the Swiss Teams at Halkidiki with Tom Gisborne and Sandy Davies of Yorkshire on 15th October.  Second were Bill and Joyce White playing with Babs and Tim Matthews of Cumbria.  Results are on the EBU web site.

NBL Final Matches
The Manchester A1 team left it late this year, going into the last round of matches they were level with Lancashire and only a few ahead of the Yorkshire teams.  However, a solid performance at Bolton left them winners by a clear margin.  John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie and Rodney Lighton won all their matches to finish 23 VPs clear of Lancashire.  The Manchester A2 team produced their best ever performance, David Barton, Leslie Klein, Peter Foster, John Roberts, Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, John Stell and Peter Jones were second on the day but remained sixth overall.  Top on the cross IMPs were John and Alan with Alec and Tom second overall.

In the B division at Bradford Manchester won by a huge margin on the day which moved them from sixth to third overall.  The team was David Olliver, Howard Kay, Robert & Joyce Jones, Gillian McMullan, Neil Thomas, Herbert Potts and Sylvia Massey.  Gillian and Neil were top on the cross IMP rankings with all pairs positive.

In the C division at Manchester the team of Joan Lewis, Roy Higginbottom, Liz & Steve Halstead, Susan Triggs, Graham Winn, Tricia Blum and Simon Townsend finished second on the day, but did not improve their overall position.  Susan and Graham were the best Manchester pair on cross IMPs.

Thanks to all the players who have turned out for the county this season.
More details and results to follow later today.

Winners at Bolton

The Manchester A1 team minus John Holland
Rodney Lighton, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman
Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie

Great Northern Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to John Holland who won at Leeds with Clive Owen on the 30th Sept to 1st Oct.  They previously won this event in 2005.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

Cumbria GP Weekend
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Swiss Pairs at Kendal on 24th September.  For results click here.

Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield

Premier League in Manchester
Manchester Bridge club hosted the second weekend of the Premier League for the top two divisions on 23rd-24th September.

Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne, Alan Mould and John Holland in division 1, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater in division 2 and Ollie Burgess in division 3.

Results are on the EBU web site.  At the end of the second weekend Michael Byrne is in the second team in division one and Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater are second in division two.

League and Higson Cup
67 teams have entered the league this year, the same as last year and 50 the Higson Cup and Plate.
Some matches have already been played in the league, to see the results for both competitions follow the links on the league and cup pages which which take you to the relevant page on the EBU web site.

County Seminars
Michael Byrne will give two seminars for county players this autumn.
The first will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 28th October for county C players and other interested players.
The second will be at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 2nd December for county B players and other interested players.
Invitations will be sent out by the match secretary in the next few days, but if you are interested in attending please contact him.
There is plenty of space so as many of the county's members are welcome as is practical.

The selection committee has made the following selections.

Tollemache Qualifier 18-19th November
John Hassett - Jeff Morris
Catherine Draper - Andrew Woodcock
John Holland - Gary Hyett
Michael Newman - Michael Byrne

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